Gabay Guro is set to dazzle with a back-to-back celebration, paying tribute to Filipino teachers with a star-studded event on October 14, 2023. This grand occasion, titled “Pagpupugay at Pasasalamat Kay Ma’am at Sir,” is a testament to the unwavering commitment of educators in the Philippines.
Elevating the spirit of the event, it will feature renowned artists like the iconic Megastar Sharon Cuneta and the incomparable Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez. Joining the stellar lineup are OPM idols such as Ogie Alcasid, Jona, Klarisse, Bituin Escalante, and other gifted performers from ABS-CBN. This remarkable event is scheduled for 1 pm at the renowned Dolphy Theater within the ABS-CBN compound. Moreover, the event will be streamed live on Gabay Guro’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel, ensuring that the festivities reach a broader audience.
The Grand Gathering promises exciting prizes, including the opportunity to win a brand new car, cash rewards, and an array of valuable gift products. Whether attendees choose to be present on-site or enjoy the event online, their participation offers a chance at these fantastic rewards.
This event follows the tremendous success of “Together4Teachers,” a Teachers’ Day celebration held on October 5 at the Father Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City, Caraga Region. This initiative was undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Education and Vice President Sara Duterte. The event paid homage to more than 3,000 teachers and was graced by notable figures like Senator Imee Marcos and headlined by Gabay Guro artist-advocates like Ms. Pops Fernandez, Mark Bautista, Jed Madela, Jona, Daryl Ong, Regina, and Ate Gay.
Gabay Guro’s steadfast partner, United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI), has consistently contributed to the Grand Gathering by generously providing a Chery Tiggo as the grand raffle prize for several years. Chairman Mr. Rommel L. Sytin expresses his deep appreciation for the dedicated and hardworking teachers of the country, emphasizing UAAGI’s commitment to supporting Gabay Guro’s advocacy of empowering Filipino teachers and enhancing the education system.
Gabay Guro, now in its 16th year, is the flagship educational program of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), Metro Pacific Investments Foundation (MPIF), and PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) in collaboration with the PLDT Managers’ Club Inc. The program reaffirms its dedication to the Department of Education in its quest to uplift the lives of teachers, enabling them to focus on honing their skills and enhancing the quality of education in the Philippines.
Ms. Chaye Cabal-Revilla, Chairperson of Gabay Guro, highlights the Grand Gathering’s theme for this year, “Pagpupugay at Pasasalamat kay Ma’am at Sir.” It serves as an embodiment of appreciation for the invaluable contributions and sacrifices made by teachers for the benefit of Filipino youth. She firmly believes that these educators should not be seen as unsung heroes but should always be recognized and respected for their unwavering dedication to teaching. The Gabay Guro Grand Gathering stands as a heartfelt gesture of gratitude towards all teachers, who can anticipate this annual event with as much enthusiasm as the organizers in bringing it to them.
MPIC CEO and Gabay Guro Chairperson, Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan, extends his heartfelt congratulations to teachers during National Teachers Month. He commends the commitment and dedication of educators in shaping well-educated and enlightened Filipinos. He assures teachers that they are not alone in their journey as educators, as Gabay Guro stands by their side, working towards a better and stronger Philippines. He also acknowledges the selfless contributions of MPIC, PLDT, and Smart volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to the enhancement of Gabay Guro’s numerous projects, solidifying the foundation for nation-building.
Gabay Guro, during its annual Grand Gathering, seizes the opportunity to introduce new initiatives to teachers. Through its Digital Innovations pillar, it unveils the Gabay Guro Super App, designed to provide educators with convenient access to online teaching resources and tools. Additionally, the Healthcare mega app, Mwell, offers affordable access to healthcare for Gabay Guro teachers, ensuring their overall wellness as they fulfill their daily responsibilities.
Since its inception in 2007, Gabay Guro has been empowering teachers across the nation through its 8 Key Pillars of Learning, aligned with PLDT and Smart’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals (SDG), particularly UN SDG #4 Quality Education. These pillars include Scholarships, Connectivity and Computerization, Classroom Donations, Teachers’ Training, Livelihood, Digital Innovations, and Health and Wellness.
With a track record of more than 3,000 scholars pursuing a degree in education, over a thousand laptops and digital accessories provided to partner schools, 55 double classrooms donated to beneficiary cities and municipalities, and training for over 50,000 teachers, Gabay Guro continues to make significant contributions to the education sector. Additionally, it has given over 5,000 teachers access to various livelihood and entrepreneurship initiatives and launched the Gabay Guro Super App, which has already garnered over 100,000 downloads nationwide. The partnership with mWell has made the country’s first fully integrated, fully digital health and wellness app easily accessible to teachers.