Why settle for less if you can be the best?
As what Ronilo Victoriano takes as gospel, good is no good especially when you can do better things in life. Ergo, he was able to reach greater heights and entertain thousands of people, most of them our fellow Pinoys around the globe.
I quickly became a fan upon hearing one of his soulful songs and knowing that he’s not only a world class performer but a seafarer too, I feel ecstatic to point over the klieg light on him. He’s our couleur de rose OFW Singer and Songwriter.
I conducted an online interview and I must say that Ronilo’s craft deserves our dear support and recognition.
When and how did you start singing and writing songs?
“I started singing when I was just 7 years old. Since then, I had participated into various activities that stretched and tuned-in my vocal chords. When I was 20 years old, I joined a local band and eventually became its lead vocalist. However, it was disbanded so I searched for other job until I answered the calling of the sea last 2000. When I joined my first ship, I really thought it was the end of my singing career but thanks God it didn’t happen. In 2003, I started to give life to my melodic thoughts. Ten years after, I had been in cloud nine in for I was able to launch and copyrighted my first album entitled “Iba na ngayon ang Pinoy”. My album has seven songs and it became a hit on one local radio station. Six months later, I composed another 10 songs for my second album entitled Paglalakbay. Special thanks by the way to Mr. Sammy Rubido for the musical arrangement, Mr. Tonzie Gay Escano of Cool Digital Production and Mr. Silvester “Beting” Jubilan for all their help and support. As of today, I wrote 19 songs already and this milestone makes me sing for joy and more success in life! ”
Who inspires you to go the extra mile in singing, song writing and of course, sailing?
“To write good songs, I usually base them on my own experiences in life. I had been through many difficulties and it drives me to speak by my own heart whether I sing or write a song. My loving wife and three talented kids give me strong reasons to perform best. They were even involved in my outputs. Moreover, I find inspiration on my fellow Overseas Filipino Workers who are fighting hard against all odds just to promote the welfare of our compatriots. My songs are mostly pro- OFW for I could relate more to what it’s like living away from your own family to search for greener pastures abroad or in particular, brave the seas to secure a more comfortable life for my family.”
Share us your future plans
”For now and the coming years, I always and would like to work hard for the development of both my sailing and singing careers. I will continue to compose songs, different kind of songs if possible, because to be a famous singer/composer is my dream since I was a small kid. With me is my wonderful family and we are praying that my singing and song writing career would thrive. I also started a small business back in our place and it’s helping us financially. I don’t hold the future but with hard work, courage and sweet lullabies, I’m confident I’ll be going into places. ”
As an Overseas Filipino singer and songwriter, what is your message to the public?
“Life is a best avenue for personal growth. You can win or unfortunately, lose your ground in a competition but don’t give up and have a stronger faith to your Creator. Meanwhile, if you have the “X-Factor” (talent), grab each chance to enhance it. Always dream big, grow as a mature person and take good care of such God-given talent. I hope that many people, especially those front-runners of the music industry would give us spotlight – the independent recording artists/composers. To my countrymen, I ask your humble support to patronize Original Pilipino Music (OPM) while to all my avid song listeners, thank you with all my heart. I assure you that I will be singing and writing more and more beautiful songs for you! ”
Finally, what makes you proud as an Overseas Filipino?
“I’m proud to be an OFW for we are the buhay na bayani (living heroes) of our motherland. We are global ambassadors, confident and talented enough to be “The Voice” of our fellow Filipinos both on local and international arena.”
Ronilo’s songs are being played on 94.1 spirit FM and on international web streams like Tinig Pinoy (RadioTinigpinoy.net) of Ottawa and Ontario Canada, Tambayang Pinoy Radio, Ka Chat Pinoy Radio (Singapore and US based), Music Pinoy Radio and Himig Radio.
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Masayang ibinahagi ng ilang Pinoy na nagtatrabaho sa mga malalaking cruise ships ang kanilang naging espesyal na karanasan sa pagdiriwang ng Araw ng Kalayaan.
Mula sa pagluluto ng mga masasarap na pagkain hanggang sa pagsabit ng mga palamuti sa barko ay juan for all, all for juan ang ating mga kabayan!
