ON the occasion of National Heroes’ Day, Speaker Martin G. Romualdez on Monday called on all Filipinos to revisit the lives of the country’s heroes and learn to emulate the values they held and exemplified.
“Before Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Gregorio del Pilar and the others became heroes, they were ordinary Filipinos who were deeply moved by their love of the motherland. They were bound by a single dream: freedom for their country and a future for all Filipinos,” Romualdez said.
“Today, we remember their lives and their sacrifice for the country. But we should not stop with just remembering and honoring their contributions. We should also emulate their virtues,” Romualdez said.
He then urged the people to embody these display of patriotism and idealism for nation-building and for the continued economic recovery amid the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The blood of our heroes flows in all of our veins. We are all capable of extraordinary courage in rising up to the challenges of these extraordinary times. Our heroes set aside their personal benefit for the good of the country,” Romualdez said.
“Patriotism comes in many forms. Each and every one of us can serve our country in our own personal capacity, like our health frontliners during the height of the pandemic, our law enforcers who kept us safe, or the delivery rider who took care of our needs. We are all heroes-in-waiting, given the right motivation,” the Speaker said.