More than 10 years ago, the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC), has started a particular cadet-training program that nurtures young Filipinos’ dream to become world-class ship officers.
According to a report posted on its website, over 600 cadets have successfully completed, with 480 more undergoing their Enhanced Cadet Training Program.
These cadet scholars enjoy free tuition, food, accommodation, uniform and first class trainings, among other perks, courtesy of IMEC shipping company member – sponsors. Take note as well that they are being honed in none other school but the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), a topnotch maritime institution of higher learning in the country.
Like the NSA Cadet Program, the scholars have to complete a 2-1-1 maritime education scheme. Means, the first two years are spent in school, and the third year is set at sea for apprenticeship. The latter provides best chances to learn how to live and earn $$$$$ at sea.
Finally, they return to MAAP, after more or less a year, to complete their college degree.
And what happens after school will perhaps stun you.
If other graduates of ‘nautical’ or ‘Mar-E’ have to find and kneel before shipping companies just to get an apprenticeship job, IMEC leveled-up cadets, on the other hand, swiftly return to their respective shipping companies either as junior officers or to be promoted as ships’ officers soon.
Lucky chosen few, right? 🙂
If you can hitch your wagon to a star and have dreamt of travelling the world while enjoying a hefty salary, apply for a scholarship grant today and join IMEC seafarers’ growing family.
Who are qualified to apply?
Anyone who wants to be a seafarer is invited to apply but IMEC has set the following requirements to be accepted in the program.
How to apply?
Fill-up this Application-form. Once completed, send a soft copy to email@example.com or hand-over/mail the paper to IMEC Manila with an office address of Unit D2, Garden Level, Corinthians Plaza, Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati City.
Once IMEC receives your application, they will contact and schedule you for further assessment and interview.
IMEC uploaded this photo on its official Facebook page last July 7 (which actually prompted me to write this blog post to help them spread the good news). The selection is still ongoing and they are even bringing the golden opportunity closer to you!
If you are nearby Iloilo, General Santos or Palawan, check these dates and venues:
Kudos in your application, future sassy sailor!
For further information, feel free to connect with the following:
Adam Lewis, IMEC Head of Training & Operations.
Dan Tolentino, Training Manager
Phone: 310 5211/ 310 5212
*Photos courtesy of IMEC UK & PHL
Stay tuned for posted opportunities!
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Piracy is a very serious threat to seafarers.
To give you an idea how deadly it is when pirates attack a ship, here’s a case of piracy, Abduwali Muse & his cohorts did to the US containership Maersk Alabama.
In April 2009, Muse led his men to invade MV Maersk Alabama. Though he failed on his first attempt, he never stopped over 18 hours ‘till his group boarded the vessel sailing 235 miles off coast of Somalia.
I think it would be more interesting if we discuss Muse’s rudeness as shown in big screens. By far, the thriller/drama movie ‘Captain Phillips’ is real entertaining.
Select scenes from the epic movie show pirates act barbaric, the kind of people one should not play fire with.
First, while chasing the Maersk Alabama, Muse and his men open fired to its Captain and one crew whose peeping on the ship’s bridge wing at their boat. His group was trying to approach the ship closer that time.
Second, though Maersk Alabama took evasive maneuvers and had installed fire hoses around the ship to deter the boarding, the pirates unfortunately were able to trespass her. Muse, holding his high powered gun on this photo, was the first pirate to get onboard.
Third, his group eventually reached the bridge where Captain Phillips and two more crewmembers were stationed during the attack. On their first meeting, Muse calmly assured the captain that nobody gets hurt if given the ship’s money.
“Captain, relax, nobody gets hurt. We want the money, when we get paid, everything will be okay.” He reasoned-out.
But after some minutes, he grabbed the public address from the talking captain and announced that other hiding crewmembers should come-out and surrender or else, they kill at gunpoint their three hostage-crews.
Fourth, ten million not thirty thousand US dollars ransom money, people. Capt. Phillips asked fellow hostage-crew Kenny of the thirty (30) thousand dollars ship’s money kept on the safe. The latter affirmed. He then quickly offered it all to Muse.
“We got uh..we got 30 thousand dollars on the safe.. Yeah, yeah as what I said we got thirty thousand dollars…It’s all yours.” He said in a shaky voice.
“30 thousand dollars? What do am I? Do I look like a beggar?” Muse, clad in a grungy fisherman’s dress, retorted with a trying hard American accent.
Lastly, Muse gave Captain Phillips a pseudonym of Irish, and he showed him appalling authority.
“Hey, look at me! I’m the captain now!” he shouted Captain Phillips when the latter resisted to obey
More pirates’ brutality were shown in the film, and it’s really disturbing to note that they prey on seafarers, the men who transport valuable goods and commodities from coasts to coasts and keep the world’s economy afloat in general. I stayed almost half a year in West Africa, and intelligence reports we received from time to time show that pirates’ fangs are for real.
Muse, the sole survivor of four pirate hijackers, has the desire to live a better life in America [reason why thirty thousand US dollars wasn’t enough?). On the film, his admiration for Starbucks, Uber, Coca-cola, Trump and other American stuff was perhaps summed by his short dialogue, “I love America!”
Fortunate enough to reach USA alive, he was charged however with five criminal counts after US SEALs and NAVY forces nabbed him aboard destroyer USS Baindbridge. Jessica Hatcher of Newsweek writes verbatim about his arrest; He languished in a US prison cell, making history as the first person charged with piracy in an American court in over a century.
