|Manuel G. Collantes|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Preceded by||Carlos P. Romulo|
|Succeeded by||Arturo Tolentino|
|Mambabatas Pambansa (Assemblyman) from Batangas|
June 5, 1984 – March 25, 1986
Serving with Jose B. Laurel, Jr., Hernando Perez, and Rafael Recto
|Died||May 28, 2009|
Collantes was raised in Tanauan, Batangas. He received his law degree from Far Eastern University in 1940, and passed the bar exam later that same year. He his career by working as an assistant attorney at the Claro M. Recto law office for a short period of time. He also taught diplomacy and international law, as well as parliamentary practice at Far Eastern University.
He met his wife, Consuelo Madrigal in Washington D.C. in 1949 while Collantes was working as the second secretary and consul at the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, D.C. The couple married during the 1970s. Current Filipino Senator Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal is Collantes' niece.
Collantes held a variety of positions with the Department of Foreign Affairs during his career as a diplomat. These included Aide-de-Camp to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs to Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and legal assistant secretary.
Manuel Collantes died of cardiopulmonary arrest on May 28, 2009, at the age of 91. His body was laid in state at the family home at 77 Cambridge Circle, North Forbes Park in Makati City. He was buried at the Madrigal Mausoleum in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, following a funeral mass.
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