Saturday, September 17, 2016

Gabay Guro continues to build the nation, one teacher at a time

Being a teacher is a noble profession. Teaching is a tough way to make a living, but they pride themselves in making sacrifices to improve the lives of their students. These teachers have an inner drive that helps them realize that their hard work helps improve their students’ quality of life.

Recognizing the important role that teachers do, like-minded PLDT and SMART executives banded together over coffee with a common dream of being a catalyst of change in the lives of teachers. From that assembly, Gabay Guro was formed and became PLDT-Smart Foundation's CSR arm. It has managed to thrive on volunteerism since then.

Gabay Guro’s initiative on Broadband and Computerization has had great impact especially in far-flung public schools across the country.

To date, there are 47 partner-schools who were recipients of mobile school package. This may either be computers/laptop or internet connections from PLDT or Smart. The foundation has conducted trainings for over 16,000 teachers in the course of 9 years. Gabay Guro sees 20,000-strong membership this year.

Knowing that shortage of educational facilities is a major disaster area in the Philippine education system, Gabay Guro has taken the cudgels in the construction of classrooms in the provinces, mostly those that have been hit by debilitating calamities. There are over 40 classrooms constructed and donated already in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Capiz.

Gabay Guro has grown to be the force that it is today. Whereas in the beginning, there were only a couple of thousand member-teachers under its stable, 2016 sees 20,000-strong membership (and growing!) at its helm and has easily taken over the leadership, the one that sets the bar of service, in all education-related NGOs around the nation.

Ms. Chaye Revilla and the Gabay Guro team of visionaries with her in the foundation, were propelled by this belief: “our nation’s children depend on our nation’s teachers to lead them to the future. And this teachers’ month, Gabay Guro gives tribute to those who teach the next generation of nation-builders.”

The pinnacle of Gabay Guro’s celebration is embodied in the tribute event held every year at the MOA Arena. Year after year, the organizers leave no stone unturned ensuring that it is in Gabay Guro where teachers get to be treated like royalty. Generosity at its finest, raffle prizes have grown to be the staggering house and lot and vehicle showcases and livelihood opportunities that they ar e today in every Gabay Guro tribute event.

PLDT Gabay Guro's tribute to teachers will take place on Septemer 25, 2016 at the SM MOA Arena aand coincides with celebration of the National Teachers’ Month.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Gatorade Run Manila 2016 at SM Mall of Asia

The most awaited run in Manila is back with much bigger event! Gatorade Run 11*22 2016 online registration officially opens in an intimate media gathering at F1 Hotel. The sequel to last year’s successful 11K and 22K runs will be held on November 27 at SM Mall of Asia.

Over six thousand runners took part in the inaugural Gatorade Run, and both Dela Cruz and Atayde are expecting at least eight thousand this year.

This year's run promises to be more exciting with a focus on the importance of pre- and post-run hydration. The overflowing Gatorade hydration stations will provide hydration for racers. Pepsico Marketing Manager for Hydration has this to say, "Gatorade is a glibal leader in sports performance and we'll definitely bting that expertise to the run. Learning the benefits of proper hydration is crucial for runners and we look forward to reinforcing that message through the Gatorade Run. We're excited to show runners that NOTHING BEATS GATORADE."

Coach Rio Dela Cruz shared that runners will not have to endure the challenge of going up and down the two flyovers along Roxas Boulevard since the race map is virtually at flatland with Gil Puyat Avenue serving as the main road for the 22K run and the CCP Complex serving as the main area for the 11K run. The race will start and end at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds in Pasay like the preceeding year.

He added that those who are still racing by the cutoff time could be escorted by a “sweeper bus” to the finish line.

22K finishers will get a medal each alongside the finisher shirts as an added motivation.

Online registration is now ongoing at, while offline registration begins next week at selected Adidas stores.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Why are Pinoys so jolly and joyful?

The answer might be as simple as the company we keep, the things around us that make us smile and the food we enjoy.

There’s no doubt that Filipinos are among the jolliest people on the planet. Wherever one might go in this country, he or she will most definitely be met with a smile, a warm greeting, or a hearty laugh. Foreigners often wonder how an entire nation of over 100 million can extend kindness and good cheer even to complete strangers.

In the Gallup 2015 Positive Experience Index, the country ranked fifth in the list of happiest citizens in the world, despite the many socio-economic issues they face every day. However, these survey figures do not completely explain why many Filipinos consistently choose joy over negative emotions.

What’s the real secret behind the trademark Pinoy cheerfulness?

This is a question that Jollibee, the country’s number one fast food brand, answered in an online campaign released last September 10, 2016.

“Jollibee, as a homegrown Filipino brand, is happy to answer why Pinoys are among the happiest people in the world,” said Francis E. Flores, Jollibee Global Chief of Marketing and Philippine Marketing Head. “Throughout Jollibee’s nearly four decades of serving the Filipino people all over the country and the world, we’ve discovered many reasons behind our innate joy, which we’re proud to showcase in the latest Chickenjoy Nation video.”

