30 November 2010

November 30 : Andres Bonifacio Day

     Today, November 30, we pay tribute to one of the greatest Philippine hero Andres Bonifacio as we celebrate his 147th birthday. Since grade school we were taught that he was the Father of the Philippine Revolution and one of the founder of "Katipunan" or  "Kataastaasan Kagalang-galang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan" (KKK). His undying courage became an inspiratin to all Katipunero's to fight against the oprressors leading to the country's freedom on June 12, 1908.
     In the present time, every where you look there are so many unnoticed heroes. People who would go beyond what they normally do just to help the country or their fellow countrymen. Some who have given a great impact on the soceity were given international recognition for their endeavor,  like Efren Penaflorida who have won the CNN Hero of the Year 2009 for his "pushcart classroom" to educate poor children who can not afford formal education. Our country, sad to say is still on a bondage, not from oppressors but from poverty. And we Filipinos are still waiting for the "hero" to rescue us from this enslavement and can bring the whole country to prosperity. But while waiting for this hero to come we should start being a hero to others and the country. Each one of us can be a hero in our own small ways. The traffic policemen on the streets, our teachers in school and overseas Filipino workers are some of our  modern day heroes. These people are working hard for their family and country are not looking for recognition or popularity.
     But how to be a hero? Do you have to die first before you become a hero? I think, being a good example to others, following rules and caring for others and the environment are some small ways but if several persons doing it, altogether, will have a great impact and effects to the world.


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