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Future seafarer is ‘Pambansang Gentleman’, storms the universe to win Mr. Universal Ambassador nat’l crown

Mirror, mirror on the wall, have you met the most gentleman of ’em all?


Paul Guarnes, a native of Ilo-ilo City, won the coveted titles Mr. Gentleman of the Philippines, and Mr. Universal Ambassador last night, Sept. 9, in Quezon City, Manila.

The charming young man aspired to be a seafarer so he took Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation at John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University – Arevalo (JBLFMU-A) Campus. While studying in the country’s first maritime university, he actively joined the Search for Mr. JBLFMU. Should we be surprised to know that he eventually won the crown in 2013? Naahh anymore.

Brain, body and beauty – he’s like SM, he got it all for yah, girl. Just Kidding! 😉

But more than his very pleasing cover, we recently discovered that Paul is a man of substance – a true gentleman, to say the least.

Let’s get to know him more on this gallery. (Hold your seat, we prepared a feast for the eyes! Lol)

1. Sensational #KingP.


The newly crowned ‘Pambansang Gentleman’, as our Republic likes to call him now, has an army of followers. His Facebook has more than 12,000 while his Instagram has more than 2,000 followers, and counting!
2. A faithful servant.


Paul can effortlessly please the crowd, but more than this, he pleases God Almighty by being a faithful servant. Paul is a proud member of Youth For Christ (YFC), the youth arm of Couples For Christ (CFC).

3. Goal-Driven.


“Don’t let what people tell against you enter your mind, Don’t let people pull you down. Love yourself and prove them wrong. Even if the world is against you, stand on you truth. Focus on your goals. Reach your dreams. Inspire.” posts Paul Guarnes in Facebook last September 4.

Such message was perhaps his reminder to all people who want to achieve something in life. For his case, did you know that before joining pageants, he merely weighs 45 kilos? Nowadays however, this hunk is weighing more or less 70 kilos!
4. Confident to speak his mind.

Paul can teach us how to be a gentleman. The brainy Pambansang Gentleman has captioned below photos sauciest.

(Click on each photo to view larger size.)


5. Captain of his own dreams.


Andrea Biondo, has just passed the crown to Paul Guarnes, the new Mr. Universal Ambassador Philippines title-holder.

Paul then heads to Dallas, USA this summer, as our official representative in what had been considered as the most attended Male Competition in the world in 2016. Biondo finished 4th runner-up last year.

Mister Universal Ambassador is a provisional male competition seeking for the ultimate role model who is captivating in the entertainment world while maintaining integrity and social prowess, says Mister Universal Ambassador official website of the pagent.

With Paul Guarnes’ wit, charm and authority, we are confident that he could weather any storm that comes his way. He will reach his ultimate destination proud and happy. He was trained to be a world class navigator, after all?




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To travel the world, Paul has yet to sail the seven seas. In our opinion though, now that he struck gold, he should just instead focus on his modeling career and breakthrough Hollywood? Isn’t it?

Nevertheless, if he starts sailing the seas soon, the mermaids would be restlessly swooning as they watched him toiling.

Our Sailing Republic is proud of you. Congratulations on your new feat #KingP! Kudos to your next journey.

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*All photos of Paul Guarnes were screen-grabbed from his Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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#CollegeGoals: How to be a scholar of MAAP?



The Maritime Academy of Asia and Pacific (MAAP) in Mariveles, Bataan is a leading provider of quality education and training in the Philippines. It is said that when you graduate from MAAP, you will likely succeed in your maritime career since the institution has instilled you the necessary skills, character and knowledge.

Personally, I have known and worked with many successful alumni of MAAP. In fact, some of them were featured on this blog. Have you heard of the world’s first Filipina Ship Captain and Chief Engineer? If you haven’t heard of their feat yet, I encourage you to read below blog posts:

Capt. Jasmin Labarda: The pioneering Filipina licensed Master Mariner

Capt. Che Javellana: The pioneering Filipina Master Mariner of a tanker ship

Chief Engineer Nina Sue da Silva: The pioneering Filipina licensed Marine Chief Engineer

Last March I was in MAAP to attend a particular training for maritime instructors and assessors. During my short stay inside the campus, I had observed that their state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment were indeed excellent.

