05/12/2012: Christmas Message of Ambassador Cuisia
I extend my warmest greetings to all as we usher anew another Yuletide season. It is a time of reuniting with family and friends, exchanging gifts, and feasting on our favorite holiday treats. Christmas lights abound and traditional carols fill the air. It is indeed a season of joy and cheer.
There is much to be thankful for. The reforms undertaken by President Benigno Aquino III since he assumed office is bearing fruit. This is evident in the performance of the economy, with GDP growth of 6.5 percent for the first nine months of the year. Last October, the Framework Agreement between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was signed, aiming to bring to an end the conflict on the southern island of Mindanao. These positive developments and many others augur well for the country and its people.
Challenges, however, remain and many of our countrymen have yet to reap the benefits of economic growth. The Embassy’s work contributes to uplifting their status and I am grateful to our partners in the community, who have undertaken various socio-civic projects to help the less fortunate. Filipinos abroad have likewise done much to contribute to the task of nation-building.
Foremost in our minds should be the true significance of Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. He was brought into this world to save us from our sins. I am heartened to know that many communities overseas observe Simbang Gabi as a means of keeping true to their faith.
2012 has been an auspicious year for the Philippines. It is my wish that we will all have an equally blessed 2013.
Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat!
(Sgd) JOSE L. CUISIA, JR.
December 2012, Washington D.C.