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A Royal Princess of Sulu Sultanate received a Presidential Award at WMSU Alumni Awards Night; Dayang-Dayang (Princess) royal conference to be held soon

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“To build peace, people, must not have something worth fighting for, but something worth ending the fighting”

—Queen Noor Al-Hussein, Queen of Jordan

(Presently the widow of the late King of Jordan, King Hussein)

“Being Powerful is like being a lady, if you have to tell people “you are’-you aren’t.”

—Margaret Thatcher (Former Prime Minister, UK)

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THE AWARDS NIGHT

July 20, 2014, during the WMSU Alumni Testimonial Dinner from among the eleven (11) outstanding alumni for 2014, one alumna emerged as a special Awardee, who received a Presidential Award, for the first ever graduate” of WMSU who is currently a congresswoman from the institution founding in (1904) now WMSU’s 110 years of existence, which added luster to the award. The awardee is a Royal Princess of the Sultanate of Sulu, she is no other than Dayang-Dayang (Princess) Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman, a congresswoman (Anak Mindanao Partylist).

Princess Djalia, a graduate of BS Biology in 1998 at the Western Mindanao State University and she is married to ARMM Governor Mujib Hataman from Basilan Province.

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THE ROYAL LINEAGE

The Royal Lineage of Princess Sitti Djalia, according to Datu Albi Dakulah Julkarnain, the chairman of the Council of Royal Datus of the Sultanate of Sulu came from Sultan Shakirullah, the 27th reigning Sultan of the Sultanate of Sulu. A copy of the testimonial of Princess Djalia written by Datu Albi is in the possession of this writer.

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THE TESTIMONIAL IN BRIEF

By: Datu Albi Dakula Julkarnain

From the marriage of Datu Salih Marahadja Lailah Asakil to Princess Albaiya follows the direct royal lineage of Princess Djalia as shown below: Datu Ahmad Datu Kalbi Asakil (Son of Datu Salih Lailah Asakil Datu Ansaruddin Asakil (Son of Datu Ahmad-Nurul Kalbi Asakil) Princess (Dayang-Dayang) Saharul-Ana (Daughter of Ansaruddin) Princess Sitti Djalia Datu Ansaruddin-Turabin (nee Hataman)

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THE ROYAL UNIVERSITY

In a letter sent to Atty. Eduardo Sanson, WMSU then Alumni President , date July 28, 2014 from Datu Albi Dakula Julkarnain, Chairman, Council of Royal Datus, Sultanate of Sulu which I quote a portion: July 20, 2014, in observance of this historic date, WMSU took no notice of the 9th year of the proclamation of His Highness the Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo which made us very sad.

To recall, the Sultanate had conferred the Royal title of Royal University because Princesses of the Sultanate had studied in this venerable institution, notably, Princess Tarhata Kiram, Princess Putli-Intan Julkarnain, Princess Indah-Taas Abirin and Princess Piandao Kiram, all scholars of the American government, C-1916.

Moreover, Datu Albi wrote:
The latest to have been identified princess to have studied in this University was Princess Sitti Djalia Turabin (nee Hataman) currently, a congresswoman (Anak Mindanao Partylist), House of Representatives.

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PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GRANTING OF THE ROYAL TITLE TO WMSU

In the same letter, Datu Albi recalled: the Ruma Bichara on 16th April 2005 took cognizant of the works of Professors Clemencio M. Bascar and Emmanuel D. Mangubat for their “relentless writings” about the Sultanate which added to the reasons of the conferment. But not to forget the vigorous appeal of Prof. Datu Ali T. Yacub, Al-Hj, the Sultanate Royal Adviser (Rank of Datu) on Special Events and Ceremonies to the Ruma Bichara which swayed all the Royal Datus in favor of the conferment.

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DAYANG-DAYANG ROYAL CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN ZAMBOANGA CITY, SOON.

Plans are afoot to hold a royal conference of Dayang-Dayang (Princess) before the end of this year to tackle some of the nagging issues besetting the sultanate for decades among them:

- Finding the rightful Sultan of Sulu

- Uniting the Royals of the Sultanate of Sulu vis-à-vis current situation.

- The exclusion of the Sulu Sultanate in the current peace talks between the GPH and the MILF.

- The Sultanate in the Global Political Arena, among others. #

By: Prof. Ali T. Yacub, Al-Haj




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