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‘Gabay Saysay’ tour guiding seminar slated at Manila International Book Fair 2015

THE MANILA International Book Fair (MIBF), now on its 36th year, is set to host “Gabay Saysay: A Basic Tour Guiding for Local History,” a training seminar for aspiring tour guides, slated Sept. 16, 1-6 pm at Meeting Room 4, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

2015 Xiao Time Live National Museum
2015 Xiao Time Live National Museum

“Gabay Saysay” will be conducted by historians Michael “Xiao” Chua and John “JR” Ramos, and is specially designed for history enthusiasts; amateur and professional tour guides; professionals and advocates from the cultural sector; teachers and students of tourism, history, and social science; staff of tour companies, professionals in the tourism sector, and individuals from other related fields.

The tour guiding seminar will cover national and local history, collecting reliable information, safety and security measures during tours, culturally sensitive and ethical tour guiding, and investing in books and other resources.

2015 Xiao Time Live
2015 Xiao Time Live

Prof. Michael Charleston “Xiao” Chua has a bachelor’s and masters degree in history from UP Diliman and is taking up his PhD in Anthropology in the same university. He has a regular segment “Xiao Time” in People”s Television and is a historical consultant for History with Lourd in TV5. He is currently teaching Philippine History in De La Salle University, Manila and in The One School, Makati. He has been a docent for more than 10 years.

John Ray “JR” Ramos has a bachelor’s degree in History from UP Diliman and is taking up his masters in Public Administration in the same university. He was a writer for SecurityMatters Magazine and is currently teaching Philippine History and Jose Rizal’s Life and Works in Far Eastern University, Diliman. An advocate of heritage conservation and awareness, he is a volunteer docent for non-profit activities of the cause. He is a freelance writer, and part-time tour guide for educational trips and for Bambike Ecotours.

Gabay Saysay Poster
Gabay Saysay Poster

“Gabay Saysay” is a special event designed to cater to the varied interests of MIBF visitors. Now on its 36th year, the MIBF showcases the largest and most varied collection of literature for leisure and academic reading, including bestselling novels, to textbooks, to graphic novels, to religious publications, to stationery and school supplies, from Sept. 16-20 at the SMX Convention Center. The MIBF is also the go-to event for the year’s biggest book launches, signings, contests, dialogues with readers, and other literary events. It has also been providing a venue for the exchange of ideas amongst players in the publishing and academic industry.

Registration fee for “Gabay Saysay” is at P2,000.00 (exclusive of VAT), inclusive of snacks and certificate of attendance. For more details and registration inquiries, call 896-0661 or 896-0682, or e-mail [email protected]

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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