Covering the night that Efren Penaflorida won as CNN Hero of the year was one of the highlights of my reporting year. Penaflorida was an ordinary Filipino who is doing extraordinary things to help the poorest of the poor in the Philippines get educated. The night he won, I was the only Filipino journalist at the red carpet. He was a joy to talk to. He walked the red carpet together with fellow nominees and Hollywood movie and TV stars. I also reported exclusively on his victory and day-after-activity for my home TV show, Balitang America. That one's in English but no online link is available at this time. My report below was shown on TV Patrol, a Tagalog news show seen on cable by millions of Filipinos worldwide.