Salvador P. Lopez Tribute To President Elpidio Quirino

Message of Salvador P. Lopez on the occasion of the Centenary of President Elpidio Quirino.

In the year 1990, 36 years after his death, and on the occasion of the centennial anniversary of his birth, (November 16, 1990) it should be possible to examine objectively the life and career of President Elpidio Quirino, identify his contributions to the country’s well-being, progress and development, and determine his standing among the makers of Philippine history and the benefactors of the Filipino people.

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Ramon A. Pedrosa Tribute To President Elpidio Quirino

Message of Ramon A. Pedrosa on the occasion of the Centenary of President Elpidio Quirino.

It is a great honor for me to have been asked by the family of President Elpidio Quirino and by the Board of Trustees of the foundation to assist in remembering the President.

It is an honor that also belongs to my family because one of the most trusted lieutenants of the President was our father, Pio Predrosa, in whose hands were placed many of the pillars that were erected under the Total Economic Mobilization Program, the blueprint for rehabilitation from war, the centerpiece of President Quirino’s administration.

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President Corazon C. Aquino Tribute To President Elpidio Quirino

Message of President Corazon C. Aquino on the occasion of the Centenary of President Elpidio Quirino.

I am pleased to join the family, friends and the rest of our countrymen in paying honor to President Elpidio Quirino on the occasion of his birth centenary this year.

I am pleased to join the family, friends and the rest of our countrymen in paying honor to President Elpidio Quirino on the occasion of his birth centenary this year.

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Teachers Should Spread Light

TEACHERS SHOULD SPREAD LIGHT

ALMOST 45 years ago I was a barrio school teacher in a school site of which no longer appears in the map. It was washed away by the Abra River. The school was in barrio Caparia-an, formerly a part of the Municipality of Caoayan near Vigan. I taught school for one semester only. After that I availed myself of the following vacation to further my studies.

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Inaugural Speech of 1949

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.

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Inaugural Speech of 1948

 INAUGURAL REMARKS OF HIS EXCELLENCY ELPIDIO QUIRINO AFTER THE DEMISE OF MANUEL A. ROXAS

[Delivered at Council of State Room, Executive Office Building, Malacañan Palace on April 17, 1948]

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Advent Of An Island Nation

Four Hunded Years ago a group of fertile islands was known to dot this side of the blue Pacific. The semi barbarous and warlike dwellers were living in scattered communities independent of one another. They hardly had a social union. Many a time they fell upon one another to settle their tribal wrongs, and their Moro brothers from the South and their Sangley neighbors from the North were not without a share in the stir of primitive unrest. A ready prey to selfish aggression, they did not fail to arouse the interest of European nations. The English, the Dutch, the Portuguese even the Chinese all tried to grab from the hospitable islander his lawful possession. In the guise of religious conquest the adventurous subjects of Philip II proclaimed themselves masters of this group of fruitful isles and called it their Philippines. Instead of the petty rajahs, the Spanish lords obtruded their power and undertook the efficient task of reconstructing the rude institutions of an Oriental people divided into about thirty tribes of different customs and dialects.

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