Working Pinoy on Cruise Ships

Mga Pinoy cruise ship workers, ginulantang ang Estonia!

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Naipakita ng mga Pinoy cruise ship workers ang kanilang pagkakaisa at galing sa pagsayaw noong Lunes, June 26, nang mag flash mob dance ang grupo sa isang cruise terminal ng Tallinn, capital city ng bansang Estonia.

Base sa mga larawan at impormasyon na ibinahagi ni Floor Supervisor Edelin Otayde Dela Cruz, napatigil pa nga raw ng kanilang sayaw ang maulang panahon.

“Umuulan nga n’yan pero habang sumayaw kami, nakisama naman ang panahon,”

At dahil chained to the rhythm talaga sa pagperform ay inulan din naman ng mga papuri sa social media ang kanilang espesyal na presentasyon.

“Every two weeks, nagmemeet ang [mga cruise ships na] Aida Mar at Aida Cara sa Estonia. Noong 26 halos magkatapat lang yung 2 [na] barko.

“Nagkaroon ng barbecue lunch noon ang lahat ng crew ng Aida Mar at Aida Cara.

“Para maiba naman, nagflash mob kami buong HK (housekeeping) team.

“Pinaghandaan talaga namin yon, practice, practice after duty,” ang masayang pahayag ni Edelin.

Tinanong ko rin si Edelin kung sino ang lead organizer ng event at nakilala ko si Menchie Acuna, ang kauna-unahang executive housekeeper sa Aida fleet.

“Idea yan [flash mob dance] ng executive housekeeper namin.

“Siya ang kauna-unahang executive na Pilipino sa Aida fleet.

“Yung nasa unahan ko, siya yung executive namin.

“[Siya] si Mommy Menchie. Kilalang-kilala siya sa lahat ng Aida [dahil] napakagaling magmotivate ng tao.

“Lahat kami sa housekeeping napasayaw niya. Hehehe.” ang dagdag pa ni Edelin.

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Kung pangarap mo din makapagtrabaho sa cruise ship, narito ang aking mga ultimate tips.

Mabuhay, Aida HK Team!!!

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Photos credit: Edelin Dela Cruz

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#Kalayaan2017 Cruise Celebrations

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Ten powerful cruisers’ shots which would remind you that it’s more fun to be Filipino

Masayang ibinahagi ng ilang Pinoy na nagtatrabaho sa mga malalaking cruise ships ang kanilang naging espesyal na karanasan sa pagdiriwang ng Araw ng Kalayaan.

Mula sa pagluluto ng mga masasarap na pagkain hanggang sa pagsabit ng mga palamuti sa barko ay juan for all, all for juan ang ating mga kabayan!

Tingnan natin sa mga sumusunod na larawan kung paano nila ipinakita ang pagiging true-blooded Filipino.

1. Pak na pak na kakayahan, kitang-kita sa pakwan.

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Ang larawang ito ay ibinahagi ng isang talentadong chef artist. Katulad ni Sir Ritz Pedroso Madhay, kaya mo rin ba maipamalas through fruit carving ang iyong pagka-Pilipino?

2. Dirty ice cream, now serving.

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Naidisplay naman ang gawa-gawang sorbetes cart na ito sa loob ng Harmony of the Seas, ang world’s largest cruise ship as of press date. Salamat sa pagshare ng larawan Sir Leo Antipala, paorder narin po ng scoops of ube, cheese and mango? Hehe

3. Heads up high, Pinoys!

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Sa larawang ito makikitang proud Pinoy ang ating mga kabayan. Yung may hawak ng watawat ay nakasuot ng salakot sa ulo. Isa ang salakot sa mga common symbols of Filipino identity. Samantala, yung isa naman na may mas makulay na kasuotan reminds us of our beautiful race. Yung lahi na confidently byutiful with a heart? 😀

4. Kumukuti-kutitap na backdrop

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Patok ang mga Pinoy performers sa cruise ships. Kung ikaw ay nagpeperform sa stage na ang palamuti ay hango sa Philippine flag, siguro ang kantang ‘Shape of you’ ni Ed Sheeran ay maikanta mo sa tono ng ‘Lupang Hinirang’? Hehe Joke only!

