PHILIPPINES – A video featuring the accomplishments of public school teacher Adrian Cobardo has gained praise and admiration online.
The 3-minute clip produced by Mang Inasal recognizes the achievements and accomplishments of Filipinos who made exceptional contributions to society, earning them the title of “Gawad PiliPinoy.
Cobardo is the brains behind “Bangkarunungan”, a project that began in 2012 which aims to bring education to children living in the coastal areas of Zambales.
Bangkarunungan was inspired by “Kariton Classroom”, a project started by Efren Penaflorida back in 2009 which aims to bring education to street children. Penaflorida has since earned worldwide attention and recognition, including an award as CNN Hero of the Year.
In the video, Cobardo promised that he will keep working towards his goal of becoming the “best teacher in the world”.
Netizens expressed admiration, calling him a true Philippine hero:
“Saludo po ako sa inyo pag sasaliksik saan mang sulok sa mundo upang maipa abot ang munting kaalaman sa umpisa ng mga paslit na umpisang hakbangin tungo sa sa tagumpay ng bwat isa congrats po……” – Trinidad C.
“Very inspiring ang mga ganitong tao na katulad po ninyo Saludo po ako sa inyo teacher Adrian Karl Cobardo at ng mga katulad ninyong maituturing tunay na “buhay na bayani ng Pilipinas”! ” Elizabeth T.
“gusto ko rin masubukan ang ganun teaching outside the classroom..maybe in the field or mountain” – Quintero M.
Overwhelmed, fellow teachers expressed happiness and congratulated Cobardo.
“As a teacher myself I feel the joy this man feels,–in sharing his knowledge in molding our youth, etc.etc. Good job!” – Nitz P
” I’m overwhelmed! After looking at your video and comments kudos to you! I am a teacher by profession, taught for eight years but I had to change my occupation per advice of my doctor so I worked in another branch of the government until my retirement. You are one of your kind . Congratulations for doing this kind of teaching and also the others I saw in the TV. Mabuhay kayo lahat!!!” – Phoebe P.
Parents of his students also commented on the video, congratulating him and thanking him for his selflessness.
“We are soooooo proud of you Sir!…my daughter’s been so blessed to be one of your students before…thank you for the knowledge you selflessly shared to them,the youth…you are a great inspiration,an idol…a hero..congrats Sir..Mabuhay po kayo!..” – Denden R.
“teacher po ng mga anak ko yan..MABUHAY KAYO SIR COBARDO ng barretto national high school!..MABUHAY ANG MANG INASAL!” – Rod M.
Inspired the words of praise, Cobardo promised that he will continue to work hard for the children and for the country.
“Maraming salamat po sa pgkilala.makakaasa po kayong pagbubutuhin p namin ang aming layunin para sa bata at bayan!” – Adrian Cobardo
The Bangkarunungan video currently has over 2 Million views, 721 comments, and over 3,000 shares.