In 2009, the Department of Tourism started this new program called the Mabuhay Guides which was meant to train a new breed of elite professional guides for the country. I happen to have applied. Those of us who passed the stringent entrance examinations, the nerve-racking panel interviews, the tiring rigorous training and the two final exams became Mabuhay Guides. Those of us who passed the evaluation a year later remained Mabuhay Guides.
I have guided people from all walks of life - local tourists, pre-school kids, high school students, college students, senior citizens, ordinary people, heads of states, dignitaries, clergymen, students from Cebu, Pampanga, Bicol, Manila, Balikbayans from Europe, Balikbayans from the US, tourists from the Middle East, from Italy, from the United Kingdom, from the United States, from France, from Russia, from India, from Malaysia, from Singapore, from Indonesia, from Thailand, from Germany, from the Vatican, from China.
After becoming a Mabuhay Guide, I saw the country in a new light. That the Philippines is a beautiful country and that we are a beautiful people and we can become better with the right steering, education and a strong cultural awareness. I saw, heard, felt, tasted and experienced what our country can offer and I hope other people, especially my fellow Filipinos, can experience all these too.
For more information on the Mabuhay Guides and the kind of training they have, visit their site.
Pilgrimage Pilipinas is a social enterprise. It is meant to generate funds for a youth group and for the conservation of heritage churches. Pilgrimage Pilipinas combines my background in church ministry, liturgy, and theology with tourism and guiding.
Pilgrimage Pilipinas organizes pilgrimages in the Philippines and even abroad.
Pilgrimage Pilipinas is endorsed by the Archbishop-Emeritus of Manila, His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.