(Sermon for the BIMP-EAGA)

Chairman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts
National Artist for Literature

Alas, it’s so hard to unite!
Even if we know it’s important.
To be strong
A rope must have many strands;
No one can live
And be happy because one is alone.

To be more delicious
A dish must have many ingredients.
With more colors,
Even a rainbow is lovelier;
And countries bound
As one, didn’t they progress even more?

But our planet
Is divided with aspirations
So disparate,
So separate, not one in purpose.
Alas, it’s so hard to unite!
[Oh, four? Together? Them I must greet!]