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Carlos P. Romulo


Carlos Peña Romulo (1899 - 1985), Philippine general, diplomat, and journalist known for his activities on behalf of the Allies during World War II and his later work with the United Nations. When Japan attacked the Philippines in 1941, he became an aide-de-camp to U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and his broadcasts became widely known as the “Voice of Freedom.” In 1941 Romulo won the Pulitzer Prize for Peace for his prewar evaluations of the military situation in the Pacific area. He returned to the Philippines with U.S. forces in 1945. In 1948 he served as president of the United Nations Conference on Freedom of Information in Geneva. Romulo was president of the General Assembly of the UN (1949–50) and in 1950 became secretary of foreign affairs of the Philippines. In 1952 he was named ambassador to the United States.


A Patriot's Farewell

Carlos P. Romulo, soldier, statesman, and Philippine patriot, who served with General MacArthur in World War II, played a leading role in creating the United Nations, presided over the UN General Assembly, and was ambassador to the United States for many years. This was his memorable message as he prepared to return to his homeland:

I am going home, America—farewell. For seventeen years I have enjoyed your hospitality, visited every one of your 50 states. I can say I know you well. I admire and love America. It is my second home. What I have to say now in parting is both a tribute and a warning: never forget, Americans, that yours is a spiritual country. Yes, I know that you are a practical people. Like others, I have marveled at your factories, your skyscrapers, your arsenals. But underlying everything else is the fact that America began as a God-loving, God-fearing, God-worshipping people, know that there is a spark of the Divine in each one of us. It is this respect for the dignity of the human spirit which makes America invincible. May it always endure. And so I say again in parting, thank you, America, and farewell. May God keep you always; may you always love God.

Sunshine Magazine
July 1967
Back cover

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