His Excellency Manuel Roxas
President of the Philippines
On the occasion honoring the Fiftieth Anniversary
of the Cry of Balintawak
[August 26, 1946]
Fifty years ago a group of Filipinos met on this spot of Balintawak to pledge themselves unto death to the cause of Philippine liberty and freedom. The Cry of Balintawak formally launched the Filipino fight for freedom by the last recourse of arms.
Fate had not willed that those eager and intensely patriotic souls, who fought under insuperable odds and died that their country and people might be free, should see the fulfillment of their dreams. It was left for another generation—this generation of ours—to reap the fruits of their sacrifice.
The Cry of Balintawak had the historic answer in the proclamation on July 4 this year, of Philippine independence. Our heroes and martyrs have not died in vain. Our country is at last free.
Significantly enough, freedom came only after another generation, worthy inheritors of the spirit and tradition of 1896, had given generously of their blood in one more supreme dedication to the cause. Our freedom could not have been so preciously paid for and won.
In commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Cry of Balintawak, therefore, it becomes our privilege and duty to dedicate ourselves anew to the equally heroic and patriotic task of making our dearly won independence real, secure and lasting. The strength of unity and common interests that our heroes and martyrs have so well demonstrated in the fields of battle is the same and the only power that can pull the Filipino people out of the chaos and confusion that the last war has visited upon our land. It alone can lead us into the promised realm of peace and progress as a free and sovereign nation.