President Benigno Aquino 3rd has asked Filipinos to share their Yuletide blessings with others especially with those who need them most.
On Wednesday, Malacañang released a video of the President addressing the nation in time for Christmas.
In the video, Aquino reminded Filipinos that the holiday season is an invitation for all “to share in the grace of the Almighty.”
“May we welcome this call with the readiness to impart His love and blessing to others, and to overcome the challenges that the world faces today with prayer and solidarity,” the President said.
“Let our faith grow stronger as we work toward justice, reconciliation and peace, and guide one another further along the straight and righteous path,” he added.
Aquino enjoined the public to exude generosity amid “times of unease.”
“During times of unease, we stand resolute as a people and let our hopes burn the brightest. I urge every fellowman, from across the regions, to exude the generosity and warmth that make Yuletide in our country distinctively joyous,” he said.
“Let us reinforce the ties woven from our shared aspirations of a harmonious and progressive future for all. Upholding the tradition of bayanihan [cooperation], let us lend cheer where it is needed most and come to the aid of the downcast,” the President added.
Aquino ended his Christmas message by wishing Filipinos “harmony, optimism and unity amid any odds.”