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Pinoys abroad urged to practice 'ambagan' as PHL Independence Day nears

May 31, 2013 5:00pm
As the Philippines' 115th Independence Day draws near, Filipinos abroad were urged to practice this year's theme of "ambagan," or having the community come together for a single purpose.

In the United States, Ambassador to Washington Jose Cuisia Jr. said Filipinos should heed this year's theme "Kalayaan 2013: Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran" and help ensure that all Filipinos benefit from the Philippines' economic gains.

"With this year’s theme, each one of us is called upon to do our share to ensure that our development is sustained, and its fruits are enjoyed by the most number of people.  It is imperative that we join hands and march alongside one another toward an era of even greater stability and equitable progress," Cuisia said in his Independence Day message.

He also noted the 115th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence on June 12 also marks the sesquicentennial of the birth of hero Andres Bonifacio.

Cuisia said this year's theme is "particularly appropriate" in the context of the "good news" emanating from the Philippines, which he said continues to "perform beyond expectations with unprecedented growth figures."

"The country is reaping the fruits from reforms being instituted pursuant to the Aquino Administration’s program of good governance," he said.

He added the recently concluded May 13 elections "not just reflects the vibrancy of our democracy, but the faith voters have placed in the government’s agenda."


Yet, he said the Philippine government still faces the challenge of "sustaining the positive momentum, and ensuring that the fruits of our economic development will benefit the majority of our people at the soonest possible time."

"This is where the broader concept of ambagan, or of the community coming together towards a single purpose, comes in," he said. - VVP, GMA News
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