Ambassador Lullah Quimbao-Del Rosario will be leading the storied educational institution into a new era.
Ambassador Laura “Lullah” Quiambao-Del Rosario, former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) undersecretary and diplomat, was recently named ninth president of Miriam College (MC). Officially starting her term last October, she assumes the job after 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 DFA Undersecretary, a role she held from 2011 to 2016. 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 2016 APEC Manila Summit.
She served in various capacities in the Philippine Embassies in Vienna, Singapore, and Washington, D.C. among others. Her last appointment was as Philippine Ambassador to India and Vietnam.
MC is close to the ambassador’s heart as she herself is a graduate of the institution. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, magna cum laude from the school back when it was still Maryknoll College. Quiambao-del Rosario is also a recipient of the Mother Mary Joseph Award, the school’s coveted accolade for outstanding students. In 2003, she also received the Amazing Alumni Achiever Award.
She holds two master’s degrees: Master of Arts in Literature, bene meritus, from the University of Santo Tomas, and a Master of Education from the University of the Philippines. A seasoned educator and academic leader, she started her professional career at Maryknoll teaching literary studies and serving as its director of admissions. She continued to serve her alma mater as a Trustee of the Board prior to her appointment as MC president.
A way forward
The MC Board of Trustees, through its Chair Josefina N. Tan, says it is honored and excited to have another alumna leading the school. “The Board trusts that Ambassador Quiambao-Del Rosario will bring Miriam College forward with wisdom and passion,” Tan enthuses, adding that they are focused on strengthening their campuses in Quezon City and Nuvali as well as their future site in Porac.
Quiambao-Del Rosario’s extensive work in the foreign service and diplomacy will further enhance the school’s present efforts to expand global partnerships and academic opportunities.
The ambassador succeeds Dr. Rosario Oreta-Lapus, who served as president of MC from 2010 to 2019. The Board thanks Dr. Oreta-Lapus for her “excellent leadership” and “putting the school in a good and strong position for the future.” This, the former president has done through her innovative approach to learning and teaching, particularly in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), her contributions to ensure a flourishing co-educational campus in Laguna, and her role in the strategic acquisition of the Pampanga site.
Ambassador Quiambao-Del Rosario will be inaugurated on February 5, 2020, at Miriam College and will be sworn in by Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Prospero De Vera III.
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