Filipino-Canadian Association
 of Kamloops and District

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Philippine National Heroes. Over the course of Philippine history, many men and women have fought for our country. Whether it was through physically fighting, or fighting with words and ideas, their actions continually inspire the country, and the Philippines would be a very different place without them. The National Heroes Committee has compiled a list of citizens who should be named national heroes like Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Melchora Aquino, Gabriela Silang, and others. These extraordinary Filipinos have received recognition for their deeds that aided the country, but up to this date, none of them have been officially designated as a national hero. There is one official national hero, former president Benigno Aquino Jr., who was assassinated in 1983. He was made an official national hero in 2003 with the approval of then-president Gloria Arroyo. Only three of the individuals mentioned above have public holidays associated with them, however; Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, and Benigno Aquino. It is believed that their status as official national heroes is “implied”.  The Philippine Department of Education, Culture, and Sports refused to act on the recommendations provided by the National Heroes Committee, amid claims that appointing official national heroes would cause controversy.  Source:

The Filipinos are all so proud of this four Filipino athletes for hauling 4 medals for the Philippines in Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.  It is one of the greatest Filipino achievements in our history.  They have achieved the almost impossible feat for the Filipinos.  Now, we know that we can do the impossible.  Here are some details about the medalist:

1. Hidilyn Diaz - gold medal for weightlifting, 55kg,  won the first ever gold in the Asian Games in 2017, silver medalist in 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. She also represented the country in the Beijing Olympics in 2008

2, Nesthy Petecio- silver medalist, women's featherweight boxing, gold medalist in the 2019 SEA Games, three silvers in three editions of SEA Games.  She is the second best boxer in the women's elite 57 kg  weight category according to the September 2020 update of he AIBA world rankings.

3. Eumir Marcial - bronze medalist, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, gold medalist in 2015, 2017, 2019 SEA Games, silver medalist 2019 AIBA World Championships. He turned professional boxer in 2020.

4. Carlos Paalam- silver medalist, Men's flyweight boxing in Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, bronze medalist, Aiba Youth Asian and World Championship 2016. At 23, he is the youngest in the Tokyo Olympic Games Filipino boxing team.