The Romulo Room
10th floor, Henry Sy, Sr., Hall
de la Salle University, Taft Avenue
October 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the historic Landing of American forces in Leyte Gulf at the start of the campaign to recapture and liberate the Philippines from Japanese occupation. Together with General Douglas MacArthur wading ashore were President Sergio Osmeña, Lieutenant General Richard Sutherland, and Brigadier-General Carlos P. Romulo.
In commemoration of the Landing, which led to the largest naval battle of World War II and Japan’s eventual defeat and surrender, the Romulo family and the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation for Peace and Development are donating a study area within the La Salle’s Learning Commons. Designed by Leandro V. Locsin with future generations of leaders in mind, the Romulo Room will showcase the life and works of General Romulo.
Carlos P. Romulo is well known as a World War II general, diplomat, advocate for peace, and protector of human rights. He was a Philippine National Artist for Literature, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a newspaper editor, a best-selling author, and a consummate letter writer. He was also an inspiring professor of English literature, a university president, a master debater, and a gifted speaker.
The Romulo Room will be centrally located within The Learning Commons of La Salle’s campus on Taft Avenue. Although it will be a designated quiet zone, a good many students do pass through the area daily, 7am to 8pm, Monday through Saturday, so we hope that the Romulo Room will attract study groups and student researchers.
Furnished with computer stations, armchairs, and reading lamps, students will have all the necessary support and inspiration to sit down and study.
- Various awards and honorary degrees
- Reproductions of Amorsolo paintings of CPR and VLR
- VLR life size portrait (oil) by Antonio Garcia Llamas, orig.
- CPR’s old Oxford dictionary and its original stand
- Various original letters and postcards
- Pulitzer-Prize winning articles (these are bound together like a giant book)
- Pulitzer Prize (framed nomination, letter, award)
- A bust of CPR by Tolentino
- Books from his private library
- Books by CPR (about 20)
- Handwritten speeches and letters
- National Artist for Literature prize (this is in the NHCP)
- Newspaper clippings of his pieces, like a rare poem he wrote in 1918
- The gavel he used in the 1948 Freedom of Information Conference, Geneva
- Photo: Returning home on the warship John Land (for the Leyte Landing)
- Photo: Colorized photo by Sison (with Osmeña)
- Photo: Leyte Landing or Osmeña and other wartime cabinet members
- Quotes (figure out a way to display these)
Exhibited in the area now are model ships in glass cases. These will be relocated. Nearby on the same floor are glass displays of Carlos Quirino’s memorabilia; and also in the same building is a reading corner named after F. Sionil Jose.
The Romulo Room is an 84-square-meter space on the 10th floor of the Henry Sy, Sr., Hall, a modern high rise designed by Leandro V. Locsin and inaugurated in 2011. The building houses the university’s executive offices, the Academic Services Hub, and The Learning Commons (six floors of library, discussion rooms, archives, and rest spaces).
grand launch & other key dates
August 29, 2018 | transfer memorabilia from Ayala Museum to La Salle
September 6, 2018 | signing of the Deed of Donation
September 2018 September 2019 | design & construction
October 2, 2019 | Grand Launch of the Romulo Room