Guardians of the Galaxy first trailer
"Michael looked all alone in that huge palace; there was no team to welcome him back to the stalls. Yet, as he sat back to listen to his scores being announced, his face broke into a wide grin and he held up his white jacket to show the name of the country he was representing: the Philippines. That little gesture spoke volumes. It didn’t matter that he won no medals. He was telling the world that his country exists—not just as the site of catastrophic disasters but as a pool of gifted and disciplined athletes. And, if they were listening, he was also telling his country’s leaders that Filipino athletes could be among the best in the world in any field of sports, with a little support."
- Randy David (The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Feb. 15, 2014)
Not only did he hold up his white jacket - he kept checking to make sure he was displaying the country’s name correctly. This is why I said, on Twitter, that he’s so damn proud to have come from the Philippines, to be a figure skater from the Philippines which is a country with no ice and no snow whatsoever, and what has the Philippines done by him so far?
And as someone else in the tags pointed out: he never asked for money himself, though he was likely to have needed it; all he asked for was support, mostly in the form of prayers.
So when are we going to do right by this kid, who wants to go on to bigger and better things, who wants to compete in 2018 if he has to do it all alone once again?
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WHAT THE HECK I DIDN’T REALISE THEY ACTUALLY DID THIS
An eight-year-old New York boy is being hailed as a hero after saving six people from a mobile home fire, dying as he attempted to save his grandfather.
East Rochester’s Tyler Doohan convinced his mother to let him spend the night with his grandfather when the fire broke out early Monday morning sometime after 4 am.There were nine people total in the trailer, and authorities believe Tyler was able to help wake up and lead six family members out of the fire, including two 4- and 6-year-old children.
Once outside the trailer, family members say Tyler realized his grandfather had not made it out, and he went back inside to save him. Firefighters responded to the emergency around 4:45 am, but Tyler and his grandfather were both found dead inside the trailer, along with the boy’s uncle.
“It makes me really proud, it really does. But I just want him back,” Tyler’s mother, Crystal Vrooman told local ABC affiliate WHAM.
“All I could think about is how he couldn’t breathe,” she added. “I’m just so grateful that he went with people that he loved … He didn’t go alone.”
The six family members who made it out of the trailer alive were transported to a local hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.
“The roof had collapsed on the front half of the trailer and one of the individuals was found there, probably on a couch, but there was nothing left to even see if it was furniture,” Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer said to the Democrat and Chronicle. “In the rear, there was a bedroom and the other deceased male was found in a bed. The child was a few feet way.”
“He saved those other six people,” he said.
Along with Tyler’s relatives, the trailer was also home to numerous animals. According to CNN, several dogs, cats, hamsters, and a rabbit died in the blaze.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though officials speculate that it could have been caused by an electrical problem.
Tyler’s actions have inspired the local community, and the interim superintendent of the fourth grader’s school district said the boy “bravely and selflessly” gave his own life.
“I just got an email from one of our staff members, who when they heard Tyler had gone back in, or continued to help his grandfather get out of the burning building, they were not surprised at all,” Richard Stutzman told WHEC Rochester.
“That’s the type of young man he was, and in my heart and the heart of East Rochester, he’s a true hero.”
That’s right across the river from me… If you don’t reblog this I’m judging
I’d be proud to call him a Brother, as I think we all would. Rest Easy, young man.
One of the bravest firefighters I’ve heard of, he deserves a firefighter’s funeral.