It’s the Effort That’s Heroic

History books have always taught that a hero is someone who displays exceptional courage and strength, fighting for his country’s freedom or for some great cause. But the concept of a hero is not limited to this.

To an economist’s point of view, OFWs may be regarded as the country’s modern-day heroes. Their remittances have contributed greatly to our economy’s growth and development. But behind this lies a deeper reason why they really are heroes – the reason why they have to be OFWs. Out of their love for their families, they leave their homes and search for higher-paying jobs outside the country. They suffer the distance just so that they can improve their families’ condition. It’s a very big sacrifice for parents not to see their children for a year or more, but for the sake of affording a better quality of life, they endure the pain of separation. Not only do I salute them for their dedication and hardwork, but also for showcasing to the world the skills of Filipinos. These individuals are truly heroes, but still, they are not the only ones.

In our day to day lives, all of us can be heroes. Little acts can make us a hero in another person’s eyes. A person who helped in the relief operation will surely be a hero for a flooded community. Those who stepped up and joined the Million People March are also heroes because they initiated a movement that will sooner or later make a big change to how our government handles the peoples’ money. A teacher to a student, a soldier to his country, parents to their children, a doctor to his patient and so on, all of them are heroes. We would not find the names of each of these people in our history books, but they are indeed the heroes of our nation today.

“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results, but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.” 
― George R.R. Martin

I strongly believe that a hero lies in each one of us. It does not matter how big or small our actions are, as long as it makes a positive change on the lives of others. As mentioned above, it is the effort we give that’s heroic. Let us give life to the lessons left to us by our heroes. Let us value their sacrifices and show that all their efforts are not meaningless. Let us rouse the heroes inside us and fight for a better Philippines. 


Coreen Giselle Santos



3 thoughts on “It’s the Effort That’s Heroic

  1. First of all, I liked how my friend Giselle related this blog to our course. It’s true! It’s the OFWs that have contributed greatly to our economy’s growth and development. So for me, they’re one of the heroes that should never be forgotten or passed by. They sacrifice their chance of being with the people they love, for the sake of having a brighter future. Secondly, I totally agree on the main point of this blog. It’s that everything we do, whether it fails or succeeds, as long as the effort of making a positive change on the lives of others is there, it’s definitely considered heroic. Loved it Giselle! 😀

  2. For one, knowing you, I think you can really identify with the heartaches OFW’s must be facing because of their distance from their loved ones. I agree with your view of them as a hero, because of their sacrifices for their loved ones, and also because of their contributions to the betterment of our country, as you say so. However connecting this issue to nationalism, couldn’t they have stayed and tried to stay and make a difference here in the country instead? For how great it is to love something despite the hardships and whatnot. Other than this, as the title suggests, the main idea of heroism is the effort. This is a nice and positive view of heroism, but I think that there heroism entails a solid impact? Perhaps we can relate this to two “opposing” ethical views we learned in Philo171: Consequentialism and Kant’s Deontology 😀

  3. Hey Jose Carlo. I see your point there about nationalism and I might have not considered it enough when I talked about the heroism of OFWs. Thank you for pointing that out. After thinking for a while, I realized that my personal criteria for judging heroic acts were shallow especially when I included those who went to Luneta for the Million People March. Can you enlighten me about your question on Kantian deontology and consequentialism? I think that if we appeal to utilitarianism, the most popular form of consequentialism, being an OFW is not bad because it has a positive net effect. Imagine the large portion of the Philippine population befitting from the economic development aided by OFW remittances.

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