June 25, 2009

Mr. United Nations

Carlos P. Romulo (1899–1985) was a diplomat, politician, journalist, author and soldier. As a journalist and author, he was the first Asian to win a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism in the Correspondence category (1942) and is a Philippine National Artist for Literature. As a politician and diplomat, he served under eight Philippine presidents, from Manuel L. Quezon to Ferdinand E. Marcos. He was the president of the Fourth General Assembly of the United Nations in 1949. Somewhere in the seal of the UN, between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea, there is a little dot that represents the Philippines. That dot is there because of Romulo. So it is quite fitting that this statue of him stands at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and United Nations Avenue in the City of Manila.

statue of Carlos P. Romulo

18 comments:

m_m said...

Great man, indeed very prominent and for sure he strongly deserved this statue.

Jacob said...

Nice sculpture and yes, appropriate that tribute is given to this "hero" of the Philippines!

James said...

Cool statue it looks like he's standing up from a chair. I'm definitely not a fan of the U.N. but he was part of it before it went down hill.

Don and Krise said...

Thank you for teaching us a little about a man I knew nothing about. I agree, the statue is well deserved.

Cezar and Léia said...

So nice to learn about this fabulous man!This sculpture is a beautiful tribute to him!
Thanks for sharing1
God bless you
Léia

peace,purrs and love by Luna(from Brazil)

Frank said...

Your description of the litte dot that is your country and his importance to your history is very moving. Great angle on the statue.

Reena said...

hi hilda! :) fyi, i'm not migrating ha. hehehe...but the political atmosphere is making me think. :)

thanks for this new inof. i didnt know he won the pulitzer! galing!

George said...

Thanks for telling us more about Carlos Romulo. I don't think we know enough about him over here.

melanie said...

Un homme qui dresse le point, qui montre sa colère : j'aime !

Vogon Poet said...

I am with James about the U.N., but this man was there in other times. Great man, the statue is inspiring and I ignored the fact that he even won a Pulitzer.

the donG said...

quite a coincidence because just yesterday i was reading about the UN in wikipedia. this man really deserves a monument.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Interesting! He seemed to be a man of stature.

B Squared said...

Must have been a great man.

Lois said...

Very nice statue Hilda! I like the angle of the shot.

Abe Lincoln said...

Perfect place for the statue is right.

Denise Jelonek said...

This statue looks huge compared to the umbrella in the background. It must be very tall. He surely stands proud.

Halcyon said...

I really like the statue. It's very bold and strong. Nice tribute to a great man.

ellievellie said...

I guess the man deserved a statue. I used to live in the Soviet union - and every time I see that kind of art - that reminds me of the Lenin statues that were in every town and city in the communist Russia - my memories don't let me to enjoy sculptures that depicts politicians - I have a feeling that when the time passes those statures are the most vulnerable to be taken down. Statures that depict art and beauty usually stay forever!