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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 1, 2020




GABAY GURO has been a yearly tradition at SM MOA, but now, due to the pandemic, Gabay Guro holds the first-ever virtual Grand Gathering for Teachers on October 3. 

Despite the pandemic, Gabay Guro ensures that the Filipino teachers will still be given tribute for all their hard work through PLDT Smart Foundation’s annual Gabay Guro Grand Gathering.

This year’s tribute to teachers, “Digitalization: Transitioning to a Better Normal”, will be streamed LIVE on Oct. 3, Saturday via Gabay Guro’s Facebook page and Youtube Channel starting at 3 PM, led by Gabay Guro Chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla. 

"Our teachers are the pillars of education,” says Chaye. “Amid the new normal, they pave the way for our children to have the best learning opportunities. It is through our star-studded Grand Gathering that we pay homage to the important role they play in transforming the lives of the next generation.”

A day of world-class music and performances by the country’s best and brightest, the grand gathering will be hosted by Edu Manzano, Iza Calzado and Xian Lim. It will be headlined by Sharon Cuneta and her daughters Frankie and Miel Pangilinan, Gabby Concepcion, Gary Valenciano, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid and daughter Leila, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Karylle, 

Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez, Piolo Pascual and son Inigo, Bea Alonzo, Ian Veneracion, Lani Misalucha, Jed Madela, Jaya, Jona, Derek Ramsay, Dingdong Avanzado and daughter Jayda, Maymay Entrata, Edward Barbers, Kyla, KZ Tandingan, Sam Concepcion, Juris, Julie Anne San Jose, Mark Bautista, Joey G., 

Luke Mijares, Jinky Vidal, Klarisse, Ebe Dancel, Paolo Santos, Zephanie Dimaranan, TNT Boys, Nyoy Volante, Raimund Marasigan, Teddy Corpuz, Randy Santiago, Christian Bautista, Jugs Jugueta, and brothers Rayver and Rodjun and Ella Cruz.  

A lot of exciting prizes await our dear teachers. Some of these include a lot of cash prizes from PLDT Managers Club Inc. (MCI), Metro Pacific Water, Paymaya, Telescoop, PECCA, Devant, Metro Pacific Water and RCBC, a Chery Tiggo from Chery Auto Philippines, laptops from Asus and SGV Foundation, tablets from PWC, 

Prepaid Home Wifi units, SmartBro Pocket Wifi units, air condition units from Condura, accident and covid insurance from InLife Sheroes, mobile phones from Smart and TNT, wifi repeaters from Huawei, gift certificates from Dunkin Donut and Penshoppe and a lot of gift packs.

Aside from the top-notch performances, these special prizes are some of the most awaited parts of the Grand Gathering – all thanks to the untiring support of Gabay Guro’s sponsors: Adarna Books, Aveda PH, Kora Organics, Betadine, Boysen Paints, Cornerstone Entertainment Inc., EcoNest, International Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Bioderm Soap, Everclean Ethyl Alcohol, 

Lecit-E Vitamins and Efficascent Relaxing Oil), Jolly, Klean Kanteen, La Filipina, Safeguard, Pascual Laboratories, Inc. (Potencee Adult and Potencee Plus Non Acidic Vitamin C plus Zinc Syrup), Peerless Brands (Calla Detergent, Champion Detergent and Hana Shampoo), Phil Care, Phil Life, Rudy Project, and ULSSI (pH Care, Celeteque, and Swish).

With the event happening on the digital landscape, Gabay Guro reaches out to more teachers across the country. The event is expected to draw in over 50,000 teachers nationwide. 

Teachers may join the Grand Gathering by downloading the Gabay Guro App, which ranks in the Top 5 of the Education Top Chart Downloads. By registering, teachers will have a chance to win some of the exciting prizes. 

Since 2007, Gabay Guro has been empowering teachers across the country through its seven (7) key pillars: Classroom Donations, Connectivity and Computerization, Scholarships; Teachers’ Trainings; Livelihood Programs; Digital Innovation; and the Teacher’s Tribute.

Since its founding, Gabay Guro has built and donated over 55 classrooms nationwide and provided over 2,000 scholarship grants through its partner schools which have been equipped with new computers and broadband connectivity. 

Of its scholars, 1,047 have graduated, with 325 finishing with honors. Gabay Guro has also proudly produced 840 Licensure Examination for Teachers passers as of 2019.  

Over the years, more than 60,000 educators have also benefitted from Gabay Guro's twelve (12) regular training programs including: Teacher’s Treasure Chest; English Proficiency Program; Personality Development; Emotional Intelligence; Teachers’ Armor; 

Leadership Training; IT Sustainability and Literacy; and Unleashing Creativity in Teaching and more. Gabay Guro also links schools to communities and industries through workshops and seminars. This helps promote an innovative mindset and unlocks opportunities for teachers, school leaders and staff. 

For the past years, Gabay Guro travels across the country to bring more smiles to educators with a series of regional Teacherfest events, a localized tribute program for teachers, including Ilocos Norte, Bulacan, Cebu, Butuan, Bataan, Navotas and a lot more. 

Gabay Guro’s efforts have also been recognized by various award-giving bodies in the Philippines and abroad including Gawad Tanglaw, Anvil Awards, Philippine Quill Awards, Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) Awards, and the CMO Asia Awards in Singapore.

For more details about the PLDT-Smart Foundation’s Gabay Guro program, please visit gabayguro.com. For updates, please follow, like and share Gabay Guro on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.