Princess Tarhata Kiram was female Muslim leader from
the Sulu archipelago who campaigned on behalf of Muslims in the region.
born in the Sulu archipelago, the oldest sultante in the Philippines. In 1920,
at a time when women were condsidered as home keepers, she was sent to the
United Staes as the first woman pensionado. She
was known for being strong-willed and liberal minded and for her beauty.
returning to Sulu she married Datu Tahil (a leader
of the 1927 Moro revolt in Sulu) and consequnetly was forced into exile,
resurfacing in 1931 when she joined local politics.
Tahil was sentenced to 10years of imprisonment. Princess Tarhata had
two other marriages: to Datu Buyungan and to Salvador Francisco).
politics she campaigned against laws unfavourable to the Muslims.
was one of the heirs of the island of Sabah. The Princess led the other
royal heirs in renouncing their rights ove rthe isalnd in July 1977 in line
with President Marcos' efforts to fostyer closer relations with Malaysia