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Efren Peñaflorida wins CNN Hero of the Year
Published on: Nov 22, 2009 - 5:57pm


"Street educator" Efren Peñaflorida of the Philippines, who provides  education to underprivileged children by using  kariton classrooms  has been named  2009 CNN Hero of the Year, reports Through CNN's online competition that garnered over  2.75 million votes,  Peñaflorida bested ten finalists chosen from 9,000 nominees from all over the world.

Peñaflorida won $100,000 which he will use for his work with the  Dynamic Teen Company (DTC), an organization he put up to help change the lives of slum-dwelling children by  diverting their attention from violent gangs and fraternities to education,  community service and talent development.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper announced Peñaflorida's win at the star-studded "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" gala at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood the night of November 21.

In his acceptance speech, Peñaflorida, who wore a Barong Tagalog with the Philippine map embroidered on his chest (designed by Rhett Eala for C2) said: "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...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.

"So to each and every person inside in this theater and for those who are watching at home, the hero in you is waiting to be unleashed. Serve, serve well, serve others above yourself and be happy to serve. As I always tell to my co-volunteers ... you are the change that you dream as I am the change that I dream and collectively we are the change that this world needs to be."

The event will be aired on CNN  Tribute at 0200 GMT, November 27 (9  p.m. ET/PT November 26).

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  • Leftyleisupergodtheftthorzeus
    Wow he is so heroic!
    Jun 27 2012 @ 09:13pm     Reply  
  • wenna rose Caballero
    Wow ....your great Kuya Efren! please continue helping the poor children. you are the pride of FIlipino,after cory aquino ikaw naman ang sumunod.Ang tunay na HERO ay talagang nasa iy0.
    Dec 01 2009 @ 04:13pm     Reply  
  • Sandra
    Bakit silang lahat naka Collezione shirt?
    Nov 30 2009 @ 12:33pm     Reply  
  • daniella
    nice work efren
    Nov 29 2009 @ 10:28am     Reply  
  • tom basa
    ganyan ang pinoy sana po sa mga politiko ay mag silbing gabay sa inyo c kuya efren galing po ng pinoy more power kuya efren. ganyan po sana kahit d na maka abot sa CNN,kahit sa anmang dako ng polo may iisang katulad pa sa kanya,
    Nov 24 2009 @ 06:29pm     Reply  
  • platinumangel
    Indeed, good things happen to good people. Congratulations to Efren!!!
    Nov 24 2009 @ 11:27am     Reply  
  • Tate
    Congratulations to Efren and to all the heroes around the world.
    Nov 24 2009 @ 10:25am     Reply  
  • Mr. Condom
    I hope the 10% which Efren will give to the Church will not be used against reproductive rights or else we need more Efrens to educate more and more unwanted children.
    Nov 24 2009 @ 10:13am     Reply  
  • Iboto Mo
    Mahilig din naman tayo sa botohan, ituloy na natin ang bayanihan spirit ng botohan para sa Wonder of the World. Kailangan ang tulong ng lahat para maipasok ang Palawan Underground River.
    Nov 24 2009 @ 02:37am     Reply  
  • annery10
    Mabuhay ka Efren!! isa kang tunay na bayani!!ipinagmamalaki ka naming lahat!!
    Nov 24 2009 @ 01:50am     Reply  
  • Cavite Boy
    Watch the Revillas and the Remullas of Cavite share in the glory. Politicians OUT!!!
    Nov 24 2009 @ 01:16am     Reply  
  • Gingerbreadman
    i completely agree with Gabriela Silang, ang participative natin sa mga online voting, pero we disregard/forget the essence behind it. i remember meron online voting for the new wonders of the world, sana alam natin kung ano talaga ang purpose ng online voting na yun at di lang tayo vote gn vote dahil inaraw-araw ng media ang pangungulit sa 'tin to vote for our entries.

