I would like to thank the Local Government of Kiblawan for choosing me as one of the recipients of the Kib and Lawan Award during the 52nd Araw ng Kiblawan (Davao del Sur). This award brings me many childhood memories, especially during the time when I was sent by Dapok (now Emilio Jose) Elementary School to Kiblawan Central for the “Tuklas Talino.” I was a certified contesero from Grade 3 to Grade 6. I also represented the municipality in Quizz Bee competions for HEKASI and DOST.
I remember also the time when I was sent to Malita (now part of Davao Occidental) for the essay writing contest of the DECS’ vision for a drug-free Philippines 2000. There were no lodging inns that time, and so we had to go back to Kiblawan in the evening. Back then, it was a dark and difficult journey as we passed by the Davao del Sur mountain with the deep cliff on the one side.
I was also a PAHASUKI 200-meter dash runner during the time of Sir Cesar de Justo. I remember three very good mentors in Elementary: Mrs. Julieta Daligdig (for poem recitation), Mrs. Corazon Pepito (for English and oral audience reading) and Mrs. Fortunata Maghanoy (for Science and essay). Shout out also to San Pedro Barangay Captain Juan Alcala who sponsored my participation in the First ASEAN Jamboree in Los Baños, Laguna in 1994. These childhood experiences prepared me for the bigger world. Daghang salamat kaninyong tanan and may the Good Lord bless us in our endeavors.