Tagum City, Davao del Norte – Brother knights lauded Mayor Allan L. Rellon as the newly elevated Knight Grand Officer of Rizal, which is the second highest degree of the Order given to deserving members of the Orden de Caballeros de Rizal (Knights of Rizal). The ceremony was celebrated during the 22ndMindanao Special Assembly, hosted by the Tagumpay Chapter last October 7-8, 2017 at Big 8 Corporate Hotel, Tagum City.
Mayor Rellon, being a member for only two years, is the first recipient of the degree outside Davao city and Cagayan de Oro chosen for his commendable service to the community and the Order. In addition, the esteemed mayor was also exalted as the Deputy Area Commander in Mindanao.
The conferment ceremony was initiated by SIR Reynato S. Puno, Sr. KGCR Supreme Commander of the Order of the Knights of Rizal. Some notable attendees were the members of the Supreme Council, SIR Diosdado D. Santos, KGOR, SIR Avelino V. Torres, KGOR, SIR Maximo S. Salazar, KGOR, SIR Enrie II A. Mendoza, KGOR, SIR Reynaldo B. Making, KGOR, and SIR Rene Elias C. Lopez, KGOR. It was also witnessed by the past Supreme Commander SIR Jeremias “Jerry” C. Singson and SIR Reghis M. Romero, KGCR, both members of the Council of the Elders. The event was also graced by SIR Mark A. Boado, KCR the Regional Commander of NCR and SIR Marlon F. Tagorda, KCR the Deputy Regional Commander for Ilocos Sur.
The assembly promotes “Patriotism for Liberty, Peace, and Development” which aims to …”develop a perfect union among Filipino regardless of tribal affiliations, beliefs, and traditions”. To further their objectives, the second Knight of Rizal marker was unveiled during the ceremony containing the purposes and objectives of the knighthood. This event is expected to band Mindanaoans through our national hero’s teachings focusing on patriotism and nationalism. Also present during the event were the Brother Knights from Cebu city headed by SIR Edison Delos Angeles, KCR.
Meanwhile, the Jose Rizal Gallery and soon to be office of the Knights of Rizal – Tagumpay chapter will be placed at the proposed Historical Center located at the heart of Tagum City, where the Rizal Monument stood. Other exemplary achievements of the chapter include the creation of the Tagumpay Educators Chapter and the Tagumpay Men in Uniform Chapter headed by Dr. Vladimir Santos and PSSUPT Laudemer Laude. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum