Happy New Year to All!

MANILA, Philippines — Thank God for the New Year! Significantly ushered in by the recent celebration of the Birth of the Child Jesus, it gives us a fresh sense of hope. It gives us the opportunity to start anew, drawing inspiration from the triumphs experienced and discerning lessons from difficulties encountered in the year just ended.

Time indeed swiftly passes by, especially with the innumerable concerns we have had to focus on in our personal life and in our national and global relations. While the year 2011 was a year of triumphs for many Filipinos in various fields, it was also a year of distressing events for many of our countrymen who suffered from natural and man-made calamities.

Resilient as Filipinos are, we remain optimistic that we can rise above all adversities. With the advent of another new year, we are armed with a fresh resolve to correct whatever mistakes and miscalculations we may have made in the past, and to improve on the things we have done well. With determination to do better this new year, we can look forward to a better future for our families, communities, and our country.

Let us nurture the beautiful events that happened in our lives, take pride in the most humble achievements members of our family and society have achieved, and draw valuable lessons from all our experiences, as we pray for God’s grace. Let us make the most of the fresh beginning accorded by this new year and join hands to make our country a haven of peace, understanding, and unity in diversity.

A Blessed, Peaceful, Orderly, and Prosperous New Year to all!

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