Offbeat Video

By Andrew Kao

A doting teacher has spent hours drawing portraits of her students – to give them as gifts. 

Roselyn Barcoma, 35, decided to draw the pupils in her class in a bid to keep them motivated to study.

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The drawings, which are all sketched in granite pencil, show a variety of boys and girls who she teaches.

Roselyn teaches at Holy Redeemer School of Cabuyao, in Banlic, Cabuyo City.

She said: “I just wanted to give something special to my students as a Christmas gift so they will be motivated to study. 

“I thought it should be something that they will keep and treasure, and something that I made. 

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“I thought portraits will last longer, and whenever they look at it, they would remember Teacher Rose.”

The teacher decided to give the students her awe-striking drawings as a Christmas present last year.

She said: “They were very surprised, speechless at first, then were very happy to receive their gifts. 

“A lot of parents have expressed gratitude – they, too, liked the gifts. 

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“I also received kind messages and appreciation from strangers, they would email me and say they were touched by what I gave to the students. 

“Others said they were inspired.”

But despite the beauty of the drawings, Roselyn explains that she has never received proper training in drawing.

She added: “I do not have formal training in arts. 

“Drawing is my hobby since I was a kid. 

“I learned through practice, by looking at the works of other professionals in the internet, by reading tips and ideas, and by watching tutorial videos.”