Overseas Filipino Woker

A Juan Quick Trip


This blogpost aims to help you reach your arrival point abroad safe and sound.

Are you ready? Biyahe Na Tayo (Let’s start the journey), shall we?

Ooohrayt, click this button to look for legit job opportunities abroad.


While this button will direct you to a Philippine Overseas & Employment Agency’s (POEA) online page. Type the name of the agency which offered you a job abroad, click search and voila, you’ll eventually know if it’s an illegal recruiter or not, as per POEA’s record!


On the other hand, did you know that POEA offers a FREE Pre-employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS)? It’s a kind of online short study and is designed for professional and skilled, and domestic workers! Check this out.


Moreover, if you’re working abroad already, don’t forget where is the nearest Philippine embassy & consulate in your place. They are the ones who can help you in case you’ll be in troubled waters. It’s the duty of our government to protect a well-documented Overseas Filipino. But of course, you should know in the very first place where can you find them.

Let this button below show you the way.


Lastly, if you have more inquiries and concerns, do not hesitate to contact POEA.

Blas F. Ople Building
Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA
Mandaluyong City (Google Maps)

Hotlines: 722.11.44 / 722.11.55
Email: wed@poea.gov.ph
Official Site: www.poea.gov.ph

Mag-ingat sa illegal recruiter, kabayan!

Read: How to snipe illegal recruiters



Have a fun and enjoyable journey. Ingat! 🙂

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PHL Passport: A Complete Application Guide for Lost, Retrieved, or Mutilated Passports



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PH Passport: A Complete Application Guide for First Timers

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PHL PASSPORT: A Complete Application Guide for First Timers



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PH Passport: A Complete Application Guide for Renewal

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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!

*Photos and text credits of Bagong Bayani Awards


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English only, please!?


Kidding aside, yes, it’s important that you know how to clearly communicate in English language.

So, English only please, seafarer?

A seafarer’s poor English communication skill is dangerous. That’s what researchers Nora Berg, Jenni Storgård and Jouni Lappalainen of The Centre for Maritime Studies in University of Turku had proven when they conducted a particular research.  i read their paper entitled ‘The Impact of ship crews on the Maritime Safety’ online and it tackled why effective Maritime English should be observed.

“Because of the international character of shipping, maritime English has proved to be a very important part of future officer training. If an officer is not used to speaking English, in the beginning it may be difficult to express oneself,” the authors wrote, highlighting the value of maritime English, particularly to those who aspire to be ship officers.

“A paper written by Popescu et al (2010) suggests that the improvement of the standard maritime English would help young apprentices to communicate and so to avoid accidents that happen due to human errors caused by bad communication.

“Despite the positive impacts of multinational crews, communication was seen as the major problem. When skills in English are not good enough, it increases the risk of misunderstandings.

“This is a risk considering the ship is a highly hierarchical system. Sampson & Zhao present an example of a captain who had poor knowledge of English.This caused problems with the lower ranks in terms of a loosened authority,” the source said.

Meanwhile, a more advanced level of maritime English had been recommended to be taught especially in schools of less developed countries and shore personnel interacting with seafarers should know at least the basics, too!

“Recommendations for standard maritime English have been adopted by the IMO.

“It is a simplified version of English including standard vocabulary for maritime communication.

“(Sampson & Zhao 2003). Despite good efforts of adopting Maritime English into the field, it was not detected in the study on board ships.

“Also the drive for cheaper crews from less developed countries can, according to Sampson & Zhao, be seen as a risk, since the assumption is that their English skills may be poorer.

“The additional training in English is well acknowledged by maritime training facilities (Horck 2010). In any case the English skills of seafarers are often very basic, and the situation in ports is similar, too (Horck 2010).

“This said, it is evident that the level of English taught in maritime education has to be more advanced and also implemented for on shore operators such as port operators.”



What can you say about Filipino’s English communication skills? Leave a comment below!

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LOOK: Sailors’ Summer Pool Paradise

Aside from physically demanding jobs due to frequent conduct of ship-to-ship operations, the hot weather here in offshore Lome is one of the major difficulties to endure.

