My warmest greetings to my fellow Filipinos around the world, as you join our countrymen at home in celebrating the 113th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence.
I am heartened by your dedication to honor our heritage, even as you participate in the different aspects of civic and national life in your respective adopted countries. We in the Philippines deeply appreciate your sacrifices in terms of supporting your families back home and contributing to our noble task of nation-building. This willingness to be part of genuine transformation demonstrates the reinvigorated solidarity that we affirm as we relive this momentous day in our country's history.
Let us take this moment to not only celebrate the freedom that we cherish, but also to remember the brave men and women who valiantly fought for our liberty. Spurred by their undying love for our country and strong compassion for their fellow Filipinos, our forefathers launched a revolution that had marked our race's strength and determination. Among them is our national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal, whose 150th Birth Anniversary we commemorate this year. Dr. Rizal stands for the power of change that lies within each of us: his life and works stirred a nation to answer the call of transfomation, and his martyrdom galvanized our people's struggle for liberty.
More than a century has passed, and our circumstances may be different, but the challenge remains the same: to never waver from the straight and righteous path, and to work together to establish a future of stability and peace. In our time, we are faced with the fight against poverty, the struggle to obtain equitable justice, the campaign for good governance. We share a vision of a Philippines free from poverty, hunger, corruption, and apathy. As the children of heroes, it is our obligation to persist and stay the course.
As we fight our own battles today, may we always find inspiration and strength from our rich history and heritage, our inherent brilliance and sense of purpose. Time and again, we have proven that, so long as we are united under the banner of transparency, accountability, and integrity, we can take on any challenge.
BENIGNO S. AQUINO III