My Teachers, My Heroes – 2012
“My Teacher, My Hero” highlights the unique role, service, and commitment which teachers play in guiding families, strengthening communities, and building the nation. It seeks to revitalize the image of and respect for teaching as a vocation by increasing public awareness on the value of teachers in Philippine society and in national development. It calls on everyone to contribute in making teaching an attractive profession and in giving teachers the needed support and assistance; generate widespread support for teachers in particular and education in general; and express sincere gratitude for the positive influences teachers have had on the Filipino learners.
I honor all the teachers that I had before in Nueva Ecija Chinese School, Xavier School, Grace Christian School, University of the Philippines (Diliman and Manila), and Philippine General Hospital. I also honor all my informal teachers, my parents, my brothers and sisters, my wife, my children, my patients and my colleagues in the medical and surgical profession, medical colleges, and hospital administration.
In my Xavier School High School Batch 66, for the past 20 years or so, we have been having monthly to bimonthly class reunions with the birthdays celebrants treating the whole class. Every time, we have this reunion, we have among our midst our high school teachers. This is one of the ways our class shows appreciation to our teachers. Another way is to assist them, financially or non-financially.
Last September 14, 2012, our class had another reunion in Hai Kang Restaurant in Wilson St., San Juan, Rizal. In our midst were at least 5 teachers. We also passed the hat to help one teacher in rebuilding his house destroyed by the recent habagat flood.
Our teachers, our heroes!
Xavier School Class 1966 with spouses and teachers
Our high school teachers – the two standing – Fr. Li and Mr. Noel McRae; the other two seated, males, Mr. Ablang and Mr. Tocino, just beside the standing teachers, at the left side of the picture; and the last one, a female, with back to the camera, just to the left of the female facing the camera.
Jackie and I, in one of the 5 tables.