Aquino encourages Ateneans to dedicate self for others

July 21, 2013 12:11 am 

MANILA, July 20 — President Benigno S. Aquino III attended Saturday the Ignatian Festival 2013 and encouraged the Ateneo de Manila University community to relive the life of St. Ignatius de Loyola who had selfless dedication to help others.

“Bilang mga Atenista, ito nga po ang isa sa mga pinakamahalagang aral sa atin ni San Ignacio: Lumabas ka sa nakasanayan mong espasyo; piliin mong makipagkapwa-tao. Kailanman, huwag kang matakot na bagtasin ang masalimuot na daan ng katuwiran, at umiwas sa madaling landas ng kamalian,” the President said in his message to his fellow Ateneans.

Every Atenean is honed not only academically but also on how to face real life challenges, the President said.

It is the obligation of every Atenean to help find the solutions for society’s problems and correct the flaws of the system, he said.

The President said he wants to seize the opportunity Saturday to encourage every member of the Ateneo community to be part of the country’s transformation and progress.

“Huwag ninyo sanang ikukulong sa mga gusali’t pasilyo ng paaralang ito ang diwa ng inyong pagka-Atenista. Saanmang silid kayo nag-aaral o nagtuturo, saanmang opisina kayo nagtatrabaho, saanmang ahensiya kayo nagseserbisyo—isabuhay ninyo ang diwa ng inyong pagka-Atenista; maging man-for-others kayo, na hindi lamang nabubuhay para sa sarili, kundi lalo’t para sa kapwa,” he said.

Ateneans should always bear in mind that they are Ateneans for better or for worse and they must be part of nation building, the President said.

The President also expressed his gratitude to his teachers and mentors in Ateneo for honing him in the field of economics and other areas as well as by providing him spiritual advice during trying times.

The Ignatian Festival 2013 aims to gather Ateneo alumni, students, faculty and staff to commemorate the annual Feast of St. Ignatius de Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.

The gathering is a venue to reflect and celebrate the spirit and tradition of St. Ignatius and the Jesuits, the Ignatian spirituality and the identity of the Ateneans as an Ignatian.

Launched in July last year, the Ignatian Festival was a success and it had generated interest among the members of the Ateneo de Manila community.

This year’s Ignatian Festival has for its theme “Lahing Loyola Para sa Kapwa.” Also present during Saturday’s event were Father Ben Nebres, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, PCGG Chairman Andy Bautista and MWSS Administrator Gerry Esquivel. (PNA)

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