- Arthur Ashe, pioneer African-American tennis player and social activist
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -how passionately I hate them!
- Albert Einstein, physicist and Nobel Prize winner
For taking the path of peace through education (rather than propagating inane violence masquerading as a "sport");
For working towards improving the health of street children (rather than willfully bashing the face of an opponent in the guise of uplifting "national pride");
For not attracting attention to oneself but working to draw attention to inequities persisting in society (rather than ostentatious display of wealth and machismo);
For emphasizing that hope can and should be put into action collectively, as a community (rather than taking on the fight solo);
I choose Efren Penaflorida to be my hero (rather than you know who).
Vote for Efren as CNN Hero of the Year by clicking here. Know more about his Dynamic Teen Company's work with the street children of Cavite by clicking here and find out there how you can be a hero, too.