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Carlos P. Romulo

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Romulo’s appearance on the reality show This Is Your Life

gave me one of my happiest moments to have my family with me, from near and far

Carlos Pena Romulo,18991985.  Philippine statesman, soldier, and writer.  Typed Letter Signed, Carlos P. Romulo, one page, 5½” x 7½”, on gold- and blind-embossed stationery of the Embassy of the Philippines, January 15, 1959. 

Romulo was one of the most important Filipinos of the 20th Century.  He was an aide-de-camp to General Douglas MacArthur and later a brigadier general during World War II.  He was a founder of the United Nations, serving as president of the General Assembly in 1949 and later as president of the Security Council in 1957.  For more than 35 years, he served as a chief Philippines diplomat:  as Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1950–1952, 1968–1978), foreign minister (1978–1984), and ambassador to the United States (1952–1953, 1955–1962).

In this letter, Romulo writes to thank Arthur Clarendon Smith, the president of the Washington, D.C., Democratic Club in the 1950s and 1960s, for his comments on Romulo’s television appearance.  In part:  “I am grateful to you for your thoughtfulness in writing to me about This Is Your Life program.  It did not only bring back memories of the past but it gave me one of my happiest moments to have my family with me, from near and far, which was indeed a heartwarming experience.”

This Is Your Life, first a radio and then a television hit, was a reality show in which the host surprised guests by taking them through retrospectives of their lives with appearances by family, friends, and colleagues before an audience.

Romulo, an author of several bestsellers in the Philippines and the United States, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1942.  His works include I Saw the Fall of the Philippines (1942), I See the Philippines Rise (1946), Crusade in Asia (1955), The Meaning of Bandung (1956), and his autobiography, I Walked with Heroes (1961).

This letter has one normal mailing fold and small stains in the lower left and right corners well away from the text and signature.  It also has the notation “General Romolo” [sic] in blue ink at the bottom in another hand.  Overall the letter is in fine condition.


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