Message of President Aquino to the Province of Zamboanga Sibugay on the occasion of their “Sibugay sa Sibugay Festival”, June 25, 2012

His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
To the Province of Zamboanga Sibugay
On the occasion of their “Sibugay sa Sibugay Festival”

[June 25, 2012]

My warmest greetings to the people and local officials of the Province of Zamboanga Sibugay, as you celebrate the “Sibugsay sa Sibugay Festival.”

The unique heritage and traditions of every locality are crucial elements in the formation of its character, encouraging a sense of pride among its residents. Collectively, they form our national community, wherein every village, town, and city bands as individual weaves in the rich tapestry of our national consciousness.

Your government upholds the theme of unity in your festival and the celebration of your culture. This event also celebrates your solidarity, as you gather together, counting on each other’s abilities, and moving as one group for the advancement of your province.

May you always demonstrate passion, industry, and excellence, as you develop your industries, especially in aquaculture, agriculture, and tourism. May you be steadfast in the fulfillment of your goal of a progressive Zamboanga Sibugay, in accordance with our national agenda of revitalization.

I wish you all a happy, meaningful, and fun festival.