Related Reading: Free IMO 6.10 (Simulator Trainer and Assessor) Course for seafarers



MAAP is wholeheartedly committed to hone future leaders of the maritime industry. Hence, if you’re aspiring to be a seafarer in the future I invite you to enter MAAP, and avail a scholarship grant!

I was able to download a FAQs document from MAAP’s official website. I think this answers most of the questions you may have in mind if you’re interested to be a scholar.

Read this FAQs thoroughly to know what are the benefits you’ll get if you pass the screening, and of course, if you meet their set of qualification requirements.



Strike the iron while it’s hot!

Here’s when and where you can take MAAP’s entrance exam.

Note: A set of three numerical digits is the code of the exam venue (ex. Tabaco National HS in Tabaco City, Albay has 015 exam venue code.)

9 September 2017

Tabaco National High School

015 Tabaco City, Albay

9 September 2017

Marcial O Raniola Memorial School(MORMS)

051 Guinobatan, Albay

9 September 2017

Manila High School

022 Intramuros, Manila

10 September 2017

Cabuyao National High School

NEW Cabuyao, Laguna

10 September 2017

Masbate National High School

017 Masbate City, Masbate

10 September 2017

Bulihan National High School

018 Dasmarinas, Cavite

16 September 2017

Cagayan National High School

019 Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

17 September 2017

Nueva Vizcaya General Comprehensive High School

021 Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

23 September 2017

Juan Sumulong Memorial Junior College

027 Taytay, Rizal

24 September 2017

Batangas State University (Nasugbu Branch)

023 Nasugbu, Batangas

30 September 2017

Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (High School Dept.)

026 Gen. Santos City

01 October 2017

Koronadal City National High School

043 Koronadal City, South Cotabato

01 October 2017

Davao City National High School

028 Davao City

07 October 2017

Rizal High School Main Campus

029 Pasig City

07 October 2017

Calbayog City National High School

030 Calbayog City, Samar

07 October 2017

Buruun Fisheries National High School

047 Iligan City

08 October 2017

Leyte National High School

031 Tacloban City, Leyte

08 October 2017

Sangley National High School

032 Cavite City

08 October 2017

Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School

048 Cagayan De Oro City

14 October 2017

Doña Monsera Lopez Memorial High School

033 Silay City, Negros Occ.

15 October 2017

Negros Occidental High School

036 Bacolod City, Negros Occ.

21 October 2017

Zamboanga City National High School (West Campus)

040 Zamboanga City

21 October 2017

Antique University

035 Sibalom, Antique

21 October 2017

Abellana National High School

039 Cebu City

22 October 2017

Holy Name University

038 Tagbilaran City, Bohol

22 October 2017

Iloilo National High School

037 Iloilo City

22 October 2017

Ramon Magsaysay High School

042 España, Manila

28 October 2017

Malay National High School

034 Malay, Aklan

28 October 2017

Maritime Academy of Asia & the Pacific

001 Mariveles, Bataan

29 October 2017

Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (Sara Campus)

041 Sara, Iloilo

29 October 2017

Tarlac State University

052 Tarlac City


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Happy Birthday, Our Lady Star of the Sea


Our Lady, Star of the Sea statue in Basilica of Our Lady (Maastricht), Netherlands. ©Wikipedia

Catholics all over the world are celebrating today the traditional birthday of none other than but Mama Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother.

Many Filipino seafarers, either working at sea or resting ashore, are devoted and thankful of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her role in humankind’s salvation is arguably substantial while at sea, the spiritual mother is particularly our guiding star.

Few weeks ago, I visited Antwerp’s Seaman’s Club – Stella Maris. I eventually got curios what ‘Stella Maris’ means so I asked Google. Finally, when the results were out, I had learned that Stella Maris is a Latin name which means Star of the Sea.

Our Lady, Star of the Sea is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s timeworn title. She’s the patron of The Apostleship of the Sea (AOS), a global group of port chaplains and other volunteers which advocate seafarers’ rights and advance our welfare.

For example, the Antwerp Seamen’s Club – Stella Maris has provided a free bus service for seafarers who want to relax and explore the diamond capital of the world. This kind of support help seafarers save as much as 160 Euros on transportation cost!


