Mylah Escobido-Quiboquibo

Testimony during Preschool Graduation- March 2014

“Train up a child in a way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

A pleasant good afternoon to each and everyone. I’m Mylah E. Quiboquibo and I’m an Alumna of Faith Christian School (FCS).

Teacher Malou Gundao called and asked me if I can give a short testimony of how FCS has been a blessing to me. Without batting an eyelash, my answer was a clear and crisp YES! After all, how could I say no to an institution I owe so much.  In fact, my question was, how many minutes do I have, for I can go on a long way with my 101 reasons to share.

I would not be the person I am standing in front of you now if not for FCS who played a big part in my life.

Though I have nothing to compare FCS with since this is the only school I had attended  from Preschool to High school, I know in my heart one great thing that sets FCS apart… Faith Christian School is more than just a school…

…FCS is more than just an institution for intellectual and mental advancement,

…FCS is more than just for emotional and social enrichment

…FCS gives premium to inculcate to every individual that can possibly be reached by the school the far greater glory than this earth

…FCS reaches out to people to be “heaven-ready”

When I was a growing up, I was an ordinary girl.  I would have to say, “I am a good girl”. I obey and respect my parents, I respect other people, I do go in school,  I abide rules, I do things within the allowable limits, I’m conscious about my actions, I don’t plunge into adventure nor do naughty stuffs not minding the risk..etc…

But it was not enough. Being good was not good enough. It was through our regular chapel hours, values education classes, Christian emphasis activities, being surrounded by God-fearing faculty and staff that I came to my senses the longing I have for God.

I am so proud to say that I am a living testimony and a product of a transformed life living for God’s glory alone. I came to know Jesus Christ and accepted Him as my Lord and Personal Savior through Faith Christian School.

I was able to finish my college. And after graduation I was able to work in one of the top multinational pharmaceutical industries in the Philippines. I worked through the corporate ladder, received couple of awards from my role and given the opportunity to travel abroad.  Modesty aside, by God’s grace, I would say I have a good fit in the corporate society.

And I would have to give credit to FCS who has molded to be equipped for this event in my life.  But far and beyond this, FCS molded me to become grounded in my faith.

2013 had been a very challenging year for our family. In July, our first born son Luigi, 5 y/o then, was diagnosed with cancer – Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  73% of his cells were cancer cells.

It was very painful to see our son suffer and struggle with this life-threatening disease. If only I can take the sickness in lieu of my son, I would have no second thoughts of doing so.

My seven (7) year marriage with my husband –sonny- is not perfect (well, there’s none after all)  but I would say blissful.  We have our different shares of misunderstanding like any other couple but we get by.

For the first time in our married life, beside the hospital bed, on our bended knees, we were crying and pleading to God in prayer to spare our son’s life. Given this plight, one thing clear to me and my family, ”We praise God in good times, and We praise Him all the more in difficult times.”

I heard someone sang in one of our chapel hours

“… God is too wise to be mistaken,

God is too good to be unkind,

if you don’t understand, if you can’t see His hand,

Trust His heart…”

I heard that song 21 years ago, but it resonates so well and clearly to me. I don’t know how I could have handled and managed to carry on our ordeal if I have not known Christ.

Thank you FCS for being the channel that allowed me to know Christ as my personal Savior.

Just to recap what I’ve already said,

–          FCS is not just a school and it reaches individuals to be grounded in faith to Christ and be heaven-ready.

To add to that,

–           FCS is not just a school, FCS is a family.

The school has just started when Luigi was diagnosed with Cancer. The overflowing love of his teachers, classmates, friends and even parents were so overwhelming. We felt God closer and His warm embrace through all of you.

After Luigi finished, his intensive chemotherapy, Teacher Malou offered to us the home study program where in Luigi can have his tutor to teach him what his classmates are taking in regular class.  Then he would just go to school for scheduled exams.

There are so many things Luigi had been deprived of because of his disease, but my whole family expresses our sincerest gratitude for reaching out to our boy.  Though being away from school for quite awhile, he never felt shy to go back. In fact, he is even excited to be greeted by everyone.  Thank you for accepting Luigi and for accommodating him in his special condition.  And for that, we are celebrating this momentous event with all of you.

I would not know other school that could care so much more than Faith Christian School.

If this institution has done so much for me and my family, I know its FCS’ desire for each and every student and family under this umbrella.

Again, from the bottom of my heart and my family, Thank you FCS and we will forever be grateful!

We will not be able to repay you, perhaps not in this lifetime, but rest assured, we will share to as many people how we have seen and tasted the Lord’s goodness through this institution.

Thank you and God bless you more.

 

Mylah Escobido-Quiboquibo

FCS Alumna Batch 1993
FCS Parent   2014