Warm welcome from students and faculty of two Mandaluyong City schools lifts P-Noy’s spirits

August 27, 2010 10:58 am 

MANILA, Aug. 26 — President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Thursday the warm and rousing welcome accorded him by students and faculty of two schools in Mandaluyong City has lifted his spirits which, he admitted, had been burdened by the tragic hostage-taking incident at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila last Monday.

In his speech keynoting the groundbreaking and time capsule-laying ceremonies for the construction of the Teacher Education and Law Center Building of the Rizal Technological University in Mandaluyong City, the Chief Executive described the day as extraordinarily full of promise.

“It’s truly a beautiful day today,” a beaming President Aquino told a throng of teachers and students gathered at the school’s quadrangle for the President’s first visit to the state university.

He intimated that two days before his visit, he found himself asking, “Why have I come back to being alone?” referring to his pondering over the tragic incident.

“We’ve felt grief and sorrow recently but here in Mandaluyong today, I feel renewed optimism,” the President said.

“Thank you very much to all,” he added.

Prior to his visit to RTU, President Aquino visited the Isaac Lopez Integrated School in Barangay Vergara to lead the groundbreaking and capsule-laying ceremonies signalling the start of the construction of a three-story, 45-classroom school building. (PNA)

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