From Copyright CNN 2009

Last Saturday night (US time), another Filipino has created history as Efren Peñaflorida won the CNN Hero of the Year during the CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California. He got 2.75 million votes in 7 weeks.

Peñaflorida, 28, once had a miserable life, saying that he was betrayed by his fellow kids and even elders while fighting poverty, but luckily, he finished his studied before organizing the Kareton Classroom, in which he’ll teach the poor people on how to count, write, and read. For this victory, he is expected to recieve $25,000 or approximately P1 million. According to an interview before the said night in DZMM, he insisted that if ever he’ll win (which happened), he’ll expand the Kareton Classroom.

In his victory speech, he said that everyone has a hero within. And to Mr. Peñaflorida, congratulations! as Pinoys has beaten the odds again!

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