2nd Igorot European Consultation
29 May – 1 June 2003
Severino (Rhino) Oblas [Panel Discusant]
Born on 27 September 1956 in Beckel, La Trinidad, Benguet, last of the 11 children. Kankana-ey father from Suyoc, Mankayan and Ibaloy mother from La Trinidad.
Finished elementary education at Beckel Elementary School in Beckel, La Trinidad and aimed at a higher goal to finish high school at Baguio City High School. Pursued my college education and began with two semesters in the College of Forestry at MSAC (Mountain State Agricultural College) in La Trinidad, capital town of Benguet. With self interest to go abroad, I shifted to study Nursing; and graduated two-year Pre-Nursing at the University of Baguio and went to finish GN (Graduate Nurse), at the Baguio General Hospital School of Nursing. After graduation, I passed the government examination for nurses. I decided to take the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Post GN at Saint Louis University Baguio City
I decided on stand by applying for overseas work. I passed the CGFNS
(Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) and having been awarded a certificate, towards the chance to go to the USA But! first came the employment in Saudi Red Crescent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There I married Mechthild Stuadenmeir from Germany. Her work contract ended after our marriage and she went back to Germany. Our first child was born in Germany and mother and child arrived in Saudi, which was the start of a small family together.
Due to the out-break of the Gulf War I in 02 August 1990, our small family decided to leave Saudi Arabia for good. My family lived for sometime at home in Baguio, but then my work brought us back to Germany and our second child was born. Since 16 April 1991, I resided in Germany with my German wife and our two kids, Philip, 14 and Cynthia, 11; where a residence that every Igorot is welcome for a visit. Adi takon malitaw.