AMWF History: Eugene Chen and Agatha Alphosin Ganteaume | Speaking of China

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  1. ManilaMemories
    ManilaMemories November 28, 2017 at 8:33 am | | Reply

    Interesting…and on a similar note, I am reminded of the second marriage of the late Carlos P. Romulo–a former Secretary/Minister of Foreign Affairs (Philippines) and a man of tremendous achievement and stature (Pulitzer Prize winner-1942, served as a Brig. General-US Army on General Douglas MacArthur’s staff during World War II where he was awarded a Silver Star for his military service, a delegate to the US Congress-when the Philippines was still a colony, a former President of both the U.N. General Assembly-1949-50 as well as the U.N. Security Council, a long time Philippine ambassador to the United States, and a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom-1984) despite being physically short….After losing his first wife to illness in 1968, he reconnected with an old acquaintance, American journalist Beth Day in September 1972 (they had previously met a couple of times prior, starting in 1958 when she interviewed him in his capacity as the Philippine ambassador in Washington). By then, she had also become widowed–and after about six years of courtship–Romulo reportedly proposed marriage before she returned to the United States in February of the following year, they tied the knot in October 1978, reportedly over the initial disapproval of then Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, who “objected to his secretary of foreign affairs, having his own ‘foreign affair.'” That being said, Filipinos are just used to seeing and having interracial/intercultural relationships, despite the obvious disparity between AMWF versus PWWM (Philippine Women/Western Men). Yet, hardly anyone makes a big fuss over except those “rare” Alex Tizon types, and he was almost unlike any other Philippine guy that I have ever befriended….

  2. ManilaMemories
    ManilaMemories November 30, 2017 at 11:33 am | | Reply

    Oh, you’re very welcome! Incidentally, the same President Marcos who reportedly opposed the Day/Romulo affair had gotten caught in a massive sex scandal (during his presidency, no less!) with Dovie Beams (their affair lasted 1968-70), a Nashville-born starlet who visited the Philippines to do a movie….Sometimes, Filipino guys get into a lot of trouble when romancing Western women…lol Believe me, First Lady Imelda Marcos (famous for her shoe collection…lol) was not pleased, at the time….lol

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