Kaisa ako ng sambayanang Pilipino sa paggunita sa Araw ng Kagitingan at Philippine Veterans’ Week, at sa pagbibigay-pugay sa mga Pilipino at Amerikanong nagpamalas ng di-matatawarang tapang at pagmamahal sa bayan, 73 taon na ang nakakaraan. Habambuhay na tatanawin ng bayan bilang utang ng loob ang kalayaang pinagsumikapan ninyo; makakaasa kayong ipagpapatuloy namin ang inyong nasimulan.
I join the entire Filipino nation as we commemorate the Day of Valor and the Philippine Veterans’ Week, and honor the Filipinos and Americans who exemplified the true essence of gallantry and patriotism 73 years ago. Let us forever be grateful for our hard-won liberties; let us never waver in our determination to continue what our forebears have started.
“Sa pagbubunyi natin sa pagbabalik ni Kristo, at sa pag-alala natin sa mga nakamit nating tagumpay, magkakaroon tayo ng lakas na ituloy ang ating laban.”
President Aquino: ” The underlying message of love, selflessness, and sacrifice guides and inspires us all as we strive to create a nation that listens to the voice of the less fortunate, attends to the needs not of the few but the many, and caters to the interests of both present and future generations.”
Pangulong Aquino: Ang hamon nga sa atin bilang mga tagasunod ni Hesukristo: Tumotoo tayo hindi lang sa salita, kung hindi sa gawa. Sa patuloy nating ambagan at pagkakaisa, sa gabay at pagmamahal ng Panginoon, tiyak na pagpapalain tayo ng kinabukasang tunay na makabuluhan sa bawat isa.
It is my hope that you will maintain an atmosphere of harmony and cooperation as you make plans for the coming year, charting your future through this gathering. I urge prudence in exploring prospects and in managing your assets, to ensure your enterprise’s continued success in this time of our resurgence. May passion and excellence always define your pursuits, as you work together in realizing each other’s potential.
We in government remain steadfast in our mission to realize inclusive growth, and we count on your partnership in this endeavor. May you be inspired to harness the knowledge at your disposal to make the Philippines a truly prosperous and advanced society.
May you, dear graduates, seize the opportunities given by your alma mater. You are our future nation-builders and stewards of peace and progress; I look forward to seeing your enthusiasm, creativity, and critical thinking skills translated into endeavors that will help advance your region and the entire Philippines.
Let this gathering further bolster your strength as radiology practitioners. As you learn through each other’s shared experiences and expertise, may you elevate the standards of radiology in our country and create a more formidable collective that is empowered to answer the challenges of our increasingly competitive milieu.
My warmest greetings to the Filipino-Chinese Community, as you gather in observance of the Chinese New Year.