Message of His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, to the Camia Musical Society, Manila, December 12, 1943:

I wish to thank the Camia Musical Society for dedicating this concert to me.

For the past one year and a half, while we have been ardently engaged in the task of reconstruction and reform, I have noted the glowing promise of a musical renaissance in this country as witnessed by the response of our composers and people to the holding of concerts, characterized not only by selections from the classics, but also by the nostalgic movements of our kundimans and balitaws and by native airs, expressive of present actualities.

This concert is another welcome testimony of this renaissance.

Music is the food of the spirit and among the arts, I consider it the most ennobling. The songs of childhood, tender, adorable, are a happy prelude to that poem which reaches its climax in the solemn symphony of nation-building.

I cannot help but wish, therefore, that all my countrymen march forward to greatness, with heads erect and with the strains of the “Diwa ng Bayan” triumphantly vibrant on their lips and quickly pulsing in their veins.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library