BANGKOK, Thailand – Screams and cheers filled the hall of National Memorial in Pathum Thani as the names of the winners for the OBEC National Skit competition were announced. Among the schools present was Kanlayaneesithammarat School, which was called twice as 3rd Place winner for the Junior High School category and 2nd Place winner for the Senior High School Category. Their trainer: Filipino English teachers!
The Skit competition last Sunday, February 12, was just one of the categories of the Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) annual academic competition.
“The happiness and pride I feel right now is beyond words and I do believe Teacher Jeffrey, Ajarn Khwan and P’Pla feel the same. Congratulations lower and higher levels,” writes Filipino coach Geraldine Daray-Pugoy in a Facebook post.
Teacher Geraldine Daray-Pugoy, the coach of the Senior High School students, hails from Bohol, Philippines. She has been with Kanlayaneesithammarat School in Nakhonsithmmarat province since the year 2000 and has been a winning coach of different English language competitions.
“The secret to winning is constant practice,” Teacher Jeffrey Tablon, coach of the Junior High School winning team tells Pinoy Legacy. “There’s no other way to success but by honing your student’s craft through practice and more practice,” he said.
Teacher Jeffrey Tablon hails from Butuan City, Philippines and is on his second year in Kanlayaneesithammarat School. He has taught in Cha Uat School in the same province before moving to teach in the English Program of Kanlayaneesithammarat School.
Meanwhile, the skit team of the Senior High School of Phitsanulok Pittayakom School, a boys’ school from the Northern part of Thailand, bagged the 3rd Place – besting all the other nine aspiring teams from different regions in the country and is trained by another Filipino English teacher.
Teacher Lorenzo Caballes, Jr. said “to be able to compete in the national level is already a treat”. “To be in the Top 3 is a bonus and the credits go to the students who gave their 200 % performance level during the competition” he added.
Teacher Lorenzo Caballes, Jr. has been in Thailand for seven years and has taught in two different schools before settling to teach in the English Program of Phitsanulok Pittayakom School.
Aside from Skit, more Filipino teachers are also trainers of Story Telling, Multi-Skills, Impromptu Speech, Singing and other English related events in the annual OBEC academic competitions.
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