Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I just met a superhero…


Relief Operations for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy  are still on-going throughout the country. I am amazed to see how this calamity united Filipinos from all walks of life. Go Team Pilipinas!

Last Wednesday, I volunteered again for the relief operations organized by our church in the Fort. I was assigned to an area near our church along with a familiar personality – Mr. Alex Compton.OndoyRelief_AlexCompton


To many, he is not just an ordinary guy. Alex is a full-blooded American born in the Philippines. He’s an athlete and was very popular during his years in the Metropolitan Basketball Association (Awarded 1999 MBA Most Valuable Player).


We exchanged stories about life and some of our ‘Ondoy experiences’ while on our way to Western Bicutan. We passed by a GK (Gawad Kalinga) community nearby and he looked so glad to see the developments in that area. He mentioned that he was able to volunteer that time when the houses there were being constructed.

“When did you become a Christian?”

“More than 10 years, I think…”, I replied.

“Mas lamang ka sa akin… (you have more advantage than me)”, he smiled.

Probably not, I thought. It’s funny to realize that I have more learning experiences inside the church than outside of it.

I am honored and humbled to learn from you, Alex. You taught me what ‘getting out of the comfort zone’ truly means.

September 30, 2009 – I learned that you don’t need to have super powers to be a hero. Your life could be a blessing to someone in need.


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