I grew up in Vigan City, Ilocfos Sur Philippines and attended public schools where Religious Education was part of the curriculum. We were taught by catechists, priests, nuns or seminarians from the Immaculate Conception School of Theology. My religious learning continued to college where I took 1 year of Theology classes but my faith was greatly influenced by my late Grandma. I would go with her to Sunday masses, prayers and novenas. At a very young age, I became a member of the Junior praesidium of the Legion of Mary and at 17, I was a Secretary to one of the adult praedidia at the St Paul's Cathedral in Vigan, and also at our college's Legion of Mary.
My 2 sons, MJ and Aaron, who are now both active in their own ministries here at Immaculate Conception Church started CCD at St Joseph's church in Waipahu. I would stay in the classroom to watch them, with the permission from their teachers. It wasn't until Aaron was in 4th grade at the ICC where we transferred that I began as a T/A. During that same year, the teacher moved to California so I took over her position. My husband, Archie became an assistant not only to me, but to all morning class teachers. That was the beginning of our journey in serving our Lord.
It was my desire when I was young to enter the convent but as Jesus said, "Many are called but few are chosen". I may not have been one of the few chosen but God has shown me a different path to serve Him. He blessed me by helping our children with their faith formation. As second to the oldest of 8 children, I am very protective and caring. In my classroom I treat each student as my own child and it is my responsibility not only to teach them but to protect and take care of them.