INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF HIS EXCELLENCY ELPIDIO QUIRINO PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
[Delivered at the Independence Grandstand, Manila, on December 30, 1949]
My fellow Countrymen:
The Republic of the Philippines was born in the shadow of a world war. Nurtured in democracy and reared in the midst of human anguish, it withstood the crushing impact of a major catastrophe from which every nation is still recovering to this day. Despite its infancy, it has played a respected role in the attainment of universal peace and security as the only guarantee of its continued existence.