It looks impossible for my people to get out of this trap. But we will. I know my people. Even if we have to wade through blood and fire, we will be free. We will develop. We will build our own societies. We will sing our own songs. - Jose W. Diokno
On appreciation of an authentic Filipino tradition and culture
Such arrogance to say that you own the land, when you are owned by it! How can you own that which outlives you? Only the people own the land because only the people live forever. To claim a place is the birthright of everyone. Even the lowly animals have their own place…how much more when we talk of human beings? - Macliing Dulag
On love of country based on a historical perspective
Nationalism is nourished by a sense of history. It is of its essence to know profoundly the past, so that we may be in complete openness with the men who made that history and in intimate communion with their thoughts, their deeds and their noble lives. - Claro M. Recto, Jr.
Do not forget. We Filipinos are the first Asian people who revolted against a Western imperial power, Spain; the first who adopted a democratic republican constitution in Asia, the Malolos constitution; the first to fight the first major war of the twentieth century against another Western imperial power, the United States of America. There is no insurmountable barrier that could stop us from becoming what we want to be. - Jose W. Diokno
On identification with the needs, interests, and aspirations of the Filipino people
Education is a vital weapon of a people striving for economic emancipation, political independence and cultural renaissance. We are such a people. Philippine education therefore must produce Filipinos who are aware of their country's problems, who understand the basic solution to these problems, and who care enough to have courage to work and sacrifice for their country's salvation. - Renato Constantino
On social awareness and an analytical understanding of Philippine society
In our history as a nation, our best years were when we took our destiny in our own hands and faced the uncertain future with boldness and hope and faith. - Jovito R. Salonga
On the ability to distinguish our own interests from those of other nations
There is no greater nation on earth than our Motherland. No greater people than our own. Serve them with all your heart, with all your might, and with all your strength. - Ninoy Aquino
We should be on guard against a policy on foreign investments that has no well-defined safeguards. The urgent need for vigilance in this respect becomes obvious when we observe what has been happening here. Foreign investors have entered fields that can be run and in many cases have already been pioneered by Filipinos. - Lorenzo Tanada
On looking at the world from the point of view of the Filipino
When the UN official seal, which depicts the world, was being selected, Romulo looked it over and demanded, “Where is the Philippines?” “It’s too small to include,” explained US Senator Warren Austin, who headed the committee. “If we put in the Philippines it would be no more than a dot.” “I want that dot!” Romulo insisted. Today, if you look at the UN seal, you will find a tiny dot between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea.
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