A nation of heroes

Published November 20, 2021, 12:05 AM

by Tonyo Cruz

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Tonyo Cruz

As protests mark the anniversary of the hero’s burial for Ferdinand Marcos, allow me to offer my space to honor the real heroes who fought for freedom and democracy, even to point of offering their lives.

These names, all vetted by the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation, are the incontrovertible answer to the question, “kung hindi si Marcos ang bayani, sino?”

Godofredo Abellana, Bennie Abiog, Arthur Aboli, Boyet Acebedo, Roy Acebedo, Zacarias Agatep, Zorro Aguilar, Danilo Aguirre, Jose Alcantara, William Alegre, Lean Alejandro, Ling Alingal, Leo Alto, Madge Alvarez, Emmanuel Alvarez, Marsman Alvarez, Jacobo Amatong, Chuck Anastacio, Reinante Andal, Trifonio Andres, Edgar Ang Sinco, Leopoldo Anos, Ninoy Aquino, Cory Aquino, Ed Aquino, Jeremias Aquino, Merardo Arce, Santiago Arce, Ferdinand Arceo, Antonio Ariado, Filomena Asuncion, Monico Atienza;

Aloysius Baes, Elsa Balando, Floro Balce, Maria Lorena Barros, Manuel Bautista, Bill Begg, Alex Belone, Vic Beloria, Crispin Beltran, Pepito Bernardo, Catalino Blas, Evelia Bontia, Edwin Borlongan, Lino Brocka, Renato Bucag, David Bueno, Amado Bugay, Joe Burgos;

Trank Cabarubias, Lito Cabrera, Tommy Cailing, Jose Calderon Jr., Babes Calixto, Fortunato Camus, Jennifer Carino, Aquilino Castillo, Rolando Castro, Cristina Catalla, Cesar Cayon, Herbert Cayunda, Jun Celestial, Behn Cervantes, Alfred Cezar Jr., Jorge Checa, Coronacion Chiva, William Tiu Chua, Elo Chuidian, Noel Clarete, Cesar Climaco, Roberto Concepcion, Renato Constantino, Lourdes Conti, Ellecer Cortes, Delia Cortez, Adrian Cortez, Romeo Crismo, Ed Cupino, Julieta Cupino-Armea;

Fortunato Dalisay, Eliseo Dapog, Michael Dayanan, Boy de Guzman, Jeremias de Jesus, Pepito Deheran, Charlie del Rosario, Nona del Rosario, Edward dela Fuente, Bobby dela Paz, Rodney Demegilio, Dennis Rolando Deveraturda, Mariani Dimaranan, Demosthenes Dingcong, Jose W. Diokno, Joe Dizon, Ed Dojillo, Silme Domingo, Manuel Dorotan, Ruth Duenas, Macliing Dulag, Pedro Dungoc;

Raquel Edralin-Tiglao, Albert Enriquez, Juan Escandor, Suellen Escribano, Nanding Esperon, Bert Espinas, Chit Estella-Simbulan, Ronilo Evangelio, Gerardo Faustino, Tullio Favali, Rolando Federis, Jesus Flor Fernandez, Pablo Fernandez, Resteta Fernandez, Ricardo Filio, Ceferino Flores, Antonio Fortich, Oscar Francisco, Rovena Franco;

Luis Gabriel, Arthur Galace, Rosalinda Galang-Reyes, Enrique Voltaire Garcia II, Lourdes Garduce-Lagman, Ceasar Gavanzo Jr., Ama Lumbaya Gayudan, Boni Gillego, Melito Glor, Maita Gomez, Mary Virginia Gonzaga, Nick Gonzales, Eugene Grey, Rogelio Guevarra, Cesar Hicaro, Liliosa Hilao, Antonio Hilario, Manuel Hizon Jr., Manolo Hollero, Larry Ilagan, Rizalina Ilagan, Boy Ipong, Romulo Jallores, Javelin Jaravello, Alfredo Jasul, Ramon Jasul, Evelio Javier, Ester Jimenez, Mary Bernard Jimenez, Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc, Edgar Jopson, Joel Jose, Estelita Juco, Ester Kintanar;

