November 18, 2014 @ 3:47 am
(hosted by Dr. Donald Platt with production assistance of Vivian Dames, Marlon Molinos and Alan Grossman) was recorded 11/10/14 and aired 11/14/14. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Program guest is Marciano R. de Borja, author of The State Department Boys: Philippine Diplomacy and Its American Heritage (2014). This book is set in July 1946 and focuses on a group of pioneer Filipino diplomats chosen to become the first officer corps of the Philippine Foreign Service. The group was affectionately known as the “State Department Boys. Trained at the U.S Department of State in Washington, D.C. and at selected American Foreign Service posts, this group played pivotal roles in Philippine diplomacy and helped the Philippine Republic find its place in the international community.
De Borja is a career diplomat who arrived August 2014 to assume his duties as Philippine Consul General in Guam with jurisdiction over the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He most recently served as Senior Special Assistant in the Office of the Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. Previously he served as Minister at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York where he was in charge of Security Council Affairs and the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary Affairs) of the UN General Assembly. He was also assigned to the Philippine embassies in Japan, Chile, and Spain as well as in the Department of Foreign Affairs where he served, among others, as Director for the United States Division.
He finished his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and European Languages (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines and his M.A. in History and Geography from the University of Navarra (Spain) as a Spanish Foreign Ministry scholar. He has also studied International Politics at the University of Tokyo as a Japanese Government (Monbusho) scholar.
This episode begins with excerpts of the remarks given by Dr. Lilnabeth Somera, Associate Professor of Communication and member of the Philippine Studies Group, at the book launch hosted by the University of Guam on Wednesday, November 15. This is followed by excerpts of the talk given by Consul General de Borja about this seven year project.
The interview with Consul General de Borja was conducted by guest host Dr. Donald Platt, a Professor of History at the University of Guam where he teaches several American History courses as well as the History of the Philippines and Recent U.S. Military History. Platt’s Ph.D. dissertation focused on US-Philippine relations during the 1945-1954 period that overlaps with a portion of the time period covered by de Borja’s book.
The State Department Boys: Philippine Diplomacy and Its American Heritage is available for purchase online at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training website and from Amazon.com. It will soon be available locally at Bestseller Book Store.
The music selection is one of the sound tracks from "Once Upon a Time in America" entitled ‘Friends’ by Ennio Morricone, selected by Consul General de Borja as the music bed for a short photographic presentation about the “State Department Boys.”