MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, called on Filipinos to show the true spirit of Christmas and by extending much-needed help to victims of tropical storm “Sendong.”
In his Christmas message, the President asked Filipinos to share their blessings especially with the victims of last weekend’s tragedy.
“Ipadama natin sa kanilang hindi sila nag-iisa; tanglawan natin sila ng malasakit at pagmamahal; iparamdam nating kabilang sila sa mas malaking pamilya (Let us show them they are not alone. Let us extend to them our sacrifice and love, and make them feel they are part of a big family),” he said.
“Ang tanging hiling ko po sa bawat isa sa inyo: huwag tayong mag-atubiling magbahagi ng ating mga biyaya, huwag tayong magdalawang-isip na maghandog ng mabuting gawa (My request to each of you is not to hesitate in sharing our blessings. Let us not think twice before doing something good),” he added. (Read the message here)
Storm “Sendong” devastated parts of Mindanao and Visayas last weekend, leaving at least more than a thousand dead and another thousand missing.
Aquino noted that while Christmas is a joyous time for Filipinos, many victims of “Sendong” will be spending the occasion in cramped evacuation centers, with dark memories of the tragedy.
“Sa likod po ng kasaganahan, kasiyahan, at pagsasama-sama, nawa’y hindi natin malimutan ang panawagan sa atin ng Poong Maykapal: pagpapakumbaba at pagsisilbi sa kapwa. Dito nga po natin maaaring makita ang diwa ng Pasko: ipinanganak ang Hari ng mga Hari sa pinaka-payak na katayuan at kalagayan—sa isang sabsaban (Behind the happiness and togetherness, we must not forget God’s call for humility and service to others. Here we can see the true spirit of Christmas – the King of Kings born in a mere manger),” he said.
“Lagi po sana nating alalahanin na ang Pasko ay para sa lahat ng tao, at marami pa rin sa ating mga kababayan ang hindi ganap ang sayang nararamdaman sa panahong ito (Let us always remember Christmas is for all people, and this year, many Filipinos are not fortunate enough to feel the happiness some of us do).” – Rappler.com