Mga Bagong Bayani ng Pilipinas




At the height of the civil war in Yemen on 17 August 2015, the Port of Hodeidah where the MV Horizon was berthed was bombed by the Saudi-led coalition.

It could have been a major catastrophe at sea if not for the decisiveness and maneuvering skills of the 22 Filipino Crew of MV Horizon who are honored as Bagong Bayani Outstanding Employees.

Captain Virgilio A. Javier wasted no time directing his crew to proceed to the lower deck for shelter.

After getting clearance from the vessel owner to leave the port due to the dangerous situation, the crew successfully brought the vessel to safety using their maneuvering skills and sheer determination. They were able to do this amid continuous bombings and zero visibility brought by the thick smoke.

The crew of MV Horizon has shown decisive action and exemplary teamwork in a risky situation that prevented the loss of lives and property and potential damage to the environment. They have set a good example not only to their fellow Filipino seafarers but to all their colleagues at sea.


Captain Belen has been a seafarer for thirty (30) years. His decisiveness and readiness to take action when duty calls has brought him to where he is today.

This was exhibited on the 24th of December 2015 when Captain Belen led a rescue operation of two European crew onboard a race yacht whose lives at that time were threatened by huge waves and rough winds while sailing. His vessel MV Star Isfjor was on its way to The Netherlands from the USA when the call to assist was received. He immediately led his team to battle ten-meter waves and strong winds without any hesitation on the imminent danger that lies ahead. Despite extreme weather conditions and several unsuccessful attempts, Capt. Belen did not waver in his strong determination until he was able to save the precious lives of the two sailors.

This heroic feat and that of his crew was recognized in various media platforms in Europe, once again proving the Filipino Seafarers’ gallantry.

The leadership, excellent seamanship and heroism of Captain Belen makes him truly worthy for the Bagong Bayani Outstanding Employee Award.


A native of Cebu, Captain Sison has been a seafarer for more than thirty (30) years having obtained his Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation at the Philippine Merchant Maritime School-Manila in the 80’s. The formative years he spent at the University of San Carlos in Cebu has greatly influenced his desire to help the needy early on in his life.

Captain Sison is a Bagong Bayani Outstanding Employee Awardee for saving the lives of nine (9) Algerian refugees who experienced being aimlessly adrift for days in the Mediterranean Sea without food and water.

On the 24th of August 2015, Captain Sison and his crew, while on their way to Spain onboard MV Star Herdia spotted these helpless refugees who have been refused entry by the European countries. He immediately contacted the Algerian authorities to report about the plight of their fellow nationals but was refused help.

While fully aware that he will get the ire of the Spanish authorities, his fortitude to save precious lives prevailed upon him to rescue the beleaguered refugees. With the help of his crew, he provided them with food and temporary shelter. Capt. Sison never regretted his decision and will continue to risk his life and limb to help others in distress.

This makes him truly commendable as a Bagong Bayani Awardee.


Daniel Galano Cabasa, an electrical engineer by profession, has worked overseas for the past seventeen (17) years holding managerial positions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He is a project manager who possesses solid leadership and technical skills in the field of power and energy sector providing inspiration to other Filipino electrical practitioners and skilled professionals. He unselfishly shared his skills and expertise in the field enabling his fellow Filipinos to work with pride and dignity, as well as uplift their quality of life by having a better job as licensed professionals.

One of his outstanding achievements was his unconditional support for the under-board Filipino electrical practitioners and electricians in Riyadh to become licensed professionals in the field of electrical engineering. His unique way of teaching enabled them to have a better passing rate in the exams by sharing his theoretical and technical skills as Board Reviewer/Instructor in the Special Professional Licensure Board Examination (SPLBE) regularly conducted in Saudi Arabia under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission.

He also conducted skills development trainings and seminars for professional advancement and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program in fulfillment and preparation for registration to the Asean Accreditation for Professional Engineers (ACPE).

Mr. Cabasa was Chapter President of the Integrated Institute of Electrical Engineers – Central Region Chapter- Saudi Arabia (IIEE-CRCA) in 2014 where he also served in various capacities for many years. He strongly advocated for global competitiveness during his term challenging its members to equip themselves with necessary trainings in supervisory and managerial skills, and served as channels for the exchange of knowledge, technical information, and skills development, among others.

In recognition of his significant contributions for the benefit of Filipino workers, including his involvement in many socio-civic activities, he was conferred the prestigious “Gawad ng Pangulo,” award for Banaag Category, representing the IIEE-CRCA in 2014. To this day, he continues to be involved with the organization as its Chapter Adviser.

