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ROMULO, Carlos Peña

(1899—1985)


ROMULO, Carlos Peña, a Resident Commissioner from the Commonwealth of the Philippines; born in Camiling, Tarlac, Philippine Islands, January 14, 1899; was graduated from the University of the Philippines at Manila in 1918, from Columbia University at New York City in 1921, and from Notre Dame (Ind.) University in 1935; member of the faculty of the University of the Philippines 1923-1928; author, editor, and publisher at Manila, Philippine Islands, 1922-1941; also interested in a broadcasting corporation; secretary to Manuel L. Quezon, president of the Philippine Senate, in 1922; member of the independence missions to the United States in 1921, 1924, 1928, 1929, 1933, and 1937; member of the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines 1929-1941; secretary of Information and Public Relations and member of the President’s war cabinet in 1943 and 1944; member of the Filipino Rehabilitation Commission 1944-1946; secretary of public instruction from October 1944 to February 1945; aide-de-camp to Gen. Douglas MacArthur at Bataan, Corregidor, and Australia; promoted to brigadier general in the Philippine Army in September 1944; appointed Resident Commissioner to the United States August 10, 1944, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Joaquin M. Elizalde and served until July 4, 1946, when the office of Resident Commissioner terminated; appointed by President Roxas on July 9, 1946, as permanent delegate of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations; Ambassador to the United States 1952-1953 and 1955-1962; secretary of foreign affairs 1949-1951; president of the United Nations General Assembly in 1949 and 1950, and of United Nations Security Council in 1957; president, University of Philippines and concurrently secretary of education, 1962-1968; president, Philippine Academy of Arts and Science, 1962; secretary of foreign affairs, 1969-1984; was a resident of Manila, Philippines, until his death there December 15, 1985; interment in Heroes’ Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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