Seasoned diplomat and former Foreign Affairs undersecretary Laura Quiambao-Del Rosario will be formally inaugurated as president of Miriam College next month.
Del Rosario who ended her term at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in 2016 officially began her term last October, succeeding Rosario Oreta-Lapus.
Her investiture is scheduled on Feb. 5. Josefina Tan, chair of Miriam's board of trustees, welcomed the appointment of
Del Rosario, an alumna and trustee of the college.
"The board trusts that Ambassador Quiambao-Del Rosario forward with wisdom and passion, as we work towards further strengthening Miriam College in Quezon City and Nuvali, Laguna, with the future opening of our third campus in Porac, Pampanga," Tan said.
The college said her extensive work in the foreign service and diplomacy will further enhance the school's present efforts to expand global partnership and academic opportunities.
Del Rosario graduated with a degree in English Literature from the college, and was a recipient of the schools' Mother Mary Joseph Award for outstanding students.
She also received the Amazing Alumni Achiever Award for her life and work achievements in 2003. Prior to joining the foreign
service, Del Rosario taught literary studies at Maryknoll College (former name of Miriam College), and served as its director for admissions.
"Ambassador Quiambao-Del Rosario led a distinguished career in diplomacy. She has an outstanding track record of 37 years in the Philippine foreign service, which culminated in her appointment as undersecretary of the DFA from 2011 to 2016," Miriam said.
"She received the Gawad Kamanong Presidential Award (the Grand Cross) for her work in economic diplomacy in 2012 and the Sikatuna Presidential Award for her work as chair of the Senior Officials' Meetings for the AsiaPacific Economic
Cooperation Manila Summit in 2016," it added.
Del Rosario served in various Philippine embassies worldwide, including in Vienna, Singapore and Washington D.C. She was ambassador to India and Vietnam.
She holds two master's degrees: Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Santo Tomas and Master of Education major in Educational Administration from the University of the Philippines.
Published in print in The Philippine Star on 27 January 2020 in People, Events Section, page B16.