His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the President of the Philippines sent a Goodwill Message to the International Council of Traditional Sports and Games on the occasion of the International Day of Traditional Sports and Games.
Below is His Excellency's message:
"My warmest greetings to the International Council of Traditional Sports and Games (ICTSG) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as it celebrates the International Traditional Sports and Games Day.
This event is a testament to the noble advocacy of ICTSG and the whole of UNESCO to foster peace, openness and unity among nations. Through the revival of traditional sports and games, we recognize the world's unique and rich cultures while appreciating one's own heritage.
May this occasion inspire our people to embrace diversity and ignite a sense of pride in their culture. Through sportsmanship and camaraderie, we can develop intercultural understanding that will further lead us towards greater harmony and progress. Let us also take this opportunity to promote gender equality and empowerment as well as inclusivity.
I am hopeful that our unrelenting pursuit for world peace will lead to genuine and lasting progress within societies and nations.
I wish you a meaningful event."
His Excellency RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE
The President of the Philippines