World Vision Assembly Aquino: Faith is indispensable



Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. AP

MANILA, Philippines—“An I really making a difference in the lives of other people?”

President Aquino admitted that he had days when he asked himself this question.

During these moments of doubt, “faith in God is indispensable,” the President said.

“It is (this faith) that allows us to stand the tests of the present and believe that the best is yet to come, and that we are capable of making it happen,” said the President, addressing a crowd of about 11,000 composed of various Christian, Catholic and Muslim congregations.

The three-hour prayer assembly coincided with the 55th anniversary of World Vision Philippines.

The President shared that his father, assassinated Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., discovered the potent power of prayer and faith in 1973, when he was imprisoned by the Marcos dictatorship.


Ninoy’s example

“He (The President’s father) said that it was through meditation and through faith that he eventually found his ‘inner peace.’ His faith allowed him to survive a period of great trial; and it was in his fortitude that I learned how faith can allow a person to stand in the name of the difficult right, as opposed to succumbing to the easy wrong,” said the President.

He congratulated World Vision for their child-focused programs.

“Your work has empowered many from different sectors to defeat the culture of negativity, and replace it with a culture of compassion,” he said.

Not seasonal

Heralding the advent of the Christmas season, the President called on the nation to prove that Filipino compassion was “not seasonal.”

Joining the morning prayer assembly were World Vision Board chairman Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, Bishop Leo P. Alconga of the Philippines for Jesus Movement, K4 Philippines Prayer Movement president Bishop Jonel Milan, Bishop Fred Magbanua of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, Sheikh Ahmad G. Ampuan of the Ulama League of the Philipppines, and Vision celebrity advocate Gary Valenciano, among others.

Government officials who turned up at the prayer assembly were Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, Secretaries Mar Roxas, Emilio Abaya, Ricky Carandang and Herminio Coloma; members of the Senate and the House of Representatives; and former Internal Revenue Commissioner Liwayway Vinzons-Chato.

Sereno, Roxas and Sen. Franklin Drilon separately led prayers in behalf of the three branches of government.

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  • geminimind

    Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is able to do.Faith without works is nothing,same thing with faith  while waiting for Jesus to come help you.The works that they talked about is not only based on compassion,contribution but also praying and knowing what to pray for in times of need.Praying for others is what most counts besides praying for your selves because when you do,you’re actually serving God -thoughts,words and deeds.

  • Rene

    Were  are you Pablobnb. This is the article that you can be free to preach your brand of Christianity without MALIGNING anybody’s faith.

  • boybakal

    The President called on the nation to prove that “Filipino COMPASSION was “NOT SEASONAL.”

    Filipino Compassion….well, Mr. President, there is no compassion on the old sick woman,grand mother that you want in jail permanently.
    Is that Filipino kind of compassion.

    As they say….Practice What You Preach…that is the meaning of compassion

    • Ding

      NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW…compassionate or otherwise…reach or poor…young or old…sick or healthy.

      He is only fulfilling his election promise to the Filipino people.

  • agustin

    Poor Pnoy up to now he do not have the guts to jail the killer of his father, during these moments of doubts, “Faith in God is indispensable” but why his ire pointed to GMA ? is she the killer ?

    • Ding

      Of course, your idol has the top preference…bwaah…

      Now, already an adult, and President of the land, he is very much aware of what was happening…then, he was still young…and the matter on his father is already very much in court…even as President, he cannot put the law in his hands.


  • No Mind

    It’s better for the President to follow the footsteps of Barrack. Change the world by changing its belief. Too much politics, too much of religions, too much of anything is poison. Live under the grace of God! No one is going to be justified by living under His laws.

  • Maldi2

    Panot, guess you failed to understand the law of logic. If you are in power, your mind would be focused on “positive”.  It’s different with the opposition, as logic calls for “negative”.  Now don’t preach about “compassionate” as you don’t know the meaning of this word.  Wag kang plastic sa harap ng mga religious leaders na alam mo ang compassionate when you are not practicing it.  PWE!

    • disqusted0fu

      i commend the president talking religiously. its him acting religiously that i highly question

      • Ding

        You failed to mention that you also religiously disbelieve any commendation that you talk about and any question you are acting on. 


    FAITH in a supernatural being is, indeed, needed.  BUT…..yong mga papapataw-pataw ng mga kamay ng kung sino-sinong kapwa mo ay por sho onli.  Ganyan din ang ginawa ng mga nakasayng-puti’t helmet kay pands ….at ano ang naging resulta?  Kalaboso!  Iba naman ang gumawa ngayong kay PNoy…tingnan natin kung sino ang mas epektib sa dalawa sa larangan ng drama.  Ganyan-ganyan din ang ginagawa ng mga american Indians noon sa kanilang mga warriors bago sumalakay o sumagupa sa labanan… pinagtatawanan nila ang practice na yon….ngayon sila ang gumagaya at gumagawa.  Tulad din ng pangmamata at pagmamaliit ng mga damasos nung dumating sa bayan noon na….nang nakita at napagmasdan nila ang mga Ifugao na may mga anito sa kanilang mga bahay, kung ano-anong mga insulto ang pinalabas nila sa gawaing yon .  Pero ngayon sa mga bahay-bahay ng mga damasos, nagkalat at namulaklak ng kapalit ng anito ng mga rebulto ng mga tao galing sa kung ano-anong lahi…at linuluhuran ng mga nagogoyo nila kapalit ng mga panaginip $a hill ni Jak and Jil.

