Bayani, Bayan-i

Must heroes be faster than a speeding bullet? More powerful than a locomotive? Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound?


What makes a hero? What must someone be able to do in order to be called heroic? What sort of traits does a hero have?

In my opinion, the essence of a hero is not measured by the amount he can bench press. Nor is it measured by his speed, or even his intellect. It is measured by the strength of his morals. This means that he must be able to do the right thing, even if it is not convenient for him. The hero must be able to stick to his own personal moral code even when society dictates otherwise. He must also must be able to sacrifice part of himself for what he believes in. Lastly, the hero must be able to do the right thing, through his own will for something other than his own personal gain.

In short, a hero is someone who puts the good of others before his own.

“Bayan” before “I”. “Bayan-I”. “Bayani”.  (I know, this does seem kinda forced)

Where can we see this sort of heroism?


This can be seen in the the traffic cop who refuses to take a bribe because he knows that it’s wrong to do so.  It is seen in the student who studies even when cheating would be the “easier way out”. It is seen in the thousands of people who marched out to Luneta in order to expose injustice. It is seen in the OFWs who work long hours in distant lands in order to provide for their families. It is seen in the non-corrupt government officials (they do exist, by the way) who actually uses their funds to develop their community. These are just a few examples of everyday heroism.

So, who are the “Heroes” in society?

You see, anyone can be a hero. It all depends on our decisions and actions. We can all choose to be heroic. We just have to constantly do the right thing. It ain’t easy…but it is what a hero has to do.

And with that, I leave you with a question: Will you be a hero?


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