On this day, May 26, in 1859, Felipe Agoncillo, diplomat, lawyer and revolutionary leader was born in Taal, Batangas. For his attempt to broker American recognition of Philippine independence in 1898, Agoncillo is considered the first diplomat of an independent Philippines.
The DFA recognizes Agoncillo through the Felipe Agoncillo Lifetime Service Award, given every year to retiring or retired Heads of Missions who have significantly advanced the interests of the Philippines overseas.
On this day, May 26, in 2003, Republic Act No. 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act was signed into law. It was amended in 2013 via RA 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.
Today, May 26, we celebrate 26 years of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Slovenia. The Philippines established diplomatic relation with
Slovenia in 1993.
With around 89 Filipinos as of June 2017, the Philippines has an Honorary Consulate General in Ljubljana.
On this day, in 1950, President Elpidio Quirino convened the Baguio Conference, participated by Asia-Pacific countries such as Australia, Ceylon, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand, and the Philippines.
During the Conference, Foreign Affairs Secretary Carlos P. Romulo proposed the creation of a permanent regional mechanism to address common challenges among Asian countries, and promote peace and stability in the region.
Since then, regional groupings have come and gone such as the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO), the Association of Southeast Asia (ASA), and Malaya-Philippines-Indonesia (MAPHILINDO).
Then in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established.