Rajah Matanda

This name uses Philippine naming customs for indigenous people. There is no family name, but the sole name is Ache, and the title is Rajah.
Ache Rajah Matanda
Rajah of the Kingdom of Maynila.
Reign 1558–1571
Predecessor Rajah Sulaiman I
Successor Rajah Sulayman
Full name
House Kingdom of Maynila

Rajah Ache, better known by his title Rajah Matanda,[1] (1480–1572) was a sovereign of the Kingdom of Maynila, a pre-Hispanic Tagalog polity along the Pasig River in what is now Manila, Philippines.

Together with Rajah Sulayman and Lakan Dula, he was one of three kings that ruled parts of present-day Manila, and fought against the Spanish Empire's colonisation of the Philippines.[2][3][4]


Rajah is an Indianized term for the kingdom. "Rajah Matandâ" means "old king" in Tagalog. Spanish records refer to him as Rajah Ache el Viejo (King Ache the Old).[5] He is also sometimes referred to as Rajah Laya,[1] a name derived from Ladyang Matanda - an alternative pronunciation of his title.


When the Spanish explorer Martín de Goiti arrived in 1570, Rajah Matanda had already ceded his authority to his nephew and heir apparent, Rajah Sulaiman III. He still retained considerable influence, as did his brother Lakan Dula who ruled the Kingdom of Tondo across the river.


In August 1572, Rajah Matanda fell ill and requested to be baptised into the Catholic Church.[6] In the same year, he succumbed to his illness.[4][6]

See also


  1. 1 2 Joaquin, Nick (1990). Manila,My Manila. Vera-Reyes, Inc.
  2. Dery 2001, p. 5
  3. Joaquin, Nick (1990). Manila, My Manila: A History for the Young. City of Manila: Anvil Publishing, Inc. ISBN 978-971-569-313-4.
  4. 1 2 Scott 1994, p. 284
  5. Rodil 2008
  6. 1 2 Molina 1960, p. 70


  • Dery, Luis Camara (2001). A History of the Inarticulate. Quezon City: New Day Publishers. ISBN 971-10-1069-0. .*Molina, Antonio M. (1960). The Philippines through the centuries, Volume 1. U.S.T. Cooperative. .
  • Rodil, Awang Romeo Duana (April 18, 2008). "The Muslim Rulers of Manila". melayuonline.com. Retrieved October 4, 2008. 
  • Scott, William Henry (1994). Barangay: Sixteenth Century Philippine Culture and Society. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press. ISBN 971-550-135-4. .
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Rajah Sulaiman I
Rajah of Tondo and Namayan
Succeeded by
Rajah Sulaiman III
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