The Philippines: A Call on The Princess


I'll be a humble beggar, whilst you are a princess pure;

Laugh at me if you desire, yet my love will endure.

— Diosdado Macapagal

The poet-President of the Philippine Republic was due to arrive in Washington this week, bringing assurances of enduring love for the U.S. and a humble request for more American aid. And even though few Filipinos still consider the U.S. "a princess pure," neither do they expect Diosdado Macapagal's desires to be laughed at. Nor would they be — for in all of seething Southeast Asia, the...

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