5. Unli Rice.

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Sa larawang ito ay agad kong napansin ang kanin dahil hindi maikakailang kanin lover tayong mga Pinoy. At kumakain ka na hindi gumagamit ng kutsara at tinidor, yung nagkakamay kalang? Tsaaarap nun! Kaya kain lang mga kabayan dahil ang rice sa barko, walang limit, walang kulang?? Hehe sana nga!

6. Bande-banderang banderitas.

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Sa isang designated meal place o crew mess na ito ay nakasabit ang maraming banderitas na Philippine flag ang disenyo. Tuwing piyesta ay malimit sinasabit ang mga banderitas. Naalala mo pa ba kung kelan ka huling naglagay ng mga palamuting banderitas sa barangay?

7. Barkong Kongreso

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Mula pa noong panahon ng mga Kastila ay barong na ang pormal na kasuotan ng mga Pilipino. Ang barong ay isang pormal na kasuotan na magaan lamang isuot at ang mga magagandang klase ay gawa sa pinya, abaka o seda ng saging. Kung makikita mo ang mga Pilipino na nakabarong sa barko, say ‘Hi’ sa mga hindi kurakot na pulitiko?

8. Beep Beep, sakay na sa dyip

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Kung may forever daw na nagmamahal, isa na rito ang pamasahe sa dyip na aba naman, nagmamahal at walang sawang nagmamahal. Sa naalala ko mura pa dati ang regular fare pero ngayong mga araw, saan na lang nga ba makakaabot ang twenty pesos mo? Hehe.
Oh dahil babyahe na, eto na ang trivia ko! Farah ang pinakasikat na pangalan ng maton at tengang-kawali na jeepney driver. Kung ayaw mong maniwala, subukan mo once (o alam ko nasubukan mo na). Yung babang-baba ka na pero di ka pinapansin ni manong driver. Sigaw Ka. Lakasan mo.
Manong, Farah! Farah! Farah sabi eh!!! Pansinin kana nun, tinawag mo pangalan eh. Haha.
At next time, agahan mo konti dahil natrapik kana, lumagpas kapa. Farah-paraan naman ‘wag ma-late bes? 😛

9. Tribo Marino.
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This photo reminds me of llo-ilo City’s Dinagyang Festival. Suot ang mga makukulay na head dress ay para silang mga mga dance warriors ng isang competing tribe.
Obviously, Hala Bira! at nag-enjoy sa pagperform ang grupo.
Proud na proud kami sa effort ninyo mga kabaro!
Viva! Viva! Viva! 😀

P.S.
Curius ako kung takip nga ba ng kaserola o kaldero na binalot ng aluminium foil yung kalasag ninyo?

10. They make cake, it’s not fake.

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Cakes to celebrate Independence Day are real. Una kong nakita ang cake ng Passenger ship Celebrity Millenium kaya naisulat ko ang blog post na entitled ‘LOOK: Watawat ng Pilipinas, nakain sa barko.’

Positive naman po ang response ng readers, isa nadun si Miss Kiss Aqui-no na nagcomment, “Bimb told me. You eat watawat pala no?..Nakakalokaaaa!”

Lol. Isang cake palang yun ha, naloka na ang queen of all midyeah. Hehe ano nalang kaya ang reaksyon ni madam kung makita pa niya ‘to?

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Ang matamis na sorbetes, matibay na jeep o kahit pati ang masayahing si Kiss Aqui-no, among other major major Pinoy pride, are compelling reasons for one to believe that it’s more fun to be Filipino!

In the name of Philippines, the 3 stars and 1 sun, wear a happy heart, and be proud of who you are wherever part of the globe you go, kabayan!

