Renz: Values, faith, success

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Saturday, June 21, 2014


WHO was this genius who said that we should try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value? And who was this famous basketball icon who said that he failed over and over and over in his life that is why he succeeded?

These famous lines best describe the journey of this man who may not have the IQ of Albert Einstein and the height of Michael Jordan but has the ability to lay a firm foundation of a great life everyone would want to have.

Lorenzo E. Mendoza’s life is like a telenovela. His childhood was that of a struggling kid who weaves dreams even in the midst of poverty.

From San Jose, Batangas where they grew up, Renz’s father decided to try his luck in Nabunturan.

They began building a decent house where they enjoyed basic appliances like a television set and cassette but as they say life always has its share of ups and downs.

His Tatay Felix never recovered after his diabetes took his one leg and bore complications to his kidney, lungs, and heart. His health deteriorated little by little. Renz was only in his second year in college then.

They had to sell all their possessions and transfer to a small shanty in a government owned lot because they could not afford to pay house rental. Good thing that their neighbors in Nabunturan provided them food, clothing, and cash to tide them over.

Life was then hard for Renz and his family. But their faith never withered.

His Inay Elliodora had to work as a caretaker in a shop and Renz had to work as security guard at night after his classes. A foundation committed to pay his tuition in school. But weeks before his foundation, he learned that the foundation was dissolved leaving him with three semesters unpaid.

He was hired as teacher in Assumption College of Nabunturan right after graduation and he was able to pay his dues in school little by little. By then he acted as the head of his family.

For Renz, education is his power and strength. He sent his siblings through college as a teacher. His father died just as he was about to transfer to the Tagum City National High School after five years of teaching in a private school. That was when doors opened for him.
Renz grew up with values embedded in him. His mantra is to do good things to others and the Golden Rule was always his guide: Do unto others what you want others do unto you.

As an educator, Renz always believed in the benefits of being in school to learn. He worked doubly hard to excel. And everything paid off.
He was sent to a scholarship in Singapore where he took up Diploma in Applied Linguistics. It was instrumental to his promotion as Master Teacher and eventually English Coordinator in Tagum City schools division.

After three years, Renz was promoted to the regional office of DepED as supervisor in Filipino. He was also in-charge of the ICT, the library hub, campus journalism and as information officer.

It was this time that Renz became a columnist of Sun.Star Davao. Since he always loved writing, he contributed inspiring stories of teachers and students. Some of these made it to the front page of Sun.Star.

He was selected to be trained in Basic Management at the prestigious Asian Institute of Management in Makati City. He was also given online scholarship by US Embassy to take up Certificate in Critical Thinking at Oregon University in Texas, USA.

In 2012, he obtained his Diploma in Information Technology major in Multimedia at Technical and Further Education Institute in Adelaide, South Australia.

Renz already passed the three phases of the four-phase Career Executive Service Board. On July 1, he will transfer to Panabo City schools division together with Superintendent Ines Asuncion to be the assistant schools division superintendent.

His wife Cheryl Fe has always been supporting him. She was already his girlfriend during those times when Renz had to support all his siblings. His children, Renz John Michael and Cherry Lou, are raised with values Renz had carried and practiced all his life.

Renz, a picture of a young struggling boy now an image of a middle-aged successful man, is an epitome of values, faith, and success.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 22, 2014.

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