December 30, 2016
Legarda Urges Filipinos to Emulate Rizal's Nationalism
Senator Loren Legarda has called on Filipinos to emulate the values and principles of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, especially his nationalism, as the nation commemorates Rizal Day.
"Dr. Jose Rizal was an unparalleled visionary whose thoughts and actions changed the landscape of our identity as Filipinos. His ideas began the revolution that earned us our freedom, and his integrity and nationalism continue to inspire new generations," she said.
Legarda noted that, just like Rizal, Filipinos also possess a resilient spirit that enables them to weather challenges, even the worst economic and social conditions.
"Even after experiencing the worst disasters, Filipinos find reason to smile and laugh, help others even if they are victims too, and immediately go about their business and it is something to be proud of. Rizal was the epitome of strength and resiliency and overcame the monumental challenges he faced as we know from our nation's history. He drew strength from his family, his faith and his beloved nation. I hope Filipinos would follow his example," she stressed.
Legarda also renewed her call for Filipinos to respect and preserve the nation's heritage, stressing that Rizal himself had expressed the need to embrace one's roots.
She said that Rizal loved his native tongue even while he was fluent in several foreign languages. He recognized the exceptional artistry and craftsmanship of Filipinos and was fond of indigenous Philippine textiles. Many of his works also describe the beauty of the Philippines and its people.
"Like Dr. Rizal, we, too, should take pride in our heritage. We will be more confident of ourselves if we know who we are and if we understand our roots. We must all strive to know about our heritage, appreciate it and preserve it for the future generations," Legarda concluded.
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