The Jollibee team went around the country to observe the lives of ordinary Filipinos and seemingly simple reasons behind their day-to-day happiness. The “stars” of the video cited sense of humor, appreciation for music, an easy-going spirit, and good food (including Jollibee’s crispylicious and juicylicious Chickenjoy) as some of the core ingredients of Pinoy joy.

The video, however, implies something more profound about the Pinoy psyche: even in the most dismal of situations, the Filipino heart is filled with hope and optimism. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of their lives and the circumstances they find themselves in, they smile, laugh the bad vibes away, they are always to sing and dance, and share their favorite meals with the people they value the most. For them, joy is something that can be discovered in even the most mundane of things they encounter every day.

“Through our best-tasting Chickenjoy, we serve the perfect complement to our customers’ most joyful moments,” added Flores. “We’ve made it our mission to unite Filipinos under one joy, one nation—a Chickenjoy Nation.”

To find out more about Chickenjoy Nation, like Jollibee’s official Facebook page ( Philippines), follow @BestFriendJollibee on Instagram and @Jollibee on Twitter and Snapchat.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Myrtle Sarrosa graces the grand opening of Crepes Delicious at SM Molino

Last September 17, 2016, Crepes Delicious opened its first franchise business at SM-Molino with Myrtle Sarrosa gracing the event.

Barely a year after the success of its flagship store in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, owner/entrepreneur Shirley Castillo-Dumilon's crepes business is flourishing with numerous franchise inquiries. Crepe Delicious has taken notice that more and more people are consciously opting for low-calorie, and nutritious food. Shirley wanted a new food concept to venture into and since she loves healthy food options like crêpes, she decided to open the first crêpes business in Sta. Rosa. The demand for the healthy food sells, hence Crepes Delicious drew massive crowds. The rest is history.

And Myrtle is just perfect ambassadress for Crepes Delicious. As the model youth that is fresh, smart and full of life, Shirley is positive that Myrtle exemplifies the brand that promotes nutritious food options. As the French version of pancakes, crêpes offers fresh, healthy alternatives to fast food. Crepes Delicious has all wonderful healthy crepe options created and tested in Shirley Castillo-Dumilon's kitchen for health-conscious people to enjoy and indulge in.

Catch Myrtle Sarrosa at the grand opening of Crepes Delicious at SM Calamba this September 24 (4PM) and at Festival Mall grand opening this October 1, 2016 (4PM). These two stores will be the latest addition to Crepes Delicious’s briskly expanding nationwide presence.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Securing an NBI Clearance is now more convenient

Almost all employers carry out a criminal record check for a prospective hiree in order to ward off potential problems a person may have in their past that they could bring to the workplace. Hence, securing a National Bureau of Investigation clearance is one of the documents required for local and overseas employment. This criminal record checks for employment is deem necessary especially when placing somebody in a vulnerable position. No employer wants to hire someone unsuitable people convicted of theft, fraud or dishonesty.

The high demand for NBI Clearance made it a tedious process that takes an entire day. But now that NBI roll-out out its online clearance system, the much-needed document can be secured in just one hour even for new applicants. It cuts the traditional six-step clearance process in half. The agency claims the registration process will now only take less than five minutes, and is even possible via mobile phones.

The first of three steps involves online registration through the NBI website at or Once there, an application form will have to be filled out, an appointment date will have to be set, and payment will have to be made. The site can be accessed via mobile phone.

You can accomplish the first step in the application process in the convenience of your own home instead of spending time lining up just to get a copy of the application form and wasting more time filling it up the form. Some NBI branches do even have the online facilities which the public may use to access the NBI site.

First-time applicants, can register by filling in a valid email and a preferred password after clicking on the SIGN UP button. Tick the “I accept Terms of Service” box. Check your email for the confirmation link to activate your registration. For those already registered, you may simply log in at and type in your email address and password.

After you have provided your complete information on the online application form, you may then choose your preferred appointment schedule at any NBI Clearance Branch of your choice. Set the date by clicking on the blue shaded boxes which indicate vacant slots. Select AM or PM.

On the payment information page, fill out the corresponding requirement. Indicate the purpose of your application and detail. Read important Notes in the Payment Information before selecting your payment option.

Options include paying via banks and Bayad Centers like LBC.

Once you have chosen your Payment option, you will be given a notification that you have completed the process. Go to the payment center, fill up the required form and indicate your reference number.

Check your email for payment confirmation and verify the status of your application by clicking on the Transaction button found at the left panel of the screen.

Secure a copy of your Reference number by printing it or writing it down on a piece of paper. You are now ready to visit your chosen NBI Clearance Branch.

The NBI  registration code will serve as yout gate pass to your chosen NBI clearance center, where you  will undergo the second step of having your photo taken and completing your biometrics.

Note that you will need to present your Valid ID (Voter’s ID, Valid passport, SSS ID, GSIS, UMID
Postal ID, Driver’s License, PRC License, TIN ID, School ID and other government-issued IDs).
when you appear on your preferred appointment schedule.

The third and final step is the printing of the NBI clearance.  If you get a "HIT", you will be asked to come back after a week to get the clearance.  Otherwise, you just have to wait for your name to be called to get your printed NBI Clearance.

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