Archives For Heroes

I read in a news article about this pedicab driver, who was in a traffic accident along Taft Avenue in Manila.  It is already a tragic news, but the saddest part was that no one tried to help him.  Not even one soul tried to give him a helping hand! There were a lot of passing cars, curious on lookers, and law enforcement officials, but no one tried to help him.  There was a nearby hospital not far from the site of the accident.  It was alleged that he was still alive for an hour or two, would he have been brought to the hospital swiftly, he could have survived.  But it took five hours before even help came, but by that time it was already too late.  No one showed compassion, care, or decency! With this tragic accident a life could have been saved, a wife lost her husband, children lost their father, a mother lost her son, a father lost his son, or a sibling lost a sibling.

Also in a similar case, but this time in China.  This was recorded in CCTV, and the video was uploaded in  You Tube a year or two ago.  A toddler got run over by a truck in a busy Chinese market.  The driver who ran over the toddler, did not even bother to look at the toddler he ran over.  Minutes have passed, passersby and vehicles passed and saw the toddler, but no one tried to help the toddler.  One kind old woman saw the toddler, and helped the toddler to get to the side, and then the mother comes.  Although we are not blaming the mother for the accident, but I am just saying that she could have better taken care of her child.  The truck driver who ran over the toddler, and immediately left the site, could have stopped and brought the kid to the hospital, and surrendered himself to the authorities.  The toddler died after a few days in the hospital, from the massive internal injuries she received from the accident.  Another sad incident where a life was lost.  Another incident that could have been prevented.

My question is this! Are we still human? Are we not better than lowly animals? Is modernization, technology, and distrust pushing our emotions aside? Where is the compassion? The care? The human decency of helping someone who direly needs it? How can we say that humanity or the human race has advanced by leaps and bounds, if some of us have reverted back to their animalistic behaviors? We can truly say that we have advanced, if we can still show compassion, care and human decency, coinciding with advancement.

Please remember people are human beings! They are not androids, robots, or inanimate objects.  They have a father, a mother, siblings, wife, or children.  Please do not revert back to your primitive selves.  Remember the world needs heroes! Heroes not of the likes of Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Thor, Hawk Eye, Green Lantern, etc., but heroes just like you! Ordinary people who do extraordinary things, helping others, not thinking about their own safety or well being.  Those are the real heroes we need.  Be a hero today!

            The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) would like to invite nominations to the 2011 Bagong Bayani Awards (BBA).
            The BBA, first given out in 1984, is organized under the auspices of the Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI) and which will be awarded by President Benigno S. Aquino II in Malacanang Palace in December 2011. The BBA aims to recognize outstanding and exemplary  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
            The BBFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization formed  in 1989 to promote recognition and appreciation of the role of OFWs in  Philippine society and economy, to foster high standards of responsibility, efficiency and integrity and to promote the welfare of our OFWs.
            The BBA is a major program of BBFI to pay tribute to the country’s outstanding OFWs for their significant efforts in fostering goodwill among peoples of the world, enhancing the image of the Filipino as a competent and responsible worker and contributing to the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.
            Deadline of submission of nominations is on 31 July 2011.  The nomination form, category awards and the criteria for the different awards  categories may be downloaded from the POEA website ( Nominations, with supporting documents may be submitted to:
            Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI) Secretariat
            G/F, Blas F. Ople Building
            POEA, Ortigas Avenue, corner EDSA Mandaluyong City
            1501 Philippines
            Tel Nos.: (632) 722-1165 or 722-1173
            Fax No. : (632) 724-3646
            Email address: bagong_bayani_award




The public is invited to participate in the activities lined up by the Philippine Consulate General on 19 June 2011 to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal, who lived in Hong Kong for 6 months from 1891 to 1892.


The University of the Philippines Alumni Association and Lakbay Dangal will lead a hike from Hong Kong Park Olympic Square to Victoria Peak starting at 7:30 am. Enroute from the Peak, Lakbay Dangal will be giving a historical walking tour of Dr. Rizal’s daily route from his residence in Rednaxela Terrace to his clinic on D’Aguilar Street, which have both been marked with commemorative plaques by the Hong Kong Antiquities Authority. Wreath-laying ceremonies will be held at these sites.


At 1:00 pm, the seminal film Jose Rizal by acclaimed director Marilou Diaz Abaya on the life of Dr. Rizal will be shown at the Consulate General’s Conference Room.


Finally, renowned historian Fr. Javier de Pedro will be talking on Dr. Rizal’s relationship with the enigmatic Josephine Bracken in a lecture-forum at the Consulate General’s public area at 4:30 pm.


For administrative purposes, those who wish to join any of the aforementioned activities are requested to advise their attendance by contacting the Cultural Section at tel. nos. 2823-8534/36 or (attention: Ms Gloria Celis/Ms Rennie Dela Cruz).

GMA Pinoy TV

All systems go for the much-anticipated comeback of the greatest Pinoy superhero before the month of March ends. Years after its original inception on television, CAPTAIN BARBELL returns – bigger, better and more star-studded than ever before.

Captain Barbell

Richard Gutierrez reprises his role as Captain Barbell and his alter ego, Teng, and is now joined by a new league of extraordinary beings with unique superpowers. Fresh from the rousing success of Survivor Philippines Celebrity Showdown and his Valentine movie My Valentine Girls, the sought-after Kapuso actor once again dons the iconic red cape and protects good from evil.

“We’re all very excited to share with our televiewers the product of our hard work. If they were able to enjoy the original series, surely they’ll find the sequel more exciting. We incorporated a lot of high-tech elements, interesting characters, and bigger action sequences into the storyline”, shares Richard.

In this version, Teng/Captain Barbell will have not just one, but four leading ladies – Isabel Oli, Lovi Poe, Michelle Madrigal, and Solenn Heussaff. Adorable child wonder Jillian Ward plays Teng’s sidekick and pseudo-adopted daughter.

Veteran actor and Richard’s father Eddie Gutierrez leads the Liga ng Kalayaanas General Armando, while multi award-winning actor Christopher de Leonstars as the evil nemesis of Captain Barbell, Nero.

Completing the cast are TJ Trinidad, Bianca King, Sam Pinto, Mike Tan,Marky Lopez, Ces Quesada, Elvis Gutierrez, Paolo Paraiso, Akihiro Sato, Frencheska Farr, Bea Binene, Jake VargasErvic Vijandre, Jon Hall, and Ellen Adarna.

To match the powerhouse cast, this CAPTAIN BARBELL sequel will feature a highly-sophisticated production design courtesy of Australian production designer Peter Collias, who also designed for international blockbusters “The Matrix” and “Moulin Rouge”. The costumes, meanwhile, are manufactured in Hong Kong by Walt Disney costume maker Emily Lai of Cubedecor.

Premiering on March 30 on GMA Pinoy TVCAPTAIN BARBELL will once again be directed by skilled director Dominic Zapata.