Gabay Guro honors 2015 graduate-scholars

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Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach encouraged Gabay Guro’s new graduates to pursue their dreams

Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach encouraged Gabay Guro’s new graduates to pursue their dreams

FOR the past years, PLDT’s Gabay Guro has been upholding its advocacy of providing opportunities to teachers and students for quality education, and this year is no different.

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“Simpleng Handog 2015: A Salute to Our Future Heroes,” Gabay Guro’s testimonial dinner at the Meralco Lighthouse feted 82 scholar-graduates this year from various universities in the Philippines for their accomplishments.

These 82 brilliant graduates join the rank of around 500 Gabay Guro graduates from the more than 1,000 scholarship grants that the foundation has given to the deserving youth since 2010. Gabay Guro is now partnering with 47 schools, colleges and universities across the nation to bring poor, but deserving students to realize their dreams of finishing their college education.

Bb. Pilipinas First Runner-Up Hannah Sison, a teacher herself, shared the fulfillment of being an educator

Bb. Pilipinas First Runner-Up Hannah Sison, a teacher herself, shared the fulfillment of being an educator

That evening, the graduates spoke of hope and optimism for a brighter future as they with the help of the foundation. Despite poverty, these gifted youths were given a new lease in life and a chance to help their families.

Gabay Guro chairman and TOYM awardee Chaye Cabal-Revilla, who was promoted as PLDT Controller and Smart and Sun CFO in May, delivered a warm welcome to the guests and honorees of the recognition night. With her were PLDT president and CEO Napoleon “Polly” Nazareno.

The testimonial dinner was also graced by performances from Dacapo Strings, who kept the guests entertained before a special concert headlined by Ogie Alcasid, Michael Pangilinan and Janine Desiderio.

Two beauty queens further inspired the graduates on the virtues of hard work and perseverance. Bb. Pilipinas First Runner-Up Hannah Sison, who is a teacher herself, shared the glory of their profession and encouraged the young graduates to pursue teaching with passion and excellence.

Ogie Alcasid takes a moment to congratulate one of the scholar-graduates of the foundation as Gabay Guro chairman and TOYM awardee Chaye Cabal-Revilla and her fellow volunteers look on

Ogie Alcasid takes a moment to congratulate one of the scholar-graduates of the foundation as Gabay Guro chairman and TOYM awardee Chaye Cabal-Revilla and her fellow volunteers look on

Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach on the other hand spoke about her personal experiences and they relate to the graduates’ same journey towards achieving their goals.

Out of the 82 scholar-graduates honored during this year, 19 emerged cum laude, and seven others, magna cum laude. Another scholar-graduate was given the Presidential Academic Award, and another an Academic Excellence Award.

The PLDT Gabay Guro foundation is the education arm and flagship project of the PLDT-Smart Foundation, a program run by volunteers comprised of executives from the PLDT Manager’s Club Inc. The core of the program is defined by its pillars namely: Scholarships, Trainings, Housing and Educational Facilities, Livelihood Programs, Broadbanding and Computerization, and Teachers’ Tribute.

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