Urdaneta City University celebrated World Teachers’ Day by honoring its educators in a two-day tribute, which included a search for Mr. and Ms. World Teachers’ Day 2023, a free self-care seminar and service or the “Special Treat para kay Teacher,” and a special awarding ceremony for those educators who have served the University with loyalty, conducted on October 4-5, 2023.
Showcasing the multi-faceted nature of educators, proving that they are more than just being brilliant in the four corners of the classroom, Mr. John Mark Novencido, a faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), and Ms. Jayvee Olarte, a faculty member of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management (CHTM), were crowned as the Mr. and Ms. World Teachers’ Day 2023.
When posed with the question of whether he would prefer to be a kind educator or one who always does what is right, Novencio answered, “A righteous educator, (it is a must) to uphold righteousness, as we face the challenging responsibilities of our job.”
On the other hand, Olarte answered her question of having to choose between being a glass or being a water in relation to being an academician saying, “Water is very flexible, and as educators, we must be flexible and adaptable to any improvements that benefit our students.”
Other colleges such as the College of Teacher Education (CTE), and the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) were also recognized, as they attained the titles first and second runners-up respectively.
Moreover, some of our UCUian employees, mostly educators, who have served the University for 15 years, 20 years, 30 years, and even 35 years were also honored in a special awarding ceremony during the two-day celebration, recognizing their loyalty, hard work, and resilience in their respective crafts.
The “Special Treat para kay Teacher'' on the second day underscored the University’s dedication to expressing its gratitude to its educators, the heart of UCU’s academic journey, as they enjoyed a special manicure, pedicure, and back massage treatments for free.