I remember during lazy afternoons in Cebu when my aunt would tell me stories. I remember she would pour hot green tea into a small porcelain cup, while I patiently wait to hear her stories. Wide open capiz shell windows give way to cool breeze and Mimi-e and I would sit on a green couch engaged in stories.
Success does not have to be grand, Earth-shaking events. Success can be as simple as having the capacity to work everyday and changing lives one student at a time. It can even be telling stories and creating meaningful memories to make an impact in the life of a kid. That is also success.
To sia, auntie.
Alicia Ang Majarocon
Success is having delivered and resonated positive impact to ourselves or to others.
How do you measure success?
I measure success by the impact I have made to other people’s lives. When I see my students fare well academically, develop good values, and able to conduct themselves responsibly in society as adults, then I can say that I am successful.
What did important people tell you about success?
I’ve heard people say that success is equated with how high you climbs up the social ladder (i.e., the higher you are in your company or profession, the more successful you are). This, of course, is not how I define success for myself. My parents taught me to finish a course that I desire and get a job that will make me happy. So if I get a job that makes me happy and I do well in that job, well then life becomes easy.
Where were you born and raised?
Davao City, Philippines
What was your upbringing like?
I grew up in a Chinese-Filipino household. My parents were non-Catholics, but they sent me to Catholic schools from primary to college. They taught us kids to value education, be independent, hardworking, honest, thrifty and live a simple life. My family also indulged in sports. I played basketball, softball, volleyball and other sports. During weekends, we either go on a joy riding at the countryside, or take a trip to the beach. My parents also encouraged us to socialize by attending parties and mingling with friends.
As far back as you can remember, what was your very first experience of feeling successful?
At the age of nine (9), I was able to cook meals for my father and two brothers while my mother and sister were on vacation in Manila .
What is your most defining personality or trait? (i.e., introvert, extrovert, easygoing, organized, natural leader, etc.)
Persistent and generous
I am an introvert. My school directress and school principal told me that I am a silent worker. But I would like to add add that I get the work done through persistence.
What qualities do you believe contributed to your success?
I am successful because I’ve been very persistent, never afraid to ask questions, continue to learn from others, willing to listen, and have a generous heart.
What is your occupation/career?
Elementary and High School Teacher
What made you choose that occupation/career?
After giving birth to my daughter, I became interested in Eric Ericson thoughts and Early Childhood Development.
In one sentence, what did you do for work?
I taught simple Mandarin to Filipino kids but, after retirement, I taught immigrant Chinese pre-school children English phonetic sounds, blending of sounds and reading.
Where did you attend school/college/training?
I completed primary to high school education at Stella Maris Academy of Davao. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Sociology-Anthropology at University of San Carlos. I then earned my Masters in Theology at Ignatian Institute.
Who are your inspirations?
Eric Ericson, Florence Nightingale, and Paulo Friere
Favorite success quote
“All the Flowers of Tomorrow are in the Seeds of Today.” ~ Indian Proverb
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love,” by St. Theresa of Calcutta.
What is your advice to others who want to succeed?
Please get an education. Finish your studies and dare to sail far and wide! Do not be afraid to commit mistakes, but make sure to learn from them. Make your struggles your inspiration to continue moving onward.
Note on the importance of education:
Education helps one acquire a better outlook in life as well as the skills to obtain a decent paying occupation. People experience sense of accomplishments and become more productive forces in the society. Through educational attainment people can better communicate in their field, and think more critically when dealing with challenges at work. Education is also important because it gives us knowledge and skills and develops a better perception of life. Education liberates, motivates and empower us to create more knowledge , build confidence and open doors for opportunities and a better life.
I advised the youth, that belongs to the marginalized sector, to get education to succeed in life, since education is a means for social mobility. As an example, I helped some poor teens finish their college education. Today, one is a librarian, a registered teacher, and an electrical supervisor.