Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Code Of Kalantiaw



Laws are said to be the measure of a nation's civilization. Greece, Rome, China and Egypt could not have built their great civilizations without an edifice of laws to govern their people.

Long before the Spaniards planted the seed of Western culture in the Philippines, the native Filipinos had already evolved their own rules of behavior based on their customs, traditions and beliefs. Two of these are now part of our historical heritage-the Maragtas Code, drafted in 1250 A.D. and the Code of Kalantiaw, believe to have been written in 1443 A.D.

The origin of the Code of Kalantiaw is shrouded in myth and legend. It is said that Aklan, one of the three kingdoms of ancient Panay, was once ruled by Datu Bendahara Kalantiaw, a descendant of the 10 migrant datus who fled from a cruel ruler in Borneo to settle in Aklan in 1212 A.D. Being a wise and just ruler, Kalantiaw saw fit to codify the penal laws of his kingdom.

In 1838, Fr. Jose Maria Pavon put into manuscript from the stories and legends he collected in Negros Occidental. Included in this collection was the Code of Kalantiaw which, Pavon claimed, was contained in a document found in 1614 in the possession of a local chieftain in the island of Panay. Some historians, however, had raised serious doubts as to the authenticity of Kalantiaw's penal code since no original written record had survived.

Whether fact or friction, the Code of Kalantiaw is still a reflection of the best in our culture, tradition and values, President Ramon Magsaysay recognized this fact when, on February 11, 1957, he declared a 12,995 square meter tract of land along Bataan Bay as national shrine to honor one of the country's greatest lawgivers.

8 comments:

Dennis Quibete said...

can you some more unhistorical data about the philippines

Sarah Jane Kaye Daza said...

may maragtas code kang post?

Knowledge said...

what does kalantiaw mean

john carlo said...

kalantiaw is the datu who ruled and created the code.

fritz said...

how could be a law be made into code of kalantiaw ?

Johnmartin said...

thats not true its all lie if it is true can you state where he came from or who are the people who write his story. right!! its just a story but almost all Filipino student affect because of all of this lie

jennelyn lagasi said...

what is the reason why the code of kalantiaw is unhistorical data

Marwen Lanotan said...

let me ask po is it 1433 or 1443 kasi sa Wikipedia 1433

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