Prof. José David Lapuz
José David Lapuz is one of the 45 member-commissioners of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM), on the Committee of Social and Human Sciences and is a member of the UNESCO Advisory Committee on Human Rights and Poverty based in Paris. He also teaches international relations and political science at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
Lapuz finished his bachelor's degree at the University of the Philippines and his post-graduate studies in International Politics and Foreign Policy at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He started teaching at University of Santo Tomas in 1970.
José David Lapuz attended and read papers before the Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C. and the International Studies Association of New York. He lectured in the following schools: Eastern Washington University, Harvard, East Carolina University, UCLA, and the University of London, L.S.E., Glasgow University and Oxford University. He has also lectured at the Leningrad State University, now St. Petersburg, Russian Federation; and the then USSR Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow. He also delivered formal lectures at the Humboldt Universitat Zu Berlin (University of Berlin) in Berlin, Germany.
Appointment as Presidential Consultant in 2009
In March 2009, President Arroyo appointed Jose LApuz as Presidential Consultant. The professional specialization of Lapuz lies in international relations, global politics, comparative foreign policy, moral and humanitarian issues in international affairs, and the changing nature of world politics. As consultant of President Arroyo, Lapuz is expected to share his views, comments and observations, whenever asked by the President, on matters and issues affecting the government's international positions.
National Historical Institute Appointment 2009
In November 2009, Jose David Lapuz was appointed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as commissioner / board member of the National Historical Institute. The National Historical Institute promotes Philippine history and cultural heritage through research, dissemination, conservation, sites management and heraldry works. It aims to inculcate awareness and appreciation of the noble deeds and ideals of heroes and other illustrious Filipinos, to instill pride in the Filipino race and to rekindle the Filipino spirit through the lessons of history.
Jose David Lapuz was a participant in the 2010 Preparatory Committee of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference held in February 2010 at the New World Hotel in Makati, Manila. The Philippines was the country elected to be President of the N.P.T. Review Conference which took place in May 2010 in New York. The President-elect of the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (N.P.T.) of New York is Philippine Ambassador Libran Cabactulan.
In March 2010, Lapuz was made a member of the Philippine delegation to the special Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting on interfaith dialogue and cooperation for peace and development at the Philippine International Convention Center (P1CC) which was attended by foreign ministers of 118 NAM Member-States. This SNAMMM Conference was the second biggest gathering in Manila of high-level government representatives, second only to the Ministerial Conference on Trade and Development in 1979. NAM represents the interests and priorities of developing countries in international affairs. It has its origin in the Asia-Africa Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955 (briefly known as the Bandung Conference).
Lapuz argued that through the steady promotion of interfaith dialogue, and respect for diverse cultures, traditions and practices in Mindanao, in Southern Philippines, the government of the Philippines was able “to build roads that opened up remote areas into the mainstream of economic activities and to construct irrigation systems in farm-lands that used to be impenetrable to construction companies because of conflict.” Lapuz maintained that in Philippine Foreign Policy, the Philippines and Pakistan, with the full support of non-aligned movement member countries, have vigorously pursued in the U.N. the promotion of interfaith, interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding, and cooperation for peace since 2004. In a similar vein, the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS), with headquarters in Steubenville, Ohio, USA, invited Jose David Lapuz to deliver a lecture-address on "The Eve of the Quadricentennial Anniversary of the Pontifical and Catholic University of Santo Tomas (1611-2011): The Millennial Challenge of Catholic Higher Education in the Philippines", which was held at Holy Cross College, South Bend, Indiana, East Central, USA in October 2010.
Jose David Lapuz was appointed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as member of the board of trustees of the National Museum of the Philippines in March 2010.
In May 2016, Jose David Lapuz joined some 300 representatives from international human rights organizations that converged in Geneva for the 44th Annual Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The purpose of the conference was to strengthen and reinforce global cooperation in efforts to protect human rights and protect victims of violations of human rights and human dignity. Also, the conference discussed real concrete proposals on ways to reinforce cooperation between the human rights system and regional human rights mechanisms. The conference also tried to identify strategies to overcome obstacles to the promotion and protection of human rights not only at the national and regional levels but, also especially on international levels. Professor Lapuz participated as a Delegate and Representative of the Republic of the Philippines.
- Member, Royal African Society (Patron -Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II).
- Member, Foreign Policy Association of New York, New York City, USA.
- International Leader Grantee, under the Cultural Visitors' Program of the U.S. State Department, 1971.
- British Council Scholar of the United Kingdom to pursue postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom, 1969.
- Member, Honor Society of Pi Gamma Mu, University of the Philippines Chapter.
- Member, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, University of the Philippines.
- Member, Rizal Center Honor Society, founded by Justice Jesus Barrera of the Philippine Supreme Court.
- Member, Claro M. Recto Memorial Foundation.
- Knight Grand Cross of Rizal, the highest and greatest rank of the Knights of Rizal.
- British Council Travel Fellow of the United Kingdom.
