A babyfaced teacher is always mistaken not as a teacher but a student.
Ian Francis Manga is not a student but a teacher in charge of the kindergarten and grade 2 students in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
His students think of him as an older brother whenever they play. “”Para po nila akong kuya, kalaro palagi,” he said.
Growing up, Ian shared that he was a sickly child. He thinks being sickly could be the reason for a delay in his growth.
Ian also revealed that while his high school buddies showed signs of puberty, he did not.
“Pati ‘yong look ko din wala eh. Pati buhok ko wala eh — wala sa kilikili, wala sa bigote,” he said.
The babyfaced teacher who passed the licensure exam for teachers when he was 22, didn’t even visit a doctor to understand his condition more; perhaps because he hardly experienced bullying.
“Hindi po ako na-bully kasi I was friendly. Pala-kaibigan po ako sa kaklase ko. Minsan nabu-bully rin mga hindi ko naman kakilala, kakantahan ka ng mga bulilit. Eh wag mong pansinin,” he narrated.
After passing the board, Ian started teaching.
As a teacher, he is serious and strict. “Nagiging seryoso [ako], nagiging seryoso din sila sa akin. Hati ‘yong pagiging strikto sa pagiging teacher. Teacher po ako. Hindi po kailangang always play kailangan may seryosohan din,” he said.
Herminia Delos Santos, the school administrator of Mater El-Roi School Inc. said they hired Manga because “he is fitted for the job and he loves the children.”
Source: GMA News