“The MHPNHS Alumni Association (MAA) looks forward to a warm embrace of cooperation with the newly appointed principal as it pursues its mission to make a positive difference in its alma mater–through school assistance, values and career mentoring program for students, and partnership with the other stakeholders like the FEA and the PTA.”
Raffy dela Rosa, MAA president, issued this welcome statement on the eve of the turnover scheduled on July 18, between outgoing principal Helen B. Aggabao and incoming principal Reynaldo M. Diaz.
“We have waited for almost three-years for the closed door to open, and finally, we are seeing it opening–starting this school year–with the key in the friendly hands of a new principal. Indeed, prayers answered,” Dela Rosa said.
Jaime A. FlorCruz, another member of the MAA board, expressed optimism on the appointment of Diaz. “Under Diaz’s stewardship, we alumni hope to cooperate with him in our efforts to preserve our alma mater’s rich and long history, and propagate its heritage. We share with him our special ties with Marcelo,” FlorCruz said in a statement sent from Beijing University where he is currently teaching after retiring from CNN Beijing Bureau.
Diaz was appointed July 10 as the 20th post-war school principal–from Bulacan High School, to Marcelo H. del Pilar High School, and its present name, Marcelo H. del Pilar National High School.
Diaz, born in Bautista, Pangasinan in 1960, started as a classroom teacher in San Mateo, Rizal in 1988, before he began his entire 24-year teaching and administrative career in the province of Bulacan in 1994.
He was Teacher I-III in Barasoain Memorial Elementary (1994-2001), Head Teacher of Look 2nd Elementary School (2001-2003), and Principal (rank I to IV) in four other elementary schools of the city–Bungahan (2003-2004), Santor (2004-2005), Gen. Isidoro Torres Memorial (2005-2011), and the former Malolos Central School, now City of Malolos Integrated School – Sto. Rosario (2011 to present).
Diaz’s parents were both public school teachers–his father Javier Cayabyab Diaz was a farmer and a classroom teacher, while his mother Carmelita Penuliar Magalong Diaz was a retired principal IV.
It is not suprising that Diaz married a Bulakeña and another public school teacher, Edna Cruz Diaz who is currently Education Program Supervisor I at DepEd City of Malolos. Edna belongs to Class 1981 of MHPHS. They have three children and the whole family is permanently residing in Mojon, Malolos.
A product of public school, Diaz finished his elementary and secondary education in Baluyot, Bautista, Pangasinan, obtained his college degree from the Pangasinan State University in Bayambang, and graduate studies in Greenville College, Quezon City.
Outside school, Diaz is a lay minister at the Our Lady of the Lord’s Presentation Parish, has undergone Parish Renewal Experience (PREX), and member–with Edna–of the Couples for Christ.
The MAA looks forward to an early meeting with the new principal to discuss a number of important school projects including that of the renovation of the PTA-Alumni Hall as a school museum and alumni-PTA offices.