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Worldwide-Filipino-Alliance] PINOY in 11/26/2009 HOLLYWOOD CNN " All STAR TRIBUTE"

Monday, November 16, 2009 10:24 AM




http://edition. LIVING/07/ 28/cnnheroes. tribute/


CNN Heroes tribute returns to Hollywood

October 2, 2009

(CNN) -- "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" returns to the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Thanksgiving night, as the network celebrates its third year of honoring everyday people making a difference….CNN's Anderson Cooper will be host of "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute." …star-studded gala, which will be seen around the world on November 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the global networks of CNN….The show culminates with the announcement of the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year, who will receive an additional $100,000. Performers and presenters scheduled to appear at this year's tribute show will be announced in the coming weeks. Last year's show included appearances by Hugh Jackman, Salma Hayek, Cameron Diaz, Forest Whitaker, Meg Ryan, Terrence Howard, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale and Lucy Liu, with performances by Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and John Legend….The Kodak Theatre is best known as the first permanent home of the Academy Awards

To Friends & all:

Help us have another ala Pacquiao’s victory, make a Pinoy CNN finalist, the worldwide




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  Vote, again & again @


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according to CNN: There is no limit on the number of

times you may vote until Thursday, November 19, 2009 (6 a.m. ET)


Voting Tips from Dr. Greg Mariano:


To facilitate voting, put this link on the top of your list of FAVORITES:  http://edition. /cnn.heroes/ vote/thank. you.html? ID=06 . When you are in  this CNN HEROES website, click  on the words Vote again » in  located to the right of the sentence THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE. At the next screen: Step 1: Select a Hero, CLICK on  Vote for Efren Penaflorida; then on the next screen: Step 2 Cast your vote, type the characters shown under SECURITY and then click VOTE. The screen is then returned to the original screen, and you can click on  Vote again » to keep voting again

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Help Efren win the $100,000.00 prize money for the children he has been helping. Efren, was chosen as one of the 10 finalists among 9,000 competitors from 100 countries


"I always tell my volunteers that you are the change that you dream and I am the change that I dream. And collectively we are the change that this world needs to be."   EFREN PENAFLORIDA, 28y


@16 founded the Dynamic Team Company (1997), conducting classes in pushcarts to Filipino youth as an alternative to gang membership, drug addictions, dropping off from schools, etc. To date the 10,000 volunteers had helped more than 1,500 children ages 2-14


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Maria Elizabeth Embry

Antioch California

Always proud to be a pinay


16 OCTOBER 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Twenty eight year-old Filipino Efren Penaflorida, Jr. made it to the top ten finalists of Cable News Network’s (CNN) “Hero of the Year” for championing impoverished children in the Philippines and inspiring them to transform into dynamic and proactive members of the society through education. 

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa lauded Penaflorida’s noble work stating, “Efren has proved that one person, with his determination and selflessness, can touch the lives of many and make a difference in the world.”

Born to a poor family in Cavite City, Penaflorida has been a witness to the growth of teenage gangs in the Philippines, which according to him, can be attributed to poverty.  Feeling a great need to persuade his fellow youth to change and cease their delinquent ways, he and a group of friends in high school established the “Dynamic Teen Company” (DTC) to divert their attention to education. 

Today, DTC has grown to a 10,000 member volunteer group teaching basic reading, writing, arithmetic and English every Saturdays to marginalized children in the slums of Cavite City.  Using a roaming “pushcart” filled with books, pens and tables and chairs, they are able to transform places such as cemeteries and dump sites into classrooms.  In a span of 12 years, Penaflorida and his group has changed the lives of over 1,500 children. 

Penaflorida’s heroism has caught the attention of an international audience in this year’s “Hero of the Year” contest sponsored by CNN.  Out of a pool of nearly 9,000 applicants, Penaflorida has successfully made it to the top ten finalists.  The winner, which will be chosen through an online public voting, will be awarded with a $100,000.00 cash prize. 

“Efren serves as a champion to the marginalized Filipino youth,” Ambassador Gaa emphasized.  “He has gone a long way with his pushcart and we know that he can go even further if chosen as this year’s ‘Hero of the Year.’  It is in this note that I exhort the Filipino community in the United States to aid in furthering Efren’s cause by casting your votes online in support of him.”

Voting period will run until November 19, 2009

World Vision former sponsored child makes it to CNN’s Top 10 heroes       

Manila – The recent flooding brought so much havoc in the lives of the Filipinos. But it has also unified the Filipinos to help one another.  Amid the painstaking relief efforts, the announcement of a Filipino’s inclusion to CNN’s Top 10 Heroes brought much needed inspiration to ordinary people who are doing extra ordinary things. Efren Penaflorida, 28, was busy packing and distributing relief items to the affected families of Typhoon Ondoy (international name; Ketsana) in Cavite , when he learned that he made it to CNN’s Top 10 Heroes.  "Instead of joining gangs, we decided to help fellow poor children in our neighborhood through our 4-K system --Kariton na Klassroom (pushcart classroom), Klinika (clinic) at Kanteen (canteen),” Efren shares. Few days before the announcement, Efren and his team were busy collecting donations, re-packing relief goods and distributing these to the flood-affected communities in Cavite . “We have converted our pushcart classroom to a relief cart. This is our way, our contribution, to help the people who are still finding ways to cope up with the damage caused by Typhoon Ondoy,” Efren said, who himself was affected by the flooding. “I, myself was stranded that Saturday in Metro Manila streets for more than 12 hours without food, sleep and energy from continuous walking and braving deep floods. When I got back, our city was not that badly damaged but our neighboring towns were. So, after arriving from Manila on Sunday, I went to church service and soon after gathered my team and collected goods to distribute and it continues until today since school classes are off and we converted our own pushcart school into a pushcart to collect goods,” he added.

