MA. THERESA (TESS) DIZON-DE VEGA
Deputy Consul General and Manager, Philippine Center Management Board
She assumed her post as Deputy Consul General, Philippine Consulate General, New York and concurrently Manager, Philippine Center Management Board (PCMB) on 25 July 2011.
Her last designation was as Minister and Consul General, Philippine Embassy, London, United Kingdom, a post she was assigned to from end October 2008 to 24 July 2011. Her other foreign postings include: Consul, Philippine Consulate General, Hong Kong SAR, China and Second Secretary and Consul, Philippine Embassy, Mexico.
She served in the following capacities in the Department of Foreign Affairs: Special Assistant, Office of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and concurrently Acting Head, Department Legislative Unit (DLLU) from 2005 - Oct 2008; Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Administrationand concurrently Acting Board Secretary/Assistant Board Secretary, Board of Foreign Service Administration (BFSA) from 1996-99; Acting Director, Office of Legal Affairs in 1998; Acting Director (concurrent capacity), Office of American Affairs in 1996; and Principal Assistant, Office of the Undersecretary for Policy from 1995-96.
She completed her Bachelor of Arts in English (Cum Laude) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 1989; Master of Arts in English and Cultural Studies at Queen's University, Ontario, Canada in 1991; Juris Doctor (JD) at the Ateneo de Manila School of Law in 1999; and a Graduate Diploma in China Business (DCBL - with Distinction) at the University of Hong Kong in 2005.
She placed 1st in the Foreign Service Officers Examination and 3rd in the Career Ministers Examination in 1994 and 2008, respectively. She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2000.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was a faculty member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, UP Diliman, from 1989-1994. She also taught Philippine History at the Punlaan Technical School in San Juan, MM.
She has received the Order of Lakandula-Rank of Pinuno, the Gawad Mabini Rank of Dakilang Kasugo, and a Medal of Civic Merit by the Government of the Kingdom of Spain.
She is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Federacion Internacional de Abogadas, UP Alumni Association (UPAA), UPAA-Hong Kong, UPAA-UK, Ateneo Law Alumni Association, Management Association of Hong Kong, Philippine Association of Language Teachers, and UP Faculty Alumni Association.
Ms. Dizon-de Vega speaks Spanish and French in addition to English, Kapampangan and Filipino.
She is married to Minister Eduardo de Vega of the Philippine Mission to the UN in NY. They have a young daughter, Montserrat.