WHEREAS, the 19th of June is the birthday of the greatest Filipino hero, Jose Rizal;
WHEREAS, Rizal in his life and writings always looked to the Filipino youth as the “fair hope of the Fatherland,” addressing his most inspiring appeals to them to consecrate their golden hours to their country’s service;
WHEREAS, it has become a general practice throughout the nation to mark Rizal’s birthday with programs and ceremonies designed to set up his life for lasting emulation by the youth of the land;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elpidio Quirino, President of the Republic of the Philippines, do hereby designate the 19th of June as Filipino Youth Day. All schools public and private, religious institutions, civic organizations, city, provincial and municipal communities, and individual citizens are hereby enjoined to observe this day with appropriate activities to relate the life and works .of the hero to the aspirations of the Filipino youth and lead them to dedicate their lives to the pattern of service established by the immortal hero.
Done in the City of Manila, this 19th day of June, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and forty-eight, and of the Independence of the Philippines, the second.
President of the Philippines
By the President: