I have read a lot of articles from numerous writers but those of Professor Virgilio R. Esguerra stood out because of the fact that he is a true blooded Rizaleño. His love for his Mother land is truly depicted in his writings.
Prof. Esguerra is a native citizen of Taytay, Rizal. Aside from being a writer, he had multiple career paths in which he excelled in. He was a former board member in Rizal Province for more than two decades. He was once the Supreme Commander of Order of the Knights of Rizal, a civic and patriotic organization created to honor and uphold the ideals of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. And currently, he was the Chairman of Committee in the recently concluded “Gawad Rizaleno”.
He is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in Far Eastern University, and he obtained his masters degree in Political Science in Manuel L. Quezon University. He taught political science, English, taxation, and constitution subjects in University of the East for 9Consecutive years, in San Sebastian College for 5 years, and part-time professor in MLQU for 22 years. He is now working as a consultant to the Governor of the Province of Rizal and he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Provincial Newspaper “Rizaleño Sulo.”
The past 67 years of his existence is undoubtedly full of experiences that produced a man of Intelligence and Integrity. Prof. Esguerra firmly believes that education is the key to success. Education leads him to become a successful Rizaleno. In his article entitled “Education- A Road to Prosperity”, he cited there that “The Foundation of society is through Education”.
He loves teaching. During my interview with him, he said that “if you really love what you are doing, it must be clear to you that you’re not after the money”, Amidst a society being so materialistic, it is amazing to know that Prof. Esguerra devoted 43 years in educating young Filipinos, and still counting. “Filipinos are being materialistic nowadays, we don’t need to be materialistic, and we must never forget the days of the old” he said which is definitely right.
He treasures learning; in fact he had extensive educational travels in almost all Western European countries and cities relative to politics, government, history and culture. He also recieved more than 40 awards and recognitions here and outside the country.
He told me that “if you want to become a writer, you must not stop reading and you must not stop striving hard to achieve what you aspire for.” I am an aspiring writer and I know for sure that what he said is true.
According to him, he is in favor of K+12 Basic Education System, for it could be an avenue for reforms in our educational system. He said: “Wala namang masamang magsakripisyo ng konti kung para naman ito sa pagbabago.” He also added that the government should allot more fund for Education and for the improvement of educational infrastructures, and the government should update the information technology .
After the interview, he left a simple message for us saying “ICCT Students, What’s the most important thing is Education, when there is education, there is knowledge, and when there is knowledge, success is possible. Bear in mind that the product of education is civilized races.”