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"Teachers never grow old," says a retired teacher who teaches on the streets

An esteemed educator who used to teach at the Philippine Science High School has gained immense popularity online for his dedication to educating children in his local community.

Delfin Angeles dedicated 37 years of his career to teaching at a high school in Quezon City. His journey at the school began in 1984 when he took up the role of an integrated science and physics educator.

In 2021, he bid farewell to his teaching profession as he reached his official retirement.

However, despite being retired, Angeles cannot completely abandon his beloved profession. Currently, he dedicates his time to educating children in his neighborhood, using the streets as their learning environment. Initially referred to as Lolo Delfin by the youngsters, they now address him as Teacher Delfin.

In early June, Angeles shared his experience on Facebook. According to him, while he was tending to his plants at his residence in Sta. Ana, Manila, and a bunch of children approached him. 

At first, the children were simply asking about his plants. He then took the opportunity to throw out random questions related to English and mathematics. Then, on a certain day, they uttered, "Lolo, please teach us." And from that moment on, everything changed.

He named his class Eskwelahang Munti and has been continuously educating the children in their community ever since March.

Currently, Angeles and his students are conducting face-to-face classes where he is responsible for organizing lessons in math, English, and science.

He added, "I asked friends for old pencils, ballpoint pens, and crayons. I cut cardboard boxes to A4 size from the grocery store to make clipboards for writing.

Since then, the students have never ceased calling him "Lolo" (grandfather).

Now it is, 'teacher!' he said, adding "No, I won’t teach falling bodies, though I did teach them balancing equations! When it rains, classes are suspended at all levels."

His post garnered numerous comments from users who complimented his work.

 "You and I know it's a blessing to be a teacher. Teachers never grow old. When we started lessons, they stopped calling me Lolo. They now call me "teacher." Isn't that great?" Angeles said. - With inputs from Esquire News


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