His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
To the Congregacion del Santisimo Nombre del Niño Jesus
On the occasion of their 34th Fiesta del Santo Niño
[January 17, 2013]
My warmest greetings to the Congregacion del Santisimo Nombre del Niño Jesus as you celebrate your 34th Fiesta del Santo Niño.
Our deep faith strengthens the principles that define us as a people: resilience, compassion, and integrity. On this occasion, may you take these values further by fostering the spiritual growth of our citizens, leading them towards embodying the Catholic faith, and engaging our communities in the apostolic mission of forging a just and peaceful society. May the Child Jesus remain an inspiration to your collective in promoting the ideals of charity and channeling these as a transformative force that empowers our countrymen and revitalizes our nation.
We are continuing to gain velocity on the straight and righteous path. Let us maintain our perseverance and commitment as we bolster our endeavors and continue our march to an equitably progressive Philippines.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III