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This is the story of Lilia Diaz, a woman whose unwavering devotion to her teaching vocation has changed the lives of many

MANILA, Philippines – Lilia Diaz never wanted to become a teacher. She was the daughter of lepers, raised in the leper community of Culion, Palawan. Her dream was to become a doctor.

Like other children of lepers, Diaz was removed from her parents’ care once it was certain she was free of the disease. She was brought to an orphanage in Mandaluyong, and was later offered free tuition if she chose to study education.

Diaz went home to her family in Culion a licensed teacher. For more than 3 decades, she taught at a charity private school. After her retirement, she continued to teach among the indigenous people of Culion — adults who hoped to someday read and write.

She does not regret her choice to teach. She is the daughter of lepers who found a home inside the 4 walls of a classroom. She will teach, she says, as long as she can.

This is the story of a woman whose unwavering devotion or katapatan to her vocation has changed the lives of many. –


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