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Monday, September 6, 2010

UN President Carlos P. Romulo

Carlos P. Romulo, the first Asian president of the United Nations General Assembly, was also the first Filipino to have received the prestigious Pulitzer Prize (Correspondence). He was awarded the coveted Journalism prize for a series of articles about World War II that appeared on the pages of Philippine Herald in 1941. Romulo wrote and published 18 books that included "I Walked with Heroes" (autobiography) and "Mother America".

Fifty-six years later, Romulo's feat was repeated by two Filipino-Americans. In 1997, Seattle Times' Alex Tizon and Byron Acohido were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their outstanding contributions to American journalism. Tizon was cited for his series of articles about American subcultures for the Seattle Times, where he has been a staff reporter for nearly 14 years. He was born in Manila and immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of four. He studied political science at the University of Oregon before earning an M.A. in journalism from Stanford University in 1986.

Acohido received the Pulitzer prize for his reporting on the conditions of aerospace industry. He was also writing for the Seattle Times.

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