Beacons of Inspiration: 12 New Stories of Educators

Everyday, in almost every corner of the country, there is a teacher who goes the extra mile to serve. Finding new stories of inspiration is not difficult and these are 12 new stories that can move us.  

Serving the Underserved

Normita Liwag

Normita Liwag

Michelle Norico

Michelle Norico

Jinky Tecson

In service of the least of their brothers, this is where the efforts of Normita Liwag of Gapan City, Nueva Ecija, and teaching tandem Michelle Norico and Jinky Tecson of Pototan, Iloilo, go.  They perform the challenging task of teaching inmates, a lot of whom have not had the opportunity to go to school or finish their studies. What drives them is the urge to help the inmates get a new lease on life, despite the difficulties, including overcoming the stigma attached to this sector of society.

Dr. Marilyn Ngales

Dr. Marilyn Ngales

Gerum Salatan

Gerum Salatan

Similarly, Dr. Marilyn Ngales of Manila and Gerum Salatan of Claveria, Misamis Oriental have stepped forward to lift up the plight of Indigenous People or IPs through education. These teachers, who are IPs themselves, help the tribes of Mountain Province and Misamis Oriental gain skills needed to protect their culture and advocate for their rights. 

Advocating Quality Education

Dr. Jerico Bacani

Dr. Jerico Bacani

Alleli Ester Domingo

Alleli Ester Domingo

Aaron Tolentino

Aaron Tolentino

Lorelee Asignacion

Lorelee Asignacion

Dr. Christine Guinacaran

Dr. Christine Guinacaran

Dr. Jovelyn Delosa

Dr. Jovelyn Delosa

Dr. Jerico Bacani of Baguio City; Aleli Ester Domingo of Los Banos, Laguna; Aaron Tolentino of Manila; Lorelee Asignacion of Bacolod City; Dr. Christine Guinacaran of Zamboanga City; and Dr. Jovelyn Delosa of Cagayan de Oro City have undertaken the task of education as a vocation rather than as occupation.

The teachers give of themselves wholly to uplift learners, oftentimes involving personal resources lilke time and money.  

For Dr. Bacani of Baguio City, it is through research that he is able to help math education in the Philippines.  Miss Domingo does so through teacher training. Mr. Tolentino devotes a lot of time in training students to become better campus journalists. Ms. Asignacion uses technology to help students develop much-needed 21st century skills.

Dr. Guinacaran established a club that utilizes peer-to-peer education to help poor readers.  Dr. Delosa focuses on properly molding aspiring teachers so that they become beacons of light for education, especially in the public system.

Protecting our Resources

Haide Pandoy

Haide Pandoy

Dr. Aris Larroder

Dr. Aris Larroder

Haide Pandoy of Malabon City and Dr. Aris Larroder of Iloilo City champion causes that are important for the country, beyond their usual teaching tasks.  

Miss Pandoy strongly supports the preservation of the environment, while Dr. Larroder promotes IP knowledge and adapted the indigenization program in his Science teaching.

A Tribute to Teachers

Stories like this, set by the teachers, are not just for celebration but also for emulation.  

This is the reason why for 14 years now, Bato Balani Foundation Inc. has been scouring the country for these kinds of inspiration and presenting them to the public in a program called “The Many Faces of the Teacher.”

The program seeks to recognize Filipino educators and how they are transforming their communities, their students and ultimately the course of this country’s future. The nationwide search started early this year and from this pool, the honorees for 2015 will emerge.

The honorees will be presented to their peers on October 2, 2015 at an event entitled “A Tribute to Teachers,” which will be held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Marriott Hotel Manila.  

The Many Faces of the Teacher is supported by Diwa Learning Systems.  For more information, log on to www.batobalanifoundation.org.ph.

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