What inspires us motivates us. Meet Maris, a brainy lady who finds inspiration from this quote: “Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”
Maris is Marissa Go Rebayla Leorna, a Certified Public Accountant serving BOHECO I since April 2008. She married young at 23 to Pedro T. Leorna, Jr. The young couple was blessed with a son named Piolo. Sadly, Piolo passed on in June, 2012 due to complications arising from his multiple congenital defects when he undertook intensive surgical procedures.
She joined the power industry because she found a suitable employment opportunity that enables her to prove, enhance, and challenge her ability and competence, as well as her commitment to work. Indeed, she is in the right industry. For most young and competitive professionals, the evolving and expanding power industry is an alluring challenge.
Maris believes that the most wonderful and valuable virtue she possesses is LOVE. She is convinced that all things are possible when you value love of God, love for family, co-workers, friends, and yourself. She believes that “No other success can compensate for failure in the home.” Indeed, career women must always balance the home and work fronts. It’s a delicate balancing act and task and Maris is determined to meet the challenge.
Maris is a consistent honor student from her elementary years up to her college days. She is an achiever, thanks to her parents Ceferino T. Rebayla and Thelma Go Rebayla who were very supportive of their youngest daughter’s dreams and aspirations. She is the youngest among four children.
Her parents are very simple people who had to work hard to realize their family goals. Her father was a Boholano “viajedor”, a vendor-peddler who commuted to and from several places in Mindanao where he met his wife Thelma Go, Maris’ mother. Her mother is the eldest daughter of Ohhya Go, a Chinese businessman from Mindanao.
Maris comes from humble beginnings. Her father is a high school graduate who presently drives his own jeepney while her mother Thelma is a homemaker.
The family originally hails from Talisayan Misamis Oriental. Back then, they owned a store but a fire razed it when the entire market of Talisayan was burned. To start anew, the family relocated to Bohol.
Like this author, she likes reading books. Her choice cuts include Beauty of the Ashes by Joyce Meyer, Secrets of Success by Sandra Anne Taylor, among others. She likes watching TV shows that entertain, and having great conversations with friends. Her one and only sports is badminton which is also her form of exercise.
Very young at 32, Maris has still a long way to go in the power industry. Personally, she is excited to enlarge her horizons.
Grounded on the Boholano’s old-fashioned values of honesty, trustworthiness, hard work, flexibility, grace under pressure, and deep faith in God, Maris is yet to conquer the wide horizons.