Pinoy teener is in TIME Magazines's top 10 list of heroes in 2009

December 10, 2009 11:19 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 10 –- A Quezon City resident who sacrificed his life during the onslaught of tropical storm "Ondoy" (Ketsana) in September was named among TIME Magazine’s Top 10 heroes this year, the magazine’s publisher said on Thursday.

Time Magazine, an international publication, said it recognized the selflessness of the late 18-year-old Muelmar Magallanes, who braved raging currents, helping bring neighbors and relatives to safer ground when record rainfall submerged three-fourths of Metro Manila.

“By the time the storm had unleashed its full fury, bringing the worst rains the region had seen in more than 40 years, Magallanes had changed the lives of dozens of family members and neighbors – and lost his own," TIME said on its Web site.

Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City was among the worst-hit communities in the Metro Manila when Ondoy ravaged vast swaths in Luzon on September 26.

Magallanes, said to be a strong swimmer, rescued about 30 people but was unable to save himself.

While trying to save other neighbors, a wall collapsed on him and a television set fell on his head, killing him instantly.

Ondoy may have killed hundreds, displaced thousands of families, and destroyed thousands of homes.

But Magallanes and several other faceless heroes show that tragedy cannot dampen Filipinos’ resilience and bravery.

Last month, CNN hailed Filipino Efren Peñaflorida for pioneering the mobile pushcart classrooms to bring education to impoverished children in Cavite, providing an alternative to gang wars prevalent in the communities. (PNA)V3/JCA

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