OFW TALENTS

Ronilo Victoriano: The Notable Filipino Seafarer, Singer and Songwriter

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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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LOOK: Celebrity Millenium cruise ship Independence Day cake

Ang ilan sa atin ay sadya namang napaka-creative magpamalas ng kanilang pagmamahal sa Inang Bayan.

Tingnan n’yo nalang ang cake na ito;

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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.

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Pak na pak ang kanilang Independence Day celebration, ano? hehe

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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

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Photos courtesy of Benz Vizcaya, a proud Working Pinoy: Cruise Ship member.

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Mga Bagong Bayani ng Pilipinas

 

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1. MV HORIZON CREW

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.

2. CAPT. PAULINO BELEN

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.

3. CAPT. JONATHAN SISON

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.

4. ENGR. DANIEL CABASA

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.

5. DR. JOEFFREY CALIMAG

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.

6. DR. JUAN LUCERO JR.

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.

7. HENELYN COLLIS

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.”

8. FIDEL ESCUREL

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.

9. LITO NAVARRO

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!

*Photos and text credits of Bagong Bayani Awards

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Global Juans

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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.

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The blessed, happy and young captain

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Ex-Japan entertainer turned global cruiser

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Beautiful & hardworking sea woman

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Effective Leaders at Sea

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Outstanding OFW & OFW Child

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ex-DH turned global CEO

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Saudi journalist’s rock-star nanny

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OFW Singer/Songwriter

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Pioneering Filipina Captain

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‘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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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NSA Scholarship Grant: Cadet Program Primer and Application Guide

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THE PROGRAM

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QUALIFICATIONS

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.

SELECTION & SCREENING

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

ASSURANCE & PERKS

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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APPLY NOW

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.

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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.

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

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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, did you know that she was just 27 years old then when she snatched the prestigious title and eventually became the first ever Filipina to be licensed Ship Captain?

Appearing on a promotional video of Globe, Capt. Labarda narated:

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, many more migrant workers, particularly women, would be inspired by her story.

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24 Cool paintings which will ignite your love for Maritime Arts

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

As of this writing, 24 artworks were displayed (and for sale) at the Artdeck Gallery in Iloilo City, the country’s City of Love.

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 these paintings!

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*Photos credit of JBLFMU

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

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“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.

Here’s my interview with Rae.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

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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. 

How did you qualify for Team Philippines?

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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.

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.

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. 

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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.

Lasty, 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, 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.

Will Rae Margarette bring home the bacon?

Let’s wish for her success this coming July!

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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 one and only charming seawoman ng bayan.

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Puring-puri ang mga netizens sa angking ganda at pagsisikap ni Prey o Precious Ponceja sa totoong buhay. Umabot sa libo-libong likes ang nakamit ng isangFacebook post na unang nagpasikat sa kanya. Para sa kaalaman ng lahat, nakapagtapos ng kursong Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation 9BSMT) si Prey sa Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College at ngayon ay naglalayag lulan ng barko ng Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd.

Hindi biro ang pagbabarko. Para sa mga babaeng 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 discipline and persistence. Kaya hindi na rin nakapagtataka kung bakit ang isang Ms. Prey Ponceja ay sinasaludo at hinahangaan ngayon ng libo-libo nating mga kababayan saan mang sulok ng mundo.

Narito ang sampo pang mga rason kung bakit si Prey ay isang precious Pinay sailor.

1.Pagbabarko din ang propesyon ng ama ni Prey

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2.She loves to work-out

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3.Narating na niya ang mga bansang Belgium, Croatia at Rome

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4. A Fit and Fab Lady

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5. May pagka-boyish din pumorma minsan

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6. Kahit Devil look na, cute parin?

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7.Achiever simula noong bata pa

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8.Certified Campus Crush (CCC)

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9.Empowered to dominate as a woman

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10. Lastly, she’s hardworking

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

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

Related Reading: Ten ‘Wonder’ Women seafarers

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