Each generation writes his own history. Our forbears have written theirs. With fortitude and excellence we must write ours.
We must renew the vision of greatness for our country. This is a vision of our people rising above the routine to face formidable challenges and overcome them. It means the rigorous pursuit of excellence.
It is a government that acts as the guardian of the law’s majesty, the source of justice to the weak and solace to the underprivileged a ready friend and protector of the common man and a sensitive instrument of his advancement and not captivity.
This vision rejects and discards the inertia of centuries.
It is a vision of the jungles opening up to the farmer’s tractor and plow, and the wilderness claimed for agriculture and the support of human life; the mountains yielding their boundless treasure, rows of factories turning the harvests of our fields into a thousand products.
It is the transformation of the Philippines into a hub of progress – of trade and commerce in Southeast Asia.
It is our people bravely determining our own future. For to make the future is the supreme act of the free.
This is a vision that all of you share for our country’s future. It is a vision which can and should, engage the energies of the nation. This vision must touch the deeper layers of national vitality and energy.
We must awake the hero inherent in every man.
We must harness the wills and the hearts of all our people. We must find the secret chords which turn ordinary men into heroes, mediocre fighters into champions.
Not one hero alone do I ask from you – but many; nay all. I ask all of you to be the heroes of our nation.
Offering all our efforts to our Creator, we must drive ourselves to greatness.
This is your dream and mine. By your choice you have committed yourselves to it. Come then, let us march together towards the dream of greatness.
*My speech in my Public Speaking class before. :)