Lost your PhilHealth PIN? Don’t worry, it’s just one text away!


Gudpm…pwede po ba malaman me philhealth number kc nwla po ung id ko..nakalimutan ko po…


My name is marf  and i forget my philhealth number hoping that you can help me to retrieve my philhealth number.thank you and god bless you.

Ma. Lourdes

Pls I need to know my Phil health number nakalimutan KO po kc tnx po need KO po ASAP ang number para makapagbayad po ako tnx po


Hello I forgot my Philhealth pin number. Can i know it thanks


Hi, this is Mettos. I forgot my philheath I’d number can you help me.?

Hi Irene, Marf, Ma. Lourdes, Mark, Mettos, and to other readers of my blog who posted comments and seek help on how to recover their forgotten PhilHealth Personal Identification Number (PIN).

(And if you have the same concern) I wrote this blog hoping to help you solve your current problem.

Ooohrayt. As far as my knowledge is concerned, we can try any of these three solutions.

1.Use your phone and send a text message.

To recover your PIN, send a formatted SMS message to 2960.

PHIC(space)PIN(space)Last Name,First Name(space)Birthdate (mmddyyyy)

Example: PHIC PIN Cruz,Juan 04231993

But what if you have a Jr., Sr. or III, among other extenders, in your name? Don’t worry, just type it like this way:

PHICPINLast Name,First Name,ExtensionNameBDAY(mmddyyyy)

Example: PHIC PIN Cruz,Juan,Sr. 04231993

2.Contact the PhilHealth’s main office or a nearest branch near you.

Below are the office address, contact numbers and email of PhilHealth’s Head Office.

You may want to be updated and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, too!


© PhilHealth

I think it’s better that you call and/or send an email first before heading to their office. If they reply and attend to your concern appropriately, you save some of your precious time, money and energy. Isn’t it?

3.Your previous employer may still have it on record.

Try to contact your previous employers’ Human Resource Department and ask if they still have a record of your PhilHealth PIN.

I hope that they did not delete your document records right after you resigned/terminated from that company. Nevertheless, you still have other two options.

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DOWNLOAD FREE Gyro Error Calculator


Hello fellow sea navigator, this free calculator will help you determine the ship’s gyro compass error fast and easy. Yes, no need for Tables A, B and C! (You know what I mean.)

Here’s how.

  1. Sight the celestial body and record the Gyro Compass bearing (GB).
  2. You also need to record the following right after the sight was taken: (1) UTC Time, (2) current GPS position, (3) the ship’s gyro and compass headings and (4) Variation.
  3. In the Star Finder sheet, update the cells UTC, Body (if known only), Latitude and Longitude only. No need to update the ‘Date’ unless otherwise your computer’s calendar is wrongly set.
  4. Click ‘Click to advance 5 minutes’. The celestial bodies re-align on the chart.
  5. If you don’t know the name of the celestial body yet, most probably a star, refer to the horizontal vales of the chart. For example, when your GB is 090◦T, check what star lies straight above 090 in the chart, and you’ll know its name.
  6. Mouse-over in the celestial body sighted, and you’ll get its True Bearing (TB).
  7. Voila! you can now solve the ship’s Gyro Compass error. It’s the difference between the celestial body’s GB & TB. If GB>TB, affix West. If not, affix East.



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LOOK: MAGSAYSAY is hiring cruise ship workers!



Name of Agency:

Magsaysay Maritime Corporation.

POEA License:



Manila: Ground Floor G.E. Antonino Bldg. T.M. Kalaw St. corner J. Bocobo St., Ermita, Manila

Cebu: 2nd Floor ATC 2 Building, 128 F. Ramos St. Cebu City

Davao: Unit No. 1, Ground Floor GIMS Building, Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, Davao City

Iloilo: Capitol Drive, Iznart St. Iloilo City


Hello, dreamer! Here are Magsaysay’s latest sea-based job openings, as posted on its official, http://www.magsaysaycareers.com.

The minimum working experience required is 1 year and such related work experience should not be more than 2 years ago!

( For more details on how to apply, click the job title.)

14 Sept 2017

04 Sept 2017

  2. NURSE

30 August 2017


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The luxury ship Genting Dream will puff your heart! Here’s why

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From the hanging decors to mouth-watering foods, a cruise on board the Asia’s first ever cruise line is magical.

Last Aug 30, a Luxury ship named Genting Dream reached Boracay Island, a leading tourist spot in the Philippines.

Reportedly, on board the massive floating paradise are around 4,000 guests and 2,000 working crew. The sailing was historic since it’s Genting Dream’s maiden visit to Boracay.

