“Like your festival, this is the much awaited end to a long, protracted period of reflection, sacrifice and the rediscovery of the values that our nation and our people cherish,” the President said in his message released by Malacañang.
“May peace and unity prevail in our lands and waters, as we proceed to the next chapter of our journey on the straight and righteous path toward a more equitably progressive future,” Aquino added.
Sen. Grace Poe, who is reportedly gunning for higher office in next year’s elections, also issued a message, saying “We share in your joy and gratitude to God for helping you triumph over life’s hurdles and fulfill your spiritual obligations.”
“We pray that your sacrifices will bring you and your children blessings, prosperity, protection from harm, abundant happiness and peace.
“By affirming our cultural and religious diversity, and recognizing that we share common ideals and aspirations, we celebrate this special holiday in unison, and are stronger for it,” Poe’s message sent to The Manila Times read.