President Duterte has floated the idea of changing the country’s name from Philippines to “Maharlika” as earlier pushed by the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Changing the name of the Philippines to Maharlika has been a lifelong advocacy of former senator Eddie Ilarde, who took his cue from many countries that have changed their colonial name to a robust, dignified name. The Republic of Maharlika, because Maharlika is a Malay word and it means more of a concept of serenity and peace,” he added. Opinion; Home News. In 2017, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano filed a bill seeking to rename the Philippines. Matter of factly, these countries’ destinies changed for the better after the name change. Opinion. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said Congress might act on the idea floated by Duterte. By. Following President Ferdinand Marcos, our DU30 is amenable to change the name Philippines to "Maharlika." MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino historian corrected mistranslations of “Maharlika” after President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants it as the Philippines' new … Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has proposed changing his country’s name to Maharlika in an effort to move past its colonial history. In 1950, the U.S. Veterans’ Association and the Philippine Army discovered that some Filipinos who claimed to be a member of the group Maharlika committed atrocities against their own countrymen during World War II.. Despite that, however, Marcos’ supporters still refer to the Philippines as “Maharlika” to this day. “We cannot do anything anymore. He wanted to change the name to Maharlika. A GROUP of young Social Studies teachers invited me in a conclave wherein I was asked about my opinion on what should be the proper name of our country. The Philippine Star notes that a movement to change the country’s name surfaced in the 1970s, led by then-Senator Eddie Ilarde. M G Martin-February 11, 2019 . He wanted to change it to Maharlika, a Malay word, and it means more of a concept of serenity and peace," Duterte said on Feb. 11. President Duterte wants to change the name of the Philippines to “Maharlika” partly because he idolizes the dictator former President Ferdinand Marcos, who also wanted such a name change. MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said Congress might enact a law to change the name of the Philippines to the Republic of Maharlika, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said he agreed with the same proposal made by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Mesopotamia and Babylon to Iraq, Judah to Palestine, Chosen to Korea, ancient Cathay to China, Nippon to Japan, Teotihuacan to Mexico, to name a few. That is perhaps the reason why Maharlikans are said to be of “royal blood” rank. Opinion; Home News. Eddie Ilarde . President Rodrigo Duterte has suggested the Philippines change its name to Maharlika. He is the founding Chairman of Maharlika Movement for National Transformation. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is advocating to change the nation’s name one day to “Maharlika” to move away from the country’s colonial links. Despite that, however, Marcos’ supporters still refer to the Philippines as “Maharlika” to this day. The Maharlika (meaning freeman or freedman) were the feudal warrior class in ancient Tagalog society in Luzon, the Philippines.The Spanish translated the name as Hidalgos (or libres). President Duterte speaking at the distribution of land certificates today (watch below). Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said Congress might act on the idea floated by Duterte. ADVERTISING. I have no specific answer but I told them a story. “I cannot decide. Merdeka an Indonesian word which means freedom came from the Sanskrit word Mahardika or Mahardikha which became the mother word of Maharlika which later mutated through phonologic deficiency but carried the same meaning. When the idiots came, they named [our land] Philippines. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said Congress might act on the idea floated by Duterte. His first official act as king was auto-de-fe, or burning in the stake alive for thousands of Muslims whom he called “heretics” and later beheading thousands of Protestants across Spanish Europe, calling them “agents of the devil.” With his father Charles V, he “looted Rome,” carting away treasures from the Vatican and burning a huge bonfire inside the Sistine Chapel. Understandably, there is opposition to such a change by the uninformed, by the misinformed. President Duterte speaking at the distribution of land certificates today (watch below). With the people being ascribed to a foreign despot whose country enslaved and exploited the people, true freedom and independence can not be obtained. The Republic of Maharlika, because maharlika is a Malay word and it means more … His snail-mail address: PO Box 107 Makati City. There are inaccurate and disparaging translations of the real meaning of “Maharlika” by well-meaning historians (pseudo and real) and by some critics out to muddle and discredit the merit of “such a radical proposal.”