I consider it a great privilege and honor to be chosen as one of the Ramon Magsaysay
Awardees and to be able to be present on this memorable occasion.
The ideals for which Ramon Magsaysay, your late President, stands have been a great
example and inspiration, not only to his own people but to those of other lands as well.
I greatly appreciate the privilege accorded to me of visiting Manila and meeting his
beloved people who are today celebrating his 51st birthday in befitting manner.
I thank the Board of Trustees for the arrangements made for my stay here and the kind
hospitality shown to me. I am sure on my return to Colombo I will have much that will be
of interest and value to pass on to the people of Ceylon.
My thanks are also due to the Rockefeller family who have been great benefactors to many
notable causes. The presence of two of that family here today is a testimony of their
great interest in all world-wide efforts for the uplift and benefit of mankind. I feel
very proud of this opportunity of meeting them personally.
I conclude by quoting a few lines written long ago but very appropriate for the present
"The lives of great men all remind us,
We can make our lives sublime
And departing leave behind us,
Footprints on the sands of time."
Once again I thank you all.