He Dream a Dream

By MJ Subijano

Dream… Set your mind and dream its free…

This was the opening line of Engineer Gilbert Munda, Son of Mr. And Mrs. Romulo Munda of Brgy. Tala Rizal, Laguna

Gilbert is a graduate of Rizal Elementary School, valedictorian, class 82. It was in RES that he learned Dr. Jose Rizal was once a kid too, before he became a hero. And that a loosing pair of slippers was not really a lost but a sort of help to some one in need. He also learned that a poor kid like him can became a leader in the class.

He carefully molded his dream in high school at Rizal Community High School (now Cristobal S. Conducto Memorial National High School) . In their school year book batch 1986 he wrote that he wanted to be a Computer Science Specialist someday.

But it was not very easy to achieve that dream. College become a tough testing ground for him. This is when he thought that his dream would not come true because of insufficient financial means. He took a Civil Engineering Course at Laguna College in San Pablo City. He did not like it that much but he thought that it might lead him to realize his dream. But fate was against him. He was forced to stop schooling because of the two consecutive typhoons in the late 80’s that hit the country. His father’s crop as a farmer was destroyed.

Frustrated with what happened, he decided to try his luck in Manila. He worked as a factory worker in Rubber world , a stockman at Fair Center and a ship repairman in Manila Bay. It was all hard life for him.

But God is good and He always is. The golden opportunity came to him when a family relative helped and offer him seed money for college. For him, it was one of the the best miracle ever. He enrolled back to college and finished Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering (BSECE) from the University of the East in Caloocan City.

He started his career in ABS-CBN as an assistant in the Engineering department, then moved to PLDT as a telecommunications Engineer. Then one day, an opportunity to work overseas came. It was in 2000 when the internet and wireless network is booming in the United States. He tried his luck. Engineer Gilbert is now working in one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world. He is currently designing and engineering a state-of-the-art Fiber Optic Network in the mainland United States.

Today he is happily living with his wife Ailyn Suaze-Munda and two beautiful daughters Gxara Rezini and Almira Rezini in Frisco, Texas. Engineer Gilbert made his dream come true.

gilbert2Engr. Gilbert & family

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2 Responses

  1. Hi, my name is Hannah Jovero Faul from Fort Worth, Texas and I used to know a guy back in the Philippines(Proj. 8, Quezon City) with the same name and a very similar background. Just wondering.

  2. Hey…my name is Edward Hayes of irving-Texas and I know this guy. Gilbert is one of my officemates at Verizon HQ in Irving. How you doin’, Hannah? Would you like to know if he’s that same person you’re wondering about. Shoot me an email and I’ll forward it to him, styluscope@sbcglobal.net.

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