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FOR TEACHERS RP unfolds ‘longest’ tribute banner

Posted on: March 6, 2009

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By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 19:25:00 10/23/2008

Filed Under: Education, Schools

PASIG CITY, Philippines—High school and college students from across the Philippines unfolded at the Mall of Asia bayside a 173.65-meter (569.72-foot) cloth containing messages of gratitude for teachers.

This is the Philippines attempt to win an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.

The banner is set to break China’s current record for the longest ‘Thank You’ banner for teachers at 100 meters unfolded at Fuyang Square.

The Philippines also attempts to set the record for the most number of ‘Thank You’ messages addressed to teachers, said Michaela Muñoz, chairperson of the educational leadership and management department of the De La Salle University (DLSU).

DLSU is assigned to submit to the Guinness body the measurement and count the total number of messages written in the sewn cloth banner. At present, the number of messages is estimated to average at 150 to 200 per 10-meter cloth.

Dubbed “A Big Thank You to Our Teachers”, the “longest” thank you banner for teachers is part of the culmination of the Teacher’s Month celebration in the country.

Traditionally, each school separately celebrates Teacher’s Day October 5, as set by UNESCO.

“Teachers are very instrumental in our lives because as the saying goes one can make or break an individual,” said Muñoz. “This event recognizes and celebrates the importance of our teachers.”

According to Muñoz, the Teacher’s Month campaign is a brain-child of Armin Luistro, DLSU-Manila President.

Luistro hopes to have a month-long celebration for teachers and have different schools across the nation join the event.

This is to revitalize the image of teaching as a vocation and the value of teachers in the Filipino society and national development, said Muñoz.

Luistro as representative of De La Salle Philippines partnered with Metrobank Foundation Inc., which offered support by networking with commercial partners to provide special packages for teachers this October.

Other partners include Philippine Business for Education and Campaigns Social Response Department of Education.

Over 233 students from 20 schools in Manila, Laguna, Batangas and Zambales participated in the event.

“Everybody has a teacher,” said Aniceto Sobrepeña. “This is an opportunity for showing gratitude to them as they touch lives by becoming a mentor, friend, disciplinarian and the one instrumental in our success.”

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