President addresses the Filipino people before Rizal Day

President Benigno S. Aquino III made a message for the Filipino people a day before the 118th celebration of Rizal Day remembering the sacrifice made by Gat Jose Rizal for the nation.

“We discover an exemplar of citizenship in our national hero; and in his triumphs and sacrifice, we imbibe the inspiration to continue the fight for the Filipino. May this commemoration invigorate and impassion us as a people, that we may remain unwavering in the duty to bequeath succeeding generations with the dignified, progressive future they deserve,” the President said in a statement posted at the national government’s official website.

“The battles we confront may be different from our forebears’, yet the call to action and service they once heard remains resonant and clear.”

President Aquino urged the entire country to “walk the path of accountability and commit ourselves to the task of nation-building. We shall compose the next chapters of our history and pass it on to coming Filipinos. United, let us strive to leave them a legacy of an empowered and proud nation.”

He will lead the celebration of Rizal Day at Luneta Park early morning of December 30, 2014.