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Maria Gemma Ponte Auman

Gemma brought great joy to her parents, Nicolas Supremo Ponte and Eufracia Caluya Pueblos, when she was born on April 29, 1966 at Lintuan, Loon. She grew up with three brothers and two sisters with whom she shares fond childhood memories. Gemma graduated from Loon Central Elementary School and finished high school at Sacred Heart Academy, Loon. Her gregariousness brought her to the portals of Divine Word College where she took up Political Science and graduated in 1990. Back then, she was an active student leader and one of the who's who in campus. Eventually, she got married and was blessed with a son, Bradee John. Gemma had a prosperous business in Mindanao for more than 14 years. But having witnessed the plight of the children evacuees, her deeper sense of being brought her back to Tagbilaran; she was moved to pursue an education course in her alma mater. Her calling to teach children, especially those hungering for learning, became clearer. Hence it became a great joy to serve the HNU Grade School Department where she feels warmly welcomed. She now teaches Christian Living 5, P.E. 4 and Arts 3 & 4.

Winica Jetomo Cagas

This seemingly shy lady hails from Sierra Bullones, the hometown of her father, Nicolas Dagasdas Cagas. The latter found the love of his life in Wilma Rioveros Jetomo, a native of Lucena. She gave birth to Winica on October 29, 1988 at Quezon City. Then they settled in Sierra Bullones where they added two girls and one boy to the family. Winica spent her elementary and high school years in the same town then went to Holy Name University of Tagbilaran where she finished BEED major in SPED just last June, 2009. She is an avid badminton player and loves to read good books while listening to some mellow music. When Mrs. Arlene B. Loquias (grade school Math and Science teacher) was requested to transfer to the College of Education, Winica was taken in. At first, she saw her new responsibility as a great challenge, but eventually she was able to adjust quite well. In fact, she feels happy to belong to the Grade School Family. She now handles Science 4 & 5, P.E. 4 and Writing 3.

Celso Villaniza Tabaranza

Celso is the love child of Urbano Opada Tabaranza (from Maribojoc) and Corazon Jabines Villaniza (from General Santos). He was brought into this world on January 9, 1980 at San Roque, Maribojoc where he grew up with his younger siblings, 2 brothers and a sister. He went to San Roque Elementary School then finished high school in Christ the King Academy in Antequera. Though at first he wanted to be an accountant, Celso was convinced by his parents to pursue teaching instead. And he did finish BEED at Bohol Institute of Technology in 2000. He served as a Math teacher in Holy Spirit School, Tagbilaran for eight years before he found his way to the Grade School Department of HNU. Celso has been actively involved in the church choir and his love for both pop and classical music is evident. He appreciates the songs of West Life, Martin Nievera and Josh Groban. "Food tripping" is one of his past time activities and he loves to be with sensible, eloquent, as well as wacky and jolly friends. He is inspired by the line, "You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to leave the shore". He admits that in life, one has to take risks to see how far one can go. Celso is now the class adviser of Grade 4-St. Bernadette and is currently handling Mathematics 3, Science 3 and Reading & Phonics 4.



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