The people of Aklan warmly welcomed the visitors by hanging tarpaulins, and of course, posting on social media about her rare visit.

But did you know that some people were so lucky to get on board, and personally witness what kind of magic the Genting Dream offers her dear guests and crew?


© MB Bernabe

Marsh Baron Bernabe and colleagues set foot on Genting Dream the same day she dropped anchor in Malay, Aklan. They toured the ship, and for Marsh, the ship’s Dream Palace was feast for the eyes.


“It was a new ship and of course all inside are the latest technology. I’m surprised of their boutique hotel inside the cruise. Only rich people can be there… (It’s) separated from the rest of the (other) passengers’ (accommodation). That is in their Dream Palace. With all amenities only for the guest from that boutique hotel can use it,”

How about the ship’s cozy pool and restaurants?


“The slides leading to the pool is also cool. Restaurants are also nice. Good food, too.”

Finally, Marsh has this to say if getting on board either for work or travel is not yet your wildest dream.


© MB Bernabe

“All inside will leave you in amazement. You won’t even know you are in a cruise (ship)!”

If you wish to work in cruise ships like the Genting Dream, read my other blog –

Dreaming to work in cruise ships? Here’s your ultimate guide to get quickly hired.

Further, be inspired by this Genting Dream’s award-winning chef artist.

Ex construction worker is Genting Dream’s star carver.

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SEAFARERS CAN SAVE UP TO 160 EUROS. Thanks to seamen’s club free bus ride in Antwerp!

If you wish to reach Antwerp city’s center from the port by taxi, the one way trip costs 70-80 Euro. Double the price and you can go back to your ship after some hours of shopping, sightseeing or clubbing.

Paying 160 Euro for a round-trip taxi service, I believe, is pretty expensive. While going-out with five to six colleagues is highly recommended to lighten the cost, why not avail the free bus ride being offered exclusively to seafarers courtesy of the Seamen’s Club-Stella Maris?

In my recent shore leave in the diamond capital of the world, I rode the bus and I was able to reach the city’s center safe and sound.

Hence, I’m writing this blog hoping to help you save some money, and guide you a bit  on your next shore leave.

Schedule a pick-up



If your ship is docked in a berth which has no regular bus service pick-up (see pic below with ‘on request’ remark), call this number 0032 (3) 541 1857 before 1700H.



Call to confirm your intention and the bus comes on time.

Arrival & departure point

The Seamen’s Club – Stella Maris in Antwerp city is the sole and final bus stop. Means, you cannot normally stop the bus while underway.

Once arrived, disembark and present yourself to Fr. Jos Vanhoof, the center’s chaplain. He usually asks your vessel’s name and how many of you who had rode the bus. After which, you can now chill-out ’till you drop!

Unfortunately, if you want to enjoy shopping and sightseeing around the city, the big malls and leisure parks are mostly closed as early as 1800H. But don’t worry, the night is always young, and nightclubbing is pretty awesome in Antwerp city!

For you to know what I’m talking about, don’t miss to read the other blog post I published earlier >> Antwerp’s nightlife shines bright like diamonds. So let’s go and paint the town red!

On the other hand, if you plan to spend your time in a more secured and quiet place, you don’t need to go somewhere else. Stay in the seamen’s club – its crew got you covered!



You can drink beers while at the same time read magazines and books, watch TV, play billiards, surf the internet or even bond with other seafarers visiting the place.

For only 2 Euro per whole night, their internet connection is reliable and fast. Moreover, the seamen’s club holds a scheduled mass and prayer vigils while a a counselling session is available upon request.

Oohrayt. Enjoy your stay in the seamen’s club from 1900-2300H, sailor! It’s kinda short, right? I know but the club closes at 2300H. It’s time as well for the bus to pick up seafarers and drive them back to the port.

Eventually, if you miss the last free bus service of the day you’ll have to call a taxi.

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Antwerp’s nightlife shines bright like diamonds, so let’s go and paint the town red!

Antwerp is the second largest city of Belgium and is widely known as the diamond capital of the world. According to Antwerp City Info website, more or less 70% of the world’s diamond trading happens in Antwerp. Aside from trading, the cutting and polishing of diamonds have skilfully done by the locals for centuries too. WOW!

However, I’m not millionaire yet so forget the girls’ ‘best friend’ and let’s go…partying instead!? (If you’re young, wild and free like me, I bet you’ll agree? )

Antwerp has a lively nightlife. It’s not surprising to know anymore since one study has pointed-out Antwerpens as the happiest people on earth, among all Europeans.

Further, some tourists, on their select reviews posted online, commonly describe the people of Antwerp ‘happy go lucky’ – but in a lovely way.

