Rizal, Bonifacio, Ninoy most identified Filipino heroes

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 09 2011 12:24 AM | Updated as of Apr 09 2011 08:36 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Dr. Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, and Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. are the top three people considered by Filipinos as "genuine" heroes, a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed.

The SWS survey, released Friday, was conducted from March 4 to 7, 2011.

Respondents were asked the question, "Sino-sino po ang mga taong kinikilala ninyong tunay na bayaning Pilipino? Maaari po kayong magbanggit ng hanggang limang tao. [ Who are the persons whom you consider a genuine Filipino hero? You can name at up to five persons.]"

No list of names were provided to the respondents, the SWS said.

The top 3 responses were:

  • Jose Rizal (75%)
  • Andres Bonifacio (34%)
  • Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. (20%)

They were followed by:

  • Cory Aquino (14%)
  • Apolinario Mabini (14%)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (11%)
  • Ferdinand Marcos (5.1%)
  • Ramon Magsaysay (4.3%)
  • Manuel L. Quezon (3.8%)
  • Lapu Lapu (3.7%)

Other names that came up were:

  • Melchora Aquino (3.2%),
  • Marcelo H. Del Pilar (3.0%),
  • Noynoy Aquino (2.9%),
  • Emilio Jacinto (2.8%),
  • Manny Pacquiao (2.6%),
  • Gabriela Silang (2.6%),
  • Gregorio Del Pilar (2.2%),
  • Juan Luna (1.9%),
  • Manuel Roxas (1.8%),
  • Joseph Estrada (1.8%),
  • Diosdado Macapagal (1.6%), and
  • Fernando Poe Jr. (1.6%).

Rizal was named by a majority of Filipinos across geographic areas and social classes, while Bonifacio and Ninoy consistently followed.

The SWS said the survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults in Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The survey's sampling error is ±3% for national percentages, ±6% for area percentages.

"The survey item on persons considered to be genuine Filipino heroes is not commissioned, but is done on SWS's own initiative and released as a public service," the organization said. -- Kris Danielle Suarez, abs-cbnNEWS.com