Jaerold Marc Ramos: The Film Teacher Who Made the Impossible Possible

Updated: Jun 30, 2021

Can you even imagine how challenging it is to work in the media industry while pursuing graduate studies? What more if you are also working as a teacher all at the same time? Three different roles but it all requires a lot of hard work, dedication and patience.


But Jaerold Marc Ramos was wide awake when heaven poured out all the versatility, time-management and multitasking skills. It may seem unimaginable, but he has proven that it is possible.


“Ang klase ko sa masters ay 5:30 pm until 8pm. From there, pagkatapos ng klase ko, babalik ako sa TV station para makapag-post production ako. Mayroon din akong live newscast ng gabi which airs at 10:30pm. ‘Yung schedule ko naman for teaching is usually weekend pero meron ding mga weekdays ako nagtuturo. Challenging pero kinaya.”



Sir Jaerold, an academic scholar from UP Diliman and a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Polytechnic University of the Philippines admitted that juggling all of his tasks wasn't a walk in the park at all. He also had to deal with struggles along the way but despite all that, it was all worth it. Far from what he imagined, God really worked wonders to help him ace all of his responsibilities.


“Nung nagwo-work ako sa GMA and TV5 kasabay yun na nagma-masters ako. Doon ako nagkaroon ng opportunity for me to teach dahil mayroon akong colleague sa UP CMC na nag-offer sa akin to teach at Kalayaan College. From there nagkaroon na rin ng offer from other schools, like Mapua, IAcademy and now sa Manila Tytana Colleges.”


“I teach theories, research, and production subjects. Sa film production, subjects under film like production design, film 101 and other film-related subjects.”


As a film teacher for almost nine years, Sir Jaerold has always been true to his purpose on why he decided to pursue teaching. His goal has always been after the welfare of his students whom he considers as the future of the media industry.


“Noong una, ang pagtuturo ay leeway ko, parang stress reliever. Same with my masteral studies, kasi toxic ang industriya. Ang ginagawa ko sa klase, nagkukwento ako ng aking experience. Experiential kasi akong magturo kasi hindi mo matuturo ang Comm at Film ng libro lang. There are some theories na applicable but then, it’s really more on practice. Kailangan updated ka sa mga nangyayari sa paligid mo. Nakikita, naririnig, nararamdaman, naamoy at nalalasahan. ‘Yung industry kasi is very broad and sobrang bilis niya magbago.”


“Gusto ko kasi na bukod sa pagtuturo, gusto ko na mas magaling ‘yung mga estudyanteng tinuturuan ko kaysa sa akin. Plus another thing, I want to see them to see the real world kaya practice yung itinuturo ko. Minsan kasi yung ibang nagtuturo na media practitioners, hindi talaga sila nage-explain ng kung ano ba talaga ang nangyayari sa industriya. What I did, I’m sharing my experiences kung paano yung totoong nangyayari sa industriya. The ins and outs of the industry na hindi lang puro positive. Very challenging ang industriya."


"Tinatanong ko sila, sigurado ka bang papasukin mo ang mundong ito? Kasi pag pinapasok mo siya kailangang sobrang tatag ng loob mo kasi kapag may sinabi lang sa'yo, aalis ka na agad. Sa industriya, pag mahina ang loob mo, hindi ka talaga tatagal.”

“Ang nagpapatagal lang sayo is the passion and dedication to do things na hindi lang para sayo kasi hindi lang siya for ‘me, myself and I’. It’s for your audience, upang maipakita kung ano ba talaga ang gusto mong sabihin kasi doon nanggagaling ang boses mo. Ano 'yung gusto mong iparating. Ano ang gusto mong sabihin?”