The Mentor

By Presidential Proclamation No. 479 to honor more than 500,000 teachers nationwide. However, in the Philippines Teachers’ Day is actually celebrated in schools between the months of September and October (mainly elementary and secondary levels). Teachers are presented with orchid corsages by students. Groups of students representing various grade levels perform short skits or song and dance numbers, or read poetry for their teachers in front of fellow schoolmates in school-wide activities. These activities are planned by senior students in the Student Council who coordinate the activities well in advance.
For Filipino-Chinese schools, a program is usually organized by students for teachers on September 27, while September 28, considered as the actual Teachers’ Day, is a school holiday where both teachers and students are allowed to rest. September 28 was chosen because it is known as the birthday of famous Chinese philosopher Confucius.

– says Wikipedia

Last October 5, we celebrated Teacher’s Day and gave honor to the most honorable profession I know. I believe it to be the most honorable profession because it was them who shaped the minds of the soon to be leaders of the society or just a simple wise bums. Either way, they’re like a bridge that connects the definition of who you are and who are you going to be.

You think you can just escape? Walk out of this world like it’s some bad movie? It’s too easy to make like a bird. To flap your wings as you chicken out after causing all these problems. The tough part’s walking. Taking what comes along and walking right through it. That’s what real people do.
– Onizuka Eikichi (Great Teacher Onizuka)

Give a kid a smoke he’ll be happy for a day.
Teach him how to smoke… he’ll be happy for a whole shortened life.
– Eikichi Onizuka 
(Great Teacher Onizuka)

So what are the qualities of the best teacher? I have a different kind of preferences I’d like to share. A teacher doesn’t need to be too knowledgeable of whatever subject he/she teaches but encourages the students to be critical minded, free thinkers, daring the students to question the ideas stored in textbooks and dogmas. A teacher that doesn’t encourage perfection but teaches the students how to deal with faults and failures, as it prepares them for the cold harsh reality and major tragic things in life. A teacher who encourage students to reach for goal, how inconceivable or unreachable it may be.

Now we all have a great need for acceptance, but you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular, even though the herd may go, [imitating a goat] “that’s baaaaad.” Robert Frost said, “Two roads diverged in the wood and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

– John Keating, Dead Poet Society

Authoritative people with tight dresses and dressed up uniforms in schools are not the only teachers of the society. They can be just common folks you happen to pass by in the streets; A security guard, a bouncer in rock gigs, a bartender, a bookshop cashier, a mountain climber, a city mayor, a taxi driver, an honest gambler or just a simple loner that’s walking on the rain. Recognize them not by the status or caste system dictated by the society but by their values and the weight of their words.

Simon Wilder: You asked the question, sir, now let me answer it. The beauty of the Constitution is that it can always be changed. The beauty of the Constitution is that it makes no set law other than faith in the wisdom of ordinary people to govern themselves.
Professor Pitkannan: Faith in the wisdom of the people is exactly what makes the Constitution incomplete and crude.
Simon Wilder: Crude? No, sir. Our “founding parents” were pompous, white, middle-aged farmers, but they were also great men. Because they knew one thing that all great men should know: that they didn’t know everything. Sure, they’d make mistakes, but they made sure to leave a way to correct them. The president is not an “elected king,” no matter how many bombs he can drop. Because the “crude” Constitution doesn’t trust him. He’s just a bum, okay Mr. Pitkannan? He’s just a bum.

– With Honors

For me, I’d like to give honor to the mentor that I greatly respect. He’s one of those people I described as a modern-day knight as he taught me stuffs like valor, honor and crave to keep on learning new things. He’s not really some sort of academically scholar or has a degree in political science or philosophy but he taught me stuffs that I proved to be valuable in life, one of those is to have a questioning mind. He’s actually my cousin, Rommel Diño, as who I sometimes referred as ‘Nong Boyet’. Even though now that we only see each other once a year or not at all (he’s working overseas and now residing in Mindanao with his family), his words of wisdom is etched in my soul. ( Wuuuu, now that I think about it, this is a bit dramatic and he might read this and find it a bit cheesy XD hahaha.. ) And for all the teachers around the world, we can never thank you enough but still let me say “thank you”. It is the least we can do.

However much we stumble, it is a teacher’s burden always to hope, that with learning, a boy’s character might be changed. And, so, the destiny of a man.

– William Hundert, Emperor’s Club

So how about you, reader. Do you have someone in your life that greatly influenced you? You should give them a little credit even though it’s a bit late now. I consider myself lucky for knowing a great dude who I can call as my mentor.

 “You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, not look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books. You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me, you shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself.”

– Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”


3 thoughts on “The Mentor

  1. Hi! Thanks for choosing my blog in your related articles field. We almost share same experience and it’s really one great blessing to know such mentor in your life. 🙂


    1. Yeah it was fun reading your blog.. Your story “Teacher’s Day in Less Than 1000 words” is interestingly vivid as I remember my days in high school to college.. It truly is a great blessing to know someone in your life who’s patient enough and wise to care.. Thanks for the visit, Joyce! I hope you enjoy the blog 🙂


  2. We almost share same experience and it’s really one great blessing to know such mentor in your life. 🙂 Thank you for featuring my article in your Related Articles field.


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