Step­ping Into Des­tiny

The Freeman - - NEWS - By May Mi­asco

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.

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