Stepping Into Destiny
his secondary education at an agricultural school in Mindanao. At the time, agriculture courses were only offered in Mindanao, nowhere else in the country. But his mother didn’t want to send her boy to Mindanao. She feared that Teofilo might be made to do hard labor. The obedient son stayed put.
While the young Teofilo was figuring out his future, his older brother Diosdado from his father’s first wife, was already the parish priest of Our Lady of the Village in Corella town, Bohol. At the time, the island of Bohol was still part of the Archdiocese of Cebu. 1941, Fr. Diosdado came home to Carcar to visit his family, he was surprised to learn that Teofilo was plowing the fields instead of pursuing higher education.
Fr. Diosdado talked to Teofilo out of abandoning school for good; he encouraged the boy to study at the diocesan seminary in Cebu City. Teofilo heeded his older brother’s advice. And their father enthusiastically gave Teofilo his blessing. His mother was also in total agreement of the plan.