In months of March and April, the average maximum temperatures were 32 and 31 degrees Celsius respectively. Good thing, it toppled more to 30 degrees Celsius this May!

Outwardly, it’s summer season and to beat the heat, we go swimming!

However, neither beach nor open-sea swimming is permitted. Hence, we put-up this mini-swimming pool on port bridge wing of the ship, and played like kids day or night!




What can you say about how we enjoy our kind of summer at sea?

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Five incredible steps to shatter stress

A recent Harvard Business School survey found out that too much stress from an all-day work aggravates one’s misery, illness and sour relationships in life.

When a ship is on a busy trade, for example, a Filipino seafarer may be required to work for more than 14 hours a day. To comply with such physically demanding jobs, the value of eating meals on time, exercise, meditation and even fun shore excursions were often disregarded by the seafarer himself.

I asked a seafarer friend once what would probably make him happy after a tiresome day. He told me in jest that since he’s single and never get tired to look for the ‘one’, a Jollibee spaghetti and chickenjoy would make him jolly.

The famous bee can’t ease my dear friend’s suffering though since Jollibee delivery hasn’t reach Mid-Atlantic Ocean yet. Moreover, the guy has no better place to hang-out into where he can order spaghetti and share it with the ‘meat sauce’ of his life. Indeed, a shore-based is far different from a land-based job. Badly, burnout is often experienced and work-life balance is on jeopardy at sea.

While experiencing fatigue at sea is quite conventional, and perhaps a boring story for sailors who used to wear iron boots on, I tried to look for someone who has guts to win over the said difficulty.

And an audacious sea woman popped-up on my radar screen!

She’s a young PMS Engineer who hailed from Cebu city, Philippines.

“Life on ship is no bed of roses. It requires guts along with steady mental and physical strength. Many men think that women do not have the capacity to sail the high seas, but we have proven them wrong,” She said.

I understand that everyone has its own definition of work-life balance but to live a more meaningful life, here’s what we can learn from her.


  • The pioneering research of psychologist Christina Maslach and several collaborators discerned three components of burnout as a syndrome. These are exhaustion, cynicism and inefficacy.


  • It is important to recharge your physical and emotional energy regularly. Prioritize practices that boosts your energy and promotes well-being. Have good sleeping habits, eat a balanced diet, exercise, and enjoy nature and the likes.


  • People, tasks and/or places that aren’t essential and which put you in extremely negative mood should be avoided. You might gain brutal experiences from any of them that would probably pluck down your morale and affect your performance at work.


  • If stressors are inevitable since they play important roles in your life, try to set a less strenuous environment by fully addressing the root causes. But since productive people are willing to go out of their comfort zones, be amenable to reset your comfort zone when necessary, too. Lastly,


  • American keynote speaker and executive coach Monique Valcor believes that rich interpersonal interactions and continual personal and professional development cures burnout, particular cynicism and inefficacy caused it. On her written article for Harvard Business Review (November 2016 issue), Valcor hinted that other people can help you rally positive relationships and learning opportunities in life. Consider them as your coaches and mentors. Seek for their advice to be able to develop the best version of yourself.




“Sure, it’s important to be happy at work. But if we look to our jobs as our sole source of satisfaction and joy, we can end up very unhappy indeed. Satisfaction at work is influenced by many things such as benefits, pay, travels and more.

“But all this boils down to two things: (1) having a life outside of work, and (2) having the money to afford it. If you have a job that grants you both, you might be happier than you realize. I guess I am a LUCKY one.

“Just remind yourself that it’s okay to enjoy life outside of work. You’re still young and work will be there tomorrow so don’t be hard on yourself and seize the moment! ”

– Engr. Maike Fritz Ligan


*Photos credit of MF Ligan



https://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahlee/2014/10/20/6-tips-for-better-work-life balance/2/#117e3db652a1

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Buhay Sa Cruise Ship




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Confession of a Filipina cruise ship worker: Life is liver in the river!

A New Yorker and former US Representative Maurice Dunlea Hinchey has taught us that the importance of the river cannot be overstated in the history of the country, or the development of the nation.

