Message of His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, to the Kalibapi Women’s Auxiliary Service of Manila, December 10, 1943:

I am glad that the Kalibapi Women’s Auxiliary Service of Manila is holding a Christmas program for the purpose of gathering all the women members of the Kalibapi from the different districts of the City.

This gathering will afford the timely opportunity for the discussion of the best ways and means by which the women of the City can participate effectively in carrying out the gigantic task entrusted to the Kalibapi of uniting all Filipinos and directing their efforts towards the building of a strong and enduring Republic capable of ensuring maximum freedom and progress to our people and of contributing substantially to the welfare and happiness of mankind.

When I think of the wholesome influence of the women on the life of our people, I cannot but feel confident that with their wholehearted support and cooperation, there should be worthy objective impossible of attainment. I therefore ask the Kalibapi Women’s Auxiliary Service of Manila to continue their noble work of promoting the welfare of our people.

As I extend to each of the women in attendance the greetings of the season, I wish to express the hope that they will do their utmost to make this year’s Christmas as cheerful as possible, especially for the less unfortunate people of Manila.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library