TO PRESIDENT DIOSDADO MACAPAGAL – in fond recollection of his changing the Independence Day from July 4th to June 12th, of the Maphilindo days, of that “towering instant when he made our nation stand on the threshold of greatness as a potential leader in Southeast Asia”;
TO PRESIDENT FERDINAND MARCOS – in breathless anticipation of an era of true greatness for our nation, free and sovereign at last, imbued with a sense of nationalism and a sense of common destiny;
And to my countrymen with a sincere exhortation to respond to our leaders’ “call to greatness”, in the same way the English responded to Churchill’s words in England’s darkest and finest hour:
“Come then, let us to the task, to the toil, to the battle . . . each to his part, each to his station, let us go forward together in all parts of the land. There is not a week, nor a day, nor a moment to be lost”.
Come, let us begin.
HILARION M. HENARES, JR.
To the Manila Times in which some of these articles have originally appeared in its Ways and Means column. And to Susie Detera, Rex De Garcia Lores and Miguel M. Villanueva who arduously pored over the proofs and saw this book through the press.