Last weekend, Manny "the paaacman!" Pacquiao made a history in the boxing world by capturing the an unprecedented 7th world title in 7 division. Such a feat for once the poor boy from southern Philippines. Yeah, Pacman is one of the best boxers of all time and a modern day pride for the Philippines. But one that I disagree for sure, Pacman is not a modern day hero.
I believe that to be qualified as a hero you must:
1. sacrificed something really important (i.e. opportunities, life) for the sake of many people and not expecting anything in return
2. have created an impacting and positive change
3. inspires people and brings out the best out of everyone
November is the month when the nation tends to commemorate the death anniversary of Andres Bonifacio
, one of the great Filipino revolutionary. Currently, Efren Penaflorida of Dynamics Teen Company is an example of average individuals who can really make that big difference.
Modern day heroes can be seen to each and every Filipino who strives to make things better for others. I am not talking here of politicians though (bec it is your mandate to make things better with those large some of money from people's taxes). OFW's, health professionals especially those that are in public health, educators and teachers, rescuers, firemen, peace and order personnel, volunteer organizations and many others.
I would love to see another side of the cross in the Dambana ng Kagitingin showing heroism in the modern day era!