Earlier, through his dedication and perseverance in helping fellow practitioners, he was recognized by the IIEE National Committee on Selection and Awards as one of the Most Outstanding Electrical Practitioners.

Mr. Cabasa is most worthy of emulation for the Bagong Bayani Award for Outstanding Employee.


Professor Joeffrey Maddatu Calimag, Ph.D., is the only Southeast Asian professor at the University of Ulsan in South Korea teaching in International Business, Trade and Global Management.

As an esteemed professor and scholar, Dr. Calimag has delivered a number of lectures not only in South Korea but in various countries in Southeast Asia including the Philippines as an expert in international business.

He has worked tirelessly as an OFW and has made significant contributions in promoting the welfare of Filipinos and other migrant workers in South Korea. Dr. Calimag is an advocate of financial literacy having conducted several seminars to Filipino communities in South Korea. He is also the adviser of the Financial Literacy Advocates Network (FLAN), a newly organized group in South Korea that resulted from the activities of the Global Filipino Investor (TGFI). Whenever he is in Manila, he is a regular guest and resource person at the ABS-CBN Teleradyo show aired every Sunday, discussing relevant topics on saving and budgeting tips during the holidays and personal finance of migrant workers and their families.

An advocate of volunteerism, he promotes the welfare of migrants by serving as a counsellor at the Korea Migrants Center for almost five years to different nationalities. He was also a news anchor of the Migrants’ Network TV Multilingual Migrant News program at MNTV.net, English editor of Migrant OK News Magazine, Public Information Officer of the Association of Filipino Educators in Korea (AFEK) and editor-in-chief of the Sulyapinoy Newsletter of the Filipino EPS Workers Association (FEWA).

Dr. Calimag has helped bridge friendship and foster goodwill between Filipinos living in South Korea and the Koreans. He has been the editor of several Korean-Filipino language guide books intended for the use of multicultural families and migrant workers, thus, bringing new insights in multiculturalism in South Korea.

His expertise in the Korean language and knowledge of labor laws and immigration policies proven useful as a mediator and translator in conflicts and labor disputes involving migrant workers.

For his numerous accomplishments as an OFW and his great efforts in promoting the welfare of Filipinos and other migrant workers in South Korea, Dr. Calimag is bestowed the Bagong Bayani Award for Outstanding Employee.


Dr. Juan Cruz Lucero, Jr. is a teacher for 25 years specializing in the field of special education for children with autism, having spent the last four (4) years in the United States of America. He has completed numerous trainings on special education for children with autism and was given a certificate of appreciation for mentoring students with special needs.

Owing to his excellent performance in classroom teaching, he was selected as one of the teachers of Gallup-McKinley County Schools to qualify for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) retention, an education grouping used worldwide when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness of students in the science and technology department.

Further, in recognition of his teaching competencies, the State of New Mexico granted him a Level III-A Instructional Leader Special License.

True to his commitment, Dr. Lucero wrote a workbook on mentoring that is being used by students for career readiness pathway.

His hometown in Norzagaray, Bulacan has also recognized his notable achievements. In 2006, the Norzagaray Smiles Club, in appreciation of town mates who have accomplished their goals in life, awarded him a Plaque of Recognition as an Outstanding Citizen in the field of education.

For having exhibited excellence in the field of special education for children with autism, Dr. Lucero is accorded the Bagong Bayani for Outstanding Employee.


A nurse by profession, Henelyn De Ruña-Collis rose from the ranks to become Assistant Director of Al Jahra Hospital in Kuwait where she dedicated 30 productive years of her life. She went through numerous experiences such as war, fire, terror attack and trauma which strongly put her skills, courage, patience and strength to the test. Her selfless actions towards patients, regardless of their color, race or belief, saved the lives of many, thus earning the admiration and respect of various nationalities.

In 1990, when Kuwait was invaded by Iraq, she remained steadfast despite imminent danger. Neither did she opt to escape or leave. She bravely stayed behind to attend to the sick and wounded civilians and military soldiers alike. She also helped her colleagues overcome their fears and focus on saving lives which uplifted their morale and gave them the drive to help others.

In March 2003, when Iraq again attempted to invade Kuwait and spread the use of nerve gas as a potent means for mass killing, Ms. Collis immediately volunteered to spearhead a comprehensive training program for nurses and hospital personnel on how to handle and treat patients exposed to the harmful substance. She was a leader, a teacher, a health care provider who inspired the hospital personnel to contribute their precious time and share their knowledge to avoid major casualties.

