8 Filipina Queens and Princesses that Influenced the Course of Muslim Sociopolitical History
Even before Filipina beauty queens conquered the world stage and won beauty pageants, the Philippines has real queens and princesses who possessed more than beauty and a body, but also brains and sharp wit.
Early Muslim society included the aristocrats who are also members of the ruling class. Datus, rajahs, and sultans occupied the top rung of the hierarchy. On the other hand, Filipino Muslim royals had very little freedom and their affairs were only limited to household activities. However, there were exceptional queens and princesses who wielded great influence that changed the course of Muslim socio-political history. The following is a list of FilipiKnow's “8 Real Filipina Queens and Princesses Too Awesome for Disney Movies”:
Queen Sima of Cotabato
Queen Sima was a legendary queen who had an exceptional sense of justice and respect for law. Back then, the Philippines has had an enviable reputation for honesty. It has been a custom not to disturb the things dropped in the road and leaving them for their owner's return.
An Arab doubted the fame and thought of testing it by sending a bag of gold to be left in the road as a trap. For three years, the people who saw it passed around it. However, one day, Queen's Sima's son saw the sack and felt it with his foot. Queen Sima ordered for his foot to be cut off but reduced the penalty to a toe being removed from the foot of the prince after the minsters pleaded for mercy for her own son.
Queen Tuambaloca of Jolo
Tuambaloca was a native of Basilan who acquired ascendancy over her husband, Raja Bongso, that the government of Jolo was entirely in her hands. Thus, there were Basilan men in the Joloan stronghold. Governor General Sebastian Hurtado de Corcuera led his forces in the Moro expeditions that reached Sulu on 4 January 1638. Tuambaloca gained the admiration of the Spaniards for her bravery as she and her husband led their 4,000 warriors to hold off the invaders.
Princess Purmassuri of Sulu
Sulu defender Siri Kala and his trusty leader Sigalo planned to repel the Spanish forces. However, they realized that their chances of victory were slim for they only have a small army. The beautiful Sulu princess connived with the leaders to devise a plan against the Spaniards. Purmassuri used her charm to meet and entertain the Spanish soldiers. As they became distracted, the Moro army attacked in stealth and claimed victory.
Hadji Dayang Dayang Piandao
Hadji Dayang Dayang Piandao is the first lady of Sulu. The title Dayang Dayang means “princess of the first degree,” a title given only to the daughters of the Sultan.
Jamalul Kiram, brother to her deceased father who succeeded the latter as Sultan, adopted Dayang Dayang as his daughter and heir to all his riches and property. By the time her mother died, she began to administer the extensive property of the Sultan. She then became the most important private adviser to the Sultan.
She proved to be an excellent executive and administrator. She exerted all her influence and efforts to bring about better relations between Muslims and Christians. She was also known for his hospitality and liberality. In 1921, she was appointed agent of the government to encourage Filipino Muslims to send their children to school.
Prinsesa Tarhata Kiram (b. 1904 - d. May 23, 1979) was a native of Maimbong, Sulu. She was the niece and foster child of Sultan Jamalul Kiram II, and was the first Muslim princess to study at University of Illinois. During the historic Tausug-American war, she fought with her husband Datu Tahil, armed with Kris, they clashed the troops of Gen. John Pershing and Governor General Leonard Wood who was armed with guns. Tarhata Kiram with Senador Hadji Butu objected the passing of Bacon Bill of 1927, which will separate Mindanao and Sulu. She also led the heir of the Sabah to further increase the relations between Malaysia. Became the adviser of Rear Admiral Romulo Espaldon of the Islamic Affairs Regional Commission, Region IX. The composer of the Tausug song "Jolo Farewell," and her face was featured on the Philippine Postal Services stamps worth three pesos in 1984.
Bai Hadja Fatima Matabay Plang
She was actively involved in education and social services that made her popular among people from all walks of life. She worked as a teacher and as a researcher in the Senate while lobbying for the Enabling Act to establish the Mindanao Institute of Technology (MIT). When MIT was opened in 1954 by virtue of RA 998, she was designated as overseer of the College until the first president was appointed. She served as College and Board Secretary and Liaison Officer until 1968.
She was the Founding Executive Director of the Children's Educational Foundation Village now known as the Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology from 1968 until she retired in 1977. She also founded the Mindanao Islamic Foundation Polytechnic Institute in Cotabato.
Princess Tarhata was a student prodigy. She was accelerated to Grade 4 at the age of 6. She ably assisted her father, Alauyo Alonto, a religious leader and politician, by being an English translator and accompanying him in his trips to Manila.
Princess Tarhata "Tata" Alonto Lucman is the first Muslim lady governor of Lanao del Sur, appointed in 1971. She is a member of one of the royal families of Maranao, she fought the Martial Rule of the deposed President Marcos. Known as Tata, she is better known as a rido (clan conflict) settler, noted in a TIME magazine article for helping the release of kidnapped nuns in Marawi City in 1986. From 2001, she has been leading the Muslim-dominated province of Lanao del Sur, the Autonomous Regional Government in Muslim Mindanao.
Princess Emraida Kiram
She is a holder of 4 college degrees (Journalism, English, Philosophy, and Bachelor of Law). She also took her Master of Laws in Madrid and London. She actively promotes the knowledge of the Muslim-Christian conflict in the Philippines. She has worked at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as the Chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations, and as president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Filipino-American National Historical Society.
She was the first Miss Philippines to compete in the Miss World in 1966, and the first Muslim woman to win a national beauty title. She was selected by the College Editors Guild of the Philippines to represent the country in the international beauty competition.
- “8 Filipina Queens and Princesses Too Awesome for Disney Movies”.FilipiKnow.(Accessed on 24 August 2016).
- “Did you know? Queen Sima”.facebook.(Accessed on 24 August 2016).
- “Queen Sima on honesty and supremacy of the law”.The Kahimyang Project.(Accessed on 25 August 2016).
- “Full text of "The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803;"”.(Accessed on 25 August 2016).
- “Queen Tuambaloca”.pinterest.(Accessed on 25 August 2016).
- “Purmassuri”.Gintong Aral.(Accessed on 25 August 2016).
- “Silang mga Bayani ng Mindanao”.Center for Southeast Asian Studies Northern Illinois University.(Accessed on 25 August 2016).
- “Dayang Dayang: Princess of the First Degree”.Dayang Dayang.(Accessed on 25 August 2016).
- “Prinsesa Tarhata Kiram”.WikiPilipinas.(Accessed on 25 August 2016).
- “Biographical Sketch of Bai Hadja Fatima Matabay Plang”.University of Southern Mindanao.(Accessed on 25 August 2016).
- “Princess Tarhata Alonto- Lucman”.WikiPilipinas.(Accessed on 25 August 2016).
- “Filipina Beauties Who Placed in Miss World: Part One”.Bohol's Roving Eye.(Accessed on 25 August 2016).
- Vilim, Laura.“Filipino Princess discusses Muslim culture”.The Observer.(Accessed on 25 August 2016).