    • Ding

      Kung hindi sa mga rebultong ibinubunghalit ng kamangmangan mo, dumanak ang dugo sa EDSA noong 1986…5 sikorskey helicopters were sent to disperse the people at EDSA,,.headed by then Col. Sotelo, seeing that the people below were just holding images of the Virgin Mary, crucifixes and other religious articles, they defied the orders to them, but instead landed inside Camp Crame, to side with FVR…that turned the tide in favor of those inside Camp Crame…Ther EDSA Uprising was hailed in the whole world as THE GREATEST DEMOCRACY EVER TOLD.

  • kilabot

    noykapon’s discourse on faith and God, has the same sincerity as his eulogy for jesserobredo.

    ubo ubo ubo, that’s his reward.

    • Ding


  • Genesis Jeff D. Lamigo

    To the author Mr. Michael Lim Ubac, CORRECTION pls. Thank you for featuring the recent National Prayer Assembly, may we just advise to correct the following, World Vision Philippines’ current board chair is Atty. Liwayway Vinzons-Chato while Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, though he served 5 years ago as chair, is now just one of the board members. Kindly be guided. Thank you. — G.jeff Lamigo (, Media and comms manager, WV Philippines

  • Josemakabayan

    Compassion is not kicking anyone already down and out !!!!!!!

    • It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Compassion is not kicking anyone already down and out !!!!!!!

      Compassion is putting the little girl to sleep since she can no longer breathe on her own with the neck brace on. That’s true compassion.

  • disqusted0fu

    “An I really making a difference in the lives of other people?” 
    – yes! in a negative way.

    • It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      negativism is not going to save you from eternal damnation. have faith and you will be reborn. go with the flow. go with Daang Matuwid.

  • bugoybanggers

    MATAGAL NG NAGDARASAL ANG MGA PILIPINO! Ano na? Ang para sa akin, sana ang PILIPINAS ay PUMUNUAN ng isang taong ATHEIST parang walang kakatigang kahit ano mang RELIGION! RELIGION cannot help a COUNTRY, It’s the PEOPLE!

    • It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      have faith and you will be born again bugoybanggers. have faith in our dear leader PNoy and you shall be saved. have faith.

      • bugoybanggers

        Pabalikin mo mona ang mga kaluluwa ng mga naging BOARN AGAIN okay? Makikining ako sa testimonya ng mga kaluluwa at sana may picture sila kasama ng kanilang tagapagligtas.

    • jane rael lenon

      Wag nyo po sana dinadamay ang relihiyon. Di lang naman po ang ating Presindente ang may pagkukulang. Pati rin po ang mga mamamayan. Di naman po siguro si PNoy ang dahilan kung bat may patayan di ba? O kahit ano pang masasamang bagay na nangyayari. Cooperation lang naman po ng mga Pilipino ang kailangan dyan. This is just my opinion as a highschool student. Pero dyan po ako talaga naniniwala. Di naman po kasi pwedeng si PNOy lang ang gumagawa ng hakbang pero kailangan din po natin tulungan ang mga sarili natin. Kailangan lang po natin magsikap para po sa ikauunlad ng sarili. Wag nyo po sana ito mamasamain. :)

  • It’s No Time To Doubt Now

    We love you very very very very much our dear leader PNoy. Thank you for giving us the gift of faith. Thank you for giving us so much to hope for. Thank you for putting that evil little girl behind bars. Thank you for unseating and disrobing the crooked supreme court chief justice. Thank you for believing in us the Filipino people. Thank you for making us a part of your life, your daily thoughts and words. Thank you to our national superheros Ninoy and Cory for dying for our sins and making us a better nation, a better people. Most important, thanks to your parents for sending us their only begotten son to save us the Filipino people from eternal damnation. Thank you keeping the faith and believing in us our dear leader PNoy. We will never let you down.  We love you very very very very very much our beloved President PNoy.

    and may I humbly suggest:
    vote straight LP in 2013
    Ninoy 2.0 = Bam Aquino


    FAITH and RELIGION are personal affairs of an individual and should not be intruded upon by anyone.  HINDI dapat pinakiki-alamanan ang kung anupaman ang paniniwala ng tao….may sarili siyang dahilan kung ano ang kanyang pinaniniwalaan.  Wala sa TNL na poder ninuman ang hikayatin o pilitin ang isa sa paniniwala ng iba.  Sa pagpapalitan ng kuro-kuro o pananaw, maaaring mangyari na ito ay mapupulutan ng ilang maganda at gintong kaisipan na makakapagbigay ng liwanag o linaw sa kaisipan ng isa’t isa.  Subalit HINDI kailanman nararapat na ipilit o i-pwersa ang paniniwala ng iba sa isa.  As a matter of principle, no one should coerce or socially legislate belief/s or faith/s of one to another in observance of courtesy and regard for one another.

    Express what you want to till thy kingdom come and let others do the same.  Post and let post.  If you want to comment on comments or remarks, do so not in a disagreeable manner just to underscore your burning emotions, employing yet uncivil animadversions seen particularly among goops and boors.

    • Ding

      In simple terms, in layman’s language:  faith and religious beliefs are ultrasensitive and must not in any manner, at any time, be the object of ridicule or be subjected to malicious namecalling.  The practice of one’s faith, no matter how lowly or disdainful in the eyes of another, deserve to be respected and held in high regard.


      If these were the gist of everything that you have in your post, I SALUTE YOU.    

  • boybakal

    Bat kaya mabenta ang religious associations pag malapit na ang election.
    Maraming politiko pa ang dumadalo, bat kaya.

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