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FREE lawyers for oppressed seafarers


Aside from medical services, did you know that AMOSUP thru its Legal Affairs Office helps Filipino seafarers dealing with occupation related grievances/cases, i.e. involving their employers?

Active bona fide members who were dismissed from AMOSUP CBA-covered vessel, for example, can avail the legal services provided, FREE of charge!

For more information about this special assistance, read this page I extracted from an online AMOSUP Publication.




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Our ‘Blue Hearts’ can win over global human trafficking menace

Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. – United Nations


For this particular reason, the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking was launched in 2010 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It aims to provide direct humanitarian, legal and financial aid to human trafficking victims.

“Human traffickers prey on the most desperate and vulnerable. To end this inhumane practice, we must do more to shield migrants and refugees — and particularly young people, women and children — from those who would exploit their yearnings for a better, safer and more dignified future.” the dear UN Secretary-General cogitated, advocating the fight against human trafficking.

For my part, I took a bolder step and join the Blue Heart campaign earlier this week. I agree with Blue Heart’s statement that human trafficking is a crime that disgraces humanity. Hence, I must deeply understand its root causes and join the crusade to fight end this savage crime.


What is Blue Heart Campaign?

The Blue Heart Campaign’s goal is to inspire people and mobilize support for action against human trafficking by international organizations, governments, civil society, the private sector and ultimately by individuals.

The Blue Heart also aims to enable citizens to show their support for the cause and to increase understanding of the issue of human trafficking in order to spur coordinated actions to fight the crime. The intention is that the Blue Heart becomes the symbol for human trafficking, similar to the red ribbon, which is the symbol for HIV/AIDS.

Download printable Blue Heart’s leaflet.

Download Blue Heart’s Fact Sheet.

The world needs your blue heart!


Perhaps, you have heard the legendary King of Pop belted-out these lines many times already.

We are the world,
We are the children,
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving…

*notable lyrics of song entitled We are the World by Michael Jackson.

Becoming blue-hearted is simple!

You can be part of the Blue Heart campaign by:

  • Joining the Blue Heart Facebook Page and “wearing” the Blue Heart on your Facebook profile.
  • Downloading the Blue Heart logo and “wearing” it on your site or awareness-raising materials.
  • “Wearing” a link to the campaign on your website and “wearing” the Blue Heart in your newsletters, websites and blogs when you inform about the campaign.
  • Making and “wearing” your own Blue Hearts to raise awareness (you can download the specifications from our site).
  • Spreading the word about the campaign through your own networks and contacts.
  • “Wearing” the Blue Heart when organizing and participating in awareness-raising activities around the world to mark key anti-trafficking-related dates, for example, in Europe to mark the EU anti-trafficking day on 18 October or one of the international days related to slavery, women or children.
  • Donating funds or making in-kind contributions to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking.
  • Following Blue Heart online. By following you can change your Facebook profile picture to a Blue Heart, stay connected through Twitter or watch videos on human trafficking on YouTube. Get involved and support the Blue Heart Campaign virtually on Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr.

For more information on the Blue Heart Campaign, please contact:

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

PO Box 500, 1400 Vienna, Austria



Literally, the world needs you to wear a blue heart today.

Join me and together we make this world free from modern day slavery!



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From cruise ships with love: Pinoy cruisers cogently crusaded for the poor

It’s Mother’s Day but a group of people will treat their moms later today, probably right after a gift-giving activity which aims to benefit almost 100 poor people in Manila.


Buhay Sa Cruise Ship (BSCS) and Working Pinoy: Cruise Ships (WPCS), a circle of cruise ship workers and enthusiasts headed to Valley 2, Paranaque to distribute various goods the group had collected since the grand meet and greet activity in Feb 14.


“Napakasaya as in kasi hindi sila yung taong mapagsamantala.

“Tumutulong sila sa pagbubuhat sa mga gamit namin.

“And nagprepare sila ng pa-games pero hindi namin alam na para pala samin yun.

“Pokpok palayok and nagenjoy ako ng sobra.

“Maraming bata, maraming ngiti at saya na makikita mo sa bawat mukha ng mga tao dun.

“Sobra nakak-overwhelmed mga tao. Hindi na namin maramdaman yung pagod.” Serlean Miranda, a proud BSCS Member and event volunteer said in an online interview.

Meanwhile, Vblogger and Admin Rinell Banda who had spearheaded the BSCS/WPCS gift-giving activity expressed his sincere gratitude, particular to those who were deeply involved on the said community outreach program.

In Facebook post, Rinell stated:




Inspired by what Pinoy cruisers community contribute for nation building?

Join Buhay sa Cruise Ship and Working Pinoy Cruise Ships Facebook groups today!