    just to add: can we refrain from joining the Guiness World Records stuff na kung ano na lang gagawin natin para lang malagay tayo sa mga world records. let's opt for more socially-relevant endeavors!
    Nov 24 2009 @ 12:53am     Reply  
  • kaka
    hindi nga dapat ihambing si efren kahit kanino, iba ang interes niya,

    ang hirap at pagod ay kanyang binabata,
    sa ikabubuti lamang ng mga bata. kahit walang yaman, kahit isang dukha, taos puso parin ang pagtulong sa kapwa.

    thanks efren, u made waking tall again
    Nov 23 2009 @ 04:53pm     Reply  
  • lionheart
    matinding sampal ito sa mga liderato ng bansa na nagbubulagbulagan lamang sa mga pangangailangan ng mamamayan.
    Nov 23 2009 @ 04:34pm     Reply  
  • ria
    i agree with jsgutz...efren is a selfless person na mas inuuna ang kapwa kesa sa sarili..he is the real hero.. not manny pacquio..
    Nov 23 2009 @ 04:12pm     Reply  
  • edwin gonda
    I am happy and proud of Efren's achievement and what he continues to do. I was so touched and I cried when I saw the picture of him and his kariton. So humble and yet so noble and great. How I wish meron din Pay per view earnings ang mga "dakilang" tao tulad ni Efren. I hope he continues his noble work and continues to inspire more people to become heroes in their own little way. Ur great efren.
    Nov 23 2009 @ 01:39pm     Reply  
  • jsgutz
    Mabuhay ka Efren!

    Isa kang tunay na bayani ng ating panahon.

    Hindi ka dapat ihambing kina Arnel, Charice at Manny sa kadahilanang habang sila ay sumisikat sa buong mundo, patuloy naman silang yumayaman, samantalang ikaw, ang grant na ibinigay sa iyo ng CNN, ay mapupunta pa rin sa pagpapatuloy ng iyong napakagandang adhikain at hindi para sa sarili mo.

    Ikaw ang tunay na bayani...

    God bless and more power to you Efren!

    Nov 23 2009 @ 07:43am     Reply  
  • pussy_angel09
    following the honor that manny pacquiao brought for the Filipino people…here is another hero emerging from the Philippines…tunay nga naman na di nagpapahuli ang mga PILIPINO! hope to see you again here in Davao kuya Efren!God bless and more power! yan ang new breed of leaders na kailangan ng bansa...aja!
    Nov 23 2009 @ 02:47am     Reply  
  • pussy_angel09
    after the honor that manny is another hero emerging from the Philippines...tunay nga naman na di nagpapahuli ang mga PILIPINO! hope to see again here in Davao kuya Efren!
    Nov 23 2009 @ 02:44am     Reply  
  • igeramos
    He delivered one of the best speeches I've heard. Walang turuan, walang sisihan, it was simple, elegant and sincere.
    Nov 23 2009 @ 12:09am     Reply  
  • Gabriela Silang
    This is the other side of our "damaged culture". Name any online voting, we get it (like Ms. Universe Photogenic). Let us all be agents of change. It is time for us to identify the best of the world within us. Yes, there is Efren, Arnel, and Charice but it took a foreigner or a foreign based organization to notice them. Why not us? Kaya natin ito.
    Nov 22 2009 @ 11:43pm     Reply  
  • Juan Makabayan
    Mga Kababayan, nakita na po ninyo ang epekto kapag tayo ay nagsasama sama. Naipanalo natin sa botohan si Efren. This is true bayanihan spirit. Hindi lang yan, talaga namang mahusay ang kanyang adhikain. There will be more Efrens, Arnels, Charices, Mannys in the Philippines. Now that we get the attention of the world, it is time to refrain or avoid throwing mud at our own country. At the end of the day, tayo pa rin ang magsasama sama kahit pa nasa Pilipinas o nasa ibang bansa tayo. Mabuhay ang Pilipino!
    Nov 22 2009 @ 11:11pm     Reply  
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