Bullet Dumas, the math teacher who is now making heads turn in the music scene, had us thinking about all the other rockstars or celebrities rocking the classroom. Of course Sting is the most famous of the lot, but you’d be surprised at the number of celebrity-teachers we have locally.
Ramon Bautista. Before he started hosting a show on Nat Geo, before he started doing radio, before he became an internet action star, before he became Dan the Magician, before all that, Ramon Baustita is a professor at the University of the Philippines. He teaches MA courists in Communication at the UP College of Mass Communication. Students have it that Sir Ramon is rather serious but hey, super steady.
Lourd de Veyra. The four-time Palanca Award winner, Radioactive Sago Project vocalist, and the current Mang Juan endorser has actually done two terms at DLSU Taft. In 2012, he taught Pagsulat sa Media and Popular Culture. Just this past school year, Lourd taught Film Criticism. Where he gets his time to still write, play gigs, and host a morning show, we don’t know.
Al Dimalanta. Any punks out there? The leader of the legendary Philippine punk band Dead Ends used to teach Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, and the like in UST. Here’s a cool trivia: Lourd was actually Al’s student in a public relations class. “Duon kami nagkakilala,” shares Lourd, who would later on become a guitarist of the Dead Ends.
Jal Taguibao. Best known for his bass chomps with the now defunct Sugarfree, Jal Taguibao is actually a Political Science teacher at the University of the Asia and the Pacific. His students love his intelligence and common sense.
Igan D’ Bayan. Artist and music columnist Igan d’ Bayan was a one-time teacher at UST’s Creative Writing Center. He taught creative non-fiction for one semester. “Hindi na nakayanan ng schedule,” he explains the short-lived gig.
Quark Henares. While Quark is currently in the US, the film director and Pinoy rock enthusiast has taught in his alma mater, Ateneo de Manila for eight years. He juggled courses like Digital Filmmaking, Independent Cinema, and Short Film. He also co-founded a multi-media school called Shift, where he also taught a class on Short Film Production. In 2007, he said teaching is the one thing he enjoyed the most.
Headline photo from WikiCommons. Lourd de Veyra photo from a YouTube screengrab. Jal Taguibao photo from Sugarjal.wordpress.com