©Stella Maris UK

Moreover, AOS offered 12 Stella Maris Masses this September. If you sailed in Nottingham, visit the Cathedral of St. Barnabas at 1300 hours Local Time, and join the Eucharistic celebration led by Bishop Patrick McKinney.

Aside from attending the mass, we can pray the Holy Rosary before the image of Christ’s Mother. I remember when I was still young, we gather in school and sincerely pray.

My own mother also used to remind me that I should grow kind and a loving person. According to her, these are the must-followed virtues and characters of Mama Mary.

I’m now 25, and I think I made my mama proud? ^^ Just kidding.

Nevertheless, our never ending thanks to our dear Stella Maris for her unconditional and motherly love!


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Lost your PhilHealth PIN? Don’t worry, it’s just one text away!


Gudpm…pwede po ba malaman me philhealth number kc nwla po ung id ko..nakalimutan ko po…


My name is marf  and i forget my philhealth number hoping that you can help me to retrieve my philhealth number.thank you and god bless you.

Ma. Lourdes

Pls I need to know my Phil health number nakalimutan KO po kc tnx po need KO po ASAP ang number para makapagbayad po ako tnx po


Hello I forgot my Philhealth pin number. Can i know it thanks


Hi, this is Mettos. I forgot my philheath I’d number can you help me.?

Hi Irene, Marf, Ma. Lourdes, Mark, Mettos, and to other readers of my blog who posted comments and seek help on how to recover their forgotten PhilHealth Personal Identification Number (PIN).

(And if you have the same concern) I wrote this blog hoping to help you solve your current problem.

Ooohrayt. As far as my knowledge is concerned, we can try any of these three solutions.

1.Use your phone and send a text message.

To recover your PIN, send a formatted SMS message to 2960.

PHIC(space)PIN(space)Last Name,First Name(space)Birthdate (mmddyyyy)

Example: PHIC PIN Cruz,Juan 04231993

But what if you have a Jr., Sr. or III, among other extenders, in your name? Don’t worry, just type it like this way:

PHICPINLast Name,First Name,ExtensionNameBDAY(mmddyyyy)

Example: PHIC PIN Cruz,Juan,Sr. 04231993

2.Contact the PhilHealth’s main office or a nearest branch near you.

Below are the office address, contact numbers and email of PhilHealth’s Head Office.

You may want to be updated and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, too!


© PhilHealth

I think it’s better that you call and/or send an email first before heading to their office. If they reply and attend to your concern appropriately, you save some of your precious time, money and energy. Isn’t it?

3.Your previous employer may still have it on record.

Try to contact your previous employers’ Human Resource Department and ask if they still have a record of your PhilHealth PIN.

I hope that they did not delete your document records right after you resigned/terminated from that company. Nevertheless, you still have other two options.

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DOWNLOAD FREE Gyro Error Calculator


Hello fellow sea navigator, this free calculator will help you determine the ship’s gyro compass error fast and easy. Yes, no need for Tables A, B and C! (You know what I mean.)

Here’s how.

  1. Sight the celestial body and record the Gyro Compass bearing (GB).
  2. You also need to record the following right after the sight was taken: (1) UTC Time, (2) current GPS position, (3) the ship’s gyro and compass headings and (4) Variation.
  3. In the Star Finder sheet, update the cells UTC, Body (if known only), Latitude and Longitude only. No need to update the ‘Date’ unless otherwise your computer’s calendar is wrongly set.
  4. Click ‘Click to advance 5 minutes’. The celestial bodies re-align on the chart.
  5. If you don’t know the name of the celestial body yet, most probably a star, refer to the horizontal vales of the chart. For example, when your GB is 090◦T, check what star lies straight above 090 in the chart, and you’ll know its name.
  6. Mouse-over in the celestial body sighted, and you’ll get its True Bearing (TB).
  7. Voila! you can now solve the ship’s Gyro Compass error. It’s the difference between the celestial body’s GB & TB. If GB>TB, affix West. If not, affix East.



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LOOK: MAGSAYSAY is hiring cruise ship workers!



Name of Agency:

Magsaysay Maritime Corporation.

