2009 has shown us great triumph as well as great tragedy. In the end, we have seen both the best and the worst in us this 2009. We seek justice for the massacre in Maguindanao. We seek rehabilitation and renewal for the victims of Ondoy and Pepeng. We thank Manny Pacquiao for making us believe in our capacity as a people and we thank Efren Peñaflorida Jr. for showing us that each of us regardless of our station in life can do heroic things. Indeed there still is much to be thankful for and so with renewed hope, we face the new year ready to take on the challenges and do our share in helping make our nation, our world a better place for our children, for our people. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!