Efren Penaflorida started a "pushcart classroom" in the Philippines to bring education to poor children as an alternative to gang membership.
Efren's acceptance speech tells a lot about the man's big heart and big dream to help educate the poor children in their place.
Our planet is filled with heroes, young and old, rich and poor, man, woman of different colors, shapes and sizes. We are one great tapestry. Each person has a hidden hero within, you just have to look inside you and search it in your heart, and be the hero to the next one in need.
So to each and every person inside in this theater and for those who are watching at home, the hero in you is waiting to be unleashed. Serve, serve well, serve others above yourself and be happy to serve. As I always tell to my co-volunteers ... you are the change that you dream as I am the change that I dream and collectively we are the change that this world needs to be.
Watch the video below to hear the moment Efren was chosen to be this year's CNN Hero of the Year.
Mabuhi ka Efren Penaflorida! Today, you made me even prouder to be called a Filipino. May you be the inspiration for hope and change the Philippines need!