Veteran diplomat named Miriam College president

/ 04:20 AM February 02, 2020

Laura Quiambao-Del Rosario

MANILA, Philippines — Veteran diplomat and top foreign affairs official Laura “Lullah” Quiambao-Del Rosario will be inaugurated as ninth president of Miriam College after being named to succeed Dr. Rosario Oreta-Lapus last October.

Former ambassador Del Rosario served in the foreign service for 37 years, culminating in her appointment as undersecretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs from 2011-2016 after serving in various capacities in Philippine embassies in Vienna, Singapore, Washington, New Delhi and Hanoi.


She was conferred the Gawad Kamanong Presidential Award (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 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Manila Summit in 2016.

Ambassador Quiambao-Del Rosario is a graduate of Maryknoll College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree major in English literature, magna cum laude.


She is also a recipient of the school’s coveted Mother Mary Joseph Award.

Amazing alumni

In 2003, she received the Amazing Alumni Achiever Award for her life and work achievements.

She holds master’s degrees in literature (bene meritus) from the University of Santo Tomas and in educational administration from the University of the Philippines.

A seasoned educator and academic leader, she started her professional career at Maryknoll College where she taught literary studies and served as director of admissions. She continued to serve her alma mater as a trustee of the board prior to her appointment as college president.

The former ambassador will be inaugurated on Feb. 5 at Miriam College and will be sworn in by Commission on Higher Education Chair Prospero de Vera III.

“The Board trusts that ambassador Quiambao-Del Rosario will bring Miriam College forward with wisdom and passion, as we work toward further strengthening Miriam College in Quezon City and Nuvali, Laguna, with the future opening of our third campus in Porac, Pampanga,” said banker Josefina Tan, board of trustees chair.

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