He was one of theforemostnationalists of thisera. A partner in thelaw practice ofSenator Claro M.Recto, he becameUndersecretary ofForeign Affairsduring theMagsaysayadministration.
On retirement, he was thecountrys most senior diplomat,having been Ambassador inLondon, Madrid, New Delhi, MexicoCity and Belgrade. On 19 June1982 he received the GawadMabini -the highest award in thePhilippine Foreign Service.He held the rank of Knight GrandCross of the Knights of Rizal.Among his many works areinternationally acclaimedtranslations of Rizals Noli MeTangere and El Filibusterismo.
What are Filipinos Like?What are Filipinos Like?Leon Ma. Guerrero
Filipinos are...• Friendly - good-natured• loyal - idealistic• Sentimental - socially gracious• more intelligent than the Malays• religious but not so mystical asthe Indians• imitative but less so than theJapanese
Filipinos are...• unwilling to acceptresponsibility• lacking in self-reliance• less hardworking than theChineseand, in general,...•the most adaptable of allraces in the Orient.
A Spaniard thought Filipinoswere very like the Spanish.
An American thought Filipinos werenot American enough. They alsocannot understand why grown-upsons and daughters keep on livingwith their parents after they havemarried.
A Frenchman remarkedthat Filipinos were theonly people in Asia with asense of humor.