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In 1478, Moslems from the Malayan Peninsula crossed the Malacca Strait and conquered
Java, the capital of Madjapahit Empire. Subsequently, the Malay/ Srivijaya/ Madjapahit
disintegrated. In its place, a Moslem religious government was established inaugurating
the reign of Sultanates.

A family of MAHARAJAHS AND RAJAHS, TAGEAN, was then ruling the

Madjapahit Empire. They retreated and consolidated their position in a group of 7,169
islands, known as the MAHARLIKA (now Philippines) away from the oncoming
Moslems. Being a descendant of royal Malayan blood, the Tagean family had its share of
power, authority and riches from the collected taxes during its 900 Year rule in the
empire, and even two millennia earlier when there was commerce with King Solomon of

The Maharajah and his sons, the rajahs, ruled the Maharlika using their own laws, the
CODE OF KALANTIAW. The Maharlika was a very rich and flourishing country. By
the early sixteenth century, the ruling maharajah, Luisong Tagean, had 720,000 metric
tons of gold that he kept in present day Kota Kinabalu, Sabah or North Borneo. At that
time, Sabah was part of the Maharlika.

The Family Tree of Maharajah Luisong Tagean:

MAHARAJAH LUISONG TAGEAN. He resided in the Lamayan District, now known

as Malacañang. He was married to Margaret Acuña Macleod.

His sons were:

Rajah Lapulapu Tagean. He ruled Mactan.

Rajah Soliman Tagean. He ruled Manila and its suburbs, i.e. Rizal, Cavite,
Batangas, Laguna and the Karilaya Province, now Quezon. He married
Princess Dayang-dayang Kiram. Later, he married Mary Anne Dent. Mary’s
Father, Alfred Dent was a British Lord and London merchant. He was a co-owner
of the Royal British North Borneo Company.


Rajah Lakandula Tagean. He ruled Tondo.

Rajah Soliman Tagean. He ruled Eastern Quezon, Mauban, Sampaloc and Lukban.
He was married to the daughter of the sixth Sultan of Brunei, Abdul Kahar.
Rajah Baginda Tagean - He ruled Bohol.
Rajah Kabingsuran Tagean - He ruled Southern Mindanao
Rajah Kolambo Tagean - He ruled Cebu.
Rajah Sikatuna Tagean - He ruled a part of Bohol.
Prince Lacan Acuña Macleod Tagean - Son of Rajah Soliman, he was adopted by his
Grandmother, Margaret Macleod Tagean. Born during the Spanish colonial Rule
on December 17, 1686, he changed his surname to TALLANO so he could
easily pursue his revolutionary activities against the colonizers. In 1726, at the age
of 40, he married Princess Elizabeth Overbeck Macleod of Austria. In 1761, he
sought the help of the British against the Spaniards. Later He married Lamayan
Bowan. He lived for a 178 years. He begot a son…
Prince Julian Macleod Tagean-Tallano - He was married to Princess Aminah
Kiram of Sultanate of Sulu. He died in 1898. He begot a son…
Don Esteban Benitez Tallano - He died in the Vatican in Rome in 1939. He begot a
Son …
Don Bonito Acuña Tallano – He died during the Japanese occupation of Maharlika. He
begot a son…
Prince Julian Morden Tallano - He is presently alive.