Message of His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, on the occasion of the graduation exercises of the Kalibapi Leaders’ Institute, November 29, 1943:

In congratulating the members of the graduating class of the Kalibapi Leaders’ Institute, it is my fervent hope that you are fully aware of the great mission you are about to perform.

The Kalibapi was founded by the Philippine Executive Commission principally for the purpose of uniting our people in order that the whole nation as one man shall help in the work of reconstruction and rehabilitation and in building a new and stronger Philippines in harmony with our customs and traditions. We have just attained an independent existence and with the establishment of the Philippine Republic, we have assumed new and graver responsibilities. There is urgent need of instilling in the minds of our countrymen a new spirit of service and sacrifice so indispensable in this trying period of our country’s history.

Herein lies your mission. You must awaken in our people the immortal ideals for which our heroes lived and died. You must preach not once but always the virtues of unity, solidarity, cohesion among all classes. From the platform, in the schools, in the small gatherings where people meet to discuss and comment on the events of the day, you will find that the land is fertile for your patriotic calling. You must break down the apathy of our brethren in civic matters; give life to the dormant consciousness of our common history, our common ideals and aspirations, our common traditions and problems for the future.

Your work as leaders will call for the best that is in you—new conception of public duty, sacrifice and even abnegation, determination to succeed in the attainment of the objectives of the Association you represent.

As you go out, therefore, to your respective cities and towns to execute the policies and plans of the Kalibapi, I want you to draw inspiration from the conviction that in the performance of your task, you are serving, as heroic soldiers in the field, our beloved Republic of the Philippines.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library