. The Philippines was named after … Jeanna Javier, 24, does not believe the Philippines would benefit from a new name. Ferdinand Marcos was in favor of changing the name of the Philippines into "Maharlika", thinking it meant "nobility", as a symbol of nationalism. [2105234,2534630,2485825,2408462,2358243,2358052,2344118,2339143,2047660,1998697,996820,995332,995948,995006,994327,994303,993947,993860,993770,993529,993383,993285,798318,2570101,2570098,2570095,2570093,2570088,2570089]. (SPOT.ph) The word "maharlika" has been gaining a lot of buzz after President Rodrigo Duterte talked about the possibility of changing the country's name from Philippines to "Maharlika." He died of a shameful sexually transmitted disease (syphilis) and before he died his body was covered with ulcerous skin eruptions infested by hundreds of insects. The proposal was criticized due to its association with Marcos, who had claimed to have formed a guerilla unit of the same name during the Japanese occupation in the 1940s. Panelo said such move was not needed anymore because Congress could legislate a law to change the country’s name. President Rodrigo Duterte has suggested the Philippines change its name to Maharlika. “Marcos is correct. "Recently, President Duterte stated his thoughts on changing the name of the Philippines to “Maharlika” in order to move away from the country’s colonial past. The proposal to change the name of the Philippines to “Maharlika” is “silly” and “unwieldy,” said senatorial candidate Serge Osmeña. President Rody Duterte’s declaration that he agrees with the proposal to rename the Philippines “Maharlika” was met with jubilation by many Filipinos whose spirit and judgment have been awakened to appreciate the need to redeem our treasured ethos of time past. In 1950, the U.S. Veterans’ Association and the Philippine Army discovered that some Filipinos who claimed to be a member of the group Maharlika committed atrocities against their own countrymen during World War II.. M G Martin-February 11, 2019 . The Taitteriya Upanishad states that Maha is the “manifested Reality which is the Self.”Maha is God Himself which makes Maharlika a Divine Name. © 2020 Manila Bulletin The Nation's Leading Newspaper. Since we are Malays, we should have a name identified with us. The last time he had done so was in 2017. Magdalo party-list representative Rodolfo Alejano filed a bill two years ago which seeks the creation of “Geographic Renaming Commission” that would look into changing the name of the Philippines. For his many transgressions against the Church, Pope Paul lV excommunicated him and his father in 1552. Is there a need to change the name of our country? Photo: EPA-EFE. MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos was right in wanting to change the Philippines’ name to Maharlika. Here is where the first Maharlikans were born and raised — patriotic warriors of sterling character who were acclaimed for their courage and spirituality; they were ordained as counselors of the rajahs and datus of the empire, spanning through Mindanao, Sulu, North Borneo (Sabah), Java, Sumatra, and the vast Indonesian archipelago. Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale said the proposal to change the name of the Philippines to “Maharlika” will need a wider consultation with all sectors. Opinion. But contrary to some people's opinions, the word "Maharlika" does not mean "noble", a historian earlier said after Duterte floated the idea of replacing the name of the Philippines with this term. So, it will be straight up,” he said. Senator Eddie Ilarde was the first to propose to rename the Philippines into "Maharlika" in 1978, citing the need to honor the country's ancient heritage before the Spanish and Americans occupied the country. P.R. Following President Ferdinand Marcos, our DU30 is amenable to change the name Philippines to "Maharlika." Is it Philippines or Maharlika? It’s not that easy. Duterte backs Marcos-era plan to rename Philippines as Maharlika. President Duterte has suggested changing the country’s name from the Philippines to Maharlika, as was once pushed by President Marcos. The views and opinions expressed in this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy, position, views and opinions of MCD Multimedia Corporation. “The style of the President, he floats an idea, then somebody gets it. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. He said people should “just see how it evolves.”