Justice for perplexed Maersk Alabama crew was served, finally.
On the other hand, did you know that the convincing portrayal of Abduwali Muse in the movie Captain Phillips has catapulted Somali-American Barkhad Abdi to Hollywood?
The worldwide search for the lead antagonist role, which was reportedly participated by more than 700 people in Minneapolis, was bagged by Abdi. Since his debut in the silver screen, he snatched the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a supporting role, Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance- Male, Capri Breakout Actor Award and London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Supporting Actor of the Year. Not to mention that he had been nominated for the Academy, Golden Globe and other prestigious awards, all for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture category.
Now tell me, who wouldn’t want to rub elbows with Barkhad Abdi, like as close as this?
Filipino seafarers Mark Revilla Carillo and friends had showed us recently how to befriend an award winning ‘pirate’. And guess what, Abdi was even shooting his new film, ‘The extraordinary journey of the Fakir’ aboard their ship, MV Peak Bilbao!
Mark is working as third officer and they are currently in Belgium. Late night in June 29, I asked him how he finds ‘that familiar pirate face who tortured and scared Captain Phillips to run for his life’.
“Mr. Barkhad is very opposite on his character at Captain Phillips the movie, He is very friendly, really.” Mark replied to my message with a grinning emoticon.
“I’m calling him idol. Hahaha then he smiled. Actually he always smile.” he added.
Asked if Barkhad Abdi has any thoughts of sailors, particularly Filipinos seafarers, Mark said,
“May sinabi siya kanina sir na mahirap pala maging seaman based from his last movie sa Captain Phillips. Hanga daw siya sa mga Pinoy Seaman,”
(He said earlier sir that to be a seafarer is difficult, based on what he experienced in his last movie the Captain Phillips. He admire Filipino seafarers, too.)
Mark then sent a fresh selfie, noting that Adbi was concerned of their rest periods.
“Eto ngayon sir, hahaha. Parang tropa lang si idol.
“ Nagtanong siya samin kung antok na daw kami. “
(Here we are now, sir. Hahaha. He [Abdi] seemed to be our old friend. He asked us if we’re sleepy.)
I continued interrogating Mark and yours truly later found out that when a film shooting is set on a ship, the ships’ crew are deeply involved.
“Work kami from morning to afternoon. Tapos at night sila mag-shoot. Yun lang puyatan din mga ship’s crew kasi assist sa kanila. Gwardyahan sir.”
(We work from morning to afternoon. They shoot at night time. Hence, ship’s crew has to stay awake, man their posts and assist them [Abdi’s team] when required.)
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What can you say about Barkhad Abdi’s success? Or do you have any message for our seafarers who might be poor victims of piracy like the crewmembers of MV Maersk Alabama? Whatever your thoughts are, please share by writing a comment below! 🙂
Photos of Barkhad Abdi & Tom Hanks, of Captain Phillips movie, courtesy: Sony Pictures/Columbia Entertainment.
The characters of Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukaters on the epic movie Titanic are fictional, eventually their once in a blue moon love affair as well. But if there are people who can breathe life to the power couple’s love and sorrows, let me point over the klieg light to Filipino millenial love birds, Billy Jason Abeledo and Allen Mae Garcia.
Billy is a budding seafarer. He toiled onboard the MV Stellar Daisy, a Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) ship.
Unfortunately on March 31, the ship broke in two pieces and sank quickly at deep sea, dragging Billy and 13 other crewmembers to their potential graveyards. Since the shipwreck, concerned authorities declared them missing.
RELATED READING: The MV Stellar Tragedy: Survivor’s heart-breaking confessions
While she’s not there to hold his hands, and run for their life to survive, Allen Mae, the charming girlfriend of Billy, had been likely drowned in tears and acted restless like the stormy sea when she first heard of the tragedy.
As of this writing, Billy is nowhere to be found and has yet to go back home. Patiently waiting, perhaps it’s the prayers and hopes of kind people around, and all the golden memories of her boy which keep Allen’s heart afloat, and fighting.
Under Article 391 of the Civil Code, Billy can be declared legally dead only after a four year waiting period. In four years time since he disappeared, will Billy be Allen’s the one that got away? Or one day, he returns to her girl with a bouquet of flowers on hand, and they redo a funky carpool karaoke?
It has been almost 3 months of heartbreak. Longing for his love in cold nights of summer, Allen is likely losing ground (but still holding on by claws and not letting go of him, ever).
We don’t know His plans yet but we pray hard that the loving boyfriend will come back home soon. As the Titanic’s theme song My Heart Will Go On says,
Love can touch us one time
And last for a lifetime
And never let go ‘til we’re gone
Near, far, Billy, wherever you are.
Allen is missing you so much!
Since you were gone, she often posted on Facebook her grief, and we can’t help ourselves not to weep while reading her thoughts of you 😥 😥 😥
Allen is one strong, sweet and unsinkable lady. Billy in return, had recriprocated her warm love. Their reunion maybe a raindrop in the drought but their hearts, loving unconditionally, will weather the storm.
Laban lang Allen. Laban lang kasi mahal karin ni Billy. ❤
*Photos and posts screengrabbed from Allen Mae Garcia’s Facebook/allenmaegrc.
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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