A teacher’s day of fun and excitement (that I missed) PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 September 2012 00:00

(Thanks to my sister-in-law, Dr. Fides “Bebot” Corteza of DepEd (Department of Education)-9, we can feel the fun of the celebration of teacher’s month in Zamboanga City. I was committed those days and missed the excitement. Here’s her story.)

Many times we feel like thanking our teachers but we really didn’t find the right occasion, the celebration of the teachers’ month is an opportunity to express our gratitude for their guidance, unending love and the support that they have given their students.
We are inspired of our teachers’ hard work in their effort of moulding the youth. To make them feel how important they are to us, Zamboanga City Division carried out the first ever Teachers’ Festival of Talents and Teachers’ Summit last September 21 and 22 at the Zamboanga City Coliseum, Tetuan, Zamboanga City, with the theme, “My Teacher, my Hero”.  It was initiated by Superintendent Pedro Melchor M. Natividad. He said “It was a dream come true because I had always been thinking of a way to reciprocate the hard work our teachers’ exert in educating our children, thus this event is solely dedicated to them”.

The festive moment started with the Teachers’ Festival of Talents. Teachers showcase a wide range of talents from the usual singing and dancing to a never before seen performances. Zamboanga City High School Main outshines all the contestants as they were judged the best performers with the Baliwasan district represented by Zamboanga City High School West as second place and the third place went to Mercedes District.  The fourth placer was Putik District represented by Divisoria National High School, and the fifth place went to Manicahan District. 

The search for Mr.  & Ms. Educator and Mr. & Ms. Administrator was another show that everyone looked forward to. Ms. Nora Lai, principal of Lumbangan Elementary School and Mr. Ronald Aba-a, principal of Tetuan Central was awarded Mr.& Ms. Administrator 2012. 1st Runner up- Sherwin Saavedra (Datu Panguluhan-Labuan District) & Dr. Laarni T. Villanueva (San Roque Elem.- Sta. Maria District); 2nd  Runner-up - Mr. Joan Manlangit (Tolosa Elem-Mercedes District & Ms. Olga A. Guevarra (Cabigan Elem-Ayala District); 3rd  Runner-up – Mr. Jonathan Tarroza (Muruk Elem- Sta. Maria District) & Ms. Evelyn Cabaniero (Sinubong Elem.- Labuan District); 4th Mr. Julius Ceazar Lopez (Merloquet Elem. –Vitali District) & Ms. Helen Abad (San Jose Gusu Elem – Baliwasan District).
A teacher commented that this event was worth remembering as the years will go by; they felt that they were special and that they were given due recognition. They had great fun and enjoyed all the activities prepared for them. One of the highlights of the affair was the lottery; Zamboanga Mayor Celso Lobregat gave out big prizes such as a refrigerator,  21” television set, and other big prizes.
The City Mayor also turned over several buildings to SDS Natividad to include the Division Training Center, Talon-Talon E/S Library & three storey 12 classroom building; ZWCS H.E. Building & Newly Repaired two storey 12 Classroom building.
Secretary of Education Br. Armin Luistro was the keynote speaker during the Teachers’ Summit. He was represented by Assistant Secretary Elena R. Ruiz. She said “it is imperative to provide our teachers the knowledge, learning and the information that they need so that the teachers whom we consider as agents of change are to function as very good change agents that will help us make the K-12 curriculum succeed”.

SDS Natividad recognized the Most Outstanding Elementary and Secondary School teachers, Ms. Fe G. Tapia, an elementary school teacher of Baliwasan Central and Ms. Florita Myrna Patacsil a secondary teacher of Regional Science High School. They were proclaimed outstanding teachers for the exemplary services they have rendered to uplift quality education in the department.

By Dante Corteza