. A 1978 parliamentary bill proposed the name change but it was never enacted. It was former Sen. Eddie Ilarde who proposed through Parliamentary Bill 195 that the name of the Philippines be changed to Maharlika, which, allegedly means “nobly created.” However, the word "maharlika" meant freemen and not kings, princes or nobles, according to historians. All Rights Reserved. The proposed change subsequently lost popularity owing to its association with Marcos’s … Under House Bill 5867, a commission will be formed to replace the country’s name. Others had never heard of Maharlika, let alone the plan to change the country’s name to it. He had many children out of wedlock. What the story behind … Photo by Gillian Duncan Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte is not a fan of The Philippines' current name. It officially became the Republic of the Philippines in 1946 when the United States of America relinquished its sovereignty over the Philippine islands. OPINION. In 1978, Ilarde filed Parliamentary Bill 195 to change the name of the Philippines to Maharlika referring the country’s ancient heritage before the Spanish era.. Ilarde also explained that King Philip II, after whom the Philippines was named, is not a noble ruler, rather, he was cruel to his family and to the Kingdom of Spain. 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In his speech during the distribution of certificates of land ownership award in Maguindanao, Duterte recalled how the late strongman wanted to change the name of the Philippines, saying the name represents the late King of … MANILA – President Rodrigo is testing the waters to see if Filipinos will accept a change in the name of the country, from the Republic of the Philippines to Republic of Maharlika. In 1978, former Sen. Eddie Ilarde filed Parliamentary Bill 195 which sought to change the name of the Philippines to Maharlika, a Tagalog word attributed to nobility and royalty. Magpale, however, refused to say if she is either for or against the renaming of the country. OPINION. Maharlika means noble? Philip Bowring. President Rody Duterte’s declaration that he agrees with the proposal to rename the Philippines “Maharlika” was met with jubilation by many Filipinos whose spirit and judgment have been awakened to appreciate the need to redeem our treasured ethos of time past. Adopting a new name requires a new law, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. Duterte tried explaining what “maharlika” means: “‘Maharlika‘ is a Malay word and it means more a concept of serenity and peace.” In reality, “maharlika” is a Tagalog word which means “nobility.” Former Senator Eddie Ilarde, a Marcos supporter, proposed to change the name of the country to that word by filing Parliamentary Bill 195 in 1978. “Marcos was right. His proposed name change to Maharlika aimed to promote nationalism after he placed the Philippines under military rule. And other people’s argument is about thinking past the name. Change ‘Philippines’ to ‘Maharlika’? The name Philippines will always be a reminder of Spanish misrule, abuse injustice and suppression. Note that all the words carry the word Maha or Mahar which means “noble and great” —as in Mahatma (great soul), Taj Mahal, Mahayana, Mahalokha (the highest Heaven), Mahal Kita which are words of endearment in Tagalog, Mahal na nilikha,appellative for a respected person. “The Federated Islands/States of Maharlika” or simply “Maharlika” would be a more appropriate, noble-sounding and dignified new official name for the Philippines. Eddie lLarde, a former senator, was co-author with Assemblyman Benjamin Bautista of Davao of Parliamentary Bill 195 in 1978 which sought to change Philippines to Maharlika. Duterte backs Marcos-era plan to rename Philippines as Maharlika. By EDDIE ILARDE. 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According to an article posted on the National Historical Commission of the Philippines' website, former Sen. Eddie Ilarde filed a bill seeking to change the country's name to "Maharlika… Intramuros, Manila 1002 By proposing a bill, players will deliberate in Congress and they will be invited. How the name “Philippines” has colonial roots, and wanted to change it to “Maharlika”, meaning noble and was used pre-colonial era of our country, and has ancient heritage. Copyright © The Manila Times – All Rights Reserved. You have successfully joined our subscriber list. He said Duterte was just expressing an idea. I like the word ‘Maharlika’ but to be the new name… it won’t be easy. THE Seafarers’ Identity Document (SID) Card of Filipinos is now used as the standard SID template by foreign seafaring nations. Photo: EPA-EFE. But contrary to some people's opinions, the word "Maharlika" does not mean "noble", a historian earlier said after Duterte floated the idea of replacing the name of the Philippines with this term. This is not the first time Duterte has made it public that he wishes to change Philippines' name. During his time, he was right. Is it