The Order of the Golden Heart (Orden ng Gintong Puso) is an award conferred by the President on individuals or organizations, Filipino or of foreign nationality, who have rendered distinguished service; or have given noteworthy monetary, material aid, or encouragement for the improvement of social, economic, and moral conditions of the Filipino masses,[1] especially in the rural areas.[2] The award was instituted by President Ramon Magsaysay, through Executive Order No. 40- A of 1954, as the Golden Heart Presidential Award.[3]

Ranks[4]

Rank

Conferred on

Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas) Conferred upon a former or an incumbent head of state and/or government
Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) Conferred upon a Crown Prince, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House, Chief Justice or the equivalent, Foreign Minister or other official of cabinet rank; or upon an Commander Ambassador, Undersecretary, Assistant Secretary, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing
Grand Officer (Maringal na Pinuno) Conferred upon a Charge d’affaires, e.p., Minister, Minister Counselor, Consul General heading a consular post, Executive Director, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing
Commander (Komandante) Charge d’affaires, a.i., Counselor, First Secretary, Consul General in the consular section of an Embassy, Consular officer with a personal rank higher than Second Secretary, Director, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing
Officer (Pinuno) Conferred upon a Second Secretary, Consul, Assistant Director, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing
Member (Kagawad) Conferred upon a Third Secretary, Vice Consul, Attaché, Principal Assistant, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing

The Golden Heart Medal[5]

Golden Heart Medal

Obverse: Two hands and golden heart over the inscription Manum tuam apervit inope,[6] which is a Latin interpretation of Proverbs 31:20, “She hath opened her heart to the needy and stretched forth her hands to the poor.”

Reverse: Inscription: The / Golden Heart / Presidential Award. Presidential seal.

Ribbon: Blue-white-red for men; women’s award designed to be worn as breast pin without ribbon or as a pendant to a chain.

Metal: Bronze, oval, 40 x 50 mm.

Recipients

Magsaysay Administration

Awardee Rank Year
Carlos P. Romulo,[7] Ambassador Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1954[8]
Helen Keller[9], author and social worker[10] Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas)[11] 1955[12][13]
Pedro Mabuhay[14] Member (Kagawad) 1955

Garcia Administration

Awardee Rank Year
Ramon Magsaysay[15], President of the Philippines Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas) 1958
Manuel L. Quezon, President of the Philippines Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas) 1960
 

James McNeil Crawford,[16] Founder of Philippine Packing Corporation (ow Del Monte Philippines)[17]

Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1957
Stanley Gilbert, Manager of the U.S. Office of Alien Property[18] Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1957
Emilio Aguinaldo Jr., businessman Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1961
Enriqueta Jocson[19] Member (Kagawad) 1957
I. Sanciangco,[20] doctor Member (Kagawad) 1958
Felixberto Gonzales[21] Member (Kagawad) 1958

Macapagal Administration

Awardee Rank Year
Tan Xiang[22], Wife of Vice President Chen Cheng of Taiwan 1963
Queen Sirikit[23], Queen of Thailand 1963
Gemma Cruz Araneta[24] [25], 1964
Jose C. Aquino[26], Governor 1965

Marcos Administration

Awardee Rank Year
Imelda Romualdez Marcos[27], First Lady of the Philippines Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas)
Ratna Rajya Laxmi Devi[28], Queen of Nepal Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas) 1971
Mohamed Suharto, President of the Republic of Indonesia Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas)
Siti Hartinah Soeharto[29], First Lady of Indonesia 1968
Robert W. Williams Jr.[30], Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 1971
Kwa Geok Choo[31], wife of Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew 1974
Dr. Charles Bailey[32], American heart surgeon Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas) 1975
Dr. Donald Effler[33], American heart surgeon Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas) 1975
Dr. Delton Cooley[34], American heart surgeon Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas) 1975
Dr. Christian Barnard[35], American heart surgeon Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas) 1975
Dr. Martines Bordiu[36], American heart surgeon Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas) 1975
Tatal Bin Abdul Aziz[37], Prince Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas) 1983
Helmut Kutin[38], President of SOS Kinderdorf International Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus)
Dr. Robert F. Chandler, Jr.[39], Founding Director of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1972
Father James Donelan[40], President of Ateneo University[41] 1969