In 2008 and 2011, she fearlessly led rescue operations beyond her duty and capacity when a fire broke during a wedding in two separate occasions. These were considered biggest emergencies in Kuwait where hundreds of children and women suffered severe burns, resulting to death of thousands.

Ms. Collis is also an active Filipino community leader and volunteer in various socio-civic activities and outreach programs in Kuwait. She heads the Filipino Nurses Association in Kuwait (FNAK) which initiated medical missions and the promotion of welfare of Filipino domestic helpers in close coordination with the Philippine Embassy. She is also the President of Hiligaynon Community in Kuwait (HCK) which organized fund raising campaign and charitable activities for the benefit of distressed OFWs and calamity stricken areas in the Philippines.

Ms. Collis is a living modern hero who truly deserves the Community and Social Service Award and the distinguished Blas F. Ople Para sa Natatanging Bagong Bayani Award and worthy of being dubbed as “Florence Nightingale of the Philippines.”


An exemplary IT professional, a philantropist, a well regarded Filipino community leader, a true National Pride perfectly describe Fidel Manzo Escurel.

He ardently served the Filipino community in various capacities such as the Founder and Vice-Chairperson of Foundation of Filipino Workers Worldwide (FFWW) offering socio civic service and lending credibility to Filipinos in Qatar, USA, and other countries; President of Romblomanon Diri sa Qatar (RDQ) which spearheaded a donation campaign for typhoon victims in the Philippines. He was also Overall Chairperson for the 2012 Philippine Independence Day Organizing Committee (PINOC); Overall Leader/Coordinator for the preparation of Philippine festivals, parade, trade fairs, publication of “Isang Sulyap Souvenir Program and various Philippine Embassy outreach programs and charitable projects.

Mr. Escurel organized a series of financial literacy trainings/seminars for our kababayans and actively engaged in the promotion of human rights, gender equality, health care access and opportunity for low income earners.

He has consistently gone beyond the call of duty to be of service to his countrymen. He always extends volunteer service to the Philippine Embassy in Doha. His noble acts to help the Filipino community made him a recipient of several citations.

His leadership in socio-civic activities has benefitted not only the overseas Filipino workers but his kababayans as well. He was active in various programs such as Rebuild: Convergence for Sustainable Livelihood Project Assistance under the “Bangon Western Visayas” through CFO-LINKAPIL.

Fidel Manzo Escurel is worthy of emulation of Filipinos overseas and deserving of the Bagong Bayani Award for Community and Social Service.


Lito Rayman Navarro joined Cornwall Enterprise Company Ltd. in 2004 as Machine Operator. Although that was his main job assignment, he willingly volunteered to do other tasks whenever a co-worker is unavailable or a department needs additional manpower. He did not only volunteer for the sake of earning extra income, but completed each task promptly and diligently. Having gained full knowledge of the different aspects of the company’s operations, he was designated as a Quality Controller.

He is a friend to his co-workers, always ready to assist and share technical knowledge. He was able to adapt well to people in all levels of the organization and is a dependable and trustworthy employee.

With these traits, he was the only foreign worker who was granted an all access authority in the company’s premises. He was also given the responsibility to lead the workers in the start and end of daily job routine. His efforts were considered as a vital contribution to the company’s growth and success. He was conferred the prestigious “Outstanding Foreign Worker Award in Taiwan” by the Council of Labor Affairs in April 2014 for his exemplary work ethics.

Despite working overseas, Mr. Navarro did not forget to give back to his countrymen. He spearheaded several advocacy work such as the establishment of scholarship funds, medical outreach, cultural, sports and environmental programs through a local non-government organization “INARO – KABABALI/IYO.

Mr. Navarro has not only proven to be an exemplary Overseas Filipino Worker who brought honor to the Philippines but an outstanding Filipino willing to extend selfless contribution to his motherland and uplift the lives of his fellow countrymen. He proved that distance is not a hindrance to a willing spirit making him completely worthy to be recognized as recipient of Bagong Bayani Award for Community and Social Service!

Source: Bagong Bayani Awards


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Global Juans


Do you need inspiration to reach your ultimate dreams in life?

On this section, our Sailing Republic has listed remarkable GLOBAL JUANS who can empower you to make a difference today!

Read and be inspired of their compelling stories.


The blessed, happy and young captain


Ex-Japan entertainer turned global cruiser


Beautiful & hardworking sea woman


Effective Leaders at Sea


Outstanding OFW & OFW Child


ex-DH turned global CEO


Saudi journalist’s rock-star nanny


OFW Singer/Songwriter


Pioneering Filipina Captain


‘Beauty and the Best’ Ship Captain

…and we promise to discover more Global Juans for you!


