The Sultan of Sulu was an office recognized by the government in Manila until 1936. Sulu is currently a province of the Philippines, although at one time it was an independent sultanate. The centre of government of the Sulu Sultanate kingdom was in Jolo. The word's "Jolo" origin from the Chinese word's "Holo or Holiang", mean "Good". When the Chinese traders stayed in Jolo last time, they were treat good and nicely by the Sulu or Tausug peoples. So the Chinese traders called the Sulu peoples as a "Good Peoples". Jolo was not only became the centre of Sulu Sultanate government, but also became the centre of port trading. And while Manila just a small settlement, Jolo was already became a city. The following list details the holders of the office between 1450 and 1936.
The first Sultan of Sulu; he founded the sultanate in 1450 and held it until 1480.
Son of Sultan Shariful-Hashim. 1480-1519.
3. DATU ALAWADDIN
also one of Sultan Shariful-Hashim son. But believed he was not proclaim to be the "Sultan of Sulu".
'4. SULTAN AMIRUL-UMARA
Believed he was Sultan Bolkiah @ Nakhoda Ragam of Brunei.
5. SULTAN MUIZZUDDIN MUTAWADDIN,
Son of Sultan Kamaluddin and grandchild (Upo or Apo) of Sultan Shariful-Hashim.
6. SULTAN NASARUDDIN AL-AWAL,
Son of Sultan Muizzuddin Mutawaddin.
7. SULTAN MUHAMMAD UL-HALIM @ PANGIRAN BUDDIMAN UL-HALIM,
Son of Sultan Nasaruddin Awal.
8. SULTAN BETARASHAH TENGAH @ PENGUILAN TINDIG
Son of Sultan Muhammad Buddiman Ul-Halim.
Died without heir.
The throne given to his Nephew, RAJA BONGSU-I. (The son's of his sister who married Sultan Hassan of Brunei).
9. SULTAN MAWALIL-WASIT @ RAJA BONGSU-I @ PANGIRAN SHAHBANDAR MAHARAJALELA
IBNI SULTAN MUHAMMAD HASSAN of BRUNEI
10. SULTAN NASIRUDDIN-II
Maybe he is Sultan Qudarat of Maguindanao.
Married to one of Sultan Mawalil-Wasit @ Raja Bongsu-I daughter, bore SITI KABIRA.
11. SULTAN SALAHUDDIN-KARAMAT @ PANGIRAN BAKHTIAR
Alleged in his time the Sultan of Brunei asked for help to settle-down their 10 years sivil war in Brunei. Then Sultan Brunei gave North-Borneo to Sultan of Sulu as a reward.
While waiting for Datu Sahabuddin ibni Sultan Salahuddin-Karamat to be entitle installed as Sultan (*Followed the Sulu Protocol), there was installed the "3 Temporary Sultans of Sulu" to sat on the Sulu throne since 1680-1685, such as,
(TEMPORARY SULTAN OF SULU)
'12. SULTAN ALI SHAH,
13. SULTAN NURUL A'LAM @ SITI KABIRA, and
14. SULTAN AL-HAQUNU IBN WALI UL AHAD.
15. SULTAN SAHABUDDIN
First son of Sultan Salahuddin-Karamat.
Began received the tax payment from North-Borneo
16. SULTAN MUSTAFA SHAFIUDDIN,
Second son of Sultan Salahuddin-Karamat.
17. SULTAN BADARUDDIN-I
The third son of Sultan Salahuddin-Karamat.
His mother's was a Tirun lady. And also married a Tirun Princess, the daughter of Tirun ruler as his second-wife. His first wife was from Soopeng, Sulawesi.
18. SULTAN AZIMUDDIN @ ALIMUDDIN-II @ FERNANDO DE ALIMUDDIN.
Son's of Sultan Badaruddin-I.
When he was "Baptised" by Spain in 1750, made his RIGHTS over the Sulu Sultanate ASSETS "TERMINATED" automatically.
