PLDT-SMART Gabay Guro Teacher Fest Davao 2016

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Last September
25, 2016, almost 20,000 teachers from public and private schools nationwide
assembled at the Mall of Asia Arena for PLDT Gabay Guro’s 9th Grand
Gathering, also known as Teacher Fest. Considered a culmination of a year of
trainings, scholarships and livelihood programs for the teacher beneficiaries,
TeacherFest 2016 honored the teachers’ hard work, dedication and impact on
society with a day filled with their favorite celebrities, world-class
performances and exciting, life-changing prizes. This heartwarming tribute
brought so much happiness to the teachers that it was replicated in the form of
a pocket event in SMX Convention Center Lanang, Davao just last November 27.

 

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As
the educational arm and flagship project of the PLDT-Smart Foundation, PLDT
Gabay Guro focuses on upholding the vocation of teachers. Its tagline “building
the nation one teacher at a time” highlights the valuable role of teachers in
leading their students to the future and shaping the next generation of nation
builders. Since its establishment in 2007, Gabay Guro has been able to grant
over 1,100 scholarships in various state colleges and universities nationwide
and train over 16,000 teachers across eight annual training programs. 2G also
donated laptops and computers to schools and foundations, and built over 40
classrooms located in Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Capiz.

 

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The
Davao leg of TeacherFest 2016 was graced by an exciting roster of Gabay Guro
celebrity volunteers—Asia’s Songbird and PLDT Home ambassador Regine Velasquez,
concert queen Pops Fernandez, international pop star Christian Bautista, multitalented
performer Aicelle Santos, Miss Universe-Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa and Philippine
Volcanoes rugby star Andrew Wolff. Top-caliber performers came together in one
stage to entertain the teachers for free with their impressive stage acts. On
top of being star-studded, the celebration was glittered by amazing raffle
prizes ranging from cash to laptops with Smart Bro Pocket WiFi modems

 

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“It
is our honor to be able to bring this grand celebration to the deserving
teachers of Davao,” PLDT Gabay Guro Chairman Chaye Cabal-Revilla said. “After
the main event in Manila, we decided to bring the experience to our teachers
from other areas, including Japan and now Davao. This is our way of rewarding
as many teachers as possible for their valuable presence in our lives.”

 

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“After
nine years and counting, we look forward to giving our teachers more wonderful,
memorable surprises as well as our full support for their mission of shaping
our country’s future leaders,” PLDT VP and Home Marketing Director Gary Dujali
added.

 

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One of the recipients of the Foundation, a University School Teacher that sacrificed her life to feed homeless kids on her own every week as a help to the less fortunate.

 

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The
PLDT Gabay Guro Teacher Fest Davao 2016 was made possible with the help of the
following partners: Bonamine, Flanax, Tempra, and many more.

For
more information, visit gabayguro.com, like the PLDT Gabay Guro Facebook page
and follow @PLDTGabayGuro on Twitter and Instagram.

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