Message to My People: A Letter Written by Former President Manuel L. Quezon

My fellow citizens there is one thought which I want you to have in mind. And that is that you are Filipinos, that the Philippines, is your country and the only country God has given you: that you must keep it for yourselves, for your children, and your children's children, until the world is no more and that you must live for it and die for it, if necessary.

Your country is a great country. It has a great past, a great present, and a great future.

The Philippines of yesterday was consecrated by the sacrifices of lives and pleasure of your patriots, martyrs, and soldiers.

The Philippines of today is honored by the wholehearted devotion to its cause of unselfish and courageous statesmen.

The Philippines of tomorrow will be the county of plenty, of happiness, and of freedom.  It will be a Philippines with her head raised in the midst of the West Pacific, mistress of her own destiny.  Holding in her hand the torch of freedom and democracy and pointing the way to the teeming millions of Africa and Asia now suffering under alien rule; A Philippine, heir in the orient to the teachings of Christianity: and a republic if virtuous and righteous men and women all working together for a better world than the one we have at present.

Manuel L. Quezon


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