- Named as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men  in political scientist  1971.
- Best Educator Awardee given by the Auxiliary National Headquarters of the Philippine Veterans' Legion, 1978.
- Named Lecturer of the Year by the Times Journal in 1979.
- Academic guest of USSR Academy OF Sciences and Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow and Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Russian Federation), October - November, 1987.
- Published "Perspectives in Politics: Public and Foreign Affairs', U.S.T. Publishing House, 2005"
- Fellow of the International Council of Leaders in Washington D.C., U.S.A. 1971.
- Academic Visitor, Socialist East Germany, 1989.
- Member, Francisco Balagtas Circle, founded by Senate President Blas F. Ople.
- Lifetime Member of The National Press Club, Magallanes, Intramuros, Manila.
- Member of the International Visitor Program - Philippine Alumni Foundation, Inc. (IVP-PHILS)
- CUM LAUDE GRADUATE of the University of the Philippines, Major in Political Science and History, 1964.
Reviews of Work
Dr. Ofelia A. Dimalanta, Ph. D. and Director of the UST Center for Creative Writing has said that Jose David Lapuz's voice had resounded quite powerfully and arrestingly in the halls of the academe all these many years and one couldn't help not only hearing but listening. "Lapuz certainly has been one prodigous fountain spouting forth brilliant, fresh ideas and insights on sundry subjects particularly Rizal, foreign policy, international news and affairs, his formidable yield always rich, enriching, and boundless. This book of essays (Perspectives in Politics: Public and Foreign, UST Press, 2005) has long been overdue, but this result is certainly well worth the wait. Now we do not only have to listen to him pour away, whether we like it or not, willingly or willy-nilly, but we may sit down and read and ponder and contemplate and read over and over or pause to refresh before taking him up again, all in our own good time. We may then more fully savor his words, his rapier-sharp wit, his clever turns of phrase, his neatly couched sarcasm, his carefully contained vitriol, his intellectual vigor. In Lapuz's lectures and speeches, he would display the force and irrepressible energy of Juvenal (Roman satirist) one moment and the next, the urban savoir-faire of Horace (Roman writer). Certainly, all this is best captured by the readers when they finally have all the time to read him and absorb the quality of his mind, a mind vividly alive and alert to catch every flow and flux of the goings-on in the contemporary historico-political scene and beyond. Finally, the dynamic voice of Jose David Lapuz is impaled on print for the pleasure and intellectual enlightenment of readers and posterity." Professor Ofelia A. Dimalanta who wrote the above-cited review is a consistent Palanca winner in poetry and is a most highly esteemed professor of World Literature in the Pontifical and Catoholic University of Santo Tomas, Asia's most ancient university having been founded by the Dominican Friars (Fr. Miguel Benavidez) in 1611. Similarly, in 2005, the Very Reverend Father Tamerlane R. Lana, OF, Rector Magnificus of the University of Santo Tomas (1611), España, Manila, Philippines, wrote of Lapuz the following: "This collection of essays and comments on political issues (Perspectives in Politics: Public and Foreign, UST Publishing House, 2005) written by Comm. Lapuz over the past years is the result of his studies, reflections and life-experiences of political concerns which he shared with his students and various audiences here and abroad. Known to many of us as the "Professor of Political Science," Comm. Lapuz shares in this endeavor the commitment of the University of Santos Tomas to imbibe among her students the Catholic social doctrines and political thoughts that would permeate the way they will conduct their lives and thus hopefully effect a transformation in our society: Considering the current political events haunting our country and the characters that play a major role in our nation's political drama, I convey my gratitude to Comm. Lapuz for the many fruitful years he spent as a Thomasian educator and I gladly commend him for this lasting contribution to the growing discourses on the political realities affecting our present lives." Sr. Don Professor Guillermo Gomez Rivera, Member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language and Premio Zobel de Hispanidad in 1975 and Chairman for Spanish and Culture of Adamson University, located in Marquis de Comillas Street, Manila, said of Lapuz: "Jose David Lapuz is the many-sided diamond that cuts out new highways in the darkened glass of world-wide culture... He is the brilliant voice that sings of the Filipino feelings in 'his different tokens, in his doubts and in all that makes him sad.' It is voices, it is pens, it is sounds like that of Jose David Lapuz that must come forth and demand, or struggle if necsary, that the embodiment of what is Filipino be respected. This is the summary of the life, thoughts and works of Jose David Lapuz. This quest for the respect due the Filipino as attested by his own personal history. A review of all that he has written and said, point to the same direction that his beautiful life has taken. It is because of all these day-to-day struggle and labor of Jose David Lapuz that 'a plaque of honor and distinction' was given to him by Adamson University, then represented by Atty. Marcos Herras, Fr. Rolando de la Goza, CM, and Fr. Augusto Goecoechea, CM. This plaque of honor calls Jose David Lapuz "A genius of the race and the pride of his people because he possesses a vast erudition and an enviable culture."