Who is your hero, and how well do you actually know him or her?
One of my favorite children’s books at the moment is called Ngumiti si Andoy, which means Andoy (the nickname of Andres Bonifacio, also known as the Father of the Philippine Revolution) Smiled.
The story is about a young boy named Andrew who went to Heroes Park to draw some of the heroes there for his school project. As he sat down in front of Andres Bonifacio and started drawing, as he looked up again he was shocked (and quite frightened!) to suddenly see the statue of Andres Bonifacio, sitting in front of him!
When one talks about Andres Bonifacio, stories of how he led the Katipunan or KKK (Kataas-taasan, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan) and started the fight against the Spaniards are usually at the forefront of the conversation. His bravery (and sadly his death by betrayal) will usually color the conversation.
But what about the man behind the deeds? Who exactly is this hero?
That is what this short story tackles. It focuses on who he was before he became one of the country’s most memorable heroes. In other words, it humanizes him. More than a legend, he was also a son, a father figure to his orphaned siblings and a very loving husband. Too often do we focus on the actions that lead to a man or woman becoming a hero and sometimes forget that his own life story plays a crucial part as well!
Come and learn about Andres Bonifacio, one of the bravest heroes in Philippine history. I invite you to learn more about Andoy, and what made him smile in this award-winning Children’s book. You can purchase it on the Adarna website or via Amazon.