Ambrose Redmoon once said, “Courage is not the absence of fear; but rather, the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
Fellow Ateneans, Super typhoon Yolanda had surely set most of us, if not all, scurrying from fear. But we overcame such fear because we remember. We remember that over the years we have fought different trials and threats to our vey living. We remember that in a year, not only 1 or 2 typhoons strike our country, but 20 or more. We remember that natural calamities like typhoons and earthquakes as well as other glitches like war and corruption threatened us not once but a number of times. We remember that none of these threats had taken away our will to survive and hope for a better tomorrow. And we remember that what matters most is we have the courage to face these threats so that in the end we still and will always stand tall and strong.