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Photos courtesy of Facebook users:
1. Ritz Madhay, Genting Dream Cruise
2. Leo Antipala, Harmony of the Seas
3. Kris Lloyd Balon, Aida Cara
4. Tann Gerine
5.  Edwin Pereña, MSC Preziosa
6. Jj Ryan, Anthem of the Seas
7. Ryan Sergio Duriman, Dawn Princess
8. Jeloy Turiano, Royal Princess
9.  Brian Alexander Palma, Dawn Princess
10. Various Pinoy Cruisers

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Pagdiriwang ng #Kalayaan2017, Rock ‘n Roll sa World’s Largest Cruise Ship

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Ang Harmony of the Seas ay tinaguriang world’s largest sailing cruise ship. Kayang-kaya ng barkong ito magsakay ng mga pasahero hanggang 6,780 na katao at mag-employ ng halos 2,300 na mga crew. Sinimulan itong gawin noong May 9, 2014 at US$1.35 billion (2015) ang naiulat na halagang ginastos para magawa ang naturang klase ng barko.

Naging katangi-tangi ang pagdiriwang ng Philippine Independence Day ngayong taon sa Harmony of the Seas.

Sa mga larawan na ibinahagi ni Kabayan Leo Antipala sa Facebook ay damang-dama ang tamis ng pagiging Pilipino ng mga nakisaya sa event.

Rakrakan ang banda,

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hiyawan at sayawan ang mga tao sa musika,

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At higit sa lahat, piyestang-piyesta ang pagkaing handa!

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Awww. Mother Philippines must have been weeping tears of joy now.

Salamat mga kabayan!

Proud po nating isigaw sa buong mundo na it’s truly more fun to be Filipino!

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Trivia: Sa darating na Abril 2018, ayon sa Royal Carribean International, ay ang Symphony of the Seas na ang pinakamalaking cruise ship sa buong mundo. Kasalukuyan itong ginagawa at may capacity naman na makapag-accommodate ng maximum 6,870 na mga pasahero.

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Kung pangarap mong makasakay sa isang cruise ship na katulad ng Harmony of the Seas, read this ultimate guide I wrote. It can give you helpful ideas how to secure a cruise job in the future.

Photos courtesy of Leo Antipala, a proud Working Pinoy: Cruise Ship member

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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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SeafarerHelp helps problematic seafarers for FREE

Depression, bullying, harassment and unpaid wages, among others, are common issues seafarers and their immediate family members commonly encounter.

If you’re likely having a heavy heart now and you have no one’s shoulder to cry on, don’t worry my friend for SeafarerHelp, a special program of International Seafarers Welfare and Network (ISWAN), can lift your sinking spirit.

I mean, it may not be the total solution you’re looking for but at least, you have someone trusted to talk your problem(s) with.

The support you can get from SeafarerHelp is confidential, multi-lingual, unlimited, 24/7 and most of all, everything’s FREE!

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I personally availed SeafarerHelp once when I felt lonely and isolated while sailing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (and to test if it’s truly effective before writing this blogpost). I must say then that it’s the kind of support every aggrieved seafarer and his family members need.

I used Skype and the person on the other end of the line was well trained to counsel. He even gave me an option that time if I would like to talk to a Kabayan (a fellow Filipino who will converse in purely Tagalog) but since I understand and speak English well, I preferred to continue with my first choice. To make the long story short, my one-on-one online counselling was salutary!

When your life is being stormed by problems, summon for immediate help and save yourself from drowning.

Using your mobile phones and computer devices connected to the internet, reach out for SeafarerHelp today.

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Website: seafarerhelp.org

Email: help@seafarerhelp.org

Skype: SeafarerHelp Skype

Facebook: SeafarerHelp Facebook Page

Callback: Seafarer Help Callback

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HOTEL & TOURISM: Full Scholarships for Filipinos in Thailand, 2017

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I-TIM is proud to offer up to fifteen scholarships to qualified students to study new program and to encourage student opportunities in Thailand.

This new program is designed for students who are interested in gaining specialized skills and work experience for hotel or restaurant operations. The program combines classroom and practical learning at I-TIM’s campus in central Bangkok with an internship in one of our partner establishments located all across Thailand.

