Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Let me shout out a huge "Congratulations" to all the graduates of the Department of Tourism's Mabuhay Guides Program, a six week intensive program done in collaboration with Blue Badge Tour Guides of London. These guys, who are going to be the official guides of guests of the Philippine state (i.e, prime ministers, journalists, diplomats, celebrities) studied topics like Philippine cuisine, architecture, fine arts, dance, and ethics. According to one of the graduates, the Program was truly a life-altering experience. All of them immersed themselves in their studies and broke barriers in understanding the depth of this identity we call, "Filipino". Arch. Toti Villalon, their professor for Philippine Heritage Sites, was so impressed by their calibre, he would have extended his class by an extra week just because he enjoyed their company so much.

Above, I, along with the Mabuhay Guides at their graduation ceremony last night at the Almacenes of the Fort Santiago. I'm sooo glad that the bar is being raised. They truly are 21 of the most intelligent, articulate, charming, and frankly, attractive representatives that our country has to offer. So proud of these guys.

Bernadette Camus
Candie Cobiao
Charisse Aquino-Tugade
Dennis Maristany
Dustin Arnold Ancheta
Helen Grace Aranda
Inocencio dela Cruz
Irene Fernandez
Jeffrey Velasco
Joy Christine Co
Lovely Reynoso
Luisito Tayag
Maria Morena Galvelo
Maricel Feliciano
Mark Bryan Ocampo
Melissa Ramos
Ronnie Gador
Sandra Balbastro
Therese Carlos
Veronica Go
Yael Fernandez

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