Parents are our first teachers. Indeed my parents were my teachers, figuratively and literally. I was raised by two great teachers. My father was then a UP professor at UP College of Education teaching Social Studies, he also taught in UP Baguio High School, UP High School, UP Preparatory School, UP Integrated School, Ramon Magsaysay in Cubao, and barrio schools in Pangasinan. My mother is currently teaching in the same university and college but teaches in Language Area, she also taught in UP Baguio High School.
"A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience's attention; then he can teach his lesson." This is one of the best quotes to describe how Professor Mabuhay A. Alonzo starts his class. He would share significant anecdotes of his colorful life, or start with newspaper headlines or as simple as a funny joke. Once the attention of the class is all his he starts with his lessons. The lesson - usually about nationalism. He inculcated love for ones country among his students. Telling them that a person should not focus on what the country can do for you but instead what you can do for your country. I know this because I was once his student in Education 100: Philippine Educational System. Sir Buhay did not only teach inside the classroom, he was one of those professors that would ask his students to go to significant rallies and fight for what is perceived right for the welfare of students or common Filipino people. He loves reading newspapers, so he is always updated with current events. Lessons were not just in books, important matters were discussed in class, inspiring students to be critical thinkers. A blog by Mi one of Prof. Alonzo's student way back 2004 proves that Sir Alonzo awakened analytical and creative thinking among his students. Also, I believe that he is one of those teachers students will never forget. He is an all time favorite by most students. This blog mentioned that Sir Buhay was one of his favorite teachers. If you wish to read more about Sir Buhay read this one.
Dr. Rosario I. Alonzo on the other hand is an English teacher. She teaches in three levels: college, masters and Ph.D. If you like to learn and read countless readings then she is your type of teacher. Many students find her strict and serious. However if you're the studious type you will realize how great teacher she is. You will learn a lot in her class. She will help you work on your thesis, guiding you in achieving great researches in order to finish your MA or Ph.D. I remember one former student topped the license exam for teachers, she thanked Dr. Alonzo in the local newspaper (if I remember it correctly the student was interviewed, how she managed to top the test) for being an instrument to her triumph. Many grateful students send cards, tokens to her to express how they appreciate her greatness in teaching.
Great Teachers I will Never Forget
I spent 17 years of my life in school, wow really, 17 years! I will never forget several teachers and professors during those years.
Prof. Zenaida Policarpio is my favorite teacher during my High School years. There were no dull moments in her class since she cracks jokes every now and then, which were really funny. Her simple remarks turns out to be funny. I had tons of unforgettable moments in her class, which whenever I see my former classmates and friends then we talk about it, until this very day make us laugh 'til our stomach aches and jaws in pain. Of course, I will never forget her since she is the only professor who called me Ms. Maganda... hehehe...
Ms. Christine Parial was my Physics teacher when I was in grade 10. She was blessed with great looks so most of the boys in our class sit in front of the class "pretending" to listen to her lessons. When she asks if the lesson was clear the boys will answer her "CRYSTAL" but I know this was double meaning for those juvenile boys. I also remember not attending her class one time when my friend and I got wet due to heavy rains (during that time, I have a subject wherein I am a teacher aid in UP Elementary so we walk to and from UP High School in Katipunan to UPIS 3-6 which is inside UP Campus), anyway Laiza and I stayed in the bathroom to dry ourselves while waiting for our next class since we decided not to attend Physics. When the class was finished we checked if it's "safe" to come out so no one will notice that we did not attend the class, while walking a loud voice said "Hoy! Cutting kayong dalawa!" As we turned we saw ma'am Parial waving her index finger indicating we are in trouble. But she did not really make a big deal out of it. (n.n)
Prof. June Prinsipe was my Practical Arts teacher, she was the one who taught us how to sew using a machine, cook, bake, bathe a newly born baby and taught sex education. Which the later was so boring for girls while the boys at that time were all seated in front, asking questions that were so out of this world for young minds at that time. "Tama po ba ko" was her favorite phrase when discussing in class. And yes, I agree with her when she emphasized that the things she teaches are practical lessons in life and we will use those in our everyday lives.
The fun, funny and cool professors that I remember were Sir Asuncion, Sir Manuel, Sir Diaz. Each professor own a beetle car and they park usually side by side. Their jokes year after year were showing the class ginormous pencil, bulb, triangle that never failed to make students laugh.
Ma'am Gaying was my college professor who told us go out of the classroom and watch the oblation run! That was the time I saw naked men! ;p
Sir Peregrino is very passionate in teaching lanaguage, my interest in language and culture was awaken.
Ma'am I forgot her name, was the one who required students to write about modern Filipino hero and even though I crammed that paper that particular final requirement was published later on in a textbook for High School entitled Raya: Gramatika at Pagbasa sa Filipino II, by C&E Publishing, Inc.
Sir Monico Atienza loves discussing martial law era. There was a time when I received a message telling us that our class will be at Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. I thought it was a joke so I replied "weh JOKE?!" to which he replied hindi si Sir Nic talaga ito. Sometimes he seats with us students during lunch time. Sharing his life during martial law. Oh I miss him but I know he is in a better place right now.
Gosh, I have tons of teachers I think I will end for now. So to all my teachers thank you very much for inspiring, believing in me and awakening my potentials. Happy World Teachers' Day! Enjoy this month long celebration! Educators deserve it!