On January 27, 2019, at the Marco Polo hotel in Davao City, Secretary Carlos Garcia Dominguez III was proclaimed Datu Carlos Garcia Dominguez III by HRH Sultan Firdausi Ismail Yahya Abbas, Sultan of Lanao, which to the Bangsa Mranaw (
Gracing the event was HRH Sultan Mohammad Fuad Abdullah Kiram, Sultan of Sulu and Sabah and his son Al Mezzheer Kiram, the Rajah Muda. Sultan Fuad’s late father, Sultan Esmail Kiram I authorized the Philippines in 1962 to claim Sabah, and older brother, the late Sultan Mahakuttah Kira was the last Sultan of Sulu to be officially recognized by the government of the Philippines. Also in attendance was Datu Luis Agimuddin Delgado III, great-grandson of Sultan Jainal Abirin of Sulu and North Borneo, whose great grandfather was also Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo, Sultan Shakirullah.
Many government officials such as Secretary Abdullah Mamao, the Chairman of the Board and the President of the Social Security System , Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, batch mates of Secretary Dominguez at the Ateneo de Davao High School of 1961, which includes the Sultan of Lanao and President Rodrigo Duterte, some foreigners, Sultans, Datus and Bai-a-
The ceremony was a showcase of colorful, exciting, mesmerizing and vibrating Maranao pageantry which truly impressed all those present who experienced the event in awe. It started with the colorful procession of the Sultans and Datus who stepped to the cadence of the ethnic sounds of the
Once seated, the Sultan of Marawi, Sultan Subair Guinthung Mustapha, the sponsor of Secretary Dominguez, was confronted by the three sultans, one representing the fifteen Sultans who are the policy formulators and executors, another representing the twenty Sultans who are the guardians of the traditions, mores and customs of the
They asked the Sultan of Marawi to ask the secretary if he will protect and safeguard the honor and the integrity of the Sultan of Lanao and of the
Then the conferee has presented the scroll of conferment which signifies his status as a Datu. It was followed with the presentation of the gold plated Kandit (Buckle) which signifies his stature as a Datu because only a Datu or a Sultan can wear it. Lastly, he was presented with the gold plated
It was a truly wonderful and tantalizing event. It was truly an affair to remember. Sitti Khadija Rahma A. Abbas, CEO of the Sultan of Lanao Foundation, daughter of the Sultan of Lanao, a product of U.P. in Diliman, was the General Coordinator of the event who was assisted by her brother Datu Yasser Ismail Abbas and his wife, Bai Joanna B. Abbas who are both lawyers.