Irigueňa wins MetroBank top mentors’ award

IRIGA CITY — A Grade 2 teacher at the San Antonio Elementary School, Iriga city  is one of this year’s  recipient of the Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers, Aniceto M. Sobrepena, the president of the MetroBank Foundation.

Conchita Albino Ibarondo is the second teacher from the city who won  the award. The award is  considered as the highest recognition for teachers in the country. Anabelle Catimbang, an Irigueňa  Special Education teacher, won the same award in 2004.

Ibarondo, who was born and lives in barangay Salvacion, finished her BSEED, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Northeastern Philippines in 1970, where she also completed the academic requirements for a Doctor of Education.

A Master Teacher II, she had also been previously named as Outstanding Teacher of the Iriga South District in 2001, and as Outstanding Master Teacher II of the same district in 2007.

Ibarondo, who has taught in the public schools here for the past 39 years said that her teaching strategy “is getting the pupils to talk, believing that when they talk, we give them the chance to be understood. The more we get them to do so, the more chances we have to develop their potentials.”

She, along with the other outstanding teachers this year, will receive gold medallions, plaques and  cash amounting to P300,000 each during the formal awarding ceremonies at Metrobank Plaza in Makati, coinciding with the 48th anniversary celebration of the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company on Sept. 3, 2010.

The search which marks its 26th year, recognizes teachers who have shown deep commitment to the development of the youth through their exemplary competence, dedication to work, and effective educational leadership.

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