Sitio Balugom in Kalagangan, San Fernando, Bukidnon. This is where I met hero teacher Junmerth Jorta, who has been uplifting the lives of the Matigsalug children he is serving. Cheers for teachers like Junmerth!
This is Teacher Junmerth Jorta of San Fernando, Bukidnon, one of the hero teachers I met recently. Teacher Junmerth is the first full-time teacher assigned by the Department of Education to Kèupiyanan Tè Balugo, a public school in Sitio Balugon, Kalagangan in San Fernando, Bukidnon. He also serves the Matigsalug community. Because the area is hard to reach, only volunteer teachers went there before he came. In Sitio Balugo, he established a feeding program called “Balugo Pagkaon Sakto”, which has been running for 3 years now. The program helped him encourage more students to enrol and curb absenteeism and dropout.
Surreal experience. First time to ride a horse for travel purpose. It took us three hours to got to the community where I interacted with another Matigsalug tribe and met another hero teacher. Posting soon on my blog
The mountains of Marilog District where I met hero teacher Ruel Janamjam, who has been helping the Matigsalug Tribe. He has made so much impact that he was bestowed a datu title. More about him at damngoodtravels. com
Teacher Ruel Janamjam serves the Matigsalug Tribe of Sitio Upian in Barangay Marilog, Davao City. He has made so much impact in the community that he was bestowed the title of Datu Kasandihan. More about Teacher Ruel at damngoodtravels.com.
Backdrop when I interviewed another hero teacher. In Sitio Upian, I interviewed a teacher who uses his influence to improve the lives of the members of the Matigsalug Tribe there. He has been so good to the community that he was bestowed a datu title. Soon on my blog.
This is the Badjao Community in Malamawi Island, Isabela City. Find out how a teacher is using her influence to help improve the welfare and preserve the culture of this Basilan tribe. Story at www.damngoodtravels.com
Ms. Sherlaine Tubat of the Badjao Floating Elementary School of Isabela City, Basilan serves the Sama Dilaut community, more popularly known to as the Badjao. Her passion in helping the Badjaos, which may be considered as among the most marginalized ethnic group in the country, prompted her to strive for the development of their own Indigenous Peoples Education (IPEd) Framework. She was part of the team that documented their history, practices, livelihood, political system, faith, food, characters, and other information about how they live. She also led the building of a Badjao replica house in her school to showcase the tribe’s rich culture. The stilt houses is complete with kitchen utensils, pandan mats, and other traditional relics and artifacts.
First time to visit a Badjao Village. The badjaos are known as sea gypsies and they live in stilt houses. I was there actually to interview a teacher who has been passionately promoting the culture and fighting for thewelfare of the Badjaos. More about it in my blog, damngoodtravels.com. Link on my bio.
This is Sitio Sulong, a Mangyan community that sits on the foot of Mt. Halcon. This is where I met hero Teacher Dominic Rover Ocampo, who brings light to the Mangyans literally and figuratively. Read more about him at damngoodtravels.com. Link also on my bio. Photo by @iyanismo
Dominic Rover Ocampo, Master Teacher II, serving as Mobile Teacher, Benito R. Villar Memorial School of Oriental Mindoro, brings light to the Mangyans of Mindoro literally and figuratively. His Backpack Alitaptap project gives light to Mangyan communities in two ways. First, he ensures that they will have a chance to get a brighter future by providing them with basic and functional literacy skills. And second, he literally brings light to the communities by providing them with solar lanterns and panels that serve as their light source during classes at night—the only time the Mangyans get to study since they work in the day. More about Teacher Dominic at damngoodtravels.com. Link on my bio.
The trails to Sitio Sulong. Sitio Sulong is one of the communities that sit on the foot of Mt. Halcon. In this Mangyan village, I got to know more about Mobile Teacher Dominic Rover Ocampo. Teacher Dominic brings light to the Mangyans literally and figuratively. More about Teacher Dominic on my blog soon.
The mountains of Tanay. The beautiful backdrop of my interview with hero teacher Lodema dela Cruz Doroteo or Teacher Diday. The home of Teacher Diday and her Dumagat. tribe. Read about her at damngoodtravels.com. Link in my bio.
Lodema Dela Cruz Doroteo or Teacher Diday is the first in her Dumagat community in Tanay, Rizal to finish college. Instead of pursuing a better life outside her community, she went back and established “Paadelan E Denomagat”, a one-of-a-kind school that gives importance to preserving the Dumagat culture. Her determination to help her community extends to teaching the Dumagat elders the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. This gave them the opportunity to enter trade in the city and to establish livelihood projects that can augment their household income. My story about at www.damngoodtravels.com. Link on my bio.