Alex Labatos, Julio Labayen, Eman Lacaba, Ernesto Lacbao, Ma. Leticia Ladlad, Elmer Lis Lagarteja, Hermon Lagman, Rodolfo Lagoc, Edwin Laguerder, Butch Landrito; Nik Lansang, Taking Lanzona, Angelina Lape, Frank Laurella, Manny Lazo, Salvador Leano, Toto Eddie Legislador, Nonoy Librado, Jose Lingad, Tessie Llorente, Norberto Locanilao, Bayani Lontok, Mariano Lopez, Nap Lorca, Catherine Loreto, Rashid Lucman, Ruben Lunas;

Rizaldy Maglantay, Boy Magpantay, Julieto Mahinay, Rodolfo Mahinay, Armando J. Malay, Paula Carolina Malay, Alfredo Malicay, Rodelo Manaog, Raul Manglapus, Renato Manimbo, Bolet Marasigan, Ma. Violeta Marcos, Ason Martinez, Tinoy Medina, Rogelio Megallen Jr., Alfredo Mendoza, Armando Mendoza, La Verne Mercado, Sonny Mesina, Diore Mijares, Vic Mirabueno, Ka Chadli Molintas, Claro Monares, Maria Luz Mondejar, Rodolfo Montealto, Boy Morales, Nicky Morales, Rogelio Morales, Rodrigo Mordeno, Cecilia Munoz Palma;

Tony Nieva, Immanuel Obispo, Felixberto Olalia, Rolando Olalia, Mateo Olivar, Jaime Ongpin, Manuel Ontong, James Orbe, Alex Orcullo, Sedfrey Ordonez, Aniano Ornopia, Nenita Orot, Gaston Ortigas, Virgil Ortigas, Pacifico Ortiz, Magnifico Osorio;

Abe Padilla, Joji Paduano, Armando Palabay, Romulo Palabay, Soc Par, Benedicto Pasetes, Fernando Pastor Jr., Puri Pedro, Jack Pena, Romulo Peralta, Dante Perez, Florencio Pescesa, Rhyme Petalcorin, Bal Pinguel, Joel Plaquino, Rodrigo Ponce, Nestor Principe, Nemesio Prudente, Miguel Purugganan;

Jun Quimpo, Jan Quimpo, Eduardo Quintero, Clemente Ragragio, Arnulfo Resus, Ciento Reyes, J.B.L. Reyes, Victor Dandan Reyes, Cirilo Rigos, Rey Robles, Chino Roces, Soc Rodrigo, Rudy Romano, Tanggol Roque, Sofronio Roxas;

Roberto Salac, Jessica Sales, Edgardo Salili, Jovito Salonga, Soledad Salvador, Bobbit Sanchez, Ronilo Sta. Ana, Antero Santos, Ditto Sarmiento, Lazzie Silva, Jaime Sin, Modesto Sison, Teresito Sison, Nick Solana, Francis Sontillano, Juanito Suarez Jr. Michael Sumilang, Benjamin Suyat, Arturo Taca, Antonio Tagamolila, Crispin Tagamolila, Manuel Tan, Christine Tan, Lorenzo Tanada, Jose Tangente, Dodong Taojo, Carlos Tayag, Claudio Teehankee, Caesar Tejones, Noel Tierra, Alex Torres, Amanteflor Torres, Ismael Umali;

Danilo Valcos, Teofilo Valenzuela, Nilo Valerio, Jose Mari Velez, Gene Viernes, Venerando Villacillo, Ka Felicing Villados, Marcelino Villanueva, Dalama Villaron, Danilo Vizmanos, Nanette Vytiaco, Manny Yap, Rolan Ybanez, Haydee Yorac, Alfonso Yuchengco, Quintin Yuyitung, Rizal Yuyitung, Calixto Zaldivar, and Antonio Zumel.

Be inspired. We’re a nation of heroes.

 
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