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There were many times in our history when Filipinos became proud as a nation not because of boxing champions and YouTube singing sensations. This is one of them.
Carlos P. Romulo literally placed the Philippines on the map. Back when the United Nations in New York City, was choosing its official seal, US Senator Warren Austin had to answer to this little man from the Philippines.
When the proposed UN seal was shown, Romulo asked Senator Warren, then head of the seal selection committee, "Where is the Philippines?".
The senator explained, "It's too small to include. If we put the Philippines, it would be no more than a dot.".
Romulo answered, "I want that dot."
Today, a tiny dot between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea can be found on the UN seal. (Wikipedia)
A tiny dot between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea can be found on the UN seal that would have otherwise been left out if Romulo did not insist.
Authographed picture of Carlos P. Romulo in his younger years.
Romulo served as the President of the Fourth Session of United Nations General Assembly from 1949–1950, and chairman of the United Nations Security Council. He had served with General Douglas MacArthur in the Pacific, was Ambassador to the United States, and became the first non-American to win the Pulitzer Prize in Correspondence in 1942.
Carlos P. Romulo before the United Nations seal. Filipino diplomat, politician, soldier, journalist and author. He was a reporter at 16, a newspaper editor by the age of 20, and a publisher at 32. He was honored as the Philippines’ greatest diplomat in the 20th Century and among the most decorated Filipino in history, which includes 82 honorary degrees from different international institutions and universities and 74 decorations from foreign countries. (Wikipedia)
Doña Maria Peña de Romulo embraces Carlos two and a half years after Liberation, Lolo and his mother reunited at their ancestral home in Camiling, Tarlac, March 7, 1947. (Picture from carlospromulo.org)
“He is a very bright, intelligent and magnetic young fellow,” Major Dalrymple wrote to Maria Peña de Romulo, in 1933, “and he has made just the kind of man that I hoped he would make.” Dalrymple served as teacher and school superintendent in Romulo’s hometown of Camiling. (carlorpromulo.org)
More can be read from carlospromulo.org: online repository of select items from General Romulo’s collection of writings, speeches, photographs, letters, films, medals, and other memorabilia.