The power of two

Published February 13, 2021, 8:55 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Teachers Rodelio and Hilda Bugay continue to solve life’s problems – together

He is 54 and she’s 48.

They have been married for 22 years.

The couple is blessed with 2 daughters ages 19 and 21.

Combined, they have spent 48 years doing what probably they love the most – teaching.

(Photo from Rodelio and Hilda Bugay/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Wondering why you are seeing these numbers? Well, you guessed it right – it’s because our featured couple are both Mathematics teachers.

Rodelio Poblete Bugay and Hilda Bacani Bugay are from Balanga, Bataan. They are teaching in different public schools under the Department of Education (DepEd).

Rodelio is a Master Teacher I currently assigned to Puerto Rivas Elementary School. He has been teaching for 23 years.

(Photo from Rodelio and Hilda Bugay/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Hilda is a Master Teacher II at Cupang Elementary School. Aside from Mathematics, she also teaches Edukasyon Sa Pagpapakatao (EsP). She has been in service for the past 25 years.

The couple first met in college. They became very close friends and grew much closer when they underwent internship or practice teaching in the same school.

(Photo from Rodelio and Hilda Bugay/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Hilda recalled that they were classmates in two subjects because Rodelio was an irregular student.

While Rodelio did not really leave a very strong impression at first, Hilda liked that he was older than her. “He looks like mabait (kind),” she added.

Unlike her, Rodelio said that Hilda left a first strong impression on him. “When I first saw her, I thought she was a rich girl because her complexion is beautiful,” he said.

While Hilda was not necessarily what he thought she would be, Rodelio still courted her. “I think she is the ideal girl for me,” he added.

Both completed Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) at the Tomas Del Rosario College in Balanga City. They both made a promise to get married only if they become teachers and when they have enough savings for their family.

After seven years of being in a relationship, the two got married. She was 26 and he was 32. “We were teachers when we tied the knot,” Hilda said.

Rodelio and Hilda both agree that it is hard not talk about teaching in their everyday lives. “We are in the same profession, everyday we talk about our pupils, our heads, our department,” he said.

While it seems inevitable to talk about matters related to school, the couple also find time to discuss their plans in the future. Since they both love travelling, the couple plans to visit many places after retirement.

During their spare time, Hilda shared that they both enjoy reminiscing how their love story started and how their relationship blossomed over the years. 

They even kept their love letters in the past decades inside a memory box. “Sometimes when we take a break in doing paper works, we read our love letters to each other then laugh and laugh,” she said.

Given an opportunity, Hilda hopes to work in the same school as her husband.

“Some of my colleagues and friends told us not to be with the same schools because we might bring our problems at home in school,” she explained. “But we want to be together through thick and thin in teaching, in teaching you need emotional support every now and then,” she added.   

While there might be some challenges along the way, Hilda said that she will still choose to marry someone who shares the same profession as hers.

“Teaching is a gift from God, a very special gift that will not be taken away,” she shared. “I know deep in my heart that my husband is also a gift from God and I really treasure all the memories we shared and we will share in the future,” she added. 

 
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