The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) launched “The Mute Storyteller”, a book showcasing the art and talent of Ambassador Meynardo LB. Montealegre at a ceremony held at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila on 13 June 2022. The launch was attended by Mrs. Ma. Lourdes B. Locsin, as guest of honor and who also delivered a message, as well as FSI Director General Jose Maria Cariño, Ambassadors Christopher Montero (Assistant Secretary for Human Resource Office of the DFA) and Sulpicio Confiado (DFA’s Assistant Secretary of the Office of Fiscal Management), and other DFA officials.

The Mute Storyteller tells the stories of scenes frozen in time, of moments captured into permanence, reciting the tales of changing seasons and the cadence of time. It features a compilation of photos of beautiful sceneries taken from various countries, including the captivating scenery of Vietnam. The Mute Storyteller generously shares to us a world of visual poetry and whispers the tales of places and scenes from different continents as captured through the lens of an artist and a diplomat.



Ambassador Meynardo LB Montealegre presenting a copy of his book, The Mute Storyteller, to Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. (second from left). Joining them in the photo is the author, Ms. Frances Marie B. Montealegre (far right). The book was published by the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs.


Ambassador Montealegre with Mrs. Ma. Lourdes B. Locsin (center), with the author Ms. Frances Marie B. Montealegre (2nd from the right) and FSI Director General Ambassador Jose Maria Cariño (extreme right). In the photo is Ambassador Christopher B. Montero (extreme left), Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs.