Filipina Deaf Passes the National Teacher’s Exam

Good news to all our Filipino Deaf friends out there. The very elusive board examination for teachers has been conquered by a lady! Her name is Mary Catherine Dela Torre. Most of the deaf after graduating from a bachelors degree in education, will land as teacher aide without any assurance of becoming a regular teacher, unless they pass the licensure exam. Now, it can be done!

I’m not saying that she is the first board exam passer. I know of two persons who successfully made it in the past. But one unique thing about Mary Catherine is that she came from a regular college in Iloilo City (Central Philippine University) without the aid of an interpreter although she comfortably communicates in sign language. Also, she broke the tremendous odds by enrolling in a good review school which had helped her a lot. But the best part of it all is the all out support of her loving mother which was always there helping her through her lessons and examinations.

Mary Catherine, thank you very much for inspiring other deaf that they too can pass the test. This blogger salutes you!🙂

* – This Abs-Cbn breaking news video is in Filipino language without an English subtitle.


  1. Hi DeafPhilippines!

    There is another news video of Mary Catherine dela Torre, courtesy of News5Everywhere (TV5), in Filipino language with a Filipino Sign Language interpreter inset (on the lower right of the video). Congrats to her, by the way🙂

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