MEMBERS OF THE ORDER
The members of the Order are known as Knights of Rizal (Caballeros de Rizal or Mga Maginoong Maka-Rizal) and are classified into degrees for those having the necessary qualifications.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
All persons of legal age; of good moral character and reputation, who are in sympathy with the purposes’ of the Knights of Rizal, are eligible for active membership, upon un6ni-mous approval of the Supreme Council en banc of a written application therefore duly endorsed by at least two active *members of the Order. (Sec. 4, Rep. Act 646) ‘
The pertinent provisions of the Code of By-Laws of the Order shall likewise apply in the admission of new members.
DEGREES OF MEMBERSHIP
FIRST DEGREE – Knights of Rizal (KR)
A candidate who is admitted and initiated into the first degree of membership is known as a Knight of Rizal.
To qualify for admission to the first degree, one must be of legal age; of good moral character and reputation, who believes in Rizal and is willing to learn more about him and follow his teachings. Application for membership shall be made in writing and duly endorsed by at least two members in good standing of the Order and approved by the Supreme Council or chapter concerned. (Art. IV. Sec. 1 Code of By-Laws)
SECOND DEGREE – Knight Officer of Rizal (KOR)
A Knight Officer of Rizal is one who has been elevated to the second degree of the Order upon fulfillment of the following works requirements: He must have served the Order at least six months in the first degree, and must also be favorably recommended by a Supreme Committee created for the purpose by the Supreme Council or by the chapter concerned. (Art. Iv. Sec. 1 Code of By-Laws)
THIRD DEGREE- Knight Commander of Rizal (KCR)
A Knight Commander of Rizal is one who has been exalted to the third degree of the Order
Any kind of Rizal, regardless of the degree he is in or of the time he has served therein, who has fulfilled the requirements as may be pro-scribed by the Supreme Council for the purpose may be exalted as “Knight Commander of Rizal,” upon approval of the Supreme Council. A Knight of Rizal who has been elected as chapter Commander shall be qualified for exaltation as Knight Commander of Rizal.
Provided, however, that any person, not a member of the Order, who has distinguished himself by meritorious service which has enhanced the objectives of the Order, or has written a book of general acceptance on Rizal, may also be exalted to this category upon written recommendation of the Prefectural Tribunal created by the Supreme Council or by the Chapter concerned, shall specifically state the achievements of the candidate for exaltation which have been considered as the basis for the recommendation for exaltation.
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL
A Knight of Rizal or any person who has performed an outstanding achievement for the Order in a series of major activities or projects may be awarded the Distinguished Service Medal upon the recommendation of the Perfectural Tribunal and approval of the Supreme Council.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE STAR
A Knight of Rizal or any person who has performed an outstanding achievement for the Order may be awarded the Distinguished Service Star upon the recommendation of the Prefectural Tribunal and approval of the Supreme Council.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
Knight of Rizal or any person who has performed an outstanding achievement for the Philippines or for the Order in the furtherance of its lofty objectives may be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross upon the recommendation of the Prefectural Tribunal and approval of the Supreme Council.
This is a higher award than the distinguished service star and distinguished service medal.
RIZAL PRO PATRIA
The highest decoration within the gift of the Order, the Rizal Pro Patria is given to any Knight of Rizal or any person who has rendered exemplary an outstanding achievement for the Philippines or for the Order consonant to its lofty goals and objectives, either within the country, or in the international field. The award is conferred discriminately and only upon the strong recommendation of the Prefectural Tribunal and approval of the Supreme Council.
As a matter of policy adopted in 1986, the Rizal Pro Patria Award is conferred to the out going Supreme Commander of the Order.
In addition, the Supreme Council adopted a resolution on February 26, 1988 for the conferment of the Teodora Alonzo Award, the Rizal Women of Malolos Award and the Rizal Youth Leadership Award in accordance with the following criteria:
TEODORA ALONZO AWARD
For Filipino women who have manifested outstanding heroism, exemplary achievements both in their private and public lives, their admirable fortitude in the face of hardships and tragedy which have received the common acceptance, admiration, recognition and gratitude of their countrymen as exemplified by the mother of our national hero who had exhibited the best qualities of the Filipino women and Filipino motherhood.
RIZAL WOMEN OF MALOLOS AWARD
For Filipino women who have distinguished themselves in community projects and activities which have enhanced greatly the objectives of the Order and its counterpart organizations, with the awardees recognized for the sterling qualities of womanhood that Rizal envisioned for the mothers, wives or the Filipino women in his famous Letter to the Women of Malolos. The Rizal Women of Malolos Award shall be conferred only once a year, in General, Regional and Special Assemblies.
RIZAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD
For the Filipino youth, credited with the outstanding and superior achievements in the field of youth organization for Rizal; management and leadership of the Order’s youth counterpart organization; presentations and teachings of Rizal and other Rizal related accomplishment in the community with wide impact to the rest of the country. The award shall be presented not more than twice during national, regional or special youth leadership institutes or in youth assemblies under the auspices of the Order of the Knights of Rizal.
All awardees are to be recommended by Chapters, Counterpart Lady/ Youth Organizations through the local chapters, regions, members of the national headquarters, or members of the Supreme Council and submitted to the higher Tribunal of the Supreme Council for evaluation prior to their final approval.