Message of President Aquino to the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation Batch ‘64 on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary, April 12, 2014

The culture of integrity and accountability we have reestablished has been crucial in maintaining progress and stability, and we count you among our vital partners in upholding this era of reform. May this reunion intensify your compassion, kinship, and patriotism, and allow you to stand as examples of integrity and excellence for the new students of Manuel S. Enverga University.

Message of President Aquino to the people of San Felipe, Zambales on the occasion of their Grand Family Town Fiesta 2014, April 12, 2014

Fiestas are expressions of our deep faith and identity; they allow us to strengthen our bonds as a community. Thus, it is encouraging to see that you have integrated our society’s most basic institution, the family, into this solemn event. May you find in this fiesta the opportunity to build on your relationship by helping one another, and by working together in worthwhile causes that will result in the advancement, not only of yourselves, but also of your hometown and the entire Philippines.

Message of President Aquino to the Graduating Class of 2014 of Philippine Rehabilitation Institute Foundation Inc., College of Sciences–Quezon City Campus on the occasion of their 15th Commencement Exercises, April 11, 2014

Education and health empower our people, and are key drivers of national development. The PRI Foundation is a vital contributor to these twin endeavors, as you prepare your students for the challenges in their future undertakings. May you remain committed to promoting excellence and integrity among the youth, so that they may develop into law-abiding, responsible, and productive citizens.

[English] Speech of President Aquino at the commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9, 2014

We are firm in our belief that the lessons of the past should never be forgotten. During the Second World War, a misunderstanding occurred between our countries, and we are all witness to the grim consequences of this. Today, it is clear that we are friends and partners—understanding that we are fellow citizens of humanity, with our own goals and our own fears; capable of comprehending the thinking, culture, and principles of each one; and working together to achieve the collective aspirations of our countries. In this way, we can ensure that dark chapter of our history will not repeat itself.

Speech of President Aquino at the commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9, 2014

Naniniwala pa rin po tayo: hindi dapat makalimutan ang mga aral ng nakaraan. Noong Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig, nagkaroon ng hindi pagkakaunawaan ang ating mga bansa, at nasaksihan natin ang malagim na bunga nito. Ngayon, malinaw naman pong magkakaibigan na tayo—nagkakaunawaan bilang mga kapwa-tao na may sariling mga adhikain at pangamba; naiintindihan na natin ang kaisipan, kultura, at paninindigan ng bawat isa; at nagtutulungan para makamit ang kolektibong mithiin ng ating mga bansa. Sa paraan nga pong ito, masisiguro nating hindi na mauulit pa ang madilim na kabanatang iyon ng ating kasaysayan.

Message of President Aquino on the commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans’ Week, April 9, 2014

Today we commemorate the defenders who stood valiantly for our country. We unite in solemn reflection for the Araw ng Kagitingan and the Philippine Veterans’ Week, offering our unending gratitude to our heroes and their families, and submitting ourselves to the challenge of leading our free nation towards an even brighter tomorrow.

Message of President Aquino to the Barangay San Pedro, San Pascual, Masbate on the occasion of their Patronal Fiesta, April 8, 2014

Our fiestas highlight the bonds between our people, made stronger by time and cultivated by our shared aspiration of progress. May you take this time to galvanize your collective endeavors towards making a profound difference in our task of nation-building; may you renew your commitment to the straight and righteous path, as together, we forge a more revitalized Philippines.