The International Hotel and Tourism Industry Management School or I-TIM as it is now known, was originally initiated and formally established in 1987 and was authorized by the Private Education Commission, Ministry of Education to teach programs in hotel and tourism management in 1988.

Course Level: This is a 9-month scholarship programme.

Study Subject: Scholarships for awarded for Hotel and Tourism Industry Management.

Scholarship Award: Students who receive a scholarship will qualify for

  • 100% full discount of tuition fee
  • 50% discount of other expenses

Scholarship can be taken in Thailand

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following area for the scholarship:

  • Aged between 20 – 28 years old
  • Good personality, and strong interpersonal and grooming skills

Minimum height is 160 cm (female) and 170 cm.(male)

Weight must be in proportion to height

  • Pleasant appearance

Nationality: Filipinos and ASEAN students can apply for these scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: High School Diploma with minimum GPA of 2.50/4 or Bachelor Degree or higher

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement: Applicants must be Fluent in English.

How to Apply: Applications should be sent via email.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is June 16, 2017

Scholarship Link

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Top reminders seaman’s book holders should not ignore

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If you want to work in ocean-going or coast wise vessels, you are entitled to apply for and possess a Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB) or what is commonly referred by many sailors as ‘seaman’s book’.

On its first pages, you can find the seaman’s book unique alphanumeric number, and its date and place of issue written along with your basic personal information. Eventually, you may present your seaman’s book as a government-issued ID if circumstances require you so.

The succeeding pages are for seagoing service records. Once you start working on board for example, the Captain or any authorized representative will fill-up a designated section. On it, he writes the vessel’s name, IMO number, place of registry and gross tonnage on one column followed next by your rank, dates, and places when/where you join/disembark the ship.

To avoid future problems, make sure your sea service is correctly recorded, stamped or signed before you jump-off the ship to fly home.

Moreover, did you know that the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA has the right to suspend/cancel your seaman’s book?

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On its memorandum circular No. 87, the issuing body wrote these grounds for suspension/revocation.

  • Incompetence, negligence of incapacity in the performance of duty.
  • Intemperate habits such as drunkenness tending to cause immediate loss or destruction or serious damage to the vessel or tending to endanger the life of any person organic to or passenger of such vessel.
  • Insubordination or direct assault
  • Violation of the terms and conditions of the contract without just cause
  • Final conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction of a crime involving moral turpitude.

On the same memorandum, a mandatory cancellation of SIRB is applicable if the owner has committed:

  • Assault with dangerous weapon
  • Malicious destruction of ship’s property
  • Misconduct resulting in loss of life and/or serious injury
  • Molestation of passenger
  • Murder or attempted murder
  • Mutiny
  • Possession, use, sale or association with prohibited drugs, including marijuana
  • Sabotage
  • Court conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude
  • Smuggling of aliens or goods including firearms and ammunition
  • Theft of ship’s property or stores
  • Perversion
  • Jumping ship
  • Serious neglect of duty

Your seaman’s book serves as your ‘passport’ to work legally at sea. Take good care of it for a suspended/recalled seaman’s book costs an arm and a leg, worst a cancelled one puts your seafaring career to a grand end – a not so happy ending, I guess?

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FREE lawyers for oppressed seafarers

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

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

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

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From Cruise Ships With Love: Pinoy Cruisers cogently crusaded for the poor

It’s Mother’s Day but a group of people may treat their moms later today, probably right after a gift-giving activity which aims to benefit more or less a hundred poor people in Manila.

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Buhay Sa Cruise Ship (BSCS) and Working Pinoy: Cruise Ships (WPCS), a circle of cruise ship workers and enthusiasts headed to Valley 2, Paranaque to distribute various goods the group had collected since the ‘Grand meet and Greet’ activity last April 22.

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“Napakasaya as in kasi hindi sila yung taong mapagsamantala.

“Tumutulong sila sa pagbubuhat sa mga gamit namin.

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

“Pokpok palayok and nag-enjoy ako ng sobra.

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

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

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

In a Facebook post, Rinell stated:

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