Luchie Maybituin-Subia

My name is Lucita Certeza Maybituin. My family, friends and acquaintances call me “Luchie“or “Luch”. I was born on June 25, 1970, in a Barangay named Talim Point. Our barrio lies at the southern tip of Talim Island, in the middle of Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the Philippines. The hilly island is within the boundaries of the Province of Rizal, under the jurisdiction of two municipalities, the western side is part of the municipality of Binangonan, where our Barangay belongs while the eastern section is part of Cardona, Rizal. I spent my childhood and teenage days in this captivating and serene island.

My dad (Tatay Junior) died when I was six years old, so we grew up with our great resolute and loving mother, (Nanay Tinay). Solitarily raising us and single handedly providing our livelihood and education, my Nanay taught me the values of humility, honesty, courtesy, generosity, integrity and caring for others. These served as my markers or guides in all of my journeys in life.

The humble beginnings and hardships that we went through are always worth reminiscing. In this island, I started to dream and shape my future. I had been dreaming of high aspirations, become a lawyer, a successful lawyer someday. To become a defender of those with less in life and the islanders. I was lucky that we had a school in our barrio. I used to spend my weekdays in the school. Late afternoons until dinner were spent helping my mother in her cooking business, where I used to prepare all ingredients for her, and, later in the night till midnight, I was studying my lessons. Saturdays were my cleaning and laundry days. Sundays were no exceptions when it came to work. It was big business, a chance for us to sell our cooked food for the barrio folks where and when they usually gathered for dancing or recreation.

This was my life cycle then, bereft of more games and little luxuries usually enjoyed by the typical child or teenager living in urban places. During summer vacations, I was lucky to be chosen as a representative to youth seminars organized by our parish, usually held in Baguio City or in other urbanized areas. The free training and seminars, framed not only my spiritual, social and moral well-being but prepared me to be more steadfast in most of my decisions in the years to come. My patience and the accompanying hardships paid off, graduating as the Valedictorian in both elementary and high schools.

After high school, I became one of the recipients of our municipality’s scholarship program. Due to a lack of available information, I missed all the college admission tests. Fortunately, I was admitted at the Far Eastern University (FEU) where I enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. My college life was not easy. I faced a lot of hardships and obstacles. Though my tuition fee was free, I needed allowances for my uniform, transportation, food and other school expenses. During every summer vacation, I worked in a garment factory in Taytay, Rizal to raise funds for my additional allowances. I was still lucky because I had my auntie, my Tita Belen, who had been generous and supportive for four years, providing for my transportation and clothing allowances. Oftentimes the same needed to be budgeted tightly. There were times that I sacrificed eating lunch to save money for my fare. I dreamed big, that’s why I had to sacrifice and carried on

After I finished my Bachelor’s Degree, I was fortunate again to be granted a scholarship to study law at the University of Santo Tomas (UST). I spent almost two years of my law school life in this university where wonderful memories are worth reminiscing. I met my glamorous classmate, my BFF, Manet Agbayani. (Now, Atty. Manet, my “momshiee”). This sympathetic and kind-hearted lady taught me and guided me on how to deal with the hustle and bustle of city life, how to interact in that society with grace and conviction.

But due to my eagerness to earn money and help my family, I was constrained to leave UST for a job in one of the law offices in Makati City. This job did not deter me to totally abandon my law studies. In due time, I enrolled at Arellano School of Law, where they offered an executive law class for working students. This school is the most memorable one for me. It was there where I met my lifetime partner, my terror of a professor, and now my husband, Glenn. On December 11, 1996, Glenn and I tied the knot. My dream of becoming a successful lawyer was then temporarily archived for lack of time to review for the bar. We are gifted with five beautiful children, all who now blossomed into talented and pretty ladies.

Twenty years down memory lane, I am still dreaming to take the bar exams and culminate my dream of becoming a lawyer. In the meantime, while preparing myself for this and to regain momentum, I enrolled in a Masters Degree in Hospital Administration at the University of the Philippines, College of Public Health.

In between my continuing education, often interrupted only by my schooling, we have established our trading and pharmaceutical business and confounded at least six other medical centers and hospitals. Surely, this MHA will come in handy someday.

Personal Belief

I believe that life is full of opportunities…these can be turned into success if we develop a clear sense of direction and with a greater precision to use our goals, strategies, priorities and actions.

Success is not an accident. Failure is not an accident, either. Careful thinking and proper management and planning before taking an action, can better control one’s success in the future.

It’s all about a dream. I believe dreaming is so powerful. Dreaming makes me move, act, learn, focus, and do whatever it takes to make it come true.

One of the thoughts that I learned in my life’s journey … “Life is the Best School, hardship is our Best Teacher, Problem is the Best Assignment and Failure is the Best Revision.”

Always aim for high standards and commit to excellence. As Vince Lombardi has said, “The quality of your life will be determined by the depth of your commitment to excellence, no matter what your chosen field is.”

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