“Our country deserves all the loyalty and devotion we can give. I beseech you to summon all the big and noble in you, all that is earnest, all that is patriotic, all that is sincere, to help set a pattern of sanity and constructive action in these days of bitterness and political bewilderment.” – President Elpidio Quirino
These are words from former President Elpidio Quirino – words that are still very relevant today. On 16 November 2015, the nation celebrates the 125th Birth Anniversary of Quirino, the 6th President of the Philippines, who rebuilt a Philippines devastated by war. Today’s Filipinos continue to benefit from President Quirino’s legacy, which includes the Minimum Wage and 8-hour Work Laws, Social Security System, and standardization of teacher’s salaries, among many others. He is also remembered for granting asylum to 6,000 “White Russian” refugees in 1948.