HATYAI — Celebrating Teacher’s Day for Fritzie Alvarado Salvan was made even more special after receiving the Best Teacher Award given by the Ministry of Education Secondary Level (SoPoMo) during the Thai Teacher’s Day Celebration on 16 January at JB Hotel, Hatyai, Songkhla, Thailand.
In a Facebook post, Fritzie’s husband Asher Sillar Salvan Jr., proudly shared on Facebook his wife’s accomplishment.
“CONGRATULATIONS!!! To my wife Fritzie Alvarado Salvan for receiving another BEST TEACHER AWARD from the Ministry of Education Secondary Level (SoPoMo).”
“For the FIRST TIME EVER in 16 years of service an award only given to a Thai citizen was given to you,” he added.
Asher went on to thank Hatyairatprachasun School and the Thai teachers for the recommendation and recognition of the Filipino Teachers‘ contribution to the Thai educational system.
“We cannot express how much this means to us. The hard works, the sleepless nights, the overtimes, the plannings, the student trainings for years and many more are recognized. So, thank you, thank you, so much,” he said.
“Above all these, we give all the glory and honor to God. It was never easy when we started our journey here in the foreign land but His grace never left us though many times we failed Him,” he noted.
The proud husband continued in Filipino saying: “Isang karangalang maituturing sa ating mga GURONG PILIPINO na tayo ay makilaka hindi lamang sa ating sariling bayan kundi sa ibang bansa at saan mang sulok ng mundo. Hindi namin lubos inakala na bibigyan ng pagpaparangal ang isang #OFWTEACHER ng isang award na tanging sa mga mamamayang Thai lamang ipinagkakaloob. Ito ay Pinaka UNANG pagkakataon wika ng Director ng aming paaralan na gumawad ang Ministry of Education ng ganitong klaseng pagpaparangal dito sa South. Ito ay isa lamang pagpapatunay na tayong mga Pinoy ay higit na may kakayanang magtagumpay at makilala sa anu mang larangan, saan mang daku ng mundo dahil sa ating dedikasyon at pagtitiaga at anking galing sa anu mang gawaing ibinibigay sa atin. Ito rin ay maituturing na isang pintuang magbubukas ng daan upang makilala din ang iba pa nating mga kababayang guro na masisipag, magagaling at taos pusong naglinglingkod sa ibat ibang daku ng bansang Thailand.”
Asher ended his words by thanking God for all the blessings they didn’t expect to receive, as well as praising his wife for her achievements.
“I’m proud of you mahal, may this achievement be just a beginning of more achievements to come. Just continue doing the best that you can with a heart,” he said.
UPDATE: According to netizens, this is not the first time an award is given by the Ministry of Education to a Filipino teacher in the south or in Thailand as a whole. Some of them commented and others sent us photos of the awards they received even as far back as 2010. In one of the comments, Mr. Salvan acknowledged that his wife’s award may not be the first. Ultimately, this is something that all Filipinos in Thailand, especially teachers, should be proud of.
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