But on this blog post we will not be talking about River Nile and how civilization of great Egyptian empires and cities had flourished on its banks rather, we will literally listen to your visionary cruiser self as it sings the famous 1974 Al Green’s song title – Take me to the River.

Why the river and not the sea?

James ‘Jim’ Harrison, a famous American writer who was dubbed as ‘a force of nature’ due to his compelling essays about the outdoors, once said that you can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.

Look on Danube River, for example, which according to Budapest River Cruise, is a hot spot for tourists taking romantic river cruises to see the genuine beauty, and century old grace of Budapest, Hungary.


Image: Pixabay

Now we know why Katy Perry, on her hit song Legendary Lovers, sang soulfully these lovely lines –

(Oohrayt, think of your legendary ones in life and sing with me!)

Take me down to the river
Underneath the blood-orange sun
Say my name like a scripture
Keep my heart beating like a drum

Legendary lovers…legendary…la la la la la.

That’s fun, yeah!?! 🙂 🙂

Ok, time to go back to work.

Speaking of work, I discovered that it’s more ‘fun’ to work in a river cruise ship than in an internationally seagoing luxury ship.

Meet Marie Fayth, a hardworking and beautiful chef de rang in Danube.


In an online interview, Ms. Fayth had confided she used to toil on colossal cruise ships few years ago but she transferred to a river cruise ship and she got a plum job!


Here are her reasons why:



(No big waves so eventually, you won’t feel seasick.)


(Every time we go to work in the morning, it’s not depressing since you see the scenic views on both sides of the ship thru the windows of our restaurant.)


(There’s less pressure since we only have one superior in dining. We’re merely 50 crew members on board so in any gatherings and happenings, we’re like one family.)


( We were being provided with new uniforms every time we join the vessel.)


(Work is better and we interact closer to our guests since we only accommodate 190 passengers per cruise.)


(No sharing of restaurant equipment since the maitre provides enough supplies.)


(We enjoy 2 days per month resting the whole day. The soaps, WIFI and uniforms are usually free of charge.)


(In general, I like to work here in river than in ocean cruise ship.)

Like Fayth, you can succeed in life too!

Are you ready to take the challenge to the next ‘river’? 🙂

Start by sending your CVs today to the following recruitment agencies.

  • Multinational Ship Management (Vikings)
  • Jebsen (Tauck)
  • Gloria Maritime (Avalon)

*Photos credit of Ms. Marie Fayth


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13 Reasons Why Filipina Ship Capt. Che Javellana is ‘Beauty and the Best’

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Master Mariner Ma. Kristina ‘Che’ Javellana, our Sailing Republic’s newly crowned ‘Beauty and the Best’ queen.


Her majesty joins the rank of female sea rulers Capt. Jasmin Labarda and Chief Engineer Nina da Silva. In fact, they all graduated from the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP).

The truth is, the dear captain has got not merely my attention. After some research and online interview, (just a little change; small, to say the least) her peerless personality captured my keen interest and respect.

Like Belle of the hit movie Beauty and the Beast, Che is a beautiful person you would like to hang-out with. She is strong, confident and bright. Capt. Che doesn’t need a beast though, to unleash her best. She have had courageously traverse the oceans and sailed continents from coasts to coasts. She spent most of her time at sea, away from her beloved family, friends and even without prince charming. As a seafarer myself, I must say her highness’ journey was never been a fairy tale.

Perhaps, you’re aware that to toil at sea is not easy (a tale as old as time, true as it can be) but through the years, Capt. Che built herself a prominent queen. She certainly (certain as the sun, rising in the east) composed herself well to reign on time.

She had been on the battlefield for years. With iron boots on, she fought the hardest to help serve the global economic boom. Amidst stormy seas, she sagaciously led her men to execute their mission. Filipino migrant workers like her are indeed prolific and world class (a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme).

As a seafarer advocate, I was able to meet a handful of women sailors but candid Capt. Che is exceptional among others. In our fun chikahan, we can learn these 13 valuable life skills from her:

























and lastly,



Thank you for providing our sailing republic sunshine, Capt. Che Javellana!

We wish you and your crew safe sailings, always.

Hart. Hart ❤


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