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SHARE YOUR BLESSINGS: The young, intelligent and benevolent Filipino Captain you should not miss to know

Who’s this man when he’s not his job?


Captain Santa Claus – that’s how I call Master Mariner Beltran Omallao Jr. when he’s not maneuvering his vessel at sea.

A young captain sailing with Vega Manila, he and his team traversed murder roads, crossed rivers and climbed mountains last Dec 26 to reach Brgy. Orquia, a remote village more or less 15 km off main town of San Remegio in the province of Antique, Philippines.


“I believe to serve and to share is a calling. It goes with a spirit of volunteerism, humility and big-bigheartedness.”, he said.

In 2003, Omallao Jr. graduated Cum Laude and was hailed Most Outstanding Graduate of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University –Arevalo, Inc. (then John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation -Arevalo). Since he finished college, his seafaring career sailed full speed ahead, coursed to reach the pinnacle of success. Eventually, he became a licensed Master Mariner in July 2013, snatching at the same time the third highest score in Professional Regulation Commission’s list of top 10 passers of his batch.


Blessed– that’s how I define him when asked of his career.

And here’s how a blessed and a well- educated man like him thinks about such triumph.

Blessing is given to us so that we will bear fruit for God and for other people, so that we might help others and become a blessing to others. Blessing enables us to become a conduit of God’s love and grace and blessing to others. Just as he has loved us, we should also love others. Just as he has been forgiving toward us, we should be forgiving toward others. Just as he has been generous with us, we should be generous with others.

Related Reading: Five Filipino Captains you probably don’t know who were real life heroes.

During his vacation this year, the remarkable Captain Santa Claus spearheaded a gift-giving activity for impoverished people of his hometown.

For the record, around 200 combined men, women & children benefited from the said event.


What’s interesting about this recent gift-giving activity is that I was able to reach out to our poor fellows. Since I was a child, I’ve already been very generous and been having a passion to serve those who are needful. What’s more interesting is seeing these kids enjoying the most. What we had endured during the trek was right away paid off seeing the smile from their faces.

Happy – that’s how I describe him when asked if this undertaking were all worth his time, money and effort spent.

When you’re a person engaged in philanthropy, I believe it brings you an inner happiness and inexplicable satisfaction by just simply serving the poor, in the sense that it might be a small effort from you, but is hugely appreciated by them, making them feel loved and remembered.


How about you? Who are you when you’re not your job?

Whoever you are – a seafarer, doctor, lawyer, office worker, etc., I hope you feel blessed and happy like Capt. Omallao Jr. to empower other people in your own special ways, too.



Do you find Captain Santa inspiring?

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Respect women seafarers or ITF sends you to jail!

“In a male-dominated industry, it’s often – although not exclusively – women who are victims of bully, harassment or discrimination. Bullying and harassment are serious issues that can seriously affect workers’ health and undermine their ability to do their jobs.” – International Teletransport Federation (ITF)


Related Reading: PH First Woman Marine Chief Engineer Has Slayed Sexists At Sea

There are many faces of discrimination, as per detailed in the agency’s website like the following:

  • denial of work or job opportunities on the grounds of gender, race, nationality or other
  • unequal pay for work of equal value
  • a lack of facilities or equipment that are available to members of the opposite sex

Meanwhile, it is not bias to give a woman seafarer a job she don’t like but according to ITF, such kind of job is usually done by workers of the opposite sex and of the same grade.

With more than 150 inspectors and contacts based in ports worldwide, ITF is willing to help Filipino women seafarers who had experienced bullying, harassment or discrimination at sea.


Contact an ITF Inspector


To know more about other programs of ITF for women transport workers, click this link

To read more details about ITF’s anti- bullying and harassment program, download a pdf file here

If you need confidential advice, The Seaambassador’s Republic blog strongly recommends SeafarerHelp



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It’s illegal to take a selfie with your shaded ballot!



Photo courtesy: Rappler Philipines

Siyam na Overseas Filipino Voters ang nahaharap ngayon sa akusasyon ng COMELEC dahil sila umano ay nagselfie kasama ang nasagutang balota at nag-post ng naturang larawan sa internet.

Related Reading: Why OFWs should vote and how to vote wisely.

Kung hindi ako nagkakamali they had casted their votes on countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Brunei, Laos and Spain.

Ayon kay Commissioner Arthur Lim ng Commission on Elections (COMELEC), bawal daw po talaga ang ganitong gawain.

“ Bakit bawal? Dahil makikita ka kung kanino ka bomoto…Eh bakit mo ipapakita kung kanino ka bomoto? ,ay usapan kaba diyan sa labas na dapat mong iboto si Juan, si Pedro o si Mario? “ Ang pahayag ng kalihim sa isang interbyu.