Corazon C. Aquino Administration

Awardee Rank Year
Dr. K. Ramiah Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus)
Monkombu S. Swaminathan[42], Director-General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1987
Nek M. Qureshi[43], Executive Director for Maldives, Pakistan, and Philippines, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Republic of Pakistan Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1989
Santanina Tillah – Rasul[44], Senator of the Republic of the Philippines Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1988

Ramos Administration

Awardee Rank Year
George Peabody Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1993
Father Pierre Tritz, S.J[45]. Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1993
Dr. Klaus Lampe[46][47], Director-General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1995
The Rockefeller Brothers, philanthropists Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1996
Eduardo Ermita[48], Representative Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1997
Ruben Torres[49][50], Executive Secretary Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1997
Fortunato Abat, Secretary of National Defense[51] Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1997
Aurelio Periquet, President of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)[52] Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Orlando Mercado Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Nur Jaafar[53], Member of the House of Representatives Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Emilia Boncodin, Secretary of Budget and Management Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Belma Cabilao, Member of the House of Representatives Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Renato de Villa, Secretary of National Defense Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Corazon Alma de Leon Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Antonia Dequina, Member of the House of Representatives Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Juan Flavier[54], Secretary of Health Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Marietta Goco[55], Chairperson, Commission to Fight Poverty Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Magtanggol Gunigundo, Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Daniel Lacson, Jr.[56] , Presidential Adviser for Rural Government Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Lina Laigo[57], Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Ernesto Ordonez[58], Presidential Adviser for Flagships, Programs, and Projects Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Santanina Razul[59], Senator Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Oscar Santos, Presidential Adviser for Peace Process Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Manuel Yan, Presidential Adviser for Peace Process Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Arsenio Yulo, General Manager for Public estates Authority Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Gabriel Singson[60], Governor for Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998
Jose Almonte[61], Director General for the National Security Council Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus)

 

Should be Order of Sikatuna

1998

 

Manuel L. Morato, Chairman of the Philippines Charity Sweepstakes Office Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 1998

Estrada Administration

Awardee Rank Year
Sir Rupert Clarke 1999
Manuel Hipol[62], Chairman of the Council of United Filipino Organization of Tidewater 2000

Macapagal-Arroyo Administration

Awardee Rank Year
Carol Bellamy[63], Executive Director of UNICEF Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2005
Rosa Rosal[64], Board of Governors of the Philippine National Red Cross 2006
Prince Mohamed Bolkiah[65], Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2007
Al-Waleed bin Talal[66], Prince Grand Officer (Maringal na Pinuno) 2007
Natividad Relucio – Clavano[67], pediatrician Commander 2007
Julia Campbell[68], U.S. Peace Corps volunteer Officer (Pinuno) 2007
Anton Cecilio Tuazon Pascual[69], priest Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2008
Daniel Akaka[70], U.S. Senator Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2008
Nancy Pelosi[71], U.S. House Minority Leader Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2008
Darrel Issa[72], U.S. Member of the House of the Representatives Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2008
Bob Filner[73], U.S. Member of the House of Representatives Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2008
Harry Reid[74], U.S. Senator Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2008
Richard Lugar[75], U.S. Senator Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2008
Michael Honda[76], U.S. Member of the House of Representatives Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2008
Daniel K. Inouye[77], U.S. Senator Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2008
Ted Stevens[78], U.S. Senator Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2008
Joe Pitts[79], U.S. Member of the House of Representatives 2010
Christina Laskowski[80], Managing Director and Co-Founder of ValueQuest International, Inc. Grand Officer (Maringal na Pinuno) 2010

Benigno S. Aquino III Administration

Awardee Rank Year
Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon[81], comedian Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas) 2010
Anton Cecilio Tuazon Pascual[82], priest Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2010
Fe del Mundo[83], National Scientist Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas) 2011
Tsuneo Tanaka[84], Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) 2013
Albert Saltoli[85][86], Founder of the Asia America Initiative (AAI) Commander (Pinuno) 2013
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