A dream come true

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By Mimi Olorga

Points of View

Sunday, March 23, 2014


SHE wanted to become a teacher. Hard work, prayer and perseverance helped her to reach her goal. After a short stint in helping mold the young minds of secondary students, Gleah Pasigan- Demachi went to Japan and became a member of the Board of Education.

For 17 years that Gleah taught there, she nurtured one dream: to be able to have a pre- school of her own.

In 2008, Gleah started studying more intensely the Montessori Method. Being so inspired with the Montessori belief that “within the child lies the fate of the future,” Gleah, with the help of her family, started converting their ancestral house into a “place where every child can explore.”

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With the help of her sister Arlene, Great Pillars Academy (GPA) came into being. It is located at #2030 Uno de Mayo St., Capitol Heights, Bacolod City.

With its fully air-conditioned classrooms for 2 to 5 year-olds and a DepED permit, Great Pillars Academy will start operation this coming June.

With practical life, sensorial area, cultural science, language curriculum, art and many floor and table interactive activities, the kids will surely have an everyday adventure at Great Pillars Academy. The young teachers, Michelle, Janice and Karen, are inspiring facilitators to different wonderful worlds of possibilities. With the adept administrative skills of Dr. Ruby Sumagaysay and Mrs. Arlene Vergara, Great Pillars Academy hopes to make every child imagine, play and learn.

Thus, last March 15, the blessing of the school was a momentous event for Gleah, the president of Great Pillars Academy, and the rest of the staff.

With the wonderful gifts of presence of Mayor Monico Puentevella, Rev. Fr. Alfonso Arrojo, executive assistant Madeleine Diaz, Barangay Villamonte captain Friday Solinap, DepEd program supervisor Aldrin Vingno, the Bacolod Evangelical Church (BEC) Orchestra, friends, relatives and guests, the event was a great success.

Noteworthy was the singing of the GPA hymn which was arranged by Alexander Endrina and accompanied by the members of the BEC orchestra.

Symbolic, too, was the lighting of candles of love, hope, prosperity and peace made by the GPA administration, teachers, parents, and kids.

For the kids to have a purposeful life, positive disposition, make choices, develop a sense of responsibility and have character, wisdom and beauty—these are the objectives of the cozy pre-school of Great Pillars Academy.

These goals are interwoven with the dream of a wonderful person who have become a good teacher—Gleah Pasigan- Demachi. Her dreams had just come true.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 23, 2014.

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