Cum Laude graduate security guard, 39, passes Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET)

Image by PRCBoard, Erwin Macua's Facebook post, SunStar Cebu, The Inquirer

Because perseverance pays.

Erwin Valmoria Macua, a 39-year-old security guard,  couldn’t believe at first that he passed the recent Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) for elementary level; not until a friend from St Theresa’s College phoned him to break the good news.

Macua was quoted saying in an article by SunStar Cebu: “I didn’t sleep a wink last night. I was running on nerves and free data to check the website if the results were already posted. After I saw my name, I cried.” 

After 20 years of serving as a security guard, now he just can’t wait to start teaching. He is looking to teach in St. Theresa’s College (STC) because “this is where I started,” he said.

“At 39 and with a family to boot, I’m so excited to start this new journey of being a teacher and start giving back to the people who helped me reach where I am today. Thank you so much,” he said.

His life story was featured before in various press websites when he graduated General Education as Cum Laude in March, and since then blessings from generous, some anonymous, people started pouring in.

Teary-eyed, he said: “Everyone helped out. Someone paid for my tuition, someone gave me a laptop, someone paid for my books and even the expenses for my review.”

His advice to the youth and to those who failed the exam: “It’s not too late. As long as you are dedicated and you have a goal, age won’t be a hindrance in attaining that goal through hard work and prayers,” Macua told SunStar Cebu in Cebuano dialect.

But for the meantime, the newest addition to the country’s teaching force continue to humbly open the gates of the school he serves; still on duty with a smile for he received his Christmas present earlier than expected.