Tingnan natin sa mga sumusunod na larawan kung paano nila ipinakita ang pagiging true-blooded Filipino.
1. Pak na pak na kakayahan, kitang-kita sa pakwan.
Ang larawang ito ay ibinahagi ng isang talentadong chef artist. Katulad ni Sir Ritz Pedroso Madhay, kaya mo rin ba maipamalas through fruit carving ang iyong pagka-Pilipino?
2. Dirty ice cream, now serving.
Naidisplay naman ang gawa-gawang sorbetes cart na ito sa loob ng Harmony of the Seas, ang world’s largest cruise ship as of press date. Salamat sa pagshare ng larawan Sir Leo Antipala, paorder narin po ng scoops of ube, cheese and mango? Hehe
3. Heads up high, Pinoys!
Sa larawang ito makikitang proud Pinoy ang ating mga kabayan. Yung may hawak ng watawat ay nakasuot ng salakot sa ulo. Isa ang salakot sa mga common symbols of Filipino identity. Samantala, yung isa naman na may mas makulay na kasuotan reminds us of our beautiful race. Yung lahi na confidently byutiful with a heart? 😀
4. Kumukuti-kutitap na backdrop
Patok ang mga Pinoy performers sa cruise ships. Kung ikaw ay nagpeperform sa stage na ang palamuti ay hango sa Philippine flag, siguro ang kantang ‘Shape of you’ ni Ed Sheeran ay maikanta mo sa tono ng ‘Lupang Hinirang’? Hehe Joke only!
5. Unli Rice.
Sa larawang ito ay agad kong napansin ang kanin dahil hindi maikakailang kanin lover tayong mga Pinoy. At kumakain ka na hindi gumagamit ng kutsara at tinidor, yung nagkakamay kalang? Tsaaarap nun! Kaya kain lang mga kabayan dahil ang rice sa barko, walang limit, walang kulang?? Hehe sana nga!
6. Bande-banderang banderitas.
Sa isang designated meal place o crew mess na ito ay nakasabit ang maraming banderitas na Philippine flag ang disenyo. Tuwing piyesta ay malimit sinasabit ang mga banderitas. Naalala mo pa ba kung kelan ka huling naglagay ng mga palamuting banderitas sa barangay?
7. Barkong Kongreso
Mula pa noong panahon ng mga Kastila ay barong na ang pormal na kasuotan ng mga Pilipino. Ang barong ay isang pormal na kasuotan na magaan lamang isuot at ang mga magagandang klase ay gawa sa pinya, abaka o seda ng saging. Kung makikita mo ang mga Pilipino na nakabarong sa barko, say ‘Hi’ sa mga hindi kurakot na pulitiko?
8. Beep Beep, sakay na sa dyip
Kung may forever daw na nagmamahal, isa na rito ang pamasahe sa dyip na aba naman, nagmamahal at walang sawang nagmamahal. Sa naalala ko mura pa dati ang regular fare pero ngayong mga araw, saan na lang nga ba makakaabot ang twenty pesos mo? Hehe.
Oh dahil babyahe na, eto na ang trivia ko! Farah ang pinakasikat na pangalan ng maton at tengang-kawali na jeepney driver. Kung ayaw mong maniwala, subukan mo once (o alam ko nasubukan mo na). Yung babang-baba ka na pero di ka pinapansin ni manong driver. Sigaw Ka. Lakasan mo.
Manong, Farah! Farah! Farah sabi eh!!! Pansinin kana nun, tinawag mo pangalan eh. Haha.
At next time, agahan mo konti dahil natrapik kana, lumagpas kapa. Farah-paraan naman ‘wag ma-late bes? 😛
This photo reminds me of llo-ilo City’s Dinagyang Festival. Suot ang mga makukulay na head dress ay para silang mga mga dance warriors ng isang competing tribe.
Obviously, Hala Bira! at nag-enjoy sa pagperform ang grupo.
Proud na proud kami sa effort ninyo mga kabaro!
Viva! Viva! Viva! 😀
Curius ako kung takip nga ba ng kaserola o kaldero na binalot ng aluminium foil yung kalasag ninyo?
