The Filipino people, imploring the aid of Divine Providence, in order to establish a government that shall embody their ideals, conserve and develop the patrimony of the nation, promote the general welfare, and secure to themselves and their posterity the blessings if independence under a régime of justice, liberty, and democracy, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.
had the poem published in hong kong and gave it the title "mi ultimo pensamiento". father mariano decanay, a filipino priest, gave the poem the title " ultimo adios". so the poem came to be known as "mi ultimo adios" or "my last farewell". the poem has been translated many times in a number of languages.