The Assets RIGHTS shifted to his young brother's RAJA MUDA BANTILAN IBNI SULTAN BADARUDDIN-I (*Then became SULTAN BANTILAN MUIZZUDDIN).
19. SULTAN BANTILAN MUIZZUDDIN IBNI SULTAN BADARUDDIN-I.
21. SULTAN MUHAMMAD ISRAIL,
Son of Sultan Azimuddin @ Alimuddin-I.
22. SULTAN SHAFIUDDIN,
Also son of Sultan Azimuddin @ Alimuddin-I.
23. SULTAN ALIMUDDIN @ AZIMUDDIN-III
Son's of Sultan Sharafuddin.
The 40 days reigned Sultan in 1808. His Raja Muda is Raja Muda Datu Bantilan @ Raja Muda Badaruddin ibni Sultan Alimuddin @ Azimuddin-II.
24. SULTAN ALIUDDIN
The brother's of Sultan Alimuddin @ Azimuddin-III
The Sultan who's taken the Sulu throne from the Raja Muda Datu Bantilan ibni Sultan Alimuddin @ Azimuddin-II in 1808, while the Raja Muda Datu Bantilan was not in Jolo, Sulu (*because of chicken-pox outbreak) in 1808, after the death of Sultan Alimuddin @ Azimudin-III.
25. SULTAN SHAKIRAULLAH,
The brother of Sultan Aliuddin & Sultan Azimuddin @ Alimuddin-III.
The SHAKIRAULLAH families began.
26. SULTAN JAMALUL-KIRAM-I,
Son's of Sultan Alimuddin @ Azimuddin-III.
The KIRAM families began.
27. SULTAN MUHAMMAD FADL @ SULTAN PULALUN,
Son's of Sultan Jamalul-Kiram-I.
29. SULTAN JAMALUL AZAM @ A'LAM,
Because of the help & strong supports of his relative grandfather's; Maharajah Adinda Sultan Mohammad Aranan b.Adanan Puyo (The one week Sultan of Sulu in 1862).
30 SULTAN BADARUDDIN-II
without Male Heir.
31. SULTAN JAMALUL-KIRAM-II (Died in 1936).
32. SULTAN ESMAIL KIRAM I (1947-1973)
Born: February 1907
Teacher & School Principal
World War II soldier with the rank of Captain, served under United States Armed Forces in the Far East
The eldest son of Raja Muda Mawallil-Wasit through first wife Enang
One of the 9 heirs of North Borneo through the 1939 Chief Justice Macasckie decision in Sandakan, Sabah
Eligible as the Sultan of Sulu
DATU ATIK IBNI SULTAN JAMALUL AZAM @ A'LAM
33. SULTAN MAHAKUTTA A.KIRAM (1974-1986)
Born:1 August 1941
Died: February 16, 1986
Became the youngest vice Mayor and eventually the Mayor of Maimbung
Former Deputy Governor of Sulu
The eldest son of Sultan Esmail Kiram I
Married to his first wife,prncess Farida T.Kiram from Jolo Sulu gave birth 4 daugters:
Dayang Zuharra,Dyg Dinwansa, HRH Datu Muedzulail-Kiram , HRH Datu Yidon Kiram
Second Wife,Princes Faudatan Kiram gave birth 1 Son only,
HRH Datu Mudarasulail Kiram,( Crown Prince )( Tuan HjAbd.Naim Adopted Son ) Sabah
Third Wife Princess Miriam T.Kiram gave 3 Doughters,Dayang-Dayang Nur Mahal,dayang-Dayang Ayessha and Dayang-Dayang Tanya Rowena.
THE TRUE HEIRS OF THE SULU SULTANATE KINGDOM.
FROM KIRAM FAMILIES: (The KERIS symbol on the Sulu Sultanate flag).
1. HRH DATU MUEDZULAIL-KIRAM ( RAJAMUDA OF SULU )
2. HRH DATU MUDARASULAIL KIRAM ( RAJAMUDA OF NORTH BORNEO )
FROM SHAKIRAULLAH FAMILIES: (The BARUNG symbol on the Sulu Sultanate flag).