POEA License:



Manila: Ground Floor G.E. Antonino Bldg. T.M. Kalaw St. corner J. Bocobo St., Ermita, Manila

Cebu: 2nd Floor ATC 2 Building, 128 F. Ramos St. Cebu City

Davao: Unit No. 1, Ground Floor GIMS Building, Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, Davao City

Iloilo: Capitol Drive, Iznart St. Iloilo City


Hello, dreamer! Here are Magsaysay’s latest sea-based job openings, as posted on its official,

The minimum working experience required is 1 year and such related work experience should not be more than 2 years ago!

( For more details on how to apply, click the job title.)

14 Sept 2017

04 Sept 2017

  2. NURSE

30 August 2017


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The luxury ship Genting Dream will puff your heart! Here’s why

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From the hanging decors to mouth-watering foods, a cruise on board the Asia’s first ever cruise line is magical.

Last Aug 30, a Luxury ship named Genting Dream reached Boracay Island, a leading tourist spot in the Philippines.

Reportedly, on board the massive floating paradise are around 4,000 guests and 2,000 working crew. The sailing was historic since it’s Genting Dream’s maiden visit to Boracay.

The people of Aklan warmly welcomed the visitors by hanging tarpaulins, and of course, posting on social media about her rare visit.

But did you know that some people were so lucky to get on board, and personally witness what kind of magic the Genting Dream offers her dear guests and crew?


© MB Bernabe

Marsh Baron Bernabe and colleagues set foot on Genting Dream the same day she dropped anchor in Malay, Aklan. They toured the ship, and for Marsh, the ship’s Dream Palace was feast for the eyes.


“It was a new ship and of course all inside are the latest technology. I’m surprised of their boutique hotel inside the cruise. Only rich people can be there… (It’s) separated from the rest of the (other) passengers’ (accommodation). That is in their Dream Palace. With all amenities only for the guest from that boutique hotel can use it,”

How about the ship’s cozy pool and restaurants?


“The slides leading to the pool is also cool. Restaurants are also nice. Good food, too.”

Finally, Marsh has this to say if getting on board either for work or travel is not yet your wildest dream.


© MB Bernabe

“All inside will leave you in amazement. You won’t even know you are in a cruise (ship)!”

If you wish to work in cruise ships like the Genting Dream, read my other blog –

Dreaming to work in cruise ships? Here’s your ultimate guide to get quickly hired.

Further, be inspired by this Genting Dream’s award-winning chef artist.

Ex construction worker is Genting Dream’s star carver.

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SEAFARERS CAN SAVE UP TO 160 EUROS. Thanks to seamen’s club free bus ride in Antwerp!

If you wish to reach Antwerp city’s center from the port by taxi, the one way trip costs 70-80 Euro. Double the price and you can go back to your ship after some hours of shopping, sightseeing or clubbing.

Paying 160 Euro for a round-trip taxi service, I believe, is pretty expensive. While going-out with five to six colleagues is highly recommended to lighten the cost, why not avail the free bus ride being offered exclusively to seafarers courtesy of the Seamen’s Club-Stella Maris?

In my recent shore leave in the diamond capital of the world, I rode the bus and I was able to reach the city’s center safe and sound.

Hence, I’m writing this blog hoping to help you save some money, and guide you a bit  on your next shore leave.

Schedule a pick-up



If your ship is docked in a berth which has no regular bus service pick-up (see pic below with ‘on request’ remark), call this number 0032 (3) 541 1857 before 1700H.



Call to confirm your intention and the bus comes on time.

Arrival & departure point

The Seamen’s Club – Stella Maris in Antwerp city is the sole and final bus stop. Means, you cannot normally stop the bus while underway.

Once arrived, disembark and present yourself to Fr. Jos Vanhoof, the center’s chaplain. He usually asks your vessel’s name and how many of you who had rode the bus. After which, you can now chill-out ’till you drop!

Unfortunately, if you want to enjoy shopping and sightseeing around the city, the big malls and leisure parks are mostly closed as early as 1800H. But don’t worry, the night is always young, and nightclubbing is pretty awesome in Antwerp city!

