Lasala attributes Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, her alma mater, for the formation she has undergone:
Her photos may have gone viral on social media recently but it was her story that captured the hearts of the people.
Clariz Jane Lasala, a teacher from Butuan City, carried the baby of her young student while the latter was taking a test. The high school student could not find someone to take care of her baby at home so she brought her daughter to the classroom.
“Ma’am, pwede ko mag-excuse sa quiz today, wala man g’yud makabantay sa akong baby?” begged the student
“Take the quiz and I’ll take care of your baby,” Lasala replied.
Their exchange was posted on Facebook and has soon been shared by netizens and the media, calling the act as “inspiring and courageous.”
“It was definitely something I would do in that kind of situation, seeing someone doing her part and exerting an effort … as a student would, naturally make you want to help,” Lasala shared. “I carried the baby for almost two hours while her mom took the exam but I didn’t feel any struggle while the baby was with me because I accepted the situation as a blessing.”
The event helped Lasala realize that being a teacher “doesn’t always equate to conducting quizzes, exams, and projects.”
Lasala attributes Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, her alma mater, for the formation she has undergone: “Xavier Ateneo molded me to become a better person whose heart is filled with God’s love and live by God’s words. The institution didn’t just give me the answers to my long wonders but it taught me how to make decisions without sacrificing my faith even in the toughest of times.”
She graduated with a degree in BS Business Administration major in Business Economics in March 2019.
“Xavier Ateneo pushed me beyond my limits that made me become an individual that can be a person for and with others. It served as my home and sanctuary that nurtured my growth. It helped me find God in all things, to love and understand people with their own tales,” she shared. (xu comm)