March 26, 2018
Teaching is a never ending journey for Arista Place's resident mentor
As member of Arista Place’s advisory council, Mrs. Demetria Gonzales gets to do what she loves most—gardening.
Once a teacher,
always a teacher.
proves true for retired school principal Demetria Gonzales of DMCI Homes’
Arista Place who at 75 still plays an active role in overseeing the welfare of
the mid-rise condominium community in Barangay Sto. Niño, Parañaque City.
Being away from
the teaching profession for over a decade has not stopped Gonzales from making
a difference in the society in her own little way as a member of the community.
In Arista Place,
Gonzales has directed her passion for teaching into instilling discipline in
the community as part of the housekeeping and gardening advisory council in
collaboration with the Property Management Office (PMO).
“I’m fond of housekeeping
and gardening. I really love the environment here. The ambience is really good,”
she said in an interview.
Gonzales and her
group act as the guardians of cleanliness in the community and so far, she
likes what she is seeing.
“We discuss everything
when we meet with the help of the PMO. We also assign a unit owner to monitor
the garbage disposal. We have been monitoring garbage disposal to ensure good
health for the whole community,” she related.
Believing that the
teaching profession should not end even after retirement, Gonzales has learned
to find a new “classroom” in her community and continue to practice her beloved
“I’m really a
devoted teacher in my younger years. I was a master teacher for 45 years before
I became a principal. I don’t want my students to learn nothing from me,” she
Mrs. Demetria Gonzales is a picture of bliss and contentment as she enjoys a happy retirement at DMCI Homes’ Arista Place.
Gonzales, after all, believes that teaching
is not limited to the confines of a classroom.
is a life-long vocation. You do not have to be in the classroom to practice the
profession. You can be a teacher to anyone,” said the retired principal of Sto.
Niño Elementary School.
moving into their two-bedroom unit in March 2016, Gonzales has been a very
active member of the community even leading her fellow residents in the DMCI
Homes’ annual inter-property holiday decor competition called “Festival of
Lights” that year.
had to stay awake all night to prepare our decorations using recycled materials
but it was fun,” Gonzales shared.
simple pleasures make retirement life an enjoyable experience according to
Gonzales which is why she is thankful to have chosen Arista Place when she and
her husband, Raul, decided to buy a condominium unit in 2014.
a good investment. We feel secure and the people here are very approachable.
We’re all friends here,” she said.
“Apart from that,
everything is accessible here. Malls, schools, hotels. We got all what we wanted
here in Arista Place. Living here really suits our lifestyle as retirees,” Gonzales