Sa Pangulong Benigno Aquino III at sa lahat ng dumalo para sa makasaysayang pagtitipong ito, isang mapagpalayang umaga po sa inyong lahat.
A “storyless” generation is a pitiful generation and a generation that does not have a memory is devoid of soul. This we believe is what all of us- the 20 TAYO National Finalists- had in mind when we decided to confront the problems that threaten the very fabric that binds our society. We would like to create our own stories and memories which we could all look back to.
In the last few days, we have been given a profoundly moving experience of sharing our stories to one another while being inspired by the power of what we and the rest of our generation could collectively achieve and, for all of these, we are hopeful that together we have just woven a memory that we could all be grateful for.
However, we recognize the fact that we owe much to the generations who came before us and who paved our way. Thus, we reckon that what we have all accomplished is still not enough. There is more to realize and a lot more to learn. Thus, teach us and by your guidance, together, let us correct the mistakes of the past.
Yes, we are the youth of this nation. Let us discover more of our place within the society. Harness our energy, vitality, creativity, and desire for social change. We are not just individuals undergoing a period of aggressive behavior and appalling indifference toward issues concerning the society. We are catalysts of change. We still are hope of the fatherland. We are not devoid of dreams. We are not lost. We are awake.
Kami po ang dalawampung grupo ng mga kabataang pinaghiwa-hiwalay ng ibat-ibang relihiyon, kultura, at lupang pinagmulan ngunit pinagbubuklod ng iisang pusong may makabuluhang adhikain: ang pagsilbihan ang bayan at makitang bumuti ang kalagayan ng ating lipunan.
Hindi lang ikaw…hindi lamang ako. TAYO ang magbibigay ng pag-asa sa bayan. Harapin nating lahat ang hamong ito at sama-sama nating sulsihin ang wasak na watawat tungo sa isang bagong umaga.
Maraming salamat po at mabuhay tayong lahat..