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e英会話先生紹介 Lai先生

Full name:Lorelie Libetario
Former university:University of San Carlos
Major in Univ.: Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
Birth date: June 11, 1975

About hometown and family

I was born in Cebu City which is right at the heart of Cebu Island. Historically, the Portugese explorer Magellan who discovered Cebu planted a cross which has been kept inside a chapel next to the Basilica Minore. I used to frequent the same basilica as an elementary student of Colegio del Santo Niño--a school which is run by the Augustinians, the same religious order who manages the Basilica. In one occasion, I witnessed in the same church, the ordination of the my religious teacher for priesthood. Surrounding Cebu Island are beaches, just as, rolling hills and rugged mountains traverse its northern and southern lengths. Currently, my family has moved residence uptown. We are on the same mountain where the detention center of the dancing inmates is situated. They have been watched millions of times in Youtube and have been visited by famous boxer Manny Pacquiao and curious foreigners. Cebu is locally known for its tasty roasted pig called lechon and the dried mangoes it export. It is also home to many schools and universities that provide affordable and good quality education. For that, Filipinos from other provinces including foreigners relocate to Cebu in order to get an education. The house back when we live downtown was a walking distance from the University of San Carlos where I graduated my bachelors degree. My parents, who raised me as professional teachers, met in one of its state colleges before getting married. Cebu is famous for its festive Sinulog Mardi Gras is held every 3rd Sunday of January. Such streetdancing is an offering to the holy child, Jesus. Cebu continues to attract local and international tourist as its economy booms. It is considered one of the most populous cities in the Philippines.

Favorite TV programs and It’s contents

As a child, I grew up watching Knight Rider, CHIPs (California Highway Patrols) and Wonder Woman because there's no other channel available to watch except Channel 7 at that time. I don't remember their plots anymore because I was too young but I remember admiring the benevolent man's role in Highway to Heaven. In highschool, I was watching a lot of Melrose Place and Beverly Hills after Channel 2 opened its network to the Cebuano audience but neither American soap opera lacks conservative values to compare it with, 7th Heaven which is a wholesome series about a reverend and his growing family. I felt I needed to follow Sweet Valley High because before it became a TV series, I was reading the novels written by Pascal and I wanted to compare the book from the televised format. In college, I was watching Marimar, a Mexican soap dubbed to Tagalog. I became an avid fan of the beautiful singer and actress called Thalia such that when she arrived in Manila at dawn, I was among those who monitored her on TV when she was to met her fans. The fast pace in Marimar became an inspiration to the Filipino soap. I was also crazy about the love story in Meteor Garden, a Taiwanese soap dubbed to Tagalog. I would go home early just to watch Meteor Garden. I also admired the series and how beautiful drawn are the characters in the anime Ghostfighter (Yu Yu Hakusho) a Japanese series dubbed to Tagalog and the Dragon Ball Z which sometimes is dubbed to English. But right now, I just don't have time to watch television anymore.

Goals and dreams as an English teacher

Definitely, I do not want to stagnate. I will still work towards improving my English skills because continuous learning deters boredom, keeps the brain health, prevents Alzheimer's and keeps me in touch with the world. More so, as a professional teacher, we are required to acquire continuing professional education to become worthy of the licensure that we renew every couple of years or so. While I have completed Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) at Harvest Christian School International, I dream of completing a short term English course in a country whose first language is English to append to my credentials.

Comment to Students

Students learn English for a lot of reasons – to get a promotion, to study abroad, to communicate at work, to travel and so on. It is from the amount of effort you put forth in learning English that will let you reap what you sow. Remember, before a baby can talk, she cries a lot and then babbles foolish sounds until those sounds become comprehensible words. So, do not give up, be open to corrections, use the language whenever you can, ask if you have questions, and most of all, enjoy the process of learning English.

About Japanese and Japan

I find the Japanese language difficult with so many characters to memorize but I was impressed when we discussed Japanese haiku shortly in my Poetry and Fiction class in college. Japan is very clean and its people eat healthily and that is the reason why people live longer there. In fact, the population of old people outnumber the youth. Before I learned from a classroom discussion that the Japanese people are cultural shy, my impression of the Japanese is that, they are very respectful especially when I see them bow down. From my actual conversations with them, I find them to be very hardworking.
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