THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE - BY PRESIDENT GLORIA M. ARROYO
[PHOTO AT LEFT - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is all smiles as she shakes hands with Myanmar Prime Minister Gen. Thein Sein before the start of their Bilateral Meeting at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel in Pattaya, Thailand on Friday (April 10). The President was in Thailand to attend the 14th ASEAN SUMMIT and Related Summits. (Exequel Supera/OPS-NIB Photo)]
MANILA, APRIL 12, 2009 (BULLETIN) By President GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO - Today, Easter Sunday, with the rest of the Church and Christendom, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Our hearts sing out: "Rising, you restored our life, O Jesus, come again in glory!" This is the central truth of our faith and the subject of every Eucharistic celebration.
On this day two thousand years ago, our Savior by His resurrection proved the truth of His love for us. In our lives as Christians, we too must prove our love for the truth in His life and His teachings. We must love each other and risk our all for the truth, because God commands us so and Christ did no less for us and expected no less from us.
We who were consigned only to death have now been reborn in the promise of heavenly life. We who knew only darkness are now asked to become children of the light, because, as St. Paul reminds us, "the fruit of the light is in all goodness and justice and truth".
Hallelujah, thanks be to God!
PGMA exhorts Filipinos to love each other in Easter Sunday message
PATTAYA, Thailand (via PLDT) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today called on all Filipinos to love each other and be prepared to risk everything for the truth, in obedience to Christ's teachings.
In her Easter Sunday message released here, the President said that together with the rest of Christendom, Filipinos celebrate the resurrection of Christ and their hearts sing out: “Rising, you restored our life; O Jesus, come again in glory!”
"This is the central truth of our faith and the subject of every Eucharistic celebration," the President said.
She pointed out that this Sunday 2,000 years ago, "our savior, by His resurrection, proved the truth of His love for us. In our lives as Christians, we too must prove our love for the truth in His life and His teachings. We must love each other and risk our all for the truth, because God commands us so; and Christ did no less for us and expects no less from us."
"We, who have been consigned to death, have now been reborn to the promise of heavenly life. We, who knew only darkness, are now asked to become children of the light, because, as St. Paul reminds us, "the fruit of the light is in all goodness and justice and truth,” she added.
The President, who is attending the 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits here, will hear Easter Sunday mass at 4 p.m. at the Royal Executive Lounge.
She is billeted at the Royal Cliff Grand, one of the four buildings comprising the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Hotel complex.
The mass will be officiated by Fr. John Tamayo, a Hagonoy, Bulacan-born Salesian missionary now on his 34th year in Thailand.
The 57-year-old Father John has been parish priest in five different parishes in Thailand since arriving in this country in June 1975.
PGMA off to Dubai to champion OFWs - From Office of the PRess Secretary, Malacanang April 12, 2009
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has headed for Dubai from Thailand to promote and advance the protection and interest of the country’s expatriate workers there.
Following her weekend trip to Thailand for the 14th Asean Plus and East Asian Summits, the President proceeded to Dubai at 5 p.m. (Thailand time) today (April 11, Saturday) to champion the protection of the rights and working conditions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
It will be the President’s second working visit to the UAE in more than a year, and will be highlighted with high-level meetings with UAE government officials and employers.
“I will be going there (UAE) to champion our workers before the government and those firms that are hiring workers in Dubai,” the President said in her departure statement yesterday (April 10, Friday).
She added that although the economy has been particularly difficult in Dubai, Filipino workers are still the most sought-after workers in the Middle Eastern country.
The UAE has become the second most popular destination of Filipinos bound for the Middle East, next to Saudi Arabia.
Reports reveal that there are about 599,000 documented OFWs and an estimated 51,000 undocumented ones in the UAE. Of the total 650,000 OFWs there, about 58 percent are professionals and technically-skilled, while the rest are semi-skilled or unskilled.
“Central to keeping the economy is keeping our workers employed—at home and abroad,” the President said, pointing out that the central mission of the Philippine government is the health, security and safety of Filipinos.
“Good jobs and good wages will continue to help achieve those goals,” she said.
Likewise, the Chief Executive said “global engagement has been an essential component of what has kept the Philippines from getting pulled under the raging economic waves sweeping most countries.”
“Abroad, our economy is increasingly diversified; we have spread the risk of our reliance on other nations and other markets.
“At home, today we are a strong, consumer-driven nation that relies less on exports and more on our own domestic economy,” the President added.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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