Ambassador Libran Nuevas Cabactulan receives TOFA Heritage Award
Ambassador Libran Nuevas Cabactulan recently received the The Outstanding Filipino in America (TOFA) Heritage Award, the highest TOFA award, at the Carnegie Hall in New York City on 26 October 2019, for his achievements in advancing human rights, the welfare of disabled persons and elderly, development financing and sustainable development, gender equality and empowerment, and most especially for his leadership in the 2010 Nuclear Arms Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference during his imcumbency as Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Other TOFA awardees included Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray for women empowerment, comedian Jo Koy for creative achievement and Emmy and Golden Globe awardee Darren Criss for entertainment. Ms. Lea Salonga, Ms. Josie Natori and White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford were previous TOFA awardees.
Ambassador Cabactulan was a career diplomat who had foreign postings in Geneva, Brussels, Sydney, Abu Dhabi and thrice in New York (1986-1990, 1995-2000 and 2010-2016) at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations. His educational background was in the fields of political science (bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UP, Diliman) and economics (Development Economics obtained also at UP and Certificate with Merit on Commercial Policy from GATT/WTO, Geneva, Switzerland). Ambassador Cabactulan was a Presidential awardee of the Order of Sikatuna with rank of Datu, the highest Pholippine decoration for exemplary achievements in Foreign Service and international relations.
Ambassador Cabactulan is currently teaching at the College of International Relations of the Lyceum of Philippines University. He teaches subjects on International Law, United Nations(theories, issues and practices), International Trade Negotiations, International Political Economy and Phillippine Foreign Policy.