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My Hero? I did not vote for Efren Peñaflorida!

LOS ANGELES - Saturday, 21 November, towards the end of a gala event, “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” Cable News Network's anchor Anderson Cooper announces that Filipino Efren Peñaflorida is the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year. Their hero! It's a Filipino who has won over many other deserving CNN heroes in their own countries. No thanks to me.

Efren is the founder of the Dynamic Teen Company (DTC) based in Cavite City near Manila; DTC is a 12-year old doing-the-best-we-can-where-we-are project of a street-children classroom manned by volunteer teenagers pushing carts loaded with books, blackboards, school supplies (Edson C Tandoc Jr, 23 November 2009,, and chairs ( - and hearts loaded with faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is love.

Efren won over 9 other 2009 CNN Heroes because he had the highest CNN online votes, that is to say, he was the CNN Hero whose heroism people around the globe were impressed the most. Having read much o…