President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Thursday hailed outstanding Filipinos who showed excellence in their respective fields and cited their contributions to bring the country closer to “Bagong Pilipinas.”
“Your accomplishments bring us also closer to Bagong Pilipinas that we are determined to build—a nation that has a globally competitive education system, a safe and empowered citizenry, and a society that offers equal opportunities for all,” the President said.
President Marcos made his remarks during the award ceremony of the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos at the Malacañang Palace recently.
“The excellence that you have demonstrated in your pursuits is, truly, worth emulating,” he said.
President Marcos commended the 10 awardees, consisting of teachers, cops, and soldiers, for going the “extra mile” in contributing to their respective institutions and advocacies.
“We are not a damaged culture. I hate that. We are a great people and you are the example of that greatness,” the President said.
The awardees were commended for their service to the people and country and for unleashing a transformative force that created ripples of positive transformation in the communities and sectors that they serve.
“Your noble works as academicians, soldiers, and police officers are oftentimes the most demanding, exhausting, and wearisome professions out there,” Mr. Marcos said.
“Nevertheless, yours are also among the most important and hopefully the most rewarding and fulfilling vocations that there are,” he added.