Philippines or Maharlika? Renaming the Philippines would require law and referendum, Malacañang said Tuesday, after President Duterte said he agrees to "Maharlika." Congress or whatever. But the word itself leaves a bad taste in the mouth of many locals because Maharlika was previously pushed by Philippines' dictator, Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos claimed to have commanded a group of guerrillas called the Maharlika Unit during the Second World War. Opinion. P.O. In 1978, then-Batasang Pambansa member Eddie Ilarde filed Parliamentary Bill 195 which sought to change the name of the country from "Philippines" to … We have long been indoctrinated to accept blindly foreign dictates and hegemony — the reason many Filipinos today are averse to resisting a deeply-rooted conservative status quo. Duterte’s latest informal policy idea—to change the name of the Philippines to “ Maharlika ”—follows this eye-catching trend. He wanted to change it to Maharlika because that’s a Malay word,” the president said, referring to the sentiments of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said Congress might enact a law to change the name of the Philippines to the Republic of Maharlika, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said he agreed with the same proposal made by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Muralla cor Recoletos Sts. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said Congress might act on the idea floated by Duterte. Duterte was referring to the 1978 Parliamentary Bill, which sought to change the name “Philippines” to “Maharlika,” meaning “nobly created.” It was filed by then Senator Eddie Ilarde and was widely criticized because it was allegedly associated with Marcos, who liked the name. Let’s see how it evolves. Why ‘Maharlika’? So many countries had the courage to change their names while our country has remained timid and afraid to hit the road to her final and ultimate renascence. Maharlika is a Filipino word used to describe nobility. His grandmother Juana died of insanity. In truth, Duterte’s proposal is merely a revival of the same name change proposal introduced by Ferdinand Marcos, the dictator of the Philippines … What is wrong with ‘Philippines’? MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said Congress might enact a law to change the name of the Philippines to the Republic of Maharlika, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said he agreed with the same proposal made by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Duterte tried explaining what “maharlika” means: “‘Maharlika‘ is a Malay word and it means more a concept of serenity and peace.” In reality, “maharlika” is a Tagalog word which means “nobility.” Former Senator Eddie Ilarde, a Marcos supporter, proposed to change the name of the country to that word by filing Parliamentary Bill 195 in 1978. I agree with him, I like the idea of Maharlika name for the Philippines,” he said. Philippines, because it was discovered by [Ferdinand] Magellan using the money of King Philip. By continuing to use this website without disabling cookies in your web browser, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Philip Bowring. The proposal was criticized due to its association with Marcos, who had claimed to have formed a guerilla unit of the same name during the Japanese occupation in the 1940s. President Rody Duterte’s declaration that he agrees with the proposal to rename the Philippines “Maharlika” was met with jubilation by many Filipinos whose spirit and judgment have been awakened to appreciate the need to redeem our treasured ethos of time past. Former Senator Eddie Ilarde have filed Parliamentary Bill 195 in 1978 seeking to change the name Philippines to Maharlika but it drew negative reactions since it was associated with Marcos. By. But that is okay. 4:54. Screenshot of comment by Interaksyon Attempts . From the remote past, many countries have changed their names for historical, religious, cultural, or political reasons. “The Constitution provides that Congress may enact a law that can change the name of the country and then submit it to the people for referendum, like a plebiscite,” Panelo said. Opinion. “The Constitution provides that Congress may enact a law that can change the name of the country and submit it to the people for a referendum. MANILA – President Rodrigo is testing the waters to see if Filipinos will accept a change in the name of the country, from the Republic of the Philippines to Republic of Maharlika. President Duterte has suggested changing the country’s name from the Philippines to Maharlika, as was once pushed by President Marcos. We are going to change not only our addresses, our telphone number… Everything has to be changed to Maharlika,” Osmeña told POLITIKO on Saturday. After centuries of carrying a name branded into our being illegally by a foreign