What Makes a Hero
Every last Monday of August, we celebrate National Heroes Day. It is a day to honor known and unknown heroes who courageously fought for our country. There are famous and unsung heroes throughout Philippine history who have contributed and sacrificed their lives for Philippineidentity and independence. But how can one be considered a national hero?
While there are no official proclamations or executive orders that proclaim a Filipino historical figure as a national hero, there are criteria set by the National Heroes Committee.
National Heroes Committee recommends the basis of choosing a national hero:
1. Heroes are those who have a concept of nation and thereafter aspire and struggle for the nation’s freedom.
2. Heroes are those who define and contribute to a system or life of freedom and order for a nation.
3. Heroes are those who contribute to the quality of life and destiny of a nation.
Additional Criteria for Heroes were also set:
1. A hero is part of the people’s expression. But the process of a people’s internalization of a hero’s life and works takes time, with the youth forming a part of the internalization.
2. A hero thinks of the future, especially the future generations.
3. The choice of a hero involves not only the recounting of an episode or events in history, but of the entire process that made this particular person a hero.
Given these recommendations, Just Love Kids compiled a list of Bayani episodes which highlights the spirit of heroism most especially in difficult times. Watch this with your kids and together discover the hero that is engrained in us.
·Jose Rizal’s mighty pen
·Andres Bonifacio’s bravery
·Josefa LLanes Escoda and her selfless care
·Juan Luna’s patriotism shown in his artworks
·Emilio Jacinto’s desire for change and independence
May these famous Filipino historical figures encourage us to be the hero that we need. May their excellence, bravery, kindness, and selflessness inspire us.
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