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Jose David Lapuz

José David Lápuz is one of the 45 member-commissioners of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM), on the Committee of Social and Human Sciences and is a member of the UNESCO Advisory Committee on Human Rights and Poverty based in Paris. He also teaches international relations and political science at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. -------------------------------------------------

Career
Lapuz finished his bachelor’s degree at the University of the Philippines and his post-graduate studies in International Politics and Foreign Policy at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He started teaching at University of Santo Tomas in 1970. José David Lapuz attended and read papers before the Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C. and the International Studies Association of New York. He lectured in the following schools: Eastern Washington University, Harvard, East Carolina University, UCLA, and the University of London, L.S.E., Glasgow University and Oxford University. He has also lectured at the Leningrad State University, now St. Petersburg, Russian Federation; and the then USSR Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow. He also delivered formal lectures at the Humboldt Universitat Zu Berlin (University of Berlin) in Berlin, Germany. In 1999 José David Lapuz was first appointed as United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (Unesco) commissioner to the Committee on Social and Human Sciences and in 2002 he was re-appointed for a further three-year term. In May 2007, Los Angeles County gave him a Diploma of Commendation in recognition and appreciation of numerous lectures delivered in the USA since 1971 continuously through the 1970s, the 80s, the 90s, up to the present day. Similarly, in November 2007, Lapuz was given a Certificado de Honor y Reconocimiento por Todos Sus Triunfos en las Relaciones Internacionales y la Diplomacia. The award was given by all the Councilors of the City and County of Honolulu and by the Mayor of the City of Honolulu, Mayor Hammani. In August 2007, José David Lapuz was presented an award by the 22nd Phil-American Exposition in Los Angeles, Calif., USA. The award reads: "For his intelligence, extraordinary knowledge in the field of political science, diplomacy and international relations, consistent determination to share his expertise with various people around the world, earning the respect of the intellectual community, making him a true ambassador of goodwill and a true-modern day Philippine hero." The main sponsors of the award to Jose David Lapuz were Radio Manila and The California Examiner. -------------------------------------------------

Appointment as Presidential Consultant in 2009
In March 2009, President Arroyo appointed José Lápuz as Presidential Consultant.[6] The professional specialization of Lapuz lies in international relations, global politics, comparative foreign policy, moral and humanitarian issues in international affairs, and the changing nature of world politics. As consultant of President Arroyo, Lápuz is expected to share his views, comments and observations, whenever asked by the President, on matters and issues affecting the government's international positions. -------------------------------------------------

National Historical Institute appointment 2009
In November 2009, José David Lapuz was appointed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as commissioner / board member of the National Historical Institute. The National Historical Institute promotes Philippine history and cultural heritage through research, dissemination, conservation, sites management and heraldry works. It aims to inculcate awareness and appreciation of the noble deeds and ideals of heroes and other illustrious Filipinos, to instill pride in the Filipino race and to rekindle the Filipino spirit through the lessons of...
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