Ma’am Lilia writes

Here’s the letter Ma’am Lilia Andres sent to us last February 13. As announced in an earlier post, we have finally managed to track her down via the Internet. We’ll try to have a phone interview with her as soon as we get the chance.

Please consider this post as a reminder to all of us that we’re still looking for our missing classmates and teachers.

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Wanted: male teachers

Written by Dr. Michael L. Tan
Philippine Daily Inquirer

My daughter was clearly excited when she came home from her first day at school last June. In between giggles, she blurted out, in Filipino, what seemed almost like a secret: “Our teacher is male.”

I thought it was a breakthrough that her school had hired a male to handle the main teaching tasks for a Grade 1 class. Before that, for all my kids in their preschools and kindergartens, I’d hear of male teachers only as “coaches” handling sports, but it’s different having a male teacher handling the three Rs and other academic subjects.

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Thanks ma’am, thanks sir

Written by Tarra Quismundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

On Tuesday, how about saying thanks to a favorite teacher?

The Department of Education is calling on all Filipinos – whether student, policeman, office worker or government employee, etc. – to send a simple message of gratitude to at least one former teacher to commemorate World Teachers’ Day.

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LDHS teachers reunite

LDHS teachers, with Rorie and Dr. and Mrs. Quijano
LDHS teachers, with Rorie and Dr. and Mrs. Quijano

Rorie Quijano-Siasoco’s eldest daughter, Rebecca, celebrated her 8th birthday last July 20, and her well-wishers included not only the young ones but the young once: former Lakan Dula High School teachers who took the occasion as an opportunity to visit their LDHS colleague, English teacher Mrs. Severina Quijano.

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Ma’am Arafiles’ ordeal

This is a video of a Pinoy television program in the US, which featured the plight of former LDHS teacher Sabina Arafiles and other retirees who are now based abroad. Ma’am Sabina’s pension was recently stopped by the Philippine Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for her failure to renew her so-called e-card online. New rules adopted by the GSIS require that pensioners based abroad should renew their membership via Skype, a chat program that is completely unknown to many of our senior retirees who do not have much experience with computers.

Many LDHS graduates in the US, including George Gange (Batch ’68), have taken up the cudgels for Mrs. Arafiles by getting in touch with GSIS offcials in the Philippines. Mr. Gange has even written a letter to Senator Nene Pimentel and requested the latter to look into this issue. Our fellow alumni are correct in saying that former public servants, especially teachers who have dedicated their lives molding the youth, deserve better treatment from the government.