Today I received a very sad news that Mam Flor Octavio, one my favourite High School teacher in Manila Central University had passed away.
I really cried because she was part of my humble success at this age of mine, she is one pillar of my success. She was my Third Year Adviser in III-Humility, I remember that I was the Class Officer that time (President or Vice ata) that time.
She was soft spoken and although she may not be the best History teacher one can ever have but her words of wisdom to me when we are personally having our intimate moments were all very lasting. Naalala ko pa nung naiinis ako sa higpit ng Mama ko, she told me na huwag daw akong magtatanim ng galit sa aking Mama, Love lang daw kami ng Mama ko at eventually pag tumanda na kami pasasalamatan pa namin ang higpit na iyon. She was right…After that I feel that I have a big sister in her na nakakausap ko. Right after my second year college, hindi na ako nakapunta sa MCU High School and we lost touch.
Kaya naman last December 2014, during our 25th High School Reunion, napakasaya ko nang makita ko muli sya. At muli we exchange pleasantries. I hugged her tight, I remember and I Thank her. Then she told me, hinding hindi ko ito makakalimutan – “Bilang isang guro masaya ako na makita ko kayong maayos na ang buhay, mahirap man ako, hindi matutumbasan ang saya ko.” Then followed by a tight sincere hug.
Salamat po sa iyo Mam Flor, I LOVE YOU po alam mo iyan. No One forgets a good teacher. Thank you teacher you had been a bridge to our success….Hindi ka man sundalo pero saludo po kami sa inyo.
Sa iyo aking guro, have a safe journey back to Our Father’s home.
Note: I am still procrastinating writing a blogpost about our MCUHS89 25th Reunion, but sadly nauna pa itong sad post na ito…
A good teacher is like a candle — it consumes itself to light the way for others. ~Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, translated from Turkish