Photo above shows some members of the Garcia Cabinet and of the Congress, part of the audience to the first State of the Nation Address of President Carlos P. Garcia, January 27, 1958. Excerpt follows:
In the exercise of their sovereign prerogatives, our people have entrusted to us the responsibility of administering the affairs of the nation. As Congress opens today the legislative phase of our joint trusteeship, I have come to counsel with you in accordance with the Constitution’s mandate. I am confident that, guided by the Infinite Wisdom, we shall prove equal to the people’s expectations, and live up to our solemn commitments to them.