Prof. Celso L. Cainglet

A vocal academician, and public intellectual, Professor Celso L. Cainglet has been very straightforward with his positions in socio-political discourses. With a background in Philosophy and a Master’s Degree in Applied Ethics obtained with honors (Cum Laude) at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, Prof. Cainglet deserves every right to Communication Expert and Strategic Analyst titles.

As a Strategic Communication Expert, he has been known for his success and contributions in creating and delivering communication training, tools, programs, guidelines, and evaluations for government agencies, private companies, and corporations. As an academician and a public intellectual, he has not only rendered services as a tri-media consultant, editor, and socio-political analyst with a long list of publications in newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals; but more importantly, he has been very dynamic with his views primarily where matters of International Relations are concerned, such as the issues on the West Philippine Sea.

His career and professional life may be described as largely academic, serving as a faculty member in various Universities, Colleges, and Institutes in the country to the present day. His experiences include serving as Instructor, and as a research and technical apprentice at the Institute for Social Research and Development of the University of Saint La Salle in Bacolod City from 1989 to 1991; as Lecturer in De La Salle University-Manila, handling courses on Ethics of Peace, War in International Relations, from 1990 to 1991; as Course Director and Instructor on Military Ethics, and Literature at the Philippine Military Academy from 1991 thru 1995; as a Lecturer on Military Ethics, and Literature at the Philippine National Police Academy from 2002 to 2003; as Lecturer at the Saint Thomas of Villanova Institute in Quezon City from 2006 to 2007; as a Lay Professor at the San Carlos Seminary in Makati, handling courses on Ancient Greek and Medieval Philosophy, and Philosophy of Science, from 1998 thru 2012; Lecturer in the Armed Forces of the Philippines Civil Relations Services; and as Academic Supervisor and Faculty in the Philosophy Department of the University of San Agustin in Iloilo from 2019 to 2020.

Currently, Prof. Cainglet is serving as Philosophy Professor at the University of the Philippines Visayas.

Apart from the academe, his government and consultancy services engagements are equally inspiring. Over the years, he has held important positions in both public and the private sectors, namely as Head Exec. Assistant and Program Director of the National Council on Food Security and Jobs Creation from 2003 to 2004; Executive Director of Global Filipinos from 2004 to 2006; Secretary for Special Concerns in the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus in 2004; Correspondence Director at the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines from 2008 to 2010; and as Senior Analyst and Assistant Editor in Chief of the Center for Strategy, Enterprise and Intelligence (CENSEI E-Newspaper) in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila in 2012, to name a few.

Other relevant engagements include consultancy services for various government agencies and offices, including the Office of the former Secretary Heherson T. Alvarez, in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from 2001 to 2002; for the same office at the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Overseas Filipino Communities from 2003 to 2004; Office of the Undersecretary for Transportation, Department of Transportation and Communications from 2004 to 2005; consultant of the Philippine Coast Guard from 2005 to 2007; as Management Consultant for NAGACACORP in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 2013 to 2014; and the Office of the House Speaker of the Philippine Congress from 2019 to 2020. Prof. Cainglet renders consultancy services for the Committee on National Defense of the Philippine Congress.

Given his humble but truly inspiring background and experience, Prof. Celso Cainglet is recognized by the Award for Promoting Philippine–China Understanding (APPCU) for his vocal expression and potent stance in promoting better ties, understanding, friendship, and cooperation with China as a neighbor in Asia, particularly on issues involving the West Philippine Sea and the eastern parts of the South China Sea. For him, there are valuable lessons to be learned from the experiences of Taiwan and Vietnam, especially where international diplomacy is essential. Accordingly, while there may be disputes on territorial claims, as a nation, Filipinos must not be stuck with this discourse as there are other aspects that require immediate attention, such as enabling the economy to thrive for the good and benefit of the majority.