Vicenta Alberto Cruz

Position: Teacher, Department of Education
Address: Brunei Darussalam

Mrs. Cruz went to Brunei Darussalam in 1964 and became one of the pioneer Filipino teachers. Her dedication to her profession and generosity towards the Filipino Community have earned her the highest respect of Bruneians and Filipinos. Her students who now occupy key positions in the Brunei government, business and academic sectors are attestations of her contributions to the development of Brunei. One of her most distinct recognition came from no less than the wife of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Her Royal Highness Pengiran Isteri Hajjah Mariam who expressed her happiness at meeting her former teacher during a courtesy call on the Royal Family on the occasion of Hari Raya. Mrs. Cruz has already exceeded the mandatory retirement age of 55 years but the Public Service Commission of Brunei has continued to renew her contract up to the present (1994) in recognition of her valuable services. Her contributions to the development and enrichment of the human resources of Brunei undoubtedly make Mrs. Cruz on the Philippines’ most effective “Ambassadors of Goodwill.”

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