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Pinoy seafarers bring more ‘sun’ at work thru sports

“We are family. This is fun.” said Polish Capt. Marek Anuskiewicz before the jovial Filipino crowd in a special event which celebrates crewmembers’ success in the recently concluded basketball tournament onboard tanker ship SKS Mosel.


On April 6, 2017, an awarding ceremony was held late night onboard to recognize adept players of SKS Mosel Basketball Games – Season 2.


Team 1 [C/Off. A. Barnizo, Ftr. R. Mayordo, AB1 M. Gracia & OS J. Celeste] snatched the season’s championship title & top prize, while Team 2 [Bsn. R. Gocoyo, C/Cook R. Arcellano Jr., Mtm. E. Mercado, & Wpr. A. Geroy] and Team 3 [2/Off. C. Abaquita, 4th Engr. M. Sumpay, 0S M. Dumol & Msn. K. Juloya] were hailed as first and second runner-ups, respectively.

Related Reading: Next NBA superstar may hail from sea


For the individual awards, Msn. Kasper Juloya, C/Cook Rufino Arcellano Jr. AB Mervin Garcia, Ftr. Raymund Mayordo & Pmn. Raffy Magtibay were hailed as ‘Mythical Players’ of their respective team.


Meanwhile, 4th Engr. Miguel Sumpay was recipient of the ‘Most Improved Player’ (MIP) special award while MTM Errold Mercado was ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) after leading the online votes in Facebook by a wide margin of almost 7% from his closest rival, PMN Magtibay.

“Ours was not just a basketball game. I can feel the spirit of unity…of brotherhood on this event.” said Mercado when asked for his comment about the activity.


Various fun and games like Pinoy Henyo, longest line and trip to Jerusalem, among others, were then played by the Filipino crew after the awarding ceremony.



MT SKS Mosel is deployed in Lome, Togo since December 2016 up to date. On her current mission in West Africa, the crew has to endure physically demanding jobs, homesickness, boredom & isolation and adverse effect of very hot weather.

Nevertheless, knowing how to maintain cohesiveness and have more fun and laughter in the floating jungle leave no stone upturned for us to live a brighter life at sea.


What can you say about our Filipino seafarers love for basketball?

Do you believe that thru sports, migrant workers can ease homesickness & boredom overseas?

Comment your thoughts below.

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NSA Scholarship Grant: Cadet Program Primer and Application Guide







Aspiring cadets who want to take  Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (Deck Officer) or Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering  (Engine Officer) must be:

  • 17-23 years old on or before 30 April.
  • Graduates of Senior High School (K-12)
  • Existing college graduates and tertiary level graduates
  • Physically and Mentally fit
  • Natural Born Filipino Citizen
  • Single, and
  • No derogatory records or was convicted/accused of any crime of moral turpitude.

Note: No height requirement. However, there are companies who have specific height requests.


One becomes a NSA Cadet after his/her successful bid on all of the following processes:

  1. Testing – Comprehensive Written Test ( A whole day exam that covers Math, Science,English and Inductive Reasoning), IQ Test ( A half-day computer-based exam).
  2. Profiling – Ability Profiling, Personality Profiling.
  3. Medical Exam – Comprehensive Medical Exam.
  4. Interview – Company Selection ( For list of participating shipping companies, see NSA Sponsors)
  5. Enrollment to the Program – School endorsement


To be chosen as ‘one of the lucky few’, the successful applicant enjoys  free tuition, dormitory and food during his/her 1st and 2nd year of stay in academe. Additionally, upgrading Training/Courses, a 10 Days Structured Ship Familiarization and of course, paid apprenticeship (OJT) onboard international vessels on his/her 3rd year of study are usually *guaranteed.



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The scholarship grant application has nationwide scope. From Batanes to Sulu, aspirants can start to fill-up an application form online or download it and mail to:

NTC-Manila, 6th Floor Five E-com Center Building Pacific Drive Extension/Entrance Mall of Asia Complex Pasay City, 1300 Philippines.


After application form was completed/sent, wait for NTC-Manila’s text/call of your schedule of exam.

Please be reminded that first to apply, first to exam basis is being observed and there’s no exam fee to be collected.

Deadline of Application: TBC

*Subject to applicable terms & conditions.


