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Efren Peñaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year11.23.09

Serve, serve well, serve others above yourself and be happy to serve.
–Efren Penaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year

Efren Peñaflorida, who started a “pushcart classroom” in the Philippines to bring education to poor children as an alternative to gang membership, has been named the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper revealed Peñaflorida’s selection at the conclusion of the third-annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday night.

The gala event, taped before an audience of 3,000 at the Kodak Theatre, premieres on Thanksgiving, November 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the global networks of CNN.

The broadcast, which honors the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2009, features performances by Grammy Award-winning artist Carrie Underwood, R&B crooner Maxwell and British pop sensation Leona Lewis.

Peñaflorida, who will receive $100,000 to continue his work with the Dynamic Teen Company, was selected after seven weeks of online voting at More than 2.75 million votes were cast.

“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 upon accepting the honor. “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.
Gallery: CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
Video: CNN Hero of the Year named

“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 top 10 CNN Heroes, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel from an initial pool of more than 9,000 viewer nominations, were each honored with a documentary tribute and introduced by a celebrity presenter. Each of the top 10 Heroes receives $25,000.

“With the recognition they receive on our stage,” said Cooper, who hosted the tribute, “they’ll be able to help thousands and thousands of people. Through their efforts, lives will be changed and lives will be saved.”

Maxwell sang “Help Somebody” from his first album in eight years, ‘BLACKsummers’night.’

Lewis, a three-time Grammy nominee, performed “Happy,” from her second album, “Echo.”

All three performances echoed the spirit of the CNN Heroes campaign, which salutes everyday people whose extraordinary accomplishments are making a difference in their communities and beyond.

Presenters included Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Neil Patrick Harris, Pierce Brosnan, Dwayne Johnson, Eva Mendes, Randy Jackson, Greg Kinnear, George Lopez and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

“This record number of nominations is further evidence of the momentum CNN Heroes has built in just a few short years,” said Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide.

“Viewers have been engaged by these stories of inspiration and accomplishment beyond our expectations. It is truly an honor to be able to introduce the CNN Heroes to our global audience every year.”

Again this year, producer/director Joel Gallen served as executive producer of “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.” Among his credits, Gallen produced telethon events supporting victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, winning an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award for “America: A Tribute to Heroes.”

The Kodak Theatre is best known as the first permanent home of the Academy Awards.


This is really inspiring. How awesome it is to be acknowledged and imagine, globally with what he is doing for his fellowmen is amazing. I’m speechless! Congratulations Efren!

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Ariel Pineda and Journey at Oprah10.07.09

Another Pinoy landed on Oprah as it’s now Ariel Pineda’s turn after Charice to be interviewed by one of the most powerful woman of today. Ariel Pineda was quoted saying,

“I’m facing you (Winfrey) right now. You are [one of the] biggest [names] in show business and I’m facing you. It’s like… I’m not allowed to be here but I’m here. And I thank God for that.”

Read the rest of the report HERE:

MANILA – After Charice, it was Arnel Pineda’s turn to impress Oprah Winfrey, one of the world’s most powerful women today.

Pineda and the rest of the members of the American rock band “Journey” recently guested on Oprah to promote the group’s latest album, “Revelation.”

During the show, Journey’s Filipino front man could not believe that he was being interviewed by no less than Winfrey herself.

“I’m facing you (Winfrey) right now. You are [one of the] biggest [names] in show business and I’m facing you. It’s like… I’m not allowed to be here but I’m here. And I thank God for that,” he said.

The show featured Pineda’s journey “from total obscurity to recapturing the voice of one of the greatest bands of our time.”

Pineda’s rags-to-riches story has inspired many people around the world. His life story will be made into a film titled “Don’t Stop Believing: Every Man’s Journey.” The biopic will hit the big screen next year.

The Filipino singer was discovered on YouTube by Journey’s guitarist Neal Schon. Jonathan Cain (keyboard), Deen Castronovo (drums) and Ross Valory (bass) were equally impressed when they first watched him on YouTube performing Journey’s “Faithfully.”

Cain said: “Neal contacted us. I checked the YouTube video just like he said. And there he was singing. And I said, ‘The guy got great pipes, does he speak English?’ And, ‘How are we going to get him to the stage to check him out?’” Cain said.

Valory said he had “goosebumps surplus” when he first heard Pineda sing.

Castronovo was also blown away by Pineda’s voice. “It was frightening just to hear that voice come out from that little guy. We couldn’t believe it. It’s just so strong. And the best part about it was just how humble the man was, how humble human being, beautiful heart.”

For Pineda, being part of Journey still feels like a dream.

“I’ve seen enough pain and poverty in the Philippines. I’ve never been that big. All I wanted was to be able to get out of it — the pain and the poverty – and live decently everyday,” he said.

He said touring around the world with his band mates is “amazing, unbelievable and fantastic.” “All the superlative words that you can utter.”

He admitted that he felt the pressure when the band played in the Philippines early this year. “There was a big responsibility and thank God I pulled it off.”

And now that he is making lots of money, Pineda said he bought a home for his family and set up his own foundation to help poor Filipinos.

Journey’s Manila concert is now available on DVD in the United States.

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Cory Aquino dies at 7608.02.09

In the wee hour of the morning, just couple of minutes passed three in the morning, former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino died of cardiopulmonary arrest after complications of colon cancer at the age of 76 on August 1, 2009, at the Makati Medical Center.  Aquino was diagnosed with the disease in March 2008 but kept up public appearances this year. A devout Catholic, she was a regular at weekend mass until shortly before being admitted to hospital in late June.

“Our mother peacefully passed away at 3:18 a.m. of cardio-respiratory arrest,” her son, Senator Benigno Aquino III, the official statement from the family.

Thank you Tita Cory for all your efforts to save the Filipinos, I believe that in your own way you did save us. Condolence to your family and may God bless your soul.

 CREDIT (as claimed) :) – Thanks!

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was on hiatus10.30.07

I was on a sort of hiatus mode feom my blogging life for the past 2 weeks. Sorry for being such a blogger bum. In fact, I did not want to, but I think that my real life is fastly catching up on me. Sometimes, I felt like the world was revolving around me so fast that I can’t even tell my own reference point. Huwaahhh! Naliligaw na naman ako…

Ok..update! update!
So many things happened for the past few weeks, from the tragedy that happened in Glorietta2 up to the Executive Clemency given to Erap. My prayer goes to the family of the victims (of Glorietta2), may acceptance, peace and love for your departed love ones stay within you. And to Erap, no comment lang.

Ano pa bang update?!?
I was on my morning shift for the past two weeks. I really miss Malen, but what can I say? I love to be on the morning shift, iba kasi eh. And baka for the next two weeks morning pa rin ako, YIPEE!!!! We have a refresher training kasi for high-end devices (SMB and LVS).

Ano pa bang update?!? update?!?
Last week, my head was so busy preparing for our departments Team Building activity and our kagandahang supervisor na si Ms Crystalyn Cledera’s Bridal Shower cum Despedida Partee! Congratz Tin! May you have more weddings to come…bwahahahha….JOKE LANG! And God bless on your very wise company move. Take care! We will miss you talaga!

Opppsss…have to go…my eyes are literally dropping now. Take care everyone!

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