PNoy encourages the youths to nurture Filipino trait of saying 'thank you'

November 27, 2012 11:33 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Nov. 27 — President Benigno Aquino III Tuesday encouraged the youths to always say "thank you" for every good deed they receive — a trait Filipinos are well-known for.

In his dialogue with the students of the Teodora Alonso Elementary School in Quezon City in commemoration of the "Araw ng Pagbasa, the President said the ability of the Filipinos to say thank you "should really be nurtured again."

Aquino cited a traffic policeman "who inhales all of the pollution, who stands under the heat, whose presence ensures that the traffic flows correctly," and asked the students how many times do they think in a year will somebody come up to the traffic enforcer and say: "Sir, thank you sa ginagawa niyo?"

"How about your teachers? When was the last time you said: ‘Thank you, Ma’am for teaching us?' How about your parents who, on your birthday anniversaries and during Christmas, give you a gift? When was the last time you said: ‘Thank you, Mom. Thank you, Dad’? Or even to your classmates who did you a good turn?" the President asked the students.

Aquino said when people are getting into public service, he always tells them: ‘If you’re looking for a lot of thank yous, that doesn’t happen.'"

"A lot of times they’ll focus on the things that have yet to be done rather than the things that have already been done," he said.

The President said it really helps "to feel that the work, the sacrifices that you’re doing is appreciated by somebody."

"So, the next time we have an opportunity to say ‘thank you’, perhaps we should nurture that trait that we used to have," he told the students.

"And sometimes medyo nagiging impersonal na ‘yung society natin. Let’s bring back the humanity in it and (saying) ‘thank you’ goes a long way doing that," he added.

Aquino arrived at the Teodora Alonso Elementary School with Education Secretary Armin Luistro, and Quezon City Rep. Jorge Banal Jr. for the "Araw ng Pagbasa."

Students from the fifth grade listened intently as the President read a short story entitled "Halu-halo Espesyal", written by Yvette Fereol.

The story is about Jackie, a young girl who gets sick and is nursed back to health by the delicious food from her Lola Itang’s kitchen.

It features Filipino delicacies that Filipinos love: rice cakes or bibingka; chocolate porridge or champorado; ensaymada; turon (or banana fritters); as well as halo-halo, a delightful mixture of various sweets, crushed ice, and ice cream.

Aquino told the students the story was largely about the love and care mothers and grandmothers have for their offspring and grandchildren.

The Araw ng Pagbasa is the official culminating activity of the National Reading Month of November which the Dept. of Education declared in 2011.

Now on its second year, the Araw ng Pagbasa underscores the importance of reading and enjoins other schools to initiate activities that would support this undertaking. (PNA)



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