The Heart of a Mother, The beloved Sr. Ana Melocotton, R.A.
by Riz Boncan Marsella, Class ’70
“Teach a child how he should live, and he will remember it all his life.”
— Proverbs 22:6.
“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.”
— St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Mother Ana. She was our beloved Mistress of Class for Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grades, and for First, Second, and Third year of High school.
To High School Class ’70, Mother Ana was not only a teacher, she was also our school mother who marshaled us, daily, to do well in school. We spent all eight hours of our school days with Mother Ana. We spent more hours in a day with her than our own mothers. I dare say, it was Mother Ana who had the better part of our days, five days a week! It should come as no surprise then that she was extraordinarily instrumental in instilling in us good moral values, and the importance of growing up to be good Christian women. No doubt, for all those years with her, Class ’70 is bonded to Mother Ana, forever!
Today, her religious Sisters, teachers, the staff at Assumption, and friends call her Sister Ana. To Class ’70, she will always be “Mother Ana.” My former classmates and I have had a difficult time making the name switch! To us, Assumption Old Girls, Mother Ana is and will always be a “mother”. She is more of a friend now but always first, a mother.
Mother Ana was a superb History teacher. She taught with energy and passion! From the beginning of class until the the bell rang, she would mesmerize us with fascinating historical accounts. She taught pacing back and forth in front of the class; she wrote important names of people, places, dates, and a time line of events that spanned the entire 20 ft of the blackboard! At the end of class, the blackboard looked like a wall of graffitti! (’twas a mess!) But, we did learn our history lessons!
I live in Northern California now but when in Manila, I enjoy visits with Mother Ana as she continues to be a wonderful role model and a cheerleader. I love her!
Let me share with you some thoughts from former classmates about Mother Ana. I hope they give you a clear picture of the woman we all love.