Christopher P. Manalo

To risk one’s life for another

This is exactly what Mr. Manalo, a singer, did during a fire in Kinamoto City, Japan in the early hours of 16 April 2001.  Responding to the desperate call for help of a 53-year old Japanese woman trapped in her burning 2-storey house, Mr. Manalo climbed the roof to reach the veranda, falling and injuring his arm in the process. No matter, he was able to rescue the five victims from imminent injury and death.