Message of President Aquino to Hilongos, Leyte on the occasion of their Annual Town Fiesta, December 22, 2012

His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
To Hilongos, Leyte
On the occasion of their Annual Town Fiesta

[December 22, 2012]

My warmest greetings to the citizens of Hilongos, Leyte, as you hold your Annual Town Fiesta.

With this event, you express your gratitude for the blessings of your patron, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Your pride of place and solidarity emphasize your contributions to Leyte’s multifaceted culture: from your Heritage Site, the Hilongos Church Bell Tower, to the Alikaraw Festival, which highlights the vital role of agriculture in your community. The preservation of these institutions fortifies your sense of identity; may it too inspire a deeper patriotism together with the national collective.

Our nation’s development continues with your valuable support. May the people of Hilongos be further strengthened in their commitment and passion to uphold the public welfare and remain true to the values of integrity and accountability. I wish you a joyful and meaningful celebration.