Source: NTC-Manila

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Jasmin Labarda: The First Filipina Captain We Can All Be Proud Of


Captain Jasmin Costelo Labarda, 34, fulfilled in 2010 one of her wildest dreams in life – to finally pass the Master Mariner’s examination. A proud alumna of MAAP, she was just 27 years old then when she snatched the prestigious title and eventually became the first ever Filipina to be licensed as Master Mariner or Ship Captain.

Appearing on a promotional video of Globe, Capt. Labarda has below narrative:

“ I’m Jasmin Costelo Labarda.

I’m 32 years old.

I work on a ship  as the Chief Officer, and Senior Dynamic Positioning Officer (Senior DPO).

And I have a Captain License.

There are a lot of challenges kasi nasa male-dominated profession tayo and then female ako.

Pilipino pa tayo. Yung industry mostly ibang nationality.

Medyo hindi sila kampante kapag sinabing  Asian or Pinoy.

And then ang lalaki kailangan magtrabaho ng double, Ikaw babae ka – mas triple pa. Tenfold pa.


My mother learned about MAAP – Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific in Camaya Point, Mariveles, Bataan.

My father is a pumpman, and he works in the engine department. So gusto ko rin i-follow up yung work niya.

2010 I got my Master’s License – Captains License. I was 27 then.

Little did I know that Iwould be spending  a lot of time away from the family.

We are very close-knit – close talaga kami.

Especially with my mom. So talagang mahirap.

I know they are my gem. They are my true wealth.

Mawala man ang lahat- family matters. Kumbaga, I can  always buy anything  I want but I cannot find any family.

I reason I moved to the offshore industry – when I got my Chief mate license.

I found out I was third in the Philippines. I was very happy.

Kasi ibig sabihin – may susunod na lima, apat, anim, sampu. Madali na.

Sinabi ko sa sarili ko, by the age of 30 dapat Kapitan na ako. Not only for myself.

But for every female na malaman nila, ganun rin  sa mga lalaki. Kapag nagawa ko, magagawa rin nila.

Whatever you have become, gaano man kalayo yung narating mo, do not forget kung saan ka nanggaling.

Kasi kung saan ka nanggaling – they will always need you.

We are the young generation – so sa atin dapat magmula yung love-concern sa country natin.

Kasi yun lang ang kulang. Walang ibang magmamahal ng bansa natin kundi tayo lang.”



Indeed, Capt. Labarda is a source of pride and inspiration among Filipino people. Hopefully, more migrant workers, particularly women, would be empowered more to bring the house down whatever field they’re into.


What can you say about Capt. Labarda’s feat?

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24 Cool paintings which prove that seafaring is a promising career

To create arts and crafts that will represent Maritime Art in the Philippines, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU), the country’s first and premiere maritime university, launched this month an art contest participated by various amateur and professional artists.


As of this writing, 24 artworks were displayed for at least a month and six months for non-winning and winning entries, respectively in Artdeck Gallery in Iloilo City.


Artists adeptly used acrylic on canvass to paint their golden ideas to life and we just can’t keep ourselves not to fall in love with their outputs and appreciate our own maritime arts in general.

Here are the paintings which make our sailing republic loud and proud!



2.Awake and not Afraid


3.Barkong Papel


4.Bayaning Lahi


5.Bulawan sa Dagat


6.Crush and Splash




8.Maritime industry towards National Development


9.Maritime Vanguard


10.Sabik sa Muling Pagbabalik




12.Seafarers; Their great role


13.Shadow and Light of Dreams


14.Soldiers of the Sea


15.Taming tides and time


16.Tatak JBLFMU




18.The Expectation


19.The expedition through Philippine Archipelago


20.Underneath Beauty


21.Warm depths of the Sea


22.World Navigator


23.Wrath or Not


24.Creative Mind and Brave Heart


Photos Source: JBLFMU Official Facebook Page



What can you say about the artworks? Which one is your favorite?

Let us know by writing a comment below.

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Seafarer’s daughter is Philippine’s representative to World Championship of Performing Arts in US


“I feel honored because this also serves as validation for my God-given talent, it gives a better purpose for me because I can put my singing talent into something that does not only make my family and  friends but also the affiliations I am in my school, my workplace, my Alma mater, my band, and my country proud of,” said Rae Margarette N. Gocoyo, 24, of Dasmarinas Cavite after being chosen as one of the lucky few to compete in the 21st World Championship of Performing Arts (WPCOA) to be held in Long Beach California on July 2017.

Rae is a daughter of Mr. Ramil Gocoyo, a fellow seafarer currently serving onboard a Norwegian tanker vessel and the man she would sweetly belt-out Celine Dion’s hit song Because You Love Me for.

