At the end of the day, the culture we are fostering in this nation remains clear: a community where each person is treated equally; a society where no one is left behind, belittled, or ignored. Wherever in the Philippines you may hail from, we are all Filipinos, we are all children of God. All of us have the capacity to reach out to our fellowmen, all of us have the same opportunity to improve our lots in life, and to improve our country. Let us continue working together for the good of our fellowmen and our country.
Hindi naman po biro ang iiwang puwang ni Lieutenant General Coballes sa kanyang pagbaba sa puwesto. Kaya naman marapat lamang na mahusay at maaasahang pinuno din ang humalili sa kanya—ito ay walang iba kundi si Major General Hernando Iriberri.
As we welcome a new year, in both the Gregorian and Lunar calendars, let us never forget the lessons that were taught to us by Yolanda. Let us never forget that our greatest weapon as a people is our solidarity; and that in the face of great challenge, we are called upon to set aside personal interests and come together as one people, in service to our country.
Indeed, in these past few years, our country—through the collective will and participation of its people—has altered its fortunes for the better. Make no mistake: Your association had a significant part in this. Each peso or dollar you gave from your own pockets, each patient you treated in a medical mission, each small effort all of you made is part of the accumulation of positivity and inclusiveness that has made our country’s turnaround possible.
Ang tagumpay po nating ito ay hindi bunga ng milagro, o ng dinoktor na mga numero. Kongkretong bunga ito ng pagkakaisa, dedikasyon, at propesyunalismo ng DepEd, ng DPWH, ng ating economic team na buong sigasig na pinapalago ang ekonomiya, at ng matuwid nating paggugol ng pondo. Nagpapasalamat din tayo sa pakikipagtulungan ng lokal na gobyerno, ng mga nagbigay ng donasyon sa loob at labas ng bansa, at sa pribadong sektor, upang makumpleto ang pagpapatayo ng mga silid-aralan. Maraming salamat po sa paglalatag ng magandang kinabukasan para sa ating kabataan.
As we move closer to inclusive growth, the rising tide will lift all boats: giving all of us more time to sit down and read the pages of newspapers like yours. And it is my hope that you continue to exhibit the style that has made you the choice of many of our countrymen—that you continue exhibiting the understanding that progress requires change, and that being the exponent of progress is equivalent to that rare commitment in journalism: to share the good news.
Mula man sa magkakaibang larangan, iisa ang ating layunin: ang makapaglingkod sa mga Pilipino at makapagdala ng malawakan at pangmatagalang pagbabago sa Pilipinas. Para sa akin, ganyan ang ibig sabihin ng Outstanding—nagpapakahusay hindi para sa sarili, kundi para sa mas nakakarami; ginawa ang lahat upang ang maipamana sa susunod na salinlahi ng Pilipino ang isang lipunang masagana, hitik sa pagkakataon, at tumatamasa ng malawakang kaunlaran.
When I was asked “How are you?” And I kept replying, “I’m okay,” and perhaps I should have expounded: I’m okay, because the people I serve really bring so much honor and so much pleasure, and that given any tragedy, they really can pick themselves up, sometimes literally the day after, and proceed to reconstruct and rehabilitate their own lives instead of dwelling on their misfortune.
Sa kabila naman ng mga lubak at harang na kinaharap natin upang marating ang araw na ito, hindi tayo natinag upang sama-samang humakbang pasulong. Talaga naman pong sulit ang anumang tagumpay na makakamit, lalo na kung pinaghihirapan.
For 14 years, this magazine has annually recognized people who have inspired others by exhibiting not only competence, but excellence in their chosen fields. Whether in business, media and entertainment, medicine, or the many other sectors represented here today, our awardees for 2014 have indeed accomplished so much, and in so doing, have brought honor to the Philippines. To all of you: my sincerest congratulations.
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