For you to know what I’m talking about, don’t miss to read the other blog post I published earlier >> Antwerp’s nightlife shines bright like diamonds. So let’s go and paint the town red!

On the other hand, if you plan to spend your time in a more secured and quiet place, you don’t need to go somewhere else. Stay in the seamen’s club – its crew got you covered!



You can drink beers while at the same time read magazines and books, watch TV, play billiards, surf the internet or even bond with other seafarers visiting the place.

For only 2 Euro per whole night, their internet connection is reliable and fast. Moreover, the seamen’s club holds a scheduled mass and prayer vigils while a a counselling session is available upon request.

Oohrayt. Enjoy your stay in the seamen’s club from 1900-2300H, sailor! It’s kinda short, right? I know but the club closes at 2300H. It’s time as well for the bus to pick up seafarers and drive them back to the port.

Eventually, if you miss the last free bus service of the day you’ll have to call a taxi.

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Antwerp’s nightlife shines bright like diamonds, so let’s go and paint the town red!

Antwerp is the second largest city of Belgium and is widely known as the diamond capital of the world. According to Antwerp City Info website, more or less 70% of the world’s diamond trading happens in Antwerp. Aside from trading, the cutting and polishing of diamonds have skilfully done by the locals for centuries too. WOW!

However, I’m not millionaire yet so forget the girls’ ‘best friend’ and let’s go…partying instead!? (If you’re young, wild and free like me, I bet you’ll agree? )

Antwerp has a lively nightlife. It’s not surprising to know anymore since one study has pointed-out Antwerpens as the happiest people on earth, among all Europeans.

Further, some tourists, on their select reviews posted online, commonly describe the people of Antwerp ‘happy go lucky’ – but in a lovely way.

”This could be because of their easy-going lifestyle and their liking for good food,” the Antwerp City info website explains why. Eventually, since most of the locals are happy campers, many tourists find their visit enjoyable and relaxing!

So here’s us, inside The Park Avenue Karaoke bar in Antwerp, having the time of our lives, and likely on cloud nine!





pasito a pasito, suave suavecito

(Step by step, smooth and gentle)

Nos vamos pegando, poquito a poquito

(We start sticking, little by little)

with the jovial locals! 🙂 🙂 🙂

We actually stayed for around six hours partying inside the bar. The energetic crowd kept us drinking, singing and dancing all the time.



Though Rihanna was nowhere to be found inside Park Avenue, her hit song ‘Please don’t stop the music’ electrified our souls that night.

My talented colleagues, Allan and Alfie each sung the crowd Carlos Santana’s ‘Black Magic Woman’ and John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ like it’s their concert night (Congrats, proud of you men!) while I was joined by the latter to hit the floor with a very ‘Low’ performance (Sorry, FLO Rida).




Unfortunately, only diamonds last forever – not golden moments like what we just have had. It’s past 2 AM already so we decided to leave Park Avenue, and have to return back to our ship.

Related reading: Seafarers can save up to 160 Euro. Thanks to seamen’s club free bus service.

As the taxi approaches the pier closer, One Direction tickled my mind with their melodic song ‘Live While We’re Young.’

Louis, on his part, was singing right, I wanna live while we’re young, We wanna live while we’re young.

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Cruise priests, seaman’s club car services are now one click away. THANKS TO THIS AWESOME APP!


‘’If you are planning to go on a cruise, you can find out if a Catholic priest will be onboard.’’ posts Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) – Manila on its official Facebook Page Wednesday, August 23.

The schedule of visit can now be viewed online, in your mobile phones or tablets, through AOS’s official mobile application, ‘Stella Maris’.

Ryan Kreager created the Stella Maris app. It can be downloaded in Google Play Store and iOS Store for free.

Additionally, the new app has the following useful features:

  1. Stella Maris Directories (sorted by port or country)
  2. Daily Reflections
  3. Recent news and social media feeds
  4. Daily prayers
  5. Some useful links

AOS, an apostolic work of the Catholic Church to serve, protect and advance the welfare of seafarers and fishermen around the globe, is committed on its mission to be the beloved church among sailors. Its latest innovation, an app named in Latin which means Our Lady, Star of the Sea, is truly app-laudable! Isn’t it?

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