On this blog post, we will get to know more about Rae’s WPCOA journey and her thoughts being a child of an Overseas Filipino.

1.Tell us something interesting about yourself.


I graduated from De La Salle University – Dasmarinas with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Communication Major in Public Relations. I was a band vocalist of the university’s official band called the Lasallian Pop Band which belongs to the Performing Arts Group under Cultural Arts Office of DLSUD, with it I was granted scholarship all throughout my college life which is also challenging cause despite being given a scholarship I would be a top student and top performer in the band to be able to maintain one. I’ve been performing almost my whole life and I was musically inclined since birth. I am currently doing gigs and performing at events that I myself organize. I know how to play some guitar, some keyboards and drums but singing will always be my number 1 talent. 

2.How did you qualify for Team Philippines?


WCOPA auditions are per invite only, so I was very fortunate to be referred and invited to audition at the said event. we were only given 60 seconds to showcase your whole talent and from there they will decide if you have the potential to be a delegate, with a panel of 8, including those who have already judged at the said competition, I was one of the fortunate ones to be chosen.

3.How do you prepare yourself then to make your country proud?

I get back into rehearsing almost everyday and focusing on bettering my singing and performing, by doing gigs in any event or bar or cafe possible.  I am currently in schedule for voice coaches and meeting with potential musical directors which I hope would be pleased with my talent so that they could help me further for the competition.

4.What are the challenges/difficulties?

I guess at first it was hard to commit to a job and commit to a competition as big as this. Although the competition is international and I would represent the country, sadly they would not be covering for my expenses, just like every other delegate who got chosen, we have to pay for our own expenses and I think that is difficult because the government isn’t really putting that much attention to it, thus having the only a few people who actually know about the competition that has been going on for 21 years already. 

Interested to be Rae’s sponsor? Fill-up and submit the form below.

5.On the other hand, are you proud to be a child of a seafarer? If yes, why?

Of course. Being a child of a seafarer or an OFW in general is something that one should be proud of. Because of them the economy of our country is growing. But in a more personal light, I am proud that my father is a seafarer because with that I can tell how much he loves us, because choosing to be further away to give us a good life than his own convenience to work locally and just fit in what our government offers means a lot. i mean, he could have a good job in the Philippines and give us a good life, but he went out of his way to get a better job and give us a better life.

6.Your message to inspiring Overseas Filipino Children who has talent(s) and like you, would like to fulfill their dreams to perform on world stage someday.

If you have it… then don’t be afraid to show it, there are a lot of people who has talents that the world needs to see but then feels shy because in the environment we live in we get judged by what we look, our marketability, because based on my experience, you can get in the entertainment industry in the Philippines if you look like a model and not have talent, so why not just be like our parents who aim higher not just for the good but for the better. If you can’t find your break here, then go join an international competition like this one where the whole world can appreciate you for your talent and not just by the way you look. And don’t be afraid of rejections because it keeps you grounded and a foothold for improvement. 

Paul Weber, casting director of MGM, has stated that WPCOA is an impressive event. On the other hand, the ‘Olympics of Performing Arts’ according to Michael McDonald, VP of Drama Development at ABC Television Studios, provides contestants an unparalleled opportunity to network and make connections. Many talented actors and artists come to Los Angeles and get lost at sea, but WCPOA allows them to hit the ground running.

Among others champs, Filipino celebrities Jed Madela and Jona/Jonalyn Viray were hailed Grand Champion Performers of the World (Senior Division) in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

WPCOA is an annual event founded by Griff O’Neil in 1996. Set in California, it is the first and only international competition which aims to discover the next world’s brightest stars.

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Prey Ponceja: The seawoman who took social media by storm


Mukhang nakahanap na ng katapat si pastilyas at mga pabebe girls.

Tumabi muna kayo mga ineng dahil viral ngayon si Ms. Prey Ponceja – ang kaisa-isang ‘ charming seawoman ng bayan’ .



Puring-puri ang mga netizens sa angking ganda at pagsisikap ni Prey o Precious Ponceja sa totoong buhay. Umabot na sa libo-libong likes ang nakamit ng Facebook post na nagpasikat sa kanya. Para sa kaalaman ng lahat, nakapagtapos ng kursong Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation si Prey sa Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College at ngayon ay naglalayag lulan ng mga barko ng Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd.

