But this is NOT my victory. This is YOUR victory. You are the true Pinoy HEROES.
Because of you, KRIS Library is capable of doing so much more. Your vote will now be able to build more libraries. Your vote will now be able to support more poor students through scholarships. Your vote will now be able to send books to public schools who have never had libraries before.
Because of you, more people will hear about our advocacy. More Filipinos will know the message of peace that we bring. More poor Filipino students will be aware that we can help them. More Pinoy heroes will join our ranks - to reach out further and pull up the underprivileged among us.
Because of you, many young Filipinos have been given so much HOPE. Our scholars will know that there are many Filipinos rooting for them to finish their schooling. Our young beneficiaries will know that they are not alone in their fight against poverty and conflict.
Because of you, I am inspired to accomplish more. I wish, for the rest of my life, to fulfill my responsibility as a scholar to the nation. I wish, as long as I am able, to serve the people.
It is true that heroism consists not only of martyrdom or great acts of bravery or kindness. It also consists of small acts - as small as a smile, as small as an embrace, as small as a vote.
This is YOUR victory. You are MY heroes.
Maraming, maraming salamat po, mga bayani.
Mabuhay po kayo!