People to be proud of.

Finally! πŸ™‚ I hope Efren Penaflorida knows that his people are proud of him. With a simple pushcart and strong desire to further education in the country, Efren is giving hope to so many kids in the country.

Seeing this story made me begin to realize that perhaps all isn’t lost. This year, despite our difficulties, we seem to be surrounded by world-class Filipinos. After a record breaking fight by champion boxer Manny Pacquiao, another winner who garnered 2.5 million votes emerged to set his own record. While Pacquiao remains a hero to me for being the athlete that he is, I can’t help but feel a deeper connection toward Efren and his educational campaign.

How awesome to live in a time when Filipinos are properly recognized for what they are capable of and not for the stereotypes that poverty has bestowed upon us! Ahem, and to the prosthetic-eye wearing guy who made that youtube video about eye-care, I have to tell you–even this “third world” country where I live boasts of world class prosthetic treatment. Our artists make great eyes and people come from all over to get them done here. πŸ™‚

oh, and if someone knows Manny Pacquiao personally, please send him this letter from Manong Sionil Jose.

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