PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. hopes that Filipinos, just like Virgin Mary, will learn to “generously give” without expecting to receive anything in return.

In his message for the country amid the celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Marcos expressed hope that Filipinos, no matter how uncertain the days ahead remain, will soon understand the will of God and the purpose behind the journeys that they have only walked in faith.

“During periods of both adversity and triumph, we humbly implore divine providence, especially as we overcome our limitations, weaknesses, and flaws. Like Mary, may we also strive to resign from our individualistic tendencies and aspire to generously give ourselves without expecting anything in return. In the end, what we can bring into our everlasting home are those we cherish deep in our hearts, not the possessions we can only hold in our hands,” he said.

“As we allow our shared experiences to shape our history and lead us in achieving our nation's aspirations, let us place our confidence in the Almighty and put our trust in one another. In the intersection of these things, we will certainly learn where to hold on and gain greater courage. Together, let us gracefully anticipate the promises of a brighter and more comfortable future as we work hard and pray for guidance so that we can march onwards the road of progress to ensure a better future for our families, neighbors, and all Filipinos,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)