10. They make cake, it’s not fake.
Cakes to celebrate Independence Day are real. Una kong nakita ang cake ng Passenger ship Celebrity Millenium kaya naisulat ko ang blog post na entitled ‘LOOK: Watawat ng Pilipinas, nakain sa barko.’
Positive naman po ang response ng readers, isa nadun si Miss Kiss Aqui-no na nagcomment, “Bimb told me. You eat watawat pala no?..Nakakalokaaaa!”
Lol. Isang cake palang yun ha, naloka na ang queen of all midyeah. Hehe ano nalang kaya ang reaksyon ni madam kung makita pa niya ‘to?
Ang matamis na sorbetes, matibay na jeep o kahit pati ang masayahing si Kiss Aqui-no, among other major major Pinoy pride, are compelling reasons for one to believe that it’s more fun to be Filipino!
In the name of Philippines, the 3 stars and 1 sun, wear a happy heart, and be proud of who you are wherever part of the globe you go, kabayan!
Photos courtesy of Facebook users:
1. Ritz Madhay, Genting Dream Cruise
2. Leo Antipala, Harmony of the Seas
3. Kris Lloyd Balon, Aida Cara
4. Tann Gerine
5. Edwin Pereña, MSC Preziosa
6. Jj Ryan, Anthem of the Seas
7. Ryan Sergio Duriman, Dawn Princess
8. Jeloy Turiano, Royal Princess
9. Brian Alexander Palma, Dawn Princess
10. Various Pinoy Cruisers
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Ang Harmony of the Seas ay tinaguriang world’s largest sailing cruise ship. Kayang-kaya ng barkong ito magsakay ng mga pasahero hanggang 6,780 na katao at mag-employ ng halos 2,300 na mga crew. Sinimulan itong gawin noong May 9, 2014 at US$1.35 billion (2015) ang naiulat na halagang ginastos para magawa ang naturang klase ng barko.
Naging katangi-tangi ang pagdiriwang ng Philippine Independence Day ngayong taon sa Harmony of the Seas.
Sa mga larawan na ibinahagi ni Kabayan Leo Antipala sa Facebook ay damang-dama ang tamis ng pagiging Pilipino ng mga nakisaya sa event.
Rakrakan ang banda,
hiyawan at sayawan ang mga tao sa musika,
At higit sa lahat, piyestang-piyesta ang pagkaing handa!
Awww. Mother Philippines must have been weeping tears of joy now.
Salamat mga kabayan!
Proud po nating isigaw sa buong mundo na it’s truly more fun to be Filipino!
Trivia: Sa darating na Abril 2018, ayon sa Royal Carribean International, ay ang Symphony of the Seas na ang pinakamalaking cruise ship sa buong mundo. Kasalukuyan itong ginagawa at may capacity naman na makapag-accommodate ng maximum 6,870 na mga pasahero.
Kung pangarap mong makasakay sa isang cruise ship na katulad ng Harmony of the Seas, read this ultimate guide I wrote. It can give you helpful ideas how to secure a cruise job in the future.
Photos courtesy of Leo Antipala, a proud Working Pinoy: Cruise Ship member
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Ang ilan sa atin ay sadya namang napaka-creative magpamalas ng kanilang pagmamahal sa Inang Bayan.
Tingnan n’yo nalang ang cake na ito;
Inspired by no other than but the Philippine flag ang design, di ba?
Makabayan na, masarap pa! Kaya naman ang mga tripulanteng Pinoy kasama narin ang ilang mga banyagang katrabaho sa luxury ship Celebrity Millenium ay nag-enjoy sa kanilang espesyal na salo-salo.
Pak na pak ang kanilang Independence Day celebration, ano? hehe
Salamat sa matamis n’yong paggunita sa araw ng kalayaan, mga kabayan! Ingat lagi saan mang sulok ng mundo ang biyahe inyo.
Ralated Reading: Pinoy seafarers onboard world’s No.1 ocean cruise ship
Photos courtesy of Benz Vizcaya, a proud Working Pinoy: Cruise Ship member.
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Did you know that 75% of problems some Filipinos faced overseas were caused by illegal recruiters? It’s the bad news which Merliza M. Makinano, Director of the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) International Labour Service, affirmed during her visit in United Arab Emirates (UAE), and as per an online report posted by Gulf News General.
