A teacher's accomplishment

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Friday, October 7, 2011


OUR teachers are our heroes. There will never be doctors, engineers, architects, lawyers, and other professionals if we don't have them. This is the greatest accomplishment a teacher like Eva Mangco Antipuesto never think of.

Ma'am Eva was born and raised in Mambusao, Capiz City. Her parents, Isidoro and Rosalina, were farmers and had six daughters, but they both strived to send their daughters to school.

Graduating from elementary at Mambusao Pilot School, Ma'am Eva continued to excel in Mambusao Agricultural and Technical College during her high school days.

She was one of the 10 students who were given the privilege to bring honor to their school by taking up the entrance exam at the State College in West Visayas in Iloilo City, formerly Iloilo Normal School.

"Isa ako sa nakapasa. I actually wanted to become a lawyer, then an agriculturist. But because we were poor and my parents could not afford to send me to law school, I opted to be a teacher," Antipuesto said.

She added that her aunt helped her in pursuing her college education.

Taking up Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEE), she graduated in April 1970.
Ma'am Eva immediately worked as a substitute teacher at Mambusao Pilot School until 1972.

She was a Science teacher in Grade 6 before she decided to resign and went to Davao for a vacation.

"I came here for a vacation and I like the place that's why I decided to stay," Antipuesto said.

Ma'am Eva's memory is so sharp that she still remembers the day she arrived in the city. Full of vigor and vitality, she quickly landed a teaching job at the Mudiang Elementary School in Ilang, Tibungco (Bunawan Ditrict) where she met the man of her dreams, her co-teacher Rodolfo Antipuesto who is now deceased.

They were married in 1978 and had two children, Ruby May and Roekim. Both children are successful in their chosen careers.

Ruby is a registered nurse, working at Stanford Hospital in San Francisco, California with her husband and daughter Aeva Sophia.

Roekim is a government employee like her mom in Davao City with his wife and twin sons, Kicy Uriel and Rodeon Zacki.

Ma'am Eva is a very proud grandmother to three grandchildren.

From being a teacher she rose from the ranks, and became a subject coordinator and later head teacher and then a principal at Quirino Elementary School, Porras Elementary School and San Roque Central Elementary School.

After being a principal in three different schools, she became a district supervisor of San Roque and Sta.Ana District.

Before becoming the administrative officer of the Department of Education (DepEd) she was appoint assistant division superintendent (officer-in-charge) from November 2005 until July 2009.

When asked what her advice for teachers who would want to follow her footstep, she said "Do their job sincerely, be a committed employee whatever job they need to perform well or do their best because God will do the rest".

"I also would like to improve the performance level of the pupils and as an administrator I would like to also improve the teaching competence of the teachers," Antipuesto said.

She is also a recipient of the five government scholarship and was also chosen for a study tour in Australia for 19 days and eager to be the best in her craft she also applied to be trained in Penang, Malaysia for three months.

Ma'am Eva is a hardworking government employee but in her leisure time she loves to read novels, life stories of successful people and stories of the monarchs.

"Lingaw-lingaw para dili ko ma-bore pero dili jud ko ma-bore sa work kay daghan man maayo ug trabaho," Antipuesto said.

She also loves to visit her little sanctuary, a farm in Tibungco where she has fruit trees. While at home, she loves to cook and tidy up her house.

"I love to go to the grocery or to the market too, it relieves me from a stressful day at work, unlike other people I do not like window shopping as a stress reliever. If I need to buy something like shoes or bags I go and buy it, I don't waste my time window shopping," Antipuesto said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 08, 2011.

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