In Bulacan, a baby-faced teacher often mistaken as a student in the school of which he's a member of faculty
Meet Ian Francis Manga, a teacher in San Jose Del Monte Bulacan.
According to a report on Stand for Truth, Ian is in charge of the kindergarten and grade 2 levels. He often acts as an older brother to his pupils. "Para po nila akong kuya, kalaro palagi," he said.
It's an easy enough role because...look at that baby face!
According to Ian, he was a sickly child growing up, which he speculates what might have caused a delay in his growth.
In high school, Ian said he did not experience any signs of puberty unlike his classmates.
"Pati 'yong look ko din wala eh. Pati buhok ko wala eh — wala sa kilikili, wala sa bigote," he said.
Ian never tried visiting a doctor to know about his condition; perhaps because he hardly experienced bullying.
"Hindi po ako na-bully kasi I was friendly. Pala-kaibigan po ako sa kaklase ko. Minsan nabu-bully rin mga hindi ko naman kakilala, kakantahan ka ng mga bulilit. Eh wag mong pansinin," he narrated.
Ian was 22 when he passed the licensure exam for teachers and soon began his career.
As a teacher, he is serious and strict. "Nagiging seryoso [ako], nagiging seryoso din sila sa akin. Hati 'yong pagiging strikto sa pagiging teacher. Teacher po ako. Hindi po kailangang always play kailangan may seryosohan din," he said.
Herminia Delos Santos, the school administrator of Mater El-Roi School Inc. said they hired Manga because "he is fitted for the job and he loves the children." — Jannielyn ann Bigtas/LA, GMA News