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Ericson Javillo: A dynamic visionary leader and seasoned global educator

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For him, learning is a never-ending endeavor. As a global educator and visionary leader, he mastered personal connections that make one’s career and life richer. 

40-year old Ericson Javillo has already been working abroad for 15 years. Currently, he is the program head/lecturer for EPMA-PCU Graduate School Middle East Extension which he is tasked to strengthen community engagement strategies to boost program outreach across the region. 

Described himself as a dynamic visionary leader and a seasoned global educator, Javillo possesses a strong commitment and selfless dedication in the continuous development of students, co-educators, staff members, and the whole community by providing a stimulating environment. 

The Global Filipino Magazine has recently sat with Javillo to talk about his breakthroughs in life. 

Question: What and where was your first job? 

Answer: I received my first paying job (honorarium from the government) when I was 15 as a Sanguniang Kabataan Chairman for six years. Then at age 21 as a Barangay captain (the youngest Barangay Captain in the province of Ilocos Sur and even in the entire Philippines in 2001). 

And in the same year 2001, I graduated as a teacher and luckily land on my first teaching job at the Santa Lucia Academy Ilocos Sur. 

Question: Was it easy to achieve your current state? 

Answer: It has never been easy as there are no shortcuts in life. Along the journey, challenges entangled with failures are non-comitant. Up-to-the-minute life and work require the complex blend of knowledge, skills, character, and meta-learning, i.e. the ways we reflect, adapt, and learn – all forcefully interlaced to achieve expertise. Hence, a journey of a thousand miles always begins with a single step. 

Question: What’s your advice to those people who want to follow your footsteps? 

Answer: Be true to yourself, to your passions, and your long-standing dreams. Embrace challenges as opportunities and never stop learning. Be humble always and willing to continue to learn because education is a never-ending endeavor. Take time, courage, and confidence to get to know, reach out, and engage with the people around you. 

Question: What is your mantra in life?

Answer: ‘To teach is to learn twice over’ – Joseph Joubert

Teaching and learning experiences are valuable. It’s more than just imparting awareness, conveying knowledge, and building the dexterity to apply and practice them. It’s about understanding as a teacher how learning engages and changes people. As a teacher, if you truly appreciate and value those wonderful moments and remain present in their hearts, learning will happen for both teacher and student over and over again, forever. Never stop learning. 

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got story to tell? Email him at eic@theglobalfilipinomagazine.com.

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