01 AUGUST 2013.

bulet-arow.gif (856 bytes) Aquino government calls on the Filipino people to unite in safeguarding democracy as the nation observes President Cory Aquino’s death anniversary
bulet-arow.gif (856 bytes) President Aquino declares August 9 as regular holiday throughout the country in observance of 'Eid'l Fitr'
bulet-arow.gif (856 bytes) President Aquino joins the nation in celebrating 'Buwan ng Wika'
bulet-arow.gif (856 bytes) Aquino attends mass commemorating mother’s death anniversary

Aquino government calls on the Filipino people to unite in safeguarding democracy as the nation observes President Cory Aquino’s death anniversary
 
The Aquino government called on the Filipino people anew to unite in safeguarding our democracy as the nation observes today the fourth death anniversary of President Corazon C. Aquino, the icon of Philippine democracy, a Palace official said.

"We remember the life of Mrs. Aquino, after her husband, former Senator Ninoy Aquino, was assassinated on August 21, 1983, the mantle of fighting for democracy fell upon her shoulders; and she responded. In the years that followed, she became the face of the Filipino people's struggle for freedom—a struggle that culminated in the 1986 EDSA Revolution," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang. Mrs. Aquino died from colon cancer at age 76 on August 1, 2009.

"As President, Corazon C. Aquino led with integrity and honesty. She spent her term reclaiming our national dignity, rehabilitating our country’s image in the international community and re-establishing institutions to better safeguard our democracy," Lacierda said.

Even after her term ended, Lacierda noted that Mrs. Aquino continued her public service through her political activism and her support for non-profit organizations.

"One of the greatest things we have learned from Corazon C. Aquino is the work that it takes to maintain and improve a working democracy. So as we celebrate the life she lived, we remain cognizant of the challenges that persist," Lacierda stressed.

"We thank Cory Aquino once more, while at the same time realizing that the truest expression of gratitude would be the continuation of her work—creating in this country a democracy that is better, stronger, and even more inclusive," he concluded. PND (js)

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President Aquino declares August 9 as regular holiday throughout the country in observance of 'Eid'l Fitr'
 
President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared August 9, which falls on a Friday, as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan).

The Chief Executive issued the declaration through Proclamation No. 629 signed on August 1 by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr., in line with the Republic Act No. 9177 that declared Eid’l Fitr or Feast of Ramadan as a regular holiday throughout the country.

Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim World for three (3) days after the end of the month of fasting.

“To promote cultural understanding and integration, the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr,” the President said.

"In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Friday, 9 August 2013, as a regular holiday throughout the country," he said.

Ramadan is the month when Muslims observe a strict fasting for a period of 12 hours daily, from sunrise to sunset.

Ramadan is also a month of sacrifice and purification as the Muslims worldwide fast, pray and act with kindness towards the poor and less fortunate. PND (js)

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President Aquino joins the nation in celebrating 'Buwan ng Wika'
 
President Benigno S. Aquino III is joining the nation in observing the whole month of August as “Buwan ng Wika,” emphasizing the importance of having a common language to the country's progress.

"Nagkakaisa ang sambayanang Pilipino upang ipagdiwang ang Buwan ng Wika sa Agosto, sa pangunguna ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino," the Chief Executive said in his message in celebration of "Buwan ng Wika."

In collaboration with the Department of Education, the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino is spearheading the celebration of the “Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa” this August.

The theme for this year’s Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa is “Wika Natin ang Daang Matuwid.” The Buwan ng Wika or the National Language Month is celebrated from August 1 to 31 in pursuant of Presidential Decree No. 1041(s. 1997).

"Nakapaloob ang pagkakakilanlan ng isang lahi sa kanilang wika, at nabubuhay at nagbabago ito ayon sa pangangailangan ng panahong ating ginagalawan. Sa pamamagitan ng tinig na sumasalamin sa kolektibong karanasan at kasaysayan ng ating bansa, higit pa nating napalalalim ang pagkakaisa at diwa ng bayanihan, sa sarili man nating lupain, o saan man makakatagpo ng kapwa nating Pilipino," the President said.

He called on the Filipinos to contribute to the economic growth of the country in this era of revitalization.

"Nagsisimula nang mamunga ang ating pagsisikap; nagsimula na ang pagbawi ng ating pambansang dangal, tumitibay nang muli ang ating mga istitusyon, at patuloy ang pag-arangkada ng ating ekonomiya mula nang tayo’y nanumpang magsilbing mga huwaran ng katarungan, katotohanan, at katapatan," he said.

"Sa patuloy nating pakikiisa sa ilalim ng adyenda ng pagbabago, matitiyak natin na ang panahon ng liwanag at kaunlarang tinatamasa natin ngayon ay magpapatuloy, at siyang mamanahin ng susunod na salinlahing Pilipino," he said. PND (js)

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Aquino attends mass commemorating mother’s death anniversary
 
President Benigno S. Aquino III attended a mass Thursday at the Manila Memorial Park commemorating the 4th death anniversary of his mother, former president Corazon Aquino.

The President arrived at the Manila Memorial Park around 3 p.m. Thursday and joined friends, Aquino supporters and members of his Cabinet attending the mass.

Also present during Thursday’s event were his sisters Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Victoria Elisa “Viel” Aquino-Dee, and Pinky Aquino-Abellada. Only Kris Aquino, the President’s youngest sister wasn’t present during the mass.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. were also present.

Also in attendance were former partylist representative Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, and former representative Erin Tanada.

The former leader died on August 1, 2009 after losing a 16-month battle with colon cancer.

Cory Aquino came to power after leading the People Power Revolution in 1986 against Ferdinand Marcos who ruled the Philippines with an iron fist for two decades. She also sustained democracy in the country by fighting off seven coup attempts in her six-year presidency.

Former president Aquino was buried beside her husband, the late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. PND (as)

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