Go to God in weariness, says teacher Sabrina Ongkiko

Go to God in weariness, says teacher Sabrina Ongkiko

Sabrina Ongkiko speaks during the 2018 Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, July 19, 2018. MARTINA SUMMER DAGAL

By Joselle Dela Cruz

July 22, 2018

Manila, Philippines

The best prevention for weariness is staying focused on our faith and on what God asks us to do, public school teacher Sabrina Ongkiko said.

“Minsan, nalilito po tayo, pinili mo naman talaga pero pag nahihirapan ka na, may i na, mapipilitan ka na lang po. But as long as nagmamahal ka, ‘yun pa rin po ‘yung tawag sa inyo,” she said.

The teacher shared a personal testimony at the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in Manila on July 22, revealing how instrumental his faith to his mission.

Ongkiko initially wanted to become a doctor so she took biology in Ateneo de Manila University.

But guided by a mission to serve, she abandoned her ambition and chose a path that surprised many—a public school teacher.

“Sabi ko agad sa Diyos, kung ito ang gusto Niya, walang kalahating paalam, buong-buong tatalon so hindi ko po pinasa ‘yung medicall school application form,” said Ongkiko.

“Pero kung ito ‘yung gusto Niya, sasaluhin niya ako. Kaya po nakapag-aral po ako na may scholarship, at patuloy niya na po akong sinasalo araw-araw,” she said.

Ongkiko admitted that she also experienced the “weariness” in doing her mission but God reminded her of the importance of love in her calling.

“Noong una pong beses, pagod na pagod po akong maging teacher. Bakit ba dito ako dinala? Kasi po iyong pinili at pinilit, isang letra lang poo ‘yung pagitan no’n, ‘di ba?” she said.

“Sabi lang Niya, ‘Teka Sabs, tinawag kita hindi para maging teacher, tinawag kita para magmahal.’ Sinasabi po sa atin na ang pagtuturo raw po isang porma ng pagmamahal, pero lagi mong susundan ang pagmamahal,” she added.

Ongkiko also emphasized that in teaching, it is important to impart the knowledge to others and not just being wise.

“Hindi sapat kapag okay ka na. Iba ang matalino sa magaling, ang magaling kayang gawing magaling ang iba. You reminded me to teach according of what I envisioned the country,” she said.

Ongkiko was one of the 10 Outstanding Women of the Nation awardee in 2016.