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Manuel L. Quezon’s “Message To My People.” A Rare Recording.

Manuel L. Quezon was the first President of the Philippine Commonwealth from November 15, 1935-December 30, 1941. He also served a second term from December 30, 1941-August 1, 1944 (term extended on November 15, 1943).He was born on August 19, 1878 in Baler, Tayabas (now Quezon), to Lucio Quezon, a native of Paco, Manila and Maria Dolores Molina. He finished law at the University of Sto. Tomas and passed the bar examinations in 1903.

He had a colorful career as fiscal of his home province, elected member the Philippine Assembly in1907 and eventually became the majority floor leader, Resident Commissioner to Washington D.C. (1909-1916), elected senator in 1916 then eventually became the Senate President, and headed the first Independence Mission to the U.S. Congress which brought home the Tydings-McDuffie Independence Law in 1934 before being elected as President of Commonwealth Government.

He was known to an eloquent speaker. His words are worthy of quotation until today. His speech entitled “Message to My People” was his only known recorded speech. It was recorded in the 1920s, “when [President Manuel Quezon] was first diagnosed with tuberculosis and assumed he didn’t have much longer to live” according to his grandson Manuel L. Quezon III.

The speech was delivered in English and Spanish.

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Here is the full transcript of “Message to My People.”

“My fellow citizens: there is one thought I want you always to bear in mind. And that is: that you are Filipinos. That the Philippines are your country, and the only country God has given you. That you must keep it for yourselves, for your children, and for your children’s children, until the world is no more. You must live for it, and die for it, if necessary.”

“Your country is a great country. It has a great past, and a great future. The Philippines of yesterday are consecrated by the sacrifices of lives and treasure of your patriots, martyrs, and soldiers. The Philippines of today are honored by the wholehearted devotion to its cause of unselfish and courageous statesmen. The Philippines of tomorrow will be the country of plenty, of happiness, and of freedom. A Philippines with her head raised in the midst of the West Pacific, mistress of her own destiny, holding in her hand the torch of freedom and democracy. A republic of virtuous and righteous men and women all working together for a better world than the one we have at present.”

Read it and find out how relevant it is today!


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