Initially, I couldn’t believe it for Gissette was so painfully shy and extremely introverted back then
But of course, it couldn’t be denied that even then, she already was a budding beauty and it was just a matter of time before she was to blossom into the lady that she is now
|During the School Uniform Category|
As her Languages teacher and school paper adviser of “The Voice”, I saw her potentials in writing and confidently assigned her as the school paper’s Features Editor after we conducted a two- day workshop & interviews on campus journalism.
There was no hesitation on my part when I assigned her to be the school’s bet for Features Writing- English category during the Tagbilaran City Division Secondary Schools Press Conference SY 2004- 2005.
After their grade school graduation in March 19, 2005, it was with a heavy heart that I parted ways with my advisory pupils for most of them were moving to other schools and two of them even migrated abroad.
My parting shot for Gissette was to be more active in school activities and to expand her circle of friends
|Classmates and friends react|
As I am blogging right now, a smile slowly came into my face when I realized that I was one of those lucky people who really got to know the real Gissette Maurie.
But the luckiest are her parents, Gilbert Dayan, my DWCT HS Batchmate from Class 1984 and Margaret “Margie” Penales- Dayan for being blessed with a daughter who can truly be described as beautiful inside and out
|Gisette with heavy favorite Eva Psychee Patalinjug (2nd from left)|
|with Gissette's proud family.|