Asst. Prof. Flordeliza G. Sillero

Asst. Prof. Flordeliza G. Sillero

ImageShe’s among those who prove true that great things can come in small packages.

Asst. Prof. Flordeliza G. Sillero, a petite yet powerful figure from the Chemistry Department, is a real joy-giver whenever she belts out a song. Among the many timeless classics she can sing, her favorite is Karen Carpenter’s “Love me for who I am.” 

Born and raised in Dumaguete, Flor enjoyed a childhood bursting with fun traditional Filipino outdoor games with her neighbors in Barangay Calindagan. 

Her parents, who both worked in government, carried out a wonderful balance in raising her and her six other siblings. Her father, who was firm and a disciplinarian, complemented her caring and gentle mother.

As a student, Flor consistently made it to the list of honor students in elementary and high school. She was a member of the Honor Society but was also active in sports. In fact, she was a member of the volleyball team when she was in high school.

When asked what her top career choices were before entering college, she shared that as a child she had always fancied the thought of being a nun. It could have been the long white dress and veil, or the purity and tenderness of the vocation. But whatever it was that piqued her interest to join the monastery soon took a backseat in her teenage years.


Accountancy or Journalism were two top courses that she was mulling over upon graduating with honors from a local private high school. But her parents advised her to pursue a course in Commerce instead due to financial considerations. Flor was bent on heeding her parents' advice until her best friend recommended her to a Physics professor who was administering a scholarship. This scholarship opportunity was originally offered to her best friend but because her best friend had received a state scholarship, it was declined in her favor. Flor had also applied for the same state scholarship but was unable to receive a notice of acceptance at this time.
It was not part of Flor's plan to enroll in Physics, which was the course that the available scholarship stipulated the recipient take. But because it offered full tuition assistance plus allowance, she grabbed it. In coming up with this decision, she reflected on how her sister would be in distress whenever it was exams were approaching as it meant settling of yet another financial obligation in school. Flor did not like to go through the same experience.
So she took it. On her first day in college, enrolled already in the Physics program at a local university, her best friend informed her that she was actually granted a state scholarship but the notice was not sent out to her. It was only after her best friend had gone to the office that was administering the state scholarship that the person that she spoke with, while looking her documents, saw and remembered that the letter of acceptance for Flor had not been delivered yet.
It was good news to Flor, but since she had already started school, she decided to postpone use of it until after her first year. On her second year in college, Flor transferred to Silliman University. She wanted to enroll a similar program, Physics, so her subjects taken in her first year at another university can be credited. Unfortunately, there was no Physics program yet at Silliman around that time that she transferred. She sought what was closest to her course and zeroed in on Chemistry, the course that she had confirmed she would be applying her state scholarship to.
Not known to Flor, in the same year when she was already enrolled in Silliman, the University was already set to offer a Physics program. But it was too late already; Flor could no longer jump to another course for her state scholarship. 

Four years later, in 1980, Flor earned her degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Silliman University.

Getting employment after graduation did not seem like a problem for Flor. It was not long after graduation for her to be hired as a water analyst for a project of the then Philippine National Oil Company, now Energy Development Corporation, in Valencia, Negros Oriental.

ImageA year later, she was recommended by one of her college professors to join Medina College in Ozamiz city where she taught Chemistry for three semesters and two summers. Later, she received an invitation to return to Dumaguete following a vacancy at the High School Department in Silliman. In 1982, she joined the University as a high school teacher in Chemistry.

While already teaching in Silliman, Flor challenged her to pursue another degree. In 1983, she enrolled in the College of Law and completed her Bachelor of Laws four years later. She was planning on taking the Bar but had to postpone it indefinitely after she grabbed the opportunity to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching major in Chemistry at the University of the Philippines-Diliman on yet another scholarship, the National Science and Technology Association Scholarship.  She finished her graduate studies in 1989.

It was on her return to Dumaguete following her graduate studies in Manila when she crossed paths with Primo Sillero, a former suitor back in college. They met each other again after nine years of silence. This time, his former suitor was already a public school teacher and was bent on finally winning Flor over, never mind if his first try was unsuccessful. They picked up from where they left off and nurtured their friendship into what a year later would translate to wedding vows.

Flor and Primo are blessed with twin daughters: Ruthchell, a third year Education student, and Reitchell, a senior Nutrition and Dietetics student. 

In 1999, after 17 years in the High School Department, Flor took on the challenge of teaching college students. She joined the Chemistry Department and was appointed its Chairperson a year later. During her chairmanship, the University partnered with the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, a Center of Excellence in Chemistry, on an off-shore graduate studies program that benefited seven faculty members in the form of master's degree in chemistry.

This year, 2015, marks Flor's 33 years of service to Silliman University. 

ImageDescribe yourself in three words.
Compassionate. Approachable. Friendly.

What is your motto in life?
Life is what you make it.

What makes you laugh?
Recalling funny memories

What makes you cry?
Overwhelming anger and sympathy for those who are hurt and helpless.

What’s your favorite time of the day and why?
Late afternoons, just before sunset, because I like how the rays of the sun pierce through the clouds at that time.

What’s your favorite day of the week and why?
Sunday, because there’s less work and it’s also family day.

What do you love doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy sewing.

What is your favorite hangout plays in the University?
Instrumentation room at the Chemistry Department

What makes you blush?
Embarrassing experiences

If you were an actress, who would you be?
Helen Gamboa, because she reminds me of my mother.

ImageTell us a fact about yourself.
When I say “Yes” to a task, I mean it.

What’s your favorite game growing up?
Balay-balay, kayukok, tubig-tubig, piko, sud-sud

What’s your idea of a relaxing day?
Watching the waves of the sea kiss the shore as I belt out my favorite songs.

What one thing would people be interested to know about you?
As a child, I fancied the thought of being a nun.

What song best describes the YOU and the life you have now?
I can’t think of one right now, but my favorite song is “Love me for what I am” by The Carpenters.

What is the first thing you do right after waking up in the morning?
I check myself in the mirror and comb my hair.

What’s your idea of a family?
Parents constantly guiding their children.