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Carlos Po Romulo (Philippines)

Elected President of the fourth session of the General Assembly

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General Carlos Po Romulo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Chief of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations; Chief Delegate of the Philippines on the Far.Eastern Commission in Washington, D.C.

Born January 14, 1901, in Manila, Philippines.

Graduated from the University of the Philippines, A.B. 1918; Columbia University, Now York City, M.A., 1921, Received from Notre Dame University, Indiana, Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) Honoris Causa, 1935; Rollins College, Florida, Doctor of Literature (Litt.D). Honoris Causa, 1946; University of Athens, Greece, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Honoris Causa 1948, University of the Philippines, Honorary Doctor of 'Laws, April 1949.

Positions held: Editor-in-Chief Publications in Manila 1931; Publisher DMHM newspapers in Manila 1937-41. Secretary of Information and Public Relations in President Quezon's war Cabinet, Washington, D.C. 1943-44. Resident Commissioner of the Philippines to the United States 1944-46. Acting Secretary of Public instruction in President Osmenals Cabinet 1944-45.

War Record: Served as General MacArthur's Aide-de-camp on Bataan, Corregidor, and Australia, first as Major in the United States Army; promoted Colonel, March 1942; to full Colonel, August 1942; to Brigadier General, September 1944. Accompanied General MacArtiur and the liberating forces in the invasion of Leyte and later in the recapture of Manila.

Decorations: Distinguished Service Star of the Philippines, the Gold Gross, the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit-Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters. Philippine Legion of Honor (Commander); the Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix from the Greek Government; the Grand Cross of the Order of Carlos Manuel do Cespedes from the Republic of Cuba; and other decorations.

In 1942 won the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for distinguished correspondenct a series of articles written on a trip through the Far East just before the war.

In America wrote the best-sellers I SAW THE FALL OF THE PHILIPPINES (1942); MOTHER AMERICA (1943); MY BROTHER AMERICANS (1945); and I SEE THE PHILIPPINES RISE (1946).

International Conferences: Head of the Philippine Delegation to the United Nations Conference in San Francisco in 1945. Head of the Philippines Delegation to the First Session of the United Nations General Assembly, London, January-February 1946, and to all succeeding sessions. During the Third Regular Session in Paris September-December 1948, and New York, April 1949, was Chairman of the Ad Hoc Political and Security Committees. Elected President of the Fourth Regular Session which opened 20 September 1949 in New York, Signed the Bretton. Woods Agrement for the Philippines, 1945. Philippine Delegate to UNRRA Conference in Atlantic City in March 1940, Head of Philippine Delegation to London Conference on Devastated Areas, 1946. Chief Philippine Delegate to and President of the United Nations Conference on Freedom of Information, Geneva, March-April 1948. Philippine Delegate to the New Delhi Conference on Indonesia January 1949.

Awards: March 1947 First Annual Gold Nadal Award by World Government News for work in the United Nations for peace and world government; May 1947 Gold Medal award by Woodrow Wilson Memorial Foundation of Princeton University "in recognition Of his contribution to public life"; January 1948 International Benjamin Franklin Society's Gold Medal for "distinguished world statesmanship in 1947;" made Freeman of the City of Plymouth, England October 1948.

Married Virginia Llamas in 1924. Children Carlos Llamas Gregorio, Vicente. Ricardo Joses Roberto Rey.