Honoring our Teachers

I consider teaching the noblest of professions, and teachers -- especially those in Philippine public schools who have to trek miles, endure low wages and overcome a serious lack of supplies -- as real heroes. This week we are featuring the recipients of the first "Guro to Pangulo" awardees of the President Elpidio Quirino Foundation. These ten teachers have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to their profession. They were chosen from public schools named after the second president of the Philippine republic, who was himself a public school teacher before he became a politician and statesman. Positively Filipino Correspondent Elizabeth Ann Quirino, whose husband is a presidential nephew, reports.

From Cotabato City, fashion designer Pepe Quitco talks about his passion for inaul, the handwoven fabric native to Maguindanao, and showcases his creations that display its beauty and versatility. Serina Aidasani focuses on this talented couturier who has chosen to remain in his home city while creating fabulous clothes.

In President Obama's last State of the Union address last night, he underscored American leadership in the international fight against the ebola epidemic in Africa. Dr. Jorge Emmanuel, a Filipino American environmental scientist, was at the forefront of developing a process of eliminating contaminated Ebola-treatment waste, a necessary step in stopping the spread of the deadly virus. Read Again this exclusive and compelling report of Dr. Emmanuel, "My Battle with Ebola."

Our Video of the Week: popular musician Apl.de.Ap pitches for the Philippines as great travel destination in this new video from the Department of Tourism.

And our Happy Home Cook recipe is Binacol na Manok, chicken stewed in coconut water, a popular Ilonggo dish. 

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino