Teacher ‘Santa’ brings cheer to Nueva Ecija kids

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By Zorayda Tecson

GAPAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – Bringing joy to others can still be done this yuletide season despite movement restrictions due to Covid-19 lockdowns.

An elementary teacher in this city has proven this dictum without even thinking twice about sharing her blessings and putting a smile into children’s faces.

Dressed up as Santa Claus with a face mask and face shield, Roselle del Rosario Mananggit, a Grade 2 teacher of Mangino Elementary School here, made house-to-house visits to her pupils and brought them some goodies as early Christmas treats.

MY TEACHER, MY SANTA CLAUS. Roselle del Rosario Mananggit, a Grade 2 teacher of Mangino Elementary School in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija, plays Santa Claus to her pupils as a way of rewarding them for diligently answering their learning modules. She said she wants the children to feel the spirit of Christmas amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Roselle del Rosario Mananggit)


Since there are no face-to-face classes due to the Covid-19 crisis, Mananggit decided to personally hand over her Christmas gifts as rewards to her pupils “for being diligent in doing their learning modules and at the same time, to let them feel the spirit of Christmas despite the pandemic.”

Mananggit has been giving small presents to her pupils during Christmas season for the past several years, but it was the first time she wore a Santa Claus costume to let her pupils feel the spirit of Christmas. Children are not allowed to go out of their homes during the community quarantine to stem the spread of Covid-19.

Gapan City is currently under modified general community quarantine. “I want the children to feel the spirit of Christmas) even in a simple way,” she said in an  interview.

Citing a quote of the late British actress Audrey Hepburn, she said “the most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy. It’s all that matters.” Mananggit said sharing her blessings to others brings her happiness.

“It was my wish on my birthday. Thank God and it was fulfilled), said Mananggit who celebrated her 48th birthday last November 4. She thanked her husband and son, who are also both teachers, her friends and relatives for the support given to her in fulfilling her charitable acts.

Mananggit’s pupils and their families have conveyed their appreciation to her on social media and posted about her deeds tagging her as “Teacher Santa of Gapan City.”

Pinky Aguilar Policarpio of Barangay San Lorenzo, this city said in her post: “A good example of strong and good teacher with a heart. Pandemic Christmas house to house. Proud of you Ma’am Roselle.”

“Ang aga mamigay ng pamasko ni Santa. Thank you so much po ma’am Roselle del Rosario Mananggit naa-appreciate po namin lahat ng effort na ginagawa nyo para sa mga bata (Santa gave his Christmas presents early.

“Thank you so much Ma’am Roselle del Rosario Mananggit. We appreciate all the efforts you have been doing to the children,” said Ivanna Faith Villar Juanta, mother of one of the pupils. Even her former students feel proud and inspired by her gift-giving initiatives.

Many others feel proud of Teacher “Santa Claus” Ma’am Rosselle Mananggit. (PNA)

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