The Philippine Daily Inquirer wrote:
MANILA, Philippines—A Filipina has won in the Harvard University’s Kennedy School student government elections, it was learned recently.
Merliza Makinano, formerly of the Philippines’ Department of Labor and Employment, was elected as one of the five class representatives for the mid-careers, a class consisting of ministers, diplomats, and chief executive officers in the private sector and non-government organizations.
The only Southeast Asian in the group, Makinano said she feels “truly humbled” by her election.
Makinano is in Harvard for a year to take up her mid-career Master in Public Administration under the Edward S. Mason program. She is also a recipient of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program.