Book Launch of Caring, Sharing, Daring
Press Release (Book Launch)
Manila, 18 March 2009
AUTHENTICATION: ATTY. FRUMENCIO A. LAGUSTAN
To be launched, 12th Volume of FVR's Speeches:
"CARING, SHARING, DARING"
The Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV), in cooperation with, the SGV Foundation will launch the 12th Volume of Former President Fidel V. Ramos' compilation of selected speeches, essays and articles entitled "CARING, SHARING, DARING" at 5:00 p.m. on 02 April 2009 (Thursday) at the Powerbooks in Greenbelt 4, Makati City. This book launch is one of the main features of the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of RPDEV. Concerned citizens, journalists and other advocates of good governance are cordially invited.
The underlying theme of Volume 12 is that: "As responsible citizens, as elected officials, as public servants, as civil society reformists, and as leaders of the extended Filipino family of some 90 million (and still counting), we each have an important obligation to fulfill towards the betterment of our common Philippine future."
Caring, Sharing Daring -- These three little words constitute a powerful challenge to our countrymen and countrywomen. In this crucial year of 2009, our caring, sharing and daring for one another and for the nation must go on unabated -- to become an irresistible force that will one day truly unite the diverse components of our beloved Philippines as we rendezvous with destiny for a better, more modern, and truly bountiful future.
Because of the critical times in which our people find themselves today, Volume 12 begins with FVR's "Prayer for the Nation" at the National Prayer Breakfast last December at the Manila Hotel. The book, however, ends with the usual series of light anecdotes to enliven the otherwise serious and "heavy" stuff presented.
The book which features FVR's writings on contemporary Philippine issues from 2007 to 2008 is divided into four interconnected chapters which have to do with today's major problems and what our leaders and ordinary Filipinos can contribute to their resolution - People's Aspirations; Heroes, Veterans and National Pride; Security, Peace and Development; and Best Practices. Taken together, these and the anecdotes, hopefully, can help guide today's leaders, the young aspirants for positions of high responsibility, and common stakeholders --our overseas Filipinos and foreign friends included.
At the end, FVR issues a challenge and reiterates that, as responsible citizens, Filipinos cannot continue being mere spectators to the erratic alternation of political power in our Philippine-style democratic system. If things are to be set aright, it can only be through the constructive engagement of citizens and leaders -- to insure our collective unity of purpose, solidarity in values, and teamwork in nation-building. Filipinos should accept that we can realize our dreams and win the future only if we ourselves exert our "best efforts" and sacrificed for them.
FVR sums it up, thus: "We thank the Good Lord for enabling us to continue to pursue our advocacies for people empowerment, poverty alleviation, good governance, and global competitiveness.
"As we celebrate our 10th year, we call for more caring, sharing and daring for each other -- and for our common interests. Caring, sharing and daring, in fact, are among the key commitments that have worked for us in times of challenge, calamity and crisis in the past. These virtues -- if manifested in our daily lives and professions, and embedded in our governance will enable Filipinos to win a better future."