Kabayan, sana po ay huwag tayo pasaway. Bigyang halaga po natin at sundin ang mga patakaran ng COMELEC sa araw ng ating pagboto. Hindi lang magiging smooth ang ating pagboto. Maiiwasan pa natin ang aberya dahil nahaharap tayo sa mga reklamong legal dahil may nilabag tayong mga regulasyon. Tandaan, nandon po tayo to vote wisely at siguraduhin na tama ang ating binoto through counterchecking receipt issued by PCOS voting machine. Iyon lang po ang dapat nating gawin at pasensya na talaga to someone who want to have a souvenir pic of his ballot.

Kung gusto mo talaga, wala naman pong problema..gayahin nalang po natin ang diskarte ni Kuya!


Joke only!. :)))

Saang panig ng mundo kaman boboto, laging tandaan na sumunod sa mga patakaran ng COMELEC.

At ito ay ang mga sumusunod.






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Gusto ni Juan softdrink, ayaw magbuko!



Photo Courtesy: Dennis Bautista

Tag-init ngayong Mayo kaya hirap na hirap si Juan. Tuyong-tuyo ang kanyang balat at lalamunan. Ang kanyang musmos na katawan nalang yata ang hindi pa nakapagdeklara ng state of calamity dahil sa EL Niño. Naawa ako nang makita ko siyang palaboy sa kalsada kaya nilapitan ko at inalok ng maiinom.

“Juan, para sayo ang mga inuming ito. Pasesnsya na pero isa lang dito ang makukuha mo. Nasa kanang kamay ko ang buko at sa kaliwa naman ay branded soft drink na may ice at straw. Alin dito ang pipiliin mo at bakit?” Ang marahan at ngumingiti kong tanong.

“Gusto ko softdrink! Ayaw ko ng buko kasi hindi yan makakapawi ng sobrang uhaw ko ngayon. Ang softdrink palagi kong nakikita sa TV at may pakanta-kanta pa iyan sa radyo. Gusto ko yung instant inumin, yung sisipsipin ko nalang at itatapon ang sisidlan kahit saan. Aba, bakit naman pahihirapan ko pa ang aking sarili kung meron namang mabibili na sofdrink katulad niyan? At alam mo ba, ito ang leading brand sa buong mundo. Ineendorso ito ng mga idolo kong artista. Sabi ng nanay ko delikado daw ito sa kalusugan pero hindi ako naniniwala. Uhaw ako ngayon kaya patay na kung patay! Ayaw ko ng buko. Sinusuka yan ng katawan ko!”; ang buhay na buhay niyang sagot.

Tiningnan ko siya sa mata, ngumiti saglit at kahit may pag-alinlangan ay inabot ko sa kanyang mga kamay ang hininging softdrink.

Kinabukasan, nakasalubong ko ang nanay ni Juan sa daan. Umiiyak siya at halatang problemado.

“Nay, mukhang mabigat ang pakiramdam ninyo. May problema ba?” ; ang pakli ko.

” Si Juan kasi.. Huhu..itinakbo namin sa hospital kagabi dahil sumama ang pakiramdam. Sumuka ng sumuka. Sabi ng doktor, napakataas ng acid sa katawan niya. Hindi ko ngayon alam kung saan kukuha ng pambili ng gamot at pambayad sa hospital.” ; ang sagot ni Aling Pinang.

Naawa ako sa matanda kaya niyakap ko ng mahigpit. Habang  pinapatahan sa pag-iyak ay naglalaro si Juan sa aking makabayang isipan.

UHAW si Juan sa pagbabago at INSTANT na solusyon ang palaging gusto. MADALI siyang MAUTO ng mga higanteng tao at nabubuhay siya sa lipunang ‘Bahala na si Batman’ ang motto at kapag masama naman ang resulta ng ginawang desisyon, ‘Pu**ng I*a’ kaaagad ang mabilis na tugon.

Ako ang eleksyon, si Aling Pinang ang Pilipinas at ang dalawang uri ng inumin ay ang mga pulitikong ihahalal mo sa gobyerno.



Hindi pa huli ang lahat. Sana naman magBUKO kana, Juan!





Sa Pag-boto, Konting Utak Naman Juan!

Why OFWs should vote and how to vote wisely



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APOY Awardees


The APOY Award started in 2014 and to date, 4 deserving students of Aureliana National High School in Patnongon, Antique, Philippines were recognized primarily due to their positive character, academic excellence and unsinkable passion to shine bright as role models of our society.


APOY Awardees during the 2017 Awarding Ceremony

Congratulations to the following souls on fire:



Click the name of the awardee to know his/her inspiring story.


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The APOY Award: Primer

Aureliana National High School Person of the Year (APOY) Award aims to recognize well-rounded individuals who have burning passion for excellence and community service.

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Or download the official  APOY 2017 application form today.

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