Aquino Independence Day message to OFWs: Reaffirm PHL values
President Benigno Aquino III urged Filipinos abroad to uphold the spirit of hope and confidence as they mark the 114th anniversary of Philippine independence on June 12.
Aquino, in his Independence Day message, also urged Filipinos to reaffirm the values that have shaped and strengthened the nation.
"Let us uphold the spirit of hope and confidence that complements the momentum of change in our time. May we also remain proud of our heritage and diversity, the foundations that distinguish our beloved Philippines," he said in the message, posted on the websites of Philippine embassies abroad.
As of June 3, the message had been posted on the sites of Philippine embassies to Washington and Thailand.
"Inspired by the past we now commemorate, we move forward to establish a future that accords with our rightful place in the community of nations," he added.
He pointed out the Filipino people are once again writing a significant chapter in the nation's history with their ability, creativity, and fortitude.
"Our patriots embodied these qualities in all of their undertakings, particularly in their greatest enterprise – the formation of this Republic," he said.
Today, he said Filipinos carry on this legacy of "solidarity and nationhood from our forefathers" who demonstrate passion, excellence, and integrity in their chosen fields.
"As we celebrate our Independence, let it be our duty to reaffirm the values that have shaped and strengthened our nation, and to forge ahead in fulfillment of the destiny envisioned by our heroes," he said. — LBG, GMA News