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At 73, I want to achieve more

Updated on September 7, 2012
This reminds me of my school in Angyap.
This reminds me of my school in Angyap.

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Today, July 14, I turned 73

I am thankful to God, my parents who are now resting, my 6 siblings (1 is already resting), my aunts, children, uncles and grandparents for helping me see this world. If not of them, I would not be here.

Because of them, I learn to read, write and do a little Arithmetic. I finished college and become a public school teacher in 1964. I do enjoyed every inch of more than 10 years teaching experience in barangays unreached by passenger buses, because there is real peace and quiet, God and nature is with you 24 hours of the day as you hear the Kalao birds sing amidst the rushing waters from the falls.

Barangay-bred pupils are easy to deal with not like their city counterparts. Tell them good lessons of Good Manners and Right Conduct and they’ll try to live up to what are expected of them.

In field assignments, teachers almost do everything, not only teach lessons in school. Barangayfolks ran to you for counsel on how, what and when to do things. When someone got sick, they ran to you for medicine and how to administer it. And you can give and take food with them especially during harvest time.

I got married and raised kids, 3 boys and 2 girls, who are now happily married themselves, all 5 with children of their own. They also have their own means of livelihood.

From teaching, I exerted efforts to transfer and landed under the Department of Interior and Local Government in 1973 for better pay. Trained as Local Government Operations officer under the DILG, I was assigned in the municipalities of Pagsanghan, Daram and Paranas where I had the chance of teaching and molding municipal and barangay officials learned the basic rudiments of doing effective governance.

In January 1, 2002 at age 63, I retired from public service to give way to energetic and capable applicants.

I am now exactly 73 years of age having been born July 14, 1938.

With the knowledge I got about computer and internet, I resolve whatever good things comes to mind, I’ll try to publish them for the world to share, if God’s willing.

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    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR

      nick071438 

      6 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Thanks to the Lord for lengthening our stay. I'm now 74 and my wife is 72. Thank you too travelman for your concern. Here's a link to the shocking 08-31-2012 Samar quake experience we had:

      http://www.webanswers.com/current-events/have-you-...

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      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Congratulations to you, Sir Nick. My father only reached the age of 60 and succumbed to lung cancer and died on November 1, 1998.

      Belated happy birthday. Hoping all is well in your family (your wife) after the earthquake that shocked your province of Samar.:)

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR

      nick071438 

      7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      I truly appreciate your comment vanessa. thank you for coming.

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      vanessa 

      7 years ago

      wow.. its amazing.. i like reading your synopsis

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR

      nick071438 

      7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Thank you for the compliments Alladream74. I was elated to find it coming from you.

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      nick071438 

      7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      It's 5:20 p.m. local time so may I greet you good afternoon. Here's an interesting story about my wife Tita which I wrote and posted here in hubpages about 3 years back. Now she's 71 and a retiree like me. If you've the time, kindly read it and leace a little comment for souvenir. Click https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/The-Amama

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      Happy belated birthday Nick. May you have many more to come.

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      northweststarr 

      7 years ago from Washington State

      Good to know! Sorry to bug you. I'd like to hear more about your wife and kids. Your life's value can be totaled only by the people who love you and who you love in return.

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR

      nick071438 

      7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Thank you for dropping by north...and the birthday greetings as well. I'm just thanking HIM for the life HE has given me thus far and sharing to the world what little things I've done. Don't you worry I'm not thinking of going there yet. I still find life worth living and would ask for more, if God's willing.

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      northweststarr 

      7 years ago from Washington State

      I'm confused... Are you writing your own obit? Rather defeatist of you...

      Happy Birthday and remember... "It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings!"

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