Teacher praised for lending shoes to student wearing only sandals in graduation ceremony in Iloilo

Published July 2, 2022, 2:35 PM

by Tara Yap

TEACHER Cornelia Castor (right) lets a student borrow her shoes during a high school graduation ceremony in Pototan, Iloilo Friday, July 1. Castor’s kind deed has earned her kudos from netizens. (Krissy Selorio/Cornelia Castor)
ILOILO CITY – A teacher in Pototan, Iloilo has been cited for lending her black shoes to a student wearing only sandals during a graduation ceremony Friday, July 1.

“Five stars for this teacher!! My heart melts seeing her and the graduate!” said Krissy Selorio, who snapped a photo of the kind deed that has gone viral on Facebook.

Selorio’s photo shows teacher Cornelia Castor of Pototan National Comprehensive High School exchanging footwear with a graduating female student wearing a toga at the Pototan Astrodome.

“You deserve a medal,” Selorio added. “Thank you for the appreciation. Happy to help,” the teacher said in response to Selorio.

In an interview with One Pototan, Castor recounted what happened during the event.

She wanted the student to savor the special day.

“What I wanted was that she wasn’t going to be ridiculed when she goes up the stage to get her diploma. We know the situation of our students and their families, especially during this pandemic. They cannot just buy what they want,” said Castor.

She added that students have borrowed her shoes twice this week – last June 30 when there was a recognition program and another instance during the July 1 graduation ceremony.

Castor bared that her fellow teachers have also lent their shoes but no one was able to take photos or videos. “It just so happens that a photo was taken,” she added.