A friendship tried and true
A friendship tried and true

A friendship tried and trueThe time has come for me to take my final bow. When I was appointed to the Philippines as a balikbayan ambassador three years ago, I could not have asked for a better assignment. It is the perfect bookends to my 40 years of diplomatic service. I started my career as a junior diplomat in Manila in the early 80s, so what better way to culminate my life’s work on a high note than here in the country I consider my second home. Challenging, rewarding and for the most part enjoyable is how I would describe my tenure. I have been well accustomed to the Filipinos’ brand of k…

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