by the Sultan of Kabuntalan, Mindanao, Philippines
HRH Sultan Mohammad Penandatu Uko Mluk, the Sultanate of Kabuntalan, Mindanao, present Datu Waris Certificate of Nobility to Dr. Ben Lee.
O n 27 November 2011, HRH Sultan Mohammad Penandatu Uko Mluk, the Sultanate of Kabuntalan, Mindanao, Philippines honored Dr. Ben Lee, President of EDS Business School with the title of Datu Waris. As Datu Waris, Dr. Lee is viewed as an “authority”, which would be consulted for advisement as appropriate for the welfare of the community of the Sultanate, Mandanue Darulsalam.
Dr. Ben Lee appeared in person for the awarding of the Certificate of Nobility, which took place at 10.00 AM on Sunday, 27 November 2011 at El Manuel Convention Hall in Cotobato City, Philippines in the presence of the Cabinet Ministers of the Royal House of Kabuntalan and some Guests of Honors.
Dr. Ben Lee giving the acceptance speech upon being installed as Datu Waris by HRH Sultan Mohammad Penandatu Uko Mluk.
The HRH Sultan Mohammad Penandatu Uko Mluk acknowledged in his address that indeed there is an historical linkage with Dr. Ben Lee of Malaysia, as his forefather, Sultan Sharrif Mohammad Dipatuan Kabunsuan arrived in Mindanao, Philippines during the 14th century from Johore, Malaysia in search of his father Sharrif Zainal Abedin. Later, he married a Mindanao woman who bore him children and his family has continued in the Philippines from that time.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Ben Lee stated that as Datu Waris he understands he is viewed as an authority to advise the Sultanate on matters vital to the welfare of the community. He pledged to continue to grow in knowledge, so that when called upon to advise the Royal House of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan, he will be able to provide expertise of the highest quality and value. Dr. Lee further pledged to continue providing leadership in development of higher education, opening the way for human advisement for countless individuals in Philippines, especially for the community of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan. He also pledged at all time to act in a highly ethical manner, bringing due respect and honor to the honorable award of Datus Waris.
From left to right: Datu Haron Uko Bandila Al-hadj, Prof. Datu Dr. Nelson Binag, HRH Sultan Mohammad Penandatu Uko Mluk, Datu Haron Uko Bandila Al-hadj, the Rajamuda, Datu Waris Dr. Ben Lee and Brigadier General (Retired) Dr. Akmad Mamalinta.
Datu Waris Certificate of Nobility of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan.
The Royal Ladies of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan.
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