To eliminate illegal recruitment and/or prevent further damage, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration(POEA), as the Official Gazette of the Philippines writes online, warns Filipino workers against accepting offers of employment without proper work documents or using the “the easy way out” via the “no tourist visa” arrangement with ASEAN member states such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, and Thailand.
It’s also my advocacy to fight illegal recruitment hence, I’ll be giving you here some hot tips how to identify and avoid badass illegal recruiters!
1. He asks you to post an immediate placement fee. If paid, he doesn’t issue any official receipt.
2. He promises a swift departure.
3. He required you to undertake any medical examination and/or training even without properly disclosing an applicable employment contract and/or a trusted employer.
4. He invited you to deal with him inside a mall, restaurant and any other public place and not inside a licensed recruitment agency’s office.
5. You may see him doing house-to-house recruitment in the community and when asked about the job offer, he has likely little or no concrete idea about it.
6. He represents himself as one agent of a direct-hiring employer. For such reason, he tells you that the job offer doesn’t need to pass by POEA’s scrutiny.
7. He tells you that he came from a licensed recruitment agency but he has no Identification Card (ID) to show.
8. He encourages you to help him look for other work-abroad aspirants like you. If you happen to cooperate, he would expedite your flight abroad, even saying you can leave the country without a valid employment contract or a working visa.
Peepz, illegal recruiters are likely afraid of educated men!
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She’s Fairer as a Seafarer (#SFAS) is our worldwide campaign which started in 2013 and fosters the welfare of women serving the maritime industry, particularly in a male-dominated profession called seafaring.
Folks, these bold women have been sailing the high seas, fight boredom, homesickness, isolation and even sexism on-board but no storm has sunken their dreams to go great lengths.
Below blog posts talk about their compelling stories:
1. Jasmin Labarda: Philippine’s first Filipina Ship Captain
2. 13 Reasons Why Che Javellana is ‘Beauty and the Best’ Ship Captain
3. Nina da Silva: Philippine’s pioneering Marine Chief Engineer
4. Engr. Maike Ligan’s tips to shatter stress
5. Prey Ponceja: The seawoman who took social media by storm
Help us promote women empowerment by sharing this post on your social media accounts! If you know one woman seafarer we can include in our list of inspiring seawomen, please feel free to comment below.
Practice safe sex and avoid contact with a HIV/AIDS infected blood – these are highly recommended prevention measures to observe if you want to live a healthy and longer life.
Probably because of poor attitude towards living a healthy lifestyle and lack of knowledge about the disease, HIV/AIDS infection became rampant among Overseas Filipino Workers, particularly seafarers. In a blogpost I wrote entitled ‘5 well-grounded reasons why seafarers get HIV/AIDS’ we can infer than due to the nature of our occupation, seafarers likely acquire the deadly malady.
If you are a seafarer, when was the last time you engaged in an unprotected sex? Of course, it’s your personal secret and you don’t need to tell us. But I wonder if have you got yourself tested recently? If you have second thoughts about your HIV/AIDS status, go to your local health department, community clinic, private doctor or family planning clinics now, and get yourself screened!
“Mahalagang malaman ang iyong HIV status. Huwag Matakot, Huwag Mahiya. Narito ang DOH para sa inyo. Pumunta na sa pinakamalapit na testing Centers. Libre po ito.” ex-secretary Janet Garin, Department of Health (DOH) Press Release/May 6, 2015.
For more information about HIV/AIDS from DOH, read this.
On the other hand, one helpful ITF publication states verbatim;
The best way for sexually active people to protect themselves from HIV is to have safe sex, using a condom every time they have sexual intercourse.
In addition, we can learn how to avoid infected blood from it.
• Do not share razor blades or syringes (injections) with anyone.
• Ensure that body piercing and tattooing equipment is sterilised
• Do not let blood from a cut on someone else get into any cut on your own skin. Lastly,
• if there is an accident at work or on the road, follow the correct safety procedures, known as universal precautions.
There is still no cure for HIV/AIDS. It is only by keen prevention that one can stop the virus to break inside the borders of his own body.
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