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Today as we celebrate National Heroes Day I look back at think about what it is to be a hero. In a blog article by Christian Mihai, he writes about superheroes and I agree with all that he said.

To borrow from another of my favorite heroes, the Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1 No. 203 “He’s not the kind of man who hides from his inner demons, he’s faced his pain time and again – and though he’s sometimes been beaten by it… he’s never been defeated. Not because he’s superhuman — but because he’s all too human. Because the people dearest to him have shown him, firsthand the redemptive power of love.”

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reformed

Locally we may at one time have been heavily influenced by our colonial mentality, that we even based our own heroes on them. But, in time new breed of writers emerged and with them a new breed of hero emerged as well, the reluctant anti-hero if you may, because he does not believe himself to be a hero, just someone doing what he does best. My personal favorite among the locally available ones being Andong Agimat by Arnold Arre, (sadly out of print) once a scourge of society, but given the chance to reform and do right, he did good. All that he really needed was the chance. And he was given just that.

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Super and Natural

We may have drawn inspiration from faraway lands, but slowly and surely we have also learned to detach ourselves from these foreign influences and create our own brand of heroes, and heroism as well. From Budjette Tan’s Trese series, set in the realms of the other worlds that co-exist with our own. Then there are also the ongoing exploits Paolo Fabregas’ Filipino Heroes League bringing heroism and patriotism to a whole new level. We have indeed come a long way.

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Real Filipino Heroes

And from the fictional pages of the comics, we also find inspiration among our real everyday heroes, men and women who quietly do their best in their chosen field and profession, finding satisfaction in helping others, without the fanfare and without expecting anything in return save that the good they have done be enough for now.

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True Heroes

And I guess an anonymous writer said it best when he said: “They say there are no more heroes any more. But they’re there. Walk down any street and you will find them. The mothers who work, the fathers who strive, the children who overcome. They aren’t larger than life, but they are larger than their own lives. Their names aren’t famous. But their virtues are. Hard work. Common sense. An unshakeable belief in themselves. If you’re looking for a hero, look around.”

 

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Update: reading the works of other WordPress bloggers, I happened to come across this article. Enjoy.

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~ by allen mallari on August 26, 2013.

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