”This could be because of their easy-going lifestyle and their liking for good food,” the Antwerp City info website explains why. Eventually, since most of the locals are happy campers, many tourists find their visit enjoyable and relaxing!

So here’s us, inside The Park Avenue Karaoke bar in Antwerp, having the time of our lives, and likely on cloud nine!





pasito a pasito, suave suavecito

(Step by step, smooth and gentle)

Nos vamos pegando, poquito a poquito

(We start sticking, little by little)

with the jovial locals! 🙂 🙂 🙂

We actually stayed for around six hours partying inside the bar. The energetic crowd kept us drinking, singing and dancing all the time.



Though Rihanna was nowhere to be found inside Park Avenue, her hit song ‘Please don’t stop the music’ electrified our souls that night.

My talented colleagues, Allan and Alfie each sung the crowd Carlos Santana’s ‘Black Magic Woman’ and John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ like it’s their concert night (Congrats, proud of you men!) while I was joined by the latter to hit the floor with a very ‘Low’ performance (Sorry, FLO Rida).




Unfortunately, only diamonds last forever – not golden moments like what we just have had. It’s past 2 AM already so we decided to leave Park Avenue, and have to return back to our ship.

Related reading: Seafarers can save up to 160 Euro. Thanks to seamen’s club free bus service.

As the taxi approaches the pier closer, One Direction tickled my mind with their melodic song ‘Live While We’re Young.’

Louis, on his part, was singing right, I wanna live while we’re young, We wanna live while we’re young.

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Cruise priests, seaman’s club car services are now one click away. THANKS TO THIS AWESOME APP!


‘’If you are planning to go on a cruise, you can find out if a Catholic priest will be onboard.’’ posts Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) – Manila on its official Facebook Page Wednesday, August 23.

The schedule of visit can now be viewed online, in your mobile phones or tablets, through AOS’s official mobile application, ‘Stella Maris’.

Ryan Kreager created the Stella Maris app. It can be downloaded in Google Play Store and iOS Store for free.

Additionally, the new app has the following useful features:

  1. Stella Maris Directories (sorted by port or country)
  2. Daily Reflections
  3. Recent news and social media feeds
  4. Daily prayers
  5. Some useful links

AOS, an apostolic work of the Catholic Church to serve, protect and advance the welfare of seafarers and fishermen around the globe, is committed on its mission to be the beloved church among sailors. Its latest innovation, an app named in Latin which means Our Lady, Star of the Sea, is truly app-laudable! Isn’t it?

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You can effortlessly sex up Subordinates’ Performance and Happiness at Work. HERE’S HOW!


Seafarers who had found their ‘inner purpose’ were reportedly happier and performing better at sea so managers, learn how to spot subordinates’ IP!

The inner purpose I mean here is the personal motivation of a seafarer in what he does. An effective leader exerts effort to know and value what matters to his subordinate’s life and career. In return, he get his support and remain loyal to him.

Would you like to be that kind of officer? Well, here’s a hack. According to Kristi Hedges, author of The Inspiration Code: How the Best Leaders Energize People Every Day and head of The Hedges Company in US, you can help people fathom their inner purpose by simply asking questions.

What then are the kind of questions to ask?

Ask questions which can help a subordinate identify the following:

  1. His unique strengths and potentials
  2. People, things and or happenings he love at work
  3. Importance of his job, and other related tasks
  4. How can his current job help him achieve his future goals in life
  5. Meaningful relationships built at work, and how to take good care of them.

As what Ophra Winfrey suggests, ask the right questions and the answers will always reveal themselves. Not to mention that people under your command will most likely appreciate your effort.

I, for one, feel invigorated at sea every time my Master asks me if I’m ready to be promoted to the next rank. Of course, before saying ‘Yes’, I have to prove my worth first. So I work hard to comply with or if possible, exceed his expectations. dditionally, knowing that my boss cares about my life and career ambitions, I keep working with a heart, and I’m spending meaningful times at sea.



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5 Common Health Problems We Wish Seafarers Avoid While Working At Sea


Ever wondering why seafarers get ill while toiling at sea? Here’s what ‘The Filipino Seafarers’ Lived Experiences Aboard International Shipping Vessels: A Basis for Health Promotion Intervention’, a research study of Ernesto R. Gregorio, Jr., MPH, of the University of the Philippines – Manila, would like us to understand.

