Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

TriCollege Ph.D. Philippine Studies Program alumna, Dr. Marichu C. Liwanag was appointed as the new Deputy Director General of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) – Foreign Service Institute (FSI). As deputy director general, she will be responsible for leading the administrative programs and projects of the institute and aligning its operations with internationally accepted standards.
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. signed her appointment on 19 April 2024. Dr. Liwanag took oath before DFA Secretary and FSI Board Chairperson Enrique Manalo.


Dr. Liwanag graduated from the TriCollege Ph.D. Philippine Studies Program in 2020. The title of her dissertation was “Challenges and Prospects in Promoting Cultural Diplomacy Between Indonesia and the Philippines: A Philippine Perspective.” She has given over 41 years of service to the FSI where she also served as the head of the institute’s Carlos P. Romulo School of Diplomacy. Since 2022, she was also the acting deputy director general.


The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) was formally established under Presidential Decree 1060 on 9 December 1976. The Institute is responsible for designing and conducting training programs appropriate to the needs of personnel of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and those of other government agencies who will be assigned to Philippine foreign service posts. It also undertakes independent research on issues relevant to international relations and foreign policy as well as policy studies in aid of foreign policy formulation, management, and evaluation. Learn more about the FSI.


Foreign Service Institute. n.d. “FSI Welcomes Appointment of New Deputy Director General.” Retrieved 27 May 2024. https://fsi.gov.ph/2024/05/17/fsi-welcomes-appointment-of-new-deputy-director-general/.
———. n.d. “The Foreign Service Institute.” Retrieved 27 May 2024. http://alamid.dict.gov.ph/~s4govfsiph/the-foreign-service-institute/.
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