Pres. Diosdado Macapagal

by Alejandro Camiling, CPA

       
 

List of Bios:

 Macario Arnedo

 Gregorio Camiling, Jr.

 Vicente Catacutan

 Jose Gutierrez-David

 Romeo S. David

 Rogelio de la Rosa

 Vicente A. Dizon

 Escaler Family

 Bro. Andrew Gonzalez

 Diosdado Macapagal

 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

 Armando Q. Madamba

 Nestor S. Mangio

 Delfin T. Quiboloy

bullet Oscar Rodriguez

 Jose Abad Santos

 Marcos G. Soliman

 Honorio T. Ventura

 Amado M. Yuzon

 

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Armando Quizon Madamba
Armando Quizon Madamba
Retired Vice Admiral and Ambassador

Armando first saw light in San Juan, San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines on November 3, 1938 as the first child of five children of the spouses, Venancio V. Madamba, an accounting and financial administration executive and the former Feliza Quizon, a dedicated public school teacher.

Admiral Madamba with  family
Admiral Madamba with wife Alma and daughters Michelle and Pamela

Armando or Budge as he is called by his friends and relatives, attended San Juan Elementary School where his mom was also a teacher. Budge who belonged to the cream of his class, graduated with more than three hundred students at Pampanga High School in the capital town of Pampanga on April 2, 1954.

Aspiring to be a successful engineer, he was accepted and enrolled at the University of the Philippines in Dilliman, Quezon City, Philippines. In his third year of engineering studies at the state university, he decided to change his professional career path by requesting a nomination for admission to the Philippine Military Academy from Senate President Gil J. Puyat. He then took the competitive examination conducted by the Philippine Military Academy and garnered one of the highest scores among those who took the examination aiming for the few "at-large slots" reserved exclusively for high national government officials. 

At the military academy in Baguio City, Budge was active in sports and other extra-curricular activities. His intellectual brilliance and literary aptitude catapulted him to the editor-in-chief position of the academy's premiere magazine, "The Corps Magazine". His exceptional ability in planning and military strategy became very prominent in his four-year stay at the exclusive military academy.

Graduating from the military academy in 1962, Budge was among the few PMA graduates who were commissioned as new ensigns of the Philippine Navy. He quickly took up naval training and executed his duties effectively, which caught the attention and praises of his military superiors. 

As he was being assigned to increasing responsibilities in the Philippine Navy, he was sponsored to take up graduate studies at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts where he earned his Master of Arts in International Affairs in 1970 and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy in 1971. 

Gifted with exceptional tact and diplomacy, Budge was assigned as AttachŠ¹ (Political Affairs) at the Philippine Embassy in Tehran, Iran from 1975 to 1980.

To further his studies, he also attended the Naval command College course for Senior International Officers at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in 1987 to 1988 where he was elected president of his class. 

Budge's last military assignment was at the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as the Deputy Chief of Staff, the third highest ranking officer in the AFP. He initiated and integrated the modernization plans and strategies of the AFP for the new century.

After Budges' compulsory retirement from the military service at the age of 56 as vice admiral (equivalent to a three-star general), President Fidel V. Ramos appointed him as Philippine Ambassador to the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation and served as executive director of APEC's Secretariat in Singapore in 1996.

Budge is now a high-priced management crisis consultant specializing in development economics, comparative politics, international organizations and legal systems. To help his beloved province recuperate from the disastrous effect of the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 and speed up the economic recovery, he accepted at least one of the government positions offered by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to sit on the Board of Clark Development Corporation under the chairmanship of another Kapampangan, former Secretary of Trade and Industry Rizalino T. Navarro.

A be-medalled military officer, Budge was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Star, the Distinguished Service Star (6), the Philippine Legion of Honor (2), Outstanding Achievement Medal, Military Merit Medal (6), Military Commendation Medal (3), Navy Distinguished Cross and the 1991 Cavalier Award of the Philippine Military Academy. 

In recognition of Budge's long unblemished military career, the Provincial Government of Pampanga conferred on him the "Most Outstanding Kapampangan Award" in 1993. 

Budge enjoys golf and writing during his spare time. He is happily married to a beauty queen, the former Alma Lloren of Baguio City. Their marriage is blessed with two beautiful daughters, Michelle and Pamela who both graduated from prestigious universities and work as executives of international firms in an Asian country.

(Andro S. Camiling - 03/29/01)