The downside is that after two years of experience here, SPED teachers leave for gainful employment abroad educating and developing gifted and mentally challenge students instead of helping our own. This is how we deprive our country and ourselves with the talents for becoming a better country with a robust economy. When these special students grow up they are undereducated and become a burden to their family instead of growing up as fully contributing members of our society.
We are not looking far, we want immediate gratification from OFW remittances. Maybe, we need to make more babies who will become our future OFWs. Sad thoughts.
On a happy note, congratulations to the 11 intrepid Blue Falcon Awardees of V. Mapa High School at its Homecoming and Grand Reunion last Sunday at Wack-Wack Golf & Country Club.
The 2008 awardees are:
· Paciencia Villalon-Cruz (Class '35) for education. Besides being a teacher, Ms. Cruz is also a textbook writer for social studies, feature writer and contributor to various publications.
· Democrito Yambao Caparas (Class '57) for diplomatic media. Ambassador Caparas started as a diplomatic editor of The Manila Times; is publisher-editor of the "Ambassador Journal"; established the Malacañang Reference, information kit for Diplomatic Posts.
· Dr. Zenaida Racasa-Alijas ('58) for humanitarian services. She initiated the flu vaccination for Filipino-American senior citizens as well as the uninsured, disenfranchised members of the community in Texas. She volunteered on several medical missions to the Philippines and embarked on various fund raising activities for the construction of a community center in Gawad-Kalinga projects in Camarines Sur.
· Dr. Paulino D. Sambat ('58) for medicine. He has received various awards from various organizations in the USA where he has his practice. He funded the construction of deep wells in Pampanga and Taguig City thru the Gawad Kalinga Program.
· Emmanuel L. Osorio ('59) for community service. He has been involved in peace negotiations for Muslims to return to the fold of the law in Lanao, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. He initiated the planting of Tuba-tuba to promote clean air along highways, riverbanks and boundaries. Presently he coordinates with farmers of Toledo City for replanting of coconuts and cacao and with seaweed farmers and fishing operators to help uplift their living conditions.
· Victor A. Alisangco ('58) for aviation technology. He initiated the centralization of flight dispatch from Manila, flight planning procedures for efficient fuel management, restructuring of technical stops of trans-Pacific flights among others.
· Dr. Victor T. Valbuena ('63) for mass communication. He wrote the book "Philippine Theater Arts and Development Communication." He was honored by the Government of Singapore for outstanding contribution to education and teaching and by Centro Escolar University for outstanding achievement in teaching Mass Communication.
· This writer ('64) for management consultancy.
· Rear Admiral Edgardo M. Israel (64) for naval service. While in active duty, he received numerous medals and ribbons among them the Bintang Yudha Dharma Nararya from the President of Indonesia. We were both in Section 1 from 2nd to 4th year.
· Dr. Jose Hermes M. Abante ('71) for theology. He holds several distinctions and positions for preaching and spreading the Good News of God under the Bible Baptist Church in USA, Canada and here.
· Demetrio D. Posadas ('71) for entrepreneurship. He is one of the prime movers of socialized housing in the Philippines.
The Blue Falcon Award was given starting 1983 and to date there has only been a total of 232 awardees out of millions of graduates of Mapa (formerly Manila East) High. It is indeed a big honor to be one of the recipients of this singular award.