Carlos Romulo’s career spanned 50years, serving as a cabinet member or as the country's representative to the United States and to the United Nations

CARLOS ROMULO

In 1942, Romulo became the first Asian to win the Pulitzer Prize in Correspondence  following  a series of articles predicting the outbreak of World War II. Romulo also wrote many books mainly related to his memoirs from World War II and his affiliation with the United Nations and his experiences serving the Presidents (he served eight Presidents from Quezon to Marcos). In 1982 he was awarded National Artist of the Philippines for Literature.

 

As a soldier he served with General MacArthur in the Pacific as a general in the Philippine Army and waded ashore during the Leyte beach landings in October 1944.

 

Romulo was the Resident Commissioner of the Philippines to the United States Congress from 1944 to 1946. He was the Philippines' Secretary of Foreign Affairs under President Elpidio Quirino from 1950 to 1952, under President Diosdado Macapagal from 1963 to 1964 and under President Ferdinand Marcos from 1968 to 1984 (Minister from 1973 to 1984).

 

Romulo was the signatory for the Philippines to the United Nations Charter when it was founded in 1946. During the selection of the UN's official seal, he looked over the seal-to-be and asked, "Where is the Philippines?" US Senator Warren Austin, head of the selection committee, explained, "It's too small to include. If we put the Philippines, it would be no more than a dot." "I want that dot!" insisted Romulo. Today, a tiny dot between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea can be found on the UN seal.

14 January 1899

to 15 December 1985

Family Links

 

National Boy Scout Movement 50th Anniversary

#1890, 28 Oct 1987

 

Romulo was one of the co-founders of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in 1936.

Leyte Gulf Landings, 50th Anniversary

#2316d, 15 Sept 1994

part of a se-tenant block of 4

 

End of World War II, 50th Anniversary

#2391d, 27 Dec 1995

part of a se-tenant block of 12

Romulo served with General MacArthur in the Pacific as a general in the Philippine Army and waded ashore during the Leyte beach landings in October 1944.

Carlos Romulo “Mr United Nations”

#1385 and 1386, 14 Jan 1979

 

United Nations, 50th Anniversary

#2371a, 25 Sept 1995

part of a se-tenant block of 4

 

 

#2372, Souvenir Sheet

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