Peñaflorida was awarded during the CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. He received his award from American actress Eva Mendes. He bested nine other nominees from different countries for the Hero of the Year award. The nominees were initially selected by a panel of 14 “Blue Panel” luminaries but the Hero of the Year award is given to the one with the most number of online votes in the CNN Heroes website.
Efren Peñaflorida is a pushcart educator who just won the CNN's Hero of the Year. You made every Filipino proud of you,Mr. Efren. Saludo kaming lahat sayo, Kuya! :]
CONGRATULATIONS! :] *wowowee mode