Sunday, November 22, 2009

Efren Peñaflorida is 2009 CNN Hero of the Year

Here’s something that will surely uplift Filipino spirits. Filipino pride Efren Peñaflorida, who started a "pushcart classroom" in the Philippines to bring education to poor children, has been named the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year.

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

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, hich 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.

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.

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.

Congratulations, Efren!

Source: CNN


femmepower said...

I've tried several times to vote for him but the CNN page wouldn't load.Could be that it was so busy or my connection was too slow. Good thing he made it. Hope more Filipinos are like him.So selfless, a man for others.

Badong said...

I just knew it. I just knew it. congratulations.


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