invader, it is time for change … Here is part of the biographical description of what kind of a person King Philip II was, lifted from books by eminent historians: He was the son of first cousins, only 1/4 Spanish blood. In 1978, former Senator Eddie Ilarde filed Parliamentary Bill 195, seeking to change the name Philippines to Maharlika. Kris Aquino revealed that she experienced some symptoms such as dry cough, sore throat and fever following her driving testing positive of COVID-19 recently. Despite this argument, many Filipinos still do not agree with the president, saying it would only cause them inconvenience. MANILA: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is advocating to change the nation’s name one day to “Maharlika” to move away from the country’s colonial links. “He said it’s a Malay word. Maharlika means noble? Mr Duterte’s call echoes a push by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to call the country Maharlika, which means nobility in English. Someday, we will change it,” Duterte said. In his speech during the distribution of certificates of land ownership award in Maguindanao, Duterte recalled how the late strongman wanted to change the name of the Philippines, saying the name represents the late King of … CEBU CITY, Philippines — Maharlika is a nice word, but to use it as the name of the country is another story. Is there a need to change the name of our country? During Marcos' time, he was right. Renaming the Philippines would require law and referendum, Malacañang said Tuesday, after President Duterte said he agrees to "Maharlika." “Someday, let’s change it,” Duterte said on Monday after distributing land titles in Buluan, Maguindanao. In a speech during the distribution of certificates of land ownership award to agrarian reform beneficiaries of Maguindanao on Monday, Duterte said “Maharlika” was a good name because it reflected serenity and peace. The debate resulted in a majority opposing the move, partly due to the lack of clarity in what exactly “Maharlika” means. He had several wives, 3 were his first cousins, 1 was his niece. The Philippines was named after … Former Senator Eddie Ilarde have filed Parliamentary Bill 195 in 1978 seeking to change the name Philippines to Maharlika but it drew negative reactions since it was associated with Marcos. Get the latest news from your inbox for free. Any content provided by our authors or contributors are their opinion are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything. People need to be educated, people need to understand why and people need to see the reason why. He wanted to change it to Maharlika. (I personally like the name of the country to change but I think that now is not the right time for it). Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte praised former leader Ferdinand Marcos on Monday for suggesting the country change its name to Maharlika, a Malay name, in an attempt to erase Spanish “conquest and subjugation.”. After centuries of carrying a name branded into our being illegally by a foreign invader, it is time for change and redemption — and tread the road torenascence. Deka or dikhawas corrupted and altered with our own Iikha which means “to make” or “to create,” or “to conceive” which became lika — easier on the tongue of the Spaniards. “Well, we’re going to change everything. A GROUP of young Social Studies teachers invited me in a conclave wherein I was asked about my opinion on what should be the proper name of our country. In a speech he delivered on February 11, he said the name would be more fitting because it's a "Malay word and it means more of a concept of serenity and peace." It is time to remove the chains from our mind and hearts. 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MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said Congress might enact a law to change the name of the Philippines to the Republic of Maharlika, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said he agreed with the same proposal made by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. More recent and significant: Persia to Iran in 1935, Burma to Myanmar in 1988, East Pakistan to Bangladesh in 1971, Kampuchea back to Cambodia, Ceylon to Sri Lanka in 1948; Vietnam’s Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City in 1975, Siam to Thailand in 1939, etc. Eddie Ilarde. Sarkar, world-renowned and revered spiritual guru and philologist wrote: “The meaning of the word ‘Maharlika’ (with the root word Maha) from the ancient Hindu Vedas or revealed knowledge is Sanskrit which means ‘a small container (country) containing great things (people).’” Through time, many Sanskrit words have been assimilated into the various languages of Southeast Asia, including our country, brought by Arab and Indian merchants who reached the shores of the Sulu Sultanate. 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