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Hero, Efren Penaflorida

With all of devastation in the Phillippines in the past couple months, the world looks for a shining light. We’ve talked about Manny Pacquiao, but, on the other end of the spectrum, there is Efren Penaflorida.

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This from CNN, “For the past 12 years, Peñaflorida and his team of teen volunteers have taught basic reading and writing to children living on the streets. Their main tool: A pushcart classroom.Stocked with books, pens, tables and chairs, his Dynamic Teen Company recreates a school setting in unconventional locations such as the cemetery and municipal trash dump.”

The CNN Heroes award ceremony was held last Saturday at the Kodak Theater. It was a star studded event that also allowed the world to vote who their hero is. Millions of people around the world cast their vote online and Efren Penaflorida was the announced winner and awarded $125,000 prize to continue his service.

The night before the ceremony, we met up with our good friends and one of the producers that brought Efren’s story to the world. In the pic below, there is Leslie from CNN, right in the middle. She looks happy, but, at that point had no idea who of the 10 finalists was going to be awarded 2009′s Hero. Congrats Leslie and thanks for making Efren’s story huge! If you missed the ceremony last week, tomorrow night on Thanksgiving, CNN is replaying it.

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