Hindi biro ang pagbabarko. Para sa mga katulad ni Prey halimbawa, ang mga mabibigat na trabaho at pagkalayo sa mga mahal sa buhay ay isang malaking hamon na dapat pagtagumpayan. Apparently, kayang-kaya ni Prey na makipagsabayan sa mga kalalakihan at napatunayan niyang beauty is nothing without persistence. Kaya hindi na rin nakapagtataka kung bakit ang isang Ms. Prey Ponceja ay sinasaludo at hinahangaan na ngayon ng libo-libo nating mga kababayan saan mang sulok ng mundo.


Narito ang sampo pang mga rason kung bakit si Prey ay one and only precious Pinay sailor.

  • Isa ring marino ang kanyang ama


  • She loves to work-out


  • Narating na niya ang mga bansang Belgium, Croatia at Rome




  • A Fit and Fab Lady




  • May pagka-boyish kapag nagsusumbrero




  • Kahit Devil look na, cute parin


  • Achiever simula noong bata pa


  • Certified Campus Crush (CCC)



  • Empowered to dominate




  • at Hardworking






Mabuhay ka Ms. Prey! Hindi kalang maganda, ika’y modelo pa!



Oh pano ba ‘yan, magbabarko narin daw si Sir Jes? hehe Hala Larga! :))

Kilalanin ang iba pang mga matatapang na Filipino sea woman na tampok sa gallery na ito >> SHE’S FAIRER AS A SEAFARER (#SFAS)


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A quick hack to make your family ‘miss you like crazy’ when you work at sea

Meet Filipino Chief Cook Roy ‘Noy’ Yap.

He looks peculiar, does he?


Noy is a ship’s chief cook for more than ten years already. While he look like a funny villain on above photo, he is a Philippine modern hero.

When his ship celebrated Easter and Halloween at sea a year ago, he prepared mouth-watering foods for the crew.

Moreover, his artsy team also showcased their talents thru these cute fruit carvings and…having a jolly freaky costume party on board!?



I worked with Noy when I was still a deck rating. Personally, I know him as a responsible and loving father of his family. For him, his family is life’s greatest blessing; it is where life begins and where love never ends.

I learned from him that an affluent family has happy and contented family members.

Mag-ipon and mag-start ng negosyo kahit maliit muna, but that’s a very common answer and every OFW knew it, pero bakit out of 100% only 10% lang ang nakakagawa [mag-negosyo, so given the question, I will answer on my own perspective of how I understand the word ‘maunlad’ na pamilya… Some may quickly think pag sinabing maunlad is mayaman or mapera, but for me, ang pagiging maunlad is simply being happy and contented.  

He’s questions even pushed me to ponder deeply on finding greener pastures abroad.

Lahat ng OFW umalis para guminhawa ang buhay ng mga anak at pamilya natin, but try to ask your children, happy ba sila na wala ka??? How about your wife?  So kahit anong luho ang kaya nating ibigay, hindi prin sapat para maging masaya ang isang pamilya.”

Considering that he’s like an older brother to me, I asked him what tips he can share for someone like me who’s working abroad would eventually enter marriage life soon.

Champing at the bit, he shared these valuable points:

1.Stay online – Keep on communicating, hindi lang sa wife but dapat pati sa mga anak, go down to their level para maka-relate ka sa mga ginagawa nila, attend their needs, and make them feel na parang kasama mo prin sila lagi, that way, mababawasan ang absence mo, and mas maiiwasang hindi mag rebelde ang mga bata.

2.Avoid arguments – [Halimbawa] lalo na sa net kasi pag biglang nawala ang net, [kung] di ka pa makakapag-expain [ng nangyayari], patay na!…WW3 agad so if you are in need of deep conversation with your family, find the most convenient way or time na hindi mapuputol ang usapan ninyo, that way, mas maayos ng maayos ang problema.

3.Prioritize homePag uwi galing abroad, diretso agad sa pamilya, exempted yung mga kailangan pa mag report muna sa Manila bago umuwi  sa probinsya. Make them feel sila ang top priority mo hindi ang barkada. Pagdating, bonding agad kayo buong pamilya.

4.Make lasting memories – Kids love mamasyal na buo ang family, they will treasure and keep it in their memory, so make a lot of it. Remember, pag down ang isang tao, just think [of] happy thoughts. It helps! Hindi kailangan maging magastos. Picnic o family da [at], jogging lang every weekends solve na. Make a lot of activities like these with your family.

5.Don’t be king – Help your wife at home -be a cook, driver, plumber, carpenter. Yes! If you go home and act like e a boss, then your family will be more happy to see you away, than boss them around.  Remember that your kids always see you as a role model, and when they grew up and find a partner, he/she will look for someone awesome like you.



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Five Filipino captains you probably don’t know who are real life heroes.

