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Loida Nicolas Lewis (contributed photo) and CHEd chairperson Patricia Licuanan (Photo from ched.gov.ph)

4 to receive Carlos P. Romulo Award on Jan. 14

Loida Nicolas Lewis (contributed photo) and CHEd chairperson Patricia Licuanan (Photo from ched.gov.ph)

MANILA, Philippines—“In my blood runs the immortal seed … that flowered down the centuries in deeds of courage and defiance,” thus reads what may be then United Nations General Assembly President Carlos P. Romulo’s most celebrated speech, “I am a Filipino.”

 

And on his 115th birthday, a nongovernment organization will bestow an award that “remembers his legacy” to Filipinos who have proven that the same blood still flows.

 

The United Nations Association of the Philippines (Unap) on Jan. 14 will accord the General Carlos P. Romulo (CPR) Award for International Achievements to four persons who “have put the Philippines on the world map.”

 

Boxer and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chair Patricia Licuanan, Filipino-born American businesswoman Loida Nicolas Lewis and Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario will be conferred the award by President Benigno Aquino III in rites at Malacañang.

Manny Pacquiao (Inquirer file photo) and Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (AFP file photo)

 

Redemption victory

 

Pacquiao, known as the “Pambansang Kamao,” redeemed himself in the boxing ring after a victory against American Brandon Rios in November.

 

Licuanan is an academician and leading women’s rights advocate in the Asia Pacific region. Lewis, on the other hand, is known to have taken over her American husband’s multinational company after his death. Now chair and CEO of TLC  Beatrice LLC, a family investment firm, she also leads a foundation named after her husband and is a known figure in the US Asian-American community.

 

Del Rosario leads the Department of Foreign Affairs, which is hounded by issues on overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East and a territorial row with China, among other things.

 

Long deliberation

 

In a statement to the Inquirer, Unap said the search committee “deliberated for so long” to come up with the names.

 

It added that the awardees “have made Filipinos proud in their diverse achievements personally and professionally,” and, like CPR, “contributed to world peace and development.”

 

The selection of the awardees was approved on Dec. 15, coinciding with the death anniversary of the Filipino icon, who has a Nobel Peace Prize nomination on his list of achievements.

 

The event is “well guided and supported” by Beth Day Romulo, CPR’s widow who will grace the event.

 

Past awardees

 

Past awardees include Lea Salonga, former Sen. Leticia Ramos Shahani and former President Fidel V. Ramos; the late Senators Jose W. Diokno and Lorenzo Tañada, and the late Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee.

 

Unap, founded in 1947, is an organization that helps the country meet the ideals of the UN and “has been organizing educational activities with regard to UN days and observances, and environmental protection projects.” Vaughn Alviar