1. STIs such as herpes and gonorrhoea is prevalent among seafarers

Sexually Transmitted infections (STIs) were the most mentioned health problems of seafarers, particularly those who work in bulk and tanker ships. Surprised? Well, seafarer informants of the study revealed that sex workers in Brazil look like (or even prettier than) Philippines’ actresses. Consequently, even the strict compliance to ISPS of both ships and ports didn’t stop these sex workers to run after seafarers, or vice versa.

2. Tanker Effect is real.

What kind of illness is this so-called ‘Tanker Effect’?

Tanker Effect is a common illness among those chronically exposed to fumes. Someone who has tanker effect shows absent-mindedness, irritability and having blank stares, or showing signs of insanity, the study detailed.

3. The ship’s cookie may cause hypertension.

Seafarers working in luxury and cargo ships responded during the conduct of the study that they were aware of the different factors which caused them ‘highblood’.

High dietary meat and fat primarily causes hypertension. For some voyage or budget-related reasons lack of alternative food choices onboard were cited, too.

Further, a lazy chief cook drastically exalts seafarers’ blood to its ultimate boiling point. Who wouldn’t suffer from heart attack if he merely serves the crew adobo, pata-tim and fried chicken almost every day?

4. Alcoholic seafarers get elevated SGPT.

Informants of the study, many of whom came from luxury ships, discerned that elevation in liver enzymes specifically SGPT was because of excessive alcohol and fat intake.

Take note, drinking alcohol at sea is a fun pastime of some seafarers. Others however, drink alcohol to forget their family and/or financial problems.

5. Lastly, seafarers succumb to obesity.

There’s ‘unli-rice’, and the grand buffet is served free at sea! No wonder some seafarers can’t control their food and drinks intake. Thus, their bodies attain too much body fat and this negatively affects their health in general.

STIs, Tanker Effect, Hypertension, elevated SGPT and Obesity are diseases seafarers likely acquire at work. To prevent occurrence, they should be well aware of these diseases’ respective causations.

I heard a handful of stories that due to bad pictures of health, some seafarers were untimely sent home while others had experienced delayed embarkation due to their pending medical examination.

You don’t want to be disturbed by your own body, aren’t you? So take time to exercise regularly, sleep adequately, eat a well-balanced diet and if possible, avoid hookers.

I know it’s kinda hard to live a ‘normal’ life at sea but here’s one thing to remember, sailor –should you wish to live a happier, and longer life … learn to live a healthy lifestyle!

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Ex-construction worker is Genting Dream’s star carver

We all have dreams, the legendary American runner Jesse Owens said.

But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

This talented fruit and ice carver, in particular, has believed Owens’ words, so it’s not surprising to see him turning up trumps!



Ritz Pedroso Madhay is a proud chef and artist onboard luxury ship Genting Dream.

He pursued all his big dreams in life to come true. How he reached for the moon, is however neither an overnight success nor smooth sailing.

Here are the reasons why.

First, Ritz was born in a poor family. More heartbreaking, his father died when he was just eight years old but determined to finish his studies while at the same time support his siblings’ finances, the young boy worked his fingers to the bone to earn a living while he’s schooling.

Second, after he graduated high school, he worked as a salesman until he found greener pastures in Manila. In the big city, he wasn’t picky to work in one construction site where he initially earned the trust of his employer by turning pieces of granite into one beautiful table.

Third, he applied for a job in a SM Mall upon quitting the construction job. While working in SM and was on the breadline most of the time, he continued his studies. He took Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in college, and eventually earned such degree.

Fourth, the costly licensure examination for civil engineers pushed him to work as a hotel security guard. Regularly stationed in the hotel’s lobby, the armed personnel however, became more curious of baristas working nearby his post. So when he’s not busy, he gradually learned their work and coffee recipe.

Fifth, after some years of switching jobs while meeting both ends meet, Ritz finally found his passion. He turned over his assigned gun and bullets, and in the same hotel had applied anew for a barista waiter job. He was accepted and he started to carve his niche. From setting stage decors, embellishing buffet tables to fruit and ice carvings, Ritz (of all trade) was artistic and unstoppable to master new skills.



By the way, he had learned to carve like a pro by merely watching related YouTube videos! ( Can you believe it?)

Lastly, Ritz gained a solid work experience in Manila Peninsula, a 5-star hotel in Makati. When he applied for a cruise ship job, he was quickly accepted. He has meaningfully sailed the globe for around four years now.

This July, he was specially awarded Dream Maker of the Month – a prestigious recognition he well deserves – an attention he likely won’t get if he was afraid to run away from his life’s black hole.



Like Ritz, work hard and be fruitful. Today is the best time to start carving-out your design of a promising future!

Related Reading: Ten true-to-life experiences of the Pambansang Cruiser which can truly change your life today.

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