New Teachers: Filipino Unit

This academic year, we welcome two new additions to the Filipino faculty unit! Get to know Ma’am Camille and Sir Jenjen.

Ma’am Camille Barquilla

Ms. Camille Barquilla, one of the two new Filipino teachers, is a teacher who loves many, like her students and her passions.

Transferring from Montessori, Ms. Barquilla admits to having a bit of a culture shock. “Ang culture namin doon dati, very close ako sa mga bata, very close din sila [sa akin]… Dito kasi… kapag hindi ka nila teacher, hindi ka rin nila kilala. Hindi ka rin nila babatiin.

Ms. Barquilla shares that she hopes that her students will like her, maybe even learn to love her as she loves them. “Kung walang estudyante, hindi ako babalik sa school… kung papers lang, ayaw ko.”

On personal matters, Ms. Barquilla admits that she has a boyfriend named Carlos, who is a biology teacher. She also shares her love for watching T.V. series, like the Flash and Supergirl, and reading, which brought her to her current life motto, “Mas mabuti pang mamatay kakahabol sa gusto mo kaysa mamatay kakaiwas sa ayaw mo,” which came from a Filipino novel.

What lessons have you learned as a teacher? “Marami akong matututunan sa lahat ng klase ng tao, whether younger than me or older than me. Kasi, yung experience sa klase, yun yung pinakamasarap, pagnasa classroom, para sa akinmay natututunan ako palagi sa mga bata. Experiences nila, stories nila, sharing of ideas nila, either kung tungkol ba yan sa academics, sa klase ko, or sharing lang.

Is there anything else you want to tell the students? Pwede bang… kalma lang tayo and enjoy natin yung mga ginagawa natin sa buhay natin, in every aspect.”

Sir Efren Domingo

Optimistic, open, and family-oriented. These are three words that could describe Mr. Efren “Jenjen” Domingo.

Mr. Jenjen is a firm believer in being positive in all things, especially with all the negative things around us. “Parang puro basura na nga yung paligid mo… ano ang dapat mong gawin? Pupulutin mo ba silang basura na makakasira sa iyong pagkatao o hahayaan mo na lang sila? Maging positibo na lang,” he says.

He is also very open and straightforward. When asked about his sexuality, he says he is “gay and very proud.” He shares that he has been in a relationship with an English teacher for five years. In relation to this, he expresses his excitement over the gender committee of PSHS.

He strongly believes that problems should be faced, stating that he is not one to keep quiet when there is a problem.

Mr. Jenjen has a food cart for business. He also used to be a part time teacher for four different universities at the same time. His family inspires him to work hard for his plans to travel with them.

As a teacher, he believes that it is very important to listen and understand the students. “Sa sobrang daldal, nakakalimutan na naming [teachers] makinig.” He emphasizes that teachers should lend their ears to students since teachers are the second parents of the students.

On the other hand, he believes that true scholars are street smart. “alang kwenta lahat ng natututunan mo sa loob ng paaralan kung hindi mo siyang kayang iugnay sa society.” He wishes to help his students develop an awareness to their surroundings.