Pandemic Heroes: National Heroes Day 2020 Special.
Filipinos extol their heroes on August 31, 2020, the day revered as National Heroes Day. This time of the pandemic, ordinary folk have risen to become heroes themselves. Heroes find courage and strength to persevere amid the obstacles. We share four stories of heroes of the pandemic from journalists in the Visayas and Mindanao.
Two stories focused on what the reporters saw during their coverage. Two other stories are about the broadcast journalists themselves. After all, many journalists go out of their homes to serve as frontliners in their coverages.
Jerome Dexie O. Bacud
A graduate of international studies in Liceo de Cagayan University, Jerome first worked in Nestle after graduation in 2010. He now works as field reporter and anchorman of Bombo Radyo in Cagayan de Oro. He was the 2016 Palarong Pambansa correspondent in Antique and the 2019 South Asia games correspondent in Manila, Philippines.
Annie Fe Perez
A mass communication graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Cebu, Annie Fe worked with the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. starting August 2, 2014 until the station officially closed on August 31, 2020. She shares with us the most heroic act she saw on the job during the pandemic.
This is the last story in our Heroes of the Pandemic: National Heroes’ Day series. We hope that the stories we have shared with you have inspired you. Despite how bad the situation, we can choose to be heroes and help others.
Ordinary folk become heroes because of their heroic actions. During this Covid-19 pandemic, the actions speak louder than words. The acts may even outshine and outlast the specific heroes of the pandemic.