Amb. Rosario G. Manalo
is the first Filipina who passed the Philippine’s career diplomat examination. She obtained BS in Foreign Service, Bachelor of Laws, and Master of Public Administration from the University of the Philippines. She also completed Master in International Relations and Diplomacy at Long Island University, USA. She served as Philippine Ambassador in Brussels, Luxembourg, Paris, Lisbon, UNESCO, and Stockholm (concurrently to both Nordic and Baltic states). She served as the Director of the European Studies program of the Ateneo de Manila University from 2005 to 2009. She lectures in Ateneo’s Political Science department, DLSU-College of St. Benilde’s Consular & Diplomatic Affairs program, Miriam’s International Studies program, and UP’s Asian Center. Amb. Manalo was Pres. Fidel V. Ramos’ adviser in 2006. She chaired the actual negotiations of the ASEAN Charter in 2007 and then became the Philippine negotiator on the Terms of Reference of the ASEAN Human Rights Body. She is currently serving as the Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights. In addition, she is representing the Philippines in the Board of Governors of the Asia-Europe Foundation. Presently, Amb. Manalo is the Dean of the Helena Z. Benitez School of International Relations and Diplomacy, and the Director of the Center for Gender Equality and People Empowerment of the Philippine Women’s University.