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Baby-Faced Teacher in the Philippines is Really 22 Years Old

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    Ian Francis Manga is a 22-year-old teacher in the Philippines’ Bulacan province but is often mistaken for being a student himself. 

    With his short height and baby face, he is often mistaken as an elementary student instead of being part of the faculty at Mater El-Roi School Inc., a private school in San Jose Del Monte City. 


    Being small has its perks for Manga, who says he’s like a big brother to his kindergarten and grade 2 pupils, reports GMA news.  

    “I’m like a big brother to my students. I always play with them,” he was quoted as saying.

    Manga speculates his poor health during his childhood could have affected his growth. He has never consulted a doctor about his condition. 

    According to Manga, he did not experience any sign of puberty in his teens, noting that he didn’t grow hair on his armpits and face. The baby-faced teacher shared that he hardly experienced bullying growing up because he was friendly. 


    “I befriended everyone in class. I do experience bullying but mostly from strangers. I just ignore them,” he noted.

    Despite his friendly nature, he remains serious and strict when it comes to teaching his students. 

    “When I’m serious, my students react accordingly. I balance being friendly and being strict inside the classroom. I am a teacher. It’s not always playtime,” he explained.

    Featured Image via Facebook / Ian Francis Manga (Left), YouTube / GMA Public Affairs (Right)

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