Malacanang lauds Fil-Am CNN Hero awardee

December 13, 2011
Two years after the victory of Efren Penaflorida in the CNN Hero awards, another Filipino has won the prestigious title.

Filipino-American midwife Robin Lim, whose advocacy include giving prenatal care and birthing services, was named as the 2011 CNN Hero of the year.

Lim, chosen by the public in an 11-week poll, bested nine other CNN heroes and will be receiving $250,000 for her cause, apart from the earlier $50,000 she got when she made it to the Top 10, CNN said in its report.

"We are very happy that the effort of one of our Filipinos has again been recognized on the international stage," said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte.

"Mother Lim," as she is called, runs the Yayasan Bumi Sehat health clinic that also offers medical aid in Indonesia, where many families cannot afford care, Malacanang quoted CNN as saying.

In her acceptance speech, Lim said: "Every baby's first breath on Earth could be one of peace and love. Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet."

Source: Yahoo

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