They say teachers are our second parents, and this viral post proves just that.
Facebook user Cris Cordero shared a now-viral post on Friday of a teacher named Virgita Diaz buying graduation gowns and caps for her students at the Kiblat Elementary School in Malungon, Sarangani province.
In the photos, Diaz stands next to white graduation gowns and caps.
Cordero told Coconuts Manila through a Facebook message that the photos were taken at the Gaisano Mall in General Santos City, South Cotabato province. He said he was working as a customer service employee at the store where Diaz bought the graduation gowns and caps from.
“I was shocked because ma’am (Diaz) bought so many, around 15 sets of graduation gowns and caps. So I [asked] ma’am where she’ll use it, is it for rent? Then she said it’s for her students who will graduate,” he told Coconuts in Filipino.
He said she had to pay a total of PHP7,667 (US$147.05).
He asked her why the parents don’t buy the graduation gear themselves. “She said how can parents buy it, their life is [already] hard. She also said that she is the one who sometimes feeds her students,” Cordero recalled.
He said that teacher Diaz also went grocery shopping to prepare food for her students’ graduation. He added that he was touched that there were teachers like Diaz.
Coconuts Manila has reached out to Diaz for further comment but she has yet to respond.
The Facebook post had over 28,000 likes and 14,000 shares as of this article’s posting. Netizens applauded the teacher, while others like Cordero were touched.
Reinerio Pesidas said Diaz is a good Samaritan.
Vilma Falcasantos said in Filipino: “I hope there will be more people like ma’am.. so generous.”
Sam Fernandez Bautista said: “I salute [you] mam”
Lallbj Arbigoso De Leon thanked Diaz in all caps.
Araceli Dinopol added: “Congrats and big thank you for your big heart for your students Virgie. God bless [you] always!”
A certain Facebook user with the name Chinitavinee T said that Diaz used to be her teacher.
She said: “Wow, you’re still so kind ma’am until now. She used to be my teacher in grade 4. It’s true that she’s super kind. And she’s good at teaching. We miss you, ma’am. I won’t forget you, when I come back I’ll visit you at your home. You always put your students first. God bless you more.”
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