“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
We have exemplified the value of courage in many ways as a nation. In the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, our athletes portrayed courage and made history with our first gold medal and also brought home two silver and one bronze medals. We have witnessed their determination and tenacity to overcome challenges to give the best performance that they could for our nation.
Looking back in our history, courage is not new to Filipinos. It is our nature and characteristics. We fought for our independence with our unsophisticated weaponries. In part, we have been through a lot of disasters and calamities but we are still here fighting, not only for survival but also for economic growth. We are known for our resiliency.
We always pick-up the fight against all odds in life. We know that in this time of crisis, the fight is on and we are not giving up. Each one who has been laid off from work is trying to find means to feed his or her family. We are trying to help one another through our community pantries. Our government is doing its part too. Above all, we never neglect to call for divine help. We are endeavoring to create a better new normal notwithstanding the pandemic.
The value of courage is also a vital element in the quest for national transformation. It takes courage to make a difference, to set a new trend, and come against all tide of malpractices and illegal activities. It is the most challenging attempt yet noble, meaningful, and fruitful undertaking. It is the most fulfilling with lasting effect because it is leaving a glorious legacy for the next generation. There have been comments that corruption is impossible to eradicate as it is endemic and ingrained in the system of government. But for a brave reformer and crusader for change, it is possible.
In this time of pandemic, there is a call for strong determination to finish strong rather than simply accept defeat. Courage will give us the strength to overcome lack, sickness, disease, and any form of difficulties. Problems and dangers are unavoidable but to address them fearlessly reverses the negative situation. Now is the time to come out from hiding and raise our voices for a war cry against all pressures and troubles. (NAS, CRFV)
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