It is with great pride and honor to let you know that these Filipino Captains had showed adept skills and bravely risked their own lives to rescue and save distressed multinationals or fellow crewmember around the globe.

Recipient of the prestigious Bagong Bayani Awards because of their heroic acts, they proved that not all heroes fly high in  blue skies. Like them, many others sail the rough seas and have one thing in common – a golden heart of the good Samaritan.


1.Captain Autonomo Amano, Sr.


Capt. Amano has been sailing for the past 31 years, 26 years of which has been with Höegh Fleet Services Phils., Inc.  He started with the company as a ship rating in 1980 onboard a HUAL vessel and went to become a Third Officer in 1983, in a short span of time owing to his talent, skills and exemplary work attitude, he then rose from the ranks, occupying different positions of responsibilities until his promotion in 1998 to Master, a position he says took him so long to achieve due to the presence of pioneering foreign officers reigning over the Höegh vessels at that time.

As a Höegh seafarer and officer, he is an exemplary performer, leader, mentor, and friend. He is one of the Company’s outstanding seafarers getting all accolades from all levels during his entire service years with the company. He easily earned the highest respect and admiration when he remained unfazed in the midst of the industry-wide labor shortage and financial crisis which hit the Company starting in 2008.

During his stint with Höegh Fleet, he also had figured in a rescue operation in August 2005 while serving as Master on board Hual Tramper. Together with the crew they were instrumental in saving the life of a Frenchman whose vessel was distressed in the Atlantic Ocean.

2. Capt. Silvestre  Notorio, Jr.


On the night of February 27, 2010, Chile experienced a devastating earthquake measuring over 8 on the Richter’s Scale. Alongside in San Antonio was the “STAR JUVENTAS” with CAPT SILVESTRE G. NOTORIO, JR., as Master of the vessel. The vessel had just commenced unloading her cargo of wheat when nature took command of the situation. With CAPT. NOTORIO’s expertise onboard, he managed to keep all officers and crew calm and safe. Furthermore, through his excellent leadership, he kept the crew focused on the tasks that had to be done, at the same time transmitting timely and relevant information to the Contingency Group to update interested parties. He manifested exemplary ability in evaluating the emergency situation, deciding on what to do and carrying it out having in mind the safety of his men and protection for the ship and its cargo. Grieg Shipping AS shall always be grateful for his decisive action in San Antonio and for undertaking continuous efforts during the aftermath of the earthquake to restore the vessel to its seaworthy condition.

3.Capt. Leopoldo  Gromio


CAPT. LEOPOLDO MONTE GROMIO, the Master of MV Hanjin Mimitsu, led the successful rescue of nine (9) passengers of a wooden pleasure boat that sank while sailing the rough seas in Paranagua, Brazil on January 18, 2014

The wooden pleasure boat was tossed heavily in the water due to the rough waters and substantial swells of the sea condition, apparently breaking the boat into two. MV Hanjin Mimitsu which at that time was in the proximity sighted passengers of the boat in the water without flotation devices.

As quick response to the situation, CAPT. GROMIO reported the incident to the nearest rescue station and directed his crew to throw the life rings to the passengers and lower the lifeboat at once. He also controlled and maneuvered the lifeboats himself.

4. Capt. Cuadrato Gaspi


Braving the troubled high seas of the Atlantic brought about by a stormy weather, Capt. Gaspi led his crew onboard MV Sandviken, to rescue three Dutch nationals whose sailboat sank off the coast of Portugal in June 2007. Owing to this skipper’s exemplary seamanship, he had braved the perilously rough seas off the coast Portugal to take over the rescue operation where another cargo vessel had given up.

Part of his heroic act are twenty six (26) brave Filipino officers and crew members of MV Sandviken. Once again, Capt. Gaspi’s group has proven that the Filipino seafarers are the best in the world.

5. Capt. Gideon  Avengoza


On 17 April 2011, while “South Islander” was passing Caroline Island off Guam on course bound to Honiara, Solomon Island, Capt. Agengoza received a phone call from USCG Guam Sector informing them that the Fishing Vessel Daichi Shoei Maru is in distress. Unselfishly they responded to a distress call from a fishboat which is on fire and eventually rescued a total of 27 crew of Shoei Maru No. 1.

A Letter of Appreciation to the Master  and the Crew of South Islander was given by Hiroaki Igeta, Commander, 3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, Japan Coast Guard, on 23 June 2011.

Citations of Awardees copied from: http://bbfi.com.ph/awardees-profiles/


What can you say about our Filipino modern heroes? Comment us your thoughts below!


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