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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.

Sep 30, 2021



GABAY GURO holds virtual Grand Gathering for Teachers on October 2. The 2021 Grand Gathering will be hosted by Pops Fernandez, Iza Calzado, Derek Ramsay, Atom Araullo, and Dominic Roque. 

Despite the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gabay Guro continues to pay tribute to all Filipino teachers for their hard work and heroism in molding the minds of the youth via PLDT Smart Foundation’s annual Gabay Guro Grand Gathering.

To be held virtually for the second year, 2021’s teachers’ tribute with the theme “Guro sa Gitna ng Pandemya: Heroes for Digital Transformation” is presented by Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPCI) and PLDT Home. 

It will be streamed LIVE on Oct. 2, Saturday via Gabay Guro’s Facebook page and Youtube Channel starting at 2 p.m. 

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 500,000 teachers nationwide, who can join the Grand Gathering by downloading the Gabay Guro Super App. By registering, teachers will have a chance to win exciting prizes at stake, including grand prizes of a Chery Tiggo car and 2 cash prizes of P500,000 each.  

"Our teachers are the pillars of education. They pave the way for our children to have the best learning opportunities. It is through our Grand Gathering that we pay homage to the important role they play in transforming the lives of the next generation,” says Gabay Guro Chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla who is also the Chief Finance Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer of the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC). 

“Last year, given the challenging constraints of the new normal, we’ve all had to fast-track our transition to digitalization. 

"Our teachers and the whole education sector had to start moving towards a new way of doing things, just so our students would not get left behind. This year, we celebrate how our teachers were able to step up and how they underwent Digital Transformation themselves. 

" hail them as heroes for embracing and using technology to ensure that they are able to deliver quality education to all our learners despite the ongoing pandemic.”

Headlining the roster of top performers are the country’s finest singers -- Sharon Cuneta, Regine Velasquez, Martin Nievera, Ogie Alcasid, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Kuh Ledesma, Basil Valdez, and Jose Mari Chan. 

World class production numbers will highlight the tribute event which includes the following: a grand opening sequence by Quest, Sam Concepcion, Rayver Cruz, and Elmo Magalona; a Band hits medley featuring Nyoy Volante, Bugoy, Davey Langit, Erik Santos, Jed Madela, The Itchyworms, and Randy Santiago; a Side A/Neocolours medley with Mark Bautista, Jeremy Glinoga, Jason Dy, Poppert Bernales, and Christian Bautista; and an acoustic guitar medley with Janine Tenoso, Barbie Almalbis, Ice Seguerra, and Yeng Constantino. 

An iconic ballads medley will also feature Jose Mari Chan, Martin Nievera, Nonoy Zuniga, and Basil Valdez, while Awra Briguela, Rhap Salazar, iDOLLS, and Wacky Kiray will render a testimonial and a medley. 

A P-pop number will be performed by up and coming BINI and BGYO, while a surprise medley of songs will feature Vina Morales, Lara Maigue, Klarisse De Guzman, Aicelle Santos and Bituin Escalante. 

The much-awaited Divas medley will feature Morissette, Joey Albert, Gigi De Lana, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Jona, Kuh Ledesma, Kyla, Regine Velasquez, Angeline Quinto, and Sharon Cuneta. 

The Gabay Guro Grand Gathering 2021 is supported by Chery Auto Philippines, Dazz, Devant, Dunkin, Enchanted Kingdom, Huawei, PayMaya, PECCI, Penshoppe, PhilCare and Phillife, Philippine Airlines, PLDT Home, Smart, TNT, ULSSI for PHCare, Myra Soap, Myra Ingestive, Celeteque and Fortima; Vuono for Energen Champion, Wafello, Le Minarale, Valmer and Kopiko.

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

Gabay Guro has built and donated over 55 double classrooms in 18 cities and municipalities nationwide, and has provided 1,988 scholarship grants where 1,063 have graduated, of which 30% graduated with honors.  

It has also distributed more than 500 computers/ laptops among 16 municipalities nationwide.

Over the years, more than 60,000 teachers have trained face-to-face in 90 cities and provinces, and over 500,000 teachers have trained digitally thru Gabay Guro’s Teachers’ Training’s “Learning Never Stops” digital series. 

Last year, through Gabay Guro's new Digital Innovation pillar, the Gabay Guro Super App was launched to empower teachers as they lead the way for the digital transformation. Within its first 2 days of launch, the Gabay Guro Super App had over 100,000 downloads, catapulting it as one of the Top 5 education apps during its introduction phase. Since then, it has stayed popular among users with a steady 4.9 app satisfaction rating.

Gabay Guro has also brought more smiles to the faces of educators through the Grand Gathering, an annual celebration of Teachers’ Month, honoring them thru song, dance and raffle prizes. 

The event was conducted virtually for the first time last year, and garnered more than a million online attendees. Gabay Guro also has a series of localized tribute programs for teachers, or regional and localized Teacherfest events, which have already honored more than 500,000 teachers face-to-face in Metro Manila and in 13 regional areas, including Ilocos Norte, Bulacan, Cebu, Butuan, Bataan, Navotas, Davao and others.

Gabay Guro’s efforts have also been recognized by various award-giving bodies in the Philippines and abroad, including the 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.

Gabay Guro is a priority program under Gabay Karunungan, the education-focused campaign of the MVP Group’s Gabay Advocacies that are aligned towards the organization’s measured contribution for the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). 

Through its 7 Core Pillars Gabay Guro responds primarily to SDG No. 4 Quality Education, but also implements programs that promote SDG Nos. 5 Gender Equality, 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 10 Reduced Inequality, and 17 Partnerships to Achieve the Goal. 

With the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, however, additional focus has been given to SDG #3 Good Health and Well-being, especially in the light of Gabay Guro’s collaborative efforts with mWell (an integrated tech-based healthcare plateachers through professional consultations, wellness programs, medical and health products, and delivery services.

Aside from Gabay Guro, PLDT also has Gabay Kalusugan that helps medical frontliners who are given cash bonus and free vaccinations for their service during this pandemic. 

PLDT owns 18 hospitals and PLDT also helped government hospitals like PGH with their beds, equipment and PPE’s. Lea Salonga and Gary Valenciano also recorded a song praying tribute to them, as composed by Ryan Cayabyab.