The Preamble is the first part of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines. Every Filipino must know the Preamble and know its meaning by heart. Most students in college who study law and political science, memorize the Preamble as it is the introductory part of studying the Philippine Constitution and it is also important to master its words and meaning behind it.
Every word is beautiful and meaningful. We also share the Tagalog or Filipino version of Preamble below.
We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society, and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity, the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.
Preamble Tagalog Version
Kami, ang nakapangyayaring sambayanang Pilipino, na humihingi ng tulong sa Makapangyarihang Diyos, upang bumuo ng isang makatarungan at makataong lipunan at magtatag ng isang Pamahalaan nakakatawan sa aming mga mithiin at mga lunggatiin, magtataguyod ng kabutihan sa bawat isa, mangangalaga at magpapaunlad ng aming kamanahan, at titiyak para saming sarili at angkanang susunod ng mga biyaya ng kalayaan at demokrasya sa ilalim ng pananaig ng batas at ng pamamahalang puspos ng katotohanan, katarungan, kalayaan, pag-ibig, pagkakapantay-pantay at kapayapaan, ay naglalagda at naghahayag ng Konstitusyong ito.
Every word in the Preamble is meaningful. It encourages love and passion for our country, the Philippines. It shows significant messages about our deep roles and responsibilities to every Filipino and the society. As a free nation, we must act and spend our liberty with responsibility focusing on love of country, peace and unity.
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