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THE MAN BEHIND THE SWEET SMILE

The Grade School Department is blessed to have a great visionary and down-to-earth leader who now serves as the principal….. Dr. Prisciano S. Legitimas. When one meets him for the first time, one will usually have the impression that this man is one who readily gives a smile with his cheery disposition. He is never intimidating, yet there is something in his aura that commands respect and high regard. With his unique way of carrying out leadership tasks and responsibilities, one is led to ask, "Who really is this man behind the sweet smile?"

Sir Bobong, as he is fondly called, is the eldest son of Juliana Mascariñas Salomon and Martin Mejorada Legitimas, both from the town of Loon. He was born on October 12, 1965 and grew up with 5 brothers and 4 sisters. As a three-year old toddler, he used to wait by the window for his Lola Basilia. Usually, after the early morning Mass, she would fetch and bring him to the market and give him a puto maya and sikwate treat. Then he would stay with her as she sold her dried tobacco leaves. Years afterwards he went to Cogon Norte Elementary School. When asked to memorize a declamation piece in preparation for a contest, he would perch on the branches of a Caimito Tree and do his reading. Eventually, he finished high school in Sacred Heart Academy, Loon.

College years were spent in Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary where he finished AB in Philosophy in 1988. He then taught Religion for one year at Sacred Heart Academy where he was also appointed as commandant of the C.A.T. ( Citizens' Army Training ). A casual encounter with Mr. "Ondoy" Pasilbas ( a high school teacher ) led him to consider working in Divine Word College of Tagbilaran. True enough, he was given the opportunity to teach in the High School Department. For 3 years, he was assigned at the Guidance Center. Moreover, he was appointed as the PEHM Coordinator and Athletics Coordinator. Then in 1998, he was given the task as Assistant Principal of the same department, a designation he carried for the past 11 years.

Having served the institution for more than 18 years, it came as no surprise that he was appointed as the new Grade School Principal. But, as he later confided, he did not quite expect it. Nevertheless, he feels happy to be with his "new family". He is determined to help bring the Grade School to greater heights. The wisdom of the great authors Stephen Covey and John Maxwell continue to guide him as he performs his leadership role. When asked what his motto is, Sir Bobong quickly replied, "Making life for others easy." Perhaps this is the short way of putting it: this man behind the sweet smile is a great leader who makes life for others easy. The smile up front is a genuine and sincere one indeed.



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