President Aquino exhorts Filipinos to foster goodwill, generosity towards fellow men

November 4, 2011 10:02 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 4 — President Benigno S. Aquino III urged everyone to foster goodwill and generosity towards others as he shared his wish for the country and the Filipino people this “Christmas” season.

In a send-in video question from a young boy on his thoughts for the coming Christmas and his belief in Santa Claus during the Youtube World View interview series at the Presidential Broadcast Studio of Malacanang Palace, on Friday, the President stressed the importance of one’s concern for others not only during the Christmas season but as an aspect of everyday living especially among Filipinos.

“If I were to wish, it would be for people to have goodwill towards their fellowmen … that would I ask for….” the President said as he explained his idea of Santa Claus as an icon for the season of giving.

“Santa Claus is the personification of the idea of generosity and caring that come out during this period (Christmas) most particularly and most strongly,” President Aquino noted.

“The idea of caring for everybody does not exist only during the Christmas period but is even more so a facet of everyday life, perhaps it could be looking out for others rather than looking clearly at one’s own self interest,” he said.

The Chief Executive also cited the relevant contribution of everyone to nation-building rather than engaging into non-sense, destructive criticisms and envy to others.

“More than anything, how can we assist our neighbor, our sister, our brother or somebody that we don’t even know … what can we contribute towards the improvement of the whole rather than concentrating on envy and the ability to criticize that leads to nowhere,” the President noted.

The Youtube World View interview series, which was moderated by Director Ross LaJeunesse, Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific at Google, is a monthly series featuring top leaders from around the globe answering questions submitted and rated by Youtube users.

The notable guests that were featured this year include United States of America President Barrack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

President Aquino is the first Asian leader to be featured on the series, produced by Youtube's parent company Google Inc. (PNA)

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