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.

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.

Message of President Aquino to the participants and organizers of the Second Philippine TRAIL Summer Youth Camp, April 7, 2014

Our quest to create a brighter future starts with molding the youth of today to take on the challenges of tomorrow. Our duty, then, is to ensure that they possess not only the knowledge and skills to be effective in their tasks, but also, more importantly, the character to become wise and compassionate leaders. Your camp upholds this mission, as it aims to mold younger generations into responsible, conscientious individuals through the introduction of the concepts of transformational leadership. I also laud you for holding this activity in the island of Bohol, as it will give the youth participants a chance to play a meaningful part in the recovery of the disaster-affected communities there.

Message of President Aquino to the participants of the Saceda Youth Lead 2014 National Summer Leadership Camp, April 6, 2014

May you champion transformative leadership that is rooted in excellence, compassion, and integrity. In your personal capacity, as dynamic young leaders and future stewards of our nation, may you create a ripple of positive change in our society and help establish the equitably progressive Philippines that we deserve.