INSPIRED by the strength displayed by victims of recent disasters, President Benigno Aquino 3rd anchored his Christmas message on the unique ability of Filipinos to rise up from the ashes and weather the challenges of the times.
Slated for airing on Monday night, the president’s message, which is delivered in Filipino, also encourages the people not to lose hope and to share the love of Christ, especially to those who have suffered from tragedies.
“Like the star of Betlehem that served as the guiding light and inspiration to the three kings, we were filled with hope by the strength of our countrymen in the face of the tragedies that they had to endure,” Aquino said.
He particularly cited the victims of the killer quake in Bohol province and those ravaged by supertyphoon Yolanda in Central Visayas who, he said, showed their firm resolve to quickly recover.
“In Bohol… I saw it for myself: They really stand up on their own and fight,” Aquino said.
“Maybe, this is the most important lesson from the Lord: Let us do everything we could and God would fill up whatever is left out… This Christmas, we are reminded of our duties as Christians [which is to]love in the same way that God showed his love for us when he gave his only Son so that we may be saved,” he added.
The president also noted that the Holidays would be particularly lonely for overseas Filipino workers who are away from their loved ones.
“However, we remain as one race as we celebrate Christmas. Wherever we are in the world, we are still one family,” he further stressed.