Kabalen teacher among Metrobank awardees

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Monday, August 5, 2013


GUAGUA -- An elementary school teacher did not let the perennial floodwaters that inundate her school to get in the way of her teaching; rather, she drew inspiration from adversity and from her young pupils in coming up with maverick teaching approaches which earned for her a spot at the Metrobank Foundation’s Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT)

Cherry Vinluan of Guagua Elementary School joined three other awardees of the SOT award in the Elementary level category, which include Fely Batiloy of the Special Education Integrated School for Exceptional Children in Iloilo City; Dr. Mitchel Rodriguez, Odiongan Central School in Gingoog City; and Rodel Sampang, Pedro Guevarra Elementary School in Manila.

This year’s panel of judges included Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III who served as chairman, with co-chairs Manila 6th District Rep. Rosenda Ann Ocampo and Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe.

Members of the panel were Professional Regulation Commission Chair Teresita Manzala; Albay Gov. Jose Ma. Clemente Salceda; University of Santo Tomas Rector Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P.; and Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Rina Jimenez David.

David, in her column, said Vinluan teaches at the Guagua Elementary School which easily gets flooded with the slightest rains.

Vinluan was able to come up with maverick ways of teaching her lessons from interactive discussions, skits and plays that are “relevant, informative, timely while also entertaining and interesting.”

“Eager to promote love of reading in her young wards, she also put up, with the help of the local government, non-government organizations and school alumni, an Extensive Reading Center (read: library) for students,” David said.

Espiritu formerly served with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as an expert on “ecotoxicology” (a study of the effects of toxic chemicals on biological organisms) which “led to various policies governing water sanitation and solid waste management.” She also had previous collaborations with the World Bank, the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education.

This year’s SOT awardees will each “receive a gold medallion, plaque and cash prize of P350,000” on September 5 in line with Metrobank’s 51st anniversary.

Metrobank Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of Metrobank Group. Founded in 1979, the Foundation implements various programs in education, visual arts and health care.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 06, 2013.

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