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How Jericho Rosales shows what a trooper he really is

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Jericho Rosales is a real trooper.

Jericho Rosales

Jericho Rosales

He doesn’t let emotional upheavals, like the death of his father, get in the way of his work.

We heard of his father’s passing recently, while he was in the thick of shooting for his latest movie, “Luck At First Sight” opposite Bela Padilla. But like the pro that he is, Jericho went back to work only days after and finished the movie without delays.

He earned the respect of everyone on the set with his professionalism, not to mention his excellent acting.

This is one of the reasons Echo is so loved by his peers and his producers, even the staff and crew of every movie that he makes. He takes his job seriously and his love for his craft is evident by the way he gives importance to everyone he comes into contact with.

No wonder, Echo is one of the more important actors of his generation. He deserves his blessed position in this fickle industry.

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Paying it forward

With the success of his debut solo EP “A New Strain,” former Urbandub frontman Gabby Alipe is riding high these days. “Visions,” his first single as a solo artist, became a radio hit – and its successor “Paalam” is poised to do the same.

Gabby Alipe

Gabby Alipe

Since so many good things have come his way lately, Gabby and his record label MCA Music decided to pay it forward by supporting School-in-a-Bag, a program run by Smart Communications. The program aims to make learning easier for students in disadvantaged areas by giving them digital learning tools. Those tools include a solar panel for electricity, a laptop, a tablet, a mobile phone, a pocket WiFi with starter load, an LED TV, and a wide variety of study modules.

According to Darwin Flores, Smart’s Vice-President for Community Partnerships, School-in-a-Bag unites people by giving them internet access. So far, School-in-a-Bag has made learning easier for the students in far-flung ‘unenergized’ schools like Rawang Elementary School in Tanay, Rizal. Rawang Elementary School is just one of 18 schools in remote areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao that have already received School-in-a-Bag units. Most recently, two island schools in Coron, Palawan – Banuang Daan Elementary School and Cabugao Elementary School – got their own units, and Gabby himself delivered the MCA Music School-in-a-Bag package.

Gabby decided to get on the School-in-a-Bag train because he believes in the power of education. The schools Gabby went to had shaped him as a musician and songwriter. It was in high school that he began his musical journey.

The Cebuano rocker was so eager to get involved with School-in-a-Bag because he wanted to give students a chance to change their lives by encouraging them to stay in school. He believes School-in-a-Bag will help them become more motivated to do so. Luckily, Gabby has the full support of his label. After all, MCA Music is all about music, charity and hitmakers like Gabby who love to pay it forward.

Interested parties can also give the gift of digital learning to more schools all over the Philippines by sponsoring a School-in-a-Bag. Each unit costs P100,000. For more information, email TechnoCart@smart.com.ph.

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