GROW AND BE LIKE THE MOLAVE
Manuel L. Quezon
National strength can only be built on character. A nation is nothing more or less than its citizenry, it is the people that make up the nation, therefore, I cannot be strong than its component parts. Their weakness is its failing, their strength is of men and women healthy in mind and body; courteous, brave, industrious, self-reliant, purposeful in thought as well as in action, imbued with sound patriotism and a profound sense of righteousness, with high social ideals and strong moral fiber and I will show you a nation that will not be submerged. A nation that will emerge victorious from the trials and bitter strife of a distracted world. A nation that will forever, sharing the common task of advancing the welfare and promoting the happiness of mankind.
The upward climb of mankind has been universal. In the human landscape, there are peaks and valleys and deep chasms. Generally there is need of patent social upheaval volcanic in proportions to raise the lower levels to great heights.
The battle for existence and survival of the fittest is ever the rule of life in nature and among men.
Our task - it is heroic task to awaken and apply these faculties so that our people should become what of right they should be; morally virile, hardworking, refined, enterprising, persevering,public-spirited.
I want our people to grow and be like the molave, strong and resilient, rising in the hillside, unafraid of the raging flood, the lightning or the storm, confident of its own strength. If we have the will to survive and the will to achieve social efficiency, we cannot deny this task of spiritual revival. Let us begin now to mold the typical Filipino.
We are Oriental. Orientals are known for their placidity and passivity. In the world of humanity we are looked upon as a quiet and smooth lake from which th adventurous and enterprising may reap enjoyment and gain. I refuse to allow the Filipinos to be so regarded.
We shall be a flowing stream, a rippling brook, a deep and roaring torrent, full of life, of hope, of faith, and of strength. Through self-discipline we shall harness all our energies so that our power, spreading over the length and breadth of this land will develop its resources, advance its culture, secure social justice, give puissance to the nation and insure happiness and contentment for all the people under the aegis of liberty and peace.