Sunday, November 22, 2009

Efren Peñaflorida bags CNN Hero of the Year award

Our very own Efren Peñaflorida has been named CNN Hero of the Year at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood during the third-annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute”.


Efren was nominated along with 9 other heroes from different parts of the world for his work with street children. Through his Dynamic Teen Company, he was able teach basic reading and writing to 1,500 slum children. His “pushcart classroom” also serves as an alternative for poor children to stay away from gang membership.

"Our planet is filled with heroes, young and old, rich and poor, man, woman of different colors, shapes and sizes. We are one great tapestry," Peñaflorida said. "Each person has a hidden hero within, you just have to look inside you and search it in your heart, and be the hero to the next one in need.

Peñaflorida will receive $100,000 to further expand his Dynamic Teen Company. I hope the government won’t tax him on this one.

Mr. Peñaflorida, we Filipinos are very proud of you sir! Keep up the good work!


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