Chat Room: Gabriel Edaugal

Gabriel Edaugal

Gabriel Edaugal

Age: 37

Married to Dana; two children are Justin, 8, and Kaitlin, 2 1/2.

Occupation: Physical therapist

Gabriel Edaugal, a Philippine native, came to the United States to study physical therapy. In 1994, he went to work in Orlando. He came to Blount County in 1996 to work at Colonial Hills Nursing Home. In 1999, he went to work at Blount Memorial Hospital, and, in 2007, he opened Dynamic Rehab Services Physical Therapy in Alcoa.

Edaugal said it’s gratifying to help individuals dealing with stroke or severe pain.

“They have severe back pain, or they can not walk, and they’re feeling down and hopeless. Suddenly, here you are, and you are encouraging them. By the time they take two or three steps, or they have no pain, they are so happy. It makes me feel happy.”

Here is Gabriel Edaugal:

• What was your first paying job?

“Working for my dad as a delivery porter.”

• If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?

“My impulsive thing would be to take my family for a cruise in the Caribbean or Hawaii.”

• What’s your favorite television or movie quote?

“I’ve been institutionalized.” Morgan Freeman from the movie “The Shawshank Redemption.”

• What are you guilty of?

“I was 12. I picked up the toilet bowl back and dropped it inside the toilet, and it broke. My dad blamed it on contractors. I’ve never told anyone that until now.”

• What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?

“I’ve always wanted to do SCUBA diving in the ocean, water skiing or snow skiing.”

• Do you think there is life on other planets?

“Yes, I believe there is life on other planets.”

• What is your favorite material possession?

“My entertainment system because you can sing karaoke on it.”

• What are you reading currently?

“I’m reading currently my daughter’s book ‘Dora the Explorer.’ ”

• Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?

“Pope John Paul II. He was the one who really brought the Philippines together -- everyone in the Philippines. When he came, crime was down to zero. Every time there was a mass, there would be 5 million people in one big open field, all with bowed their heads. It gives me goose bumps.”

• What was your most embarrassing moment?

“When I asked a lady when is her due date to give birth was, and the lady said she gave birth six months ago.”

• What is one word others often use to describe you and why?

“They describe me as a funny person and crazy.”

• When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“When I was 5 years old I wanted to become a doctor. I wanted to help people. My sister was studying to be a physical therapist. That fascinated me. When I went to physical therapy school, I said I’d like to go the United States. It was a dream. I don’t regret not becoming a doctor because I’m happy to be a physical therapist. I’m so satisfied. You see the progress from the patient, and that’s the most gratifying feeling.”

• If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

“I guess my nose. My nose is flat. My mom always teased me, and I just hated that, but now I’m ok.”

• With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?

“I would like to have long lunch with President Bush. I haven’t met anyone who is a president. We could talk about what he thinks about the Philippines. I’d like to know more about him since this in my home now.

• What is your passion?

“I think it’s with my family, especially my two kids. I like to always be with them and try to attend their hockey or baseball games or piano lessons as much as possible. That’s my passion.”

• What do you hate?

“Rude people, especially people who are rude when you try to be nice to them. That’s what I don’t like.”

• What is your all-time favorite movie?

“ ‘Shawshank Redemption.’ It brings hope to a person.”

• What is the best book you’ve ever read?

“ ‘The Best Time of My Life,’ by Joel Osteen. The reason I liked that is it gave me a positive outlook in life, and every time I have problem, I look at that book and it makes me sigh in relief. “

•Would you travel in space?

“Yes, I would travel in space. It’s intriguing.”

• If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?

“I would go back in time to when my wife and I got married. We got married twice. Once when her parents didn’t know about it, because we were going from the Philippians to here. We knew were going to be living here, so we wanted to be married. We decided after four years we wanted a church wedding, so we had a big church wedding.”

• What character in a book or movie would you most like to be?

“Han Solo from ‘Star Wars.’ He’s so courageous, but always does the spontaneous thing.”

• What is the best present you ever received in a box?

“A TAG Heuer watch my wife gave me.”

• What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

“The best advice my parents gave me was ‘Always pray because prayers can move mountains. If you want to get something, you need to sacrifice.’ ”

• Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?

“Oh, yeah, since I liked to talk a lot. I got whacked by a bamboo stick twice. I was in fifth grade. The first time I was talking and not listening, and the second time, the professor was just teasing us, and everyone got a whack.”

• Who is your hero?

“Probably my dad. He came from a poor family and worked so hard. He and my mom were able to put all five of us in college. They really worked hard to give us a good life, and they achieved that.”

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