Bagumbayan Movement launched, raise P17 Million in contributions.

A national movement composed of more than 30,000 volunteers was officially launched today (April 27) at the historic Manila Hotel on the occasion of the 488th anniversary of the Battle of Mactan, the nation’s first victory against the colonial invaders….Senator Richard Gordon, the keynote speaker… was joined by other guest speakers, to wit: world flyweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr., CNN Hero nominee Efren Penaflorida, Journey band lead vocalist Arnel Pineda, and founder Dennis Mendiola.They were chosen for being ordinary people who went on to do extraordinary things.“Nonito, Efren, Arnel and Dennis are ordinary people who made a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

Filipino makes it to 'CNN Top 10 Heroes'

by TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News   Efren Penaflorida first came to the public's consciousness when his group, the Dynamic Teen Company won the Bayaning Pilipino award for their heroic work in helping kids keep off the streets through education in Cavite .  Since 1997, more than 10,000 volunteers have helped educate more than 1,500 kids in depressed areas of Cavite . It was the work of the young helping the young, the poor helping the poor. This year, Penaflorida was recognized as a CNN hero. He was even interviewed by Larry King.  To give the awards justice, CNN enlisted the help of a blue ribbon judging committee to pick the final 10. These men and women are all accomplished in their fields and recognized too for their humanitarian work.  Names like Whoopi Goldberg, retired US General Colin Powell, Sir Elton John, NBA coach Phil Jackson, Ted Turner, and even TV show Hero's star Masi Oka.  All the 10 finalists now will receive US$25,000 or about P1.2 million, and they will be flown to Los Angeles in November for the final All-Star Tribute night.  There, the ultimate hero will be announced and will receive an additional US$100,000.
asks all my facebook friends to vote for Efren Penaflorida as CNN hero. He is a dedicated and hardworking advocate of children's rights and welfare. He is indeed a hero by Kiko Pangilinan in multiply

RP needs a Peñaflorida: Puno

By Jujemay G. Awit

AN Efren Peñaflorida is what the Philippines needs, said Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Reynato Puno, who spoke before members of the Philippine Association of Court Employees (PACE) at the Cebu International Convention Center yesterday.

Garcia: Celebrating a Filipino hero May 20, 2009

Efren Peñaflorida, a 28-year-old teacher from Cavite , who is the first Filipino ever to be nominated for the search for CNN Heroes. Last May 11 to 13, he and Dynamic Teen Company representatives, Emmanuel "Kuya Em" Buluag and Bonn "Kuya Bonn" Manalaysay visited our beautiful city of Baguio and some institutions to share their encouraging message: "You are the change that you dream, and collectively we are the change this world needs." Testifying before students, faculty, and some guests of Small World Christian School Foundation, he recalled being threatened and bullied by gang members as a young boy.    Some of their students were even former gang members and drug addicts who are now living productive lives. He shared that through this he found out the "sweetest revenge" is to become successful and to reach out and help others.    He also firmly believes education and faith in God are powerful weapons in making a difference.
NYC invites youth orgs to join 7th Tayo Awards
By JM Agreda
THE National Youth Commission (NYC) Northern Luzon Office invites all youth organizations in the Cordillera and nearby provinces to join the seventh search for the annual Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (Tayo)…..The Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations began in 2003, with the idea of bringing to the fore achievements of groups and outstanding innovations brought about by collective action…Previous winners of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations awards in the Cordillera region are Kabayan Cultural Organization for Supporting, Developing and Empowering the Youth (KOSDEY), and the Benguet State University-Development Communication Society. Other winners of the award include Dynamic Teen Company with their project KKK: Kariton, Klasrum, Klinik that recently received international recognition as its proponent Efren Peñaflorida was hailed as a CNN Hero and was featured in "Larry King Live" of the news network.
Asia Society honors 10 young leaders
THE Philippines 21 Young Leaders 2009 were recognized last August 28 in Makati City ….They will eventually represent the Philippines in the Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in November this year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, organized annually by Asia Society's New York headquarters….The summit brings together some 200 emerging leaders from across Asia to build relationships, engage in interdisciplinary dialogue and cultural exchange, and develop cooperative responses for addressing shared challenges. "We believe that such interaction with your peers and key industry leaders from various sectors will provide you with an excellent opportunity to develop leadership …Efren Peñaflorida is the founder of the Dynamic Teen Company, a Tayo Award-recipient volunteer organization that aims to make a difference in the lives of slum children without access to proper hygiene, education, and other basic rights….DTC's core activity is the K4 Program (Kariton, Klasrum, Klinik at Kantin), a roving informal education/medical mission/feeding program. Efren is one of the CNN Heroes nominees for 2009. The major social issue that Efren tries to address is the proliferation of juvenile delinquency; through DTC, he offers less fortunate children an alternative activity to joining gangs. Some of DTC's former beneficiaries have grown up to become volunteers of the organization. Source for the other young leaders in 2009 pls visit: ...Published Sun.Star Bacolod 9/1/09