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Gabby Concepcion, 4 former PBB Otso Teen Housemates, Jay R at the LRT-1 Gabay Guro Train launch

“We look forward to the smiles and joy the beautiful trains give our teachers, who serve our country and society as true everyday heroes.”

In line with the celebration of National Teacher’s Month this September, the annual Gabay Guro LRT-1 train was set to ride the train ( once again) from the LRT-1 Balintawak station to UN Avenue Central Terminal with celebrities like Gabby Concepcion, former PBB Otso teen housematesKaori Oinuma, Rhys Eugenio, Karina Bautista, Aljon Mendoza, and R&B Prince Jay R riding with the teachers and selected press people on September 18.

In Photo (L-R): Rhys Eugenio, Aljon Mendoza, Karina Bautista, and Kaori Oinuma–all former PBB Otso teen housemates. Photograph courtesy of AXL Guinto.
In Photo: 80s-90s heartthrob and leading man Gabby Concepcion entertained the teachers onboard the LRT-1 going to its destination on UN Avenue Central Terminal station. Photograph courtesy of Axl Guinto.

Among the celebrities who earned the most cheers were Oinuma, the Kawaii Daughter of Japan; Bautista, Isabela’s Miss Independent; Eugenio, the Sportisoy Hearthrob of Tarlac; and Mendoza, the Shy Charmer of Pampanga. Concepcion, on the other hand, provided the excitement for the senior teachers who identified the heartthrob back in the 80s and 90s. The R&B Prince had a performance in the train’s last stop on central station on UN Avenue.

The Baybayin is featured in the LRT-1 coaches. Photograph courtesy of Axl Guinto.

The event is a yearly collaboration between the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) and the PLDT-Smart Foundation, the special Gabay Guro-themed train has been journeying every September for the past three years. The 2019 Gabay Guro train puts Baybayin—one of the many ancient Filipino writing systems that’s also currently enjoying a renaissance—front and center on the coaches’ design, together with bugtong and literary masterpieces of notable Filipino writers like Jose Rizal, Francisco Balagtas, Leona Florentino, and Andres Bonifacio.



PLDT SVP and Gabay Guro chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla says, “We’re absolutely glad to be back once again celebrating National Teacher’s Month with the Gabay Guro LRT-1 train.” 

“We look forward to the smiles and joy the beautiful trains give our teachers, who serve our country and society as true everyday heroes.”

In response, LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso gives his thoughts, too, “It’s an honor to continue our partnership for  this excellent program that gives recognition to Filipino teachers everywhere, but also to do our part in educating all our LRT-1 passengers.” 

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Written by Jude Cartalaba

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