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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,

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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Seaambassadorph is not a licensed recruiter. Please contact the agency directly for your job related queries. Beware of illegal recruiters and human traffickers.

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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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Mga Pinoy cruise ship workers, ginulantang ang Estonia!


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.



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

Mabuhay, Aida HK Team!!!


Photos (c) Edelin Dela Cruz


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8 Hot tips to snipe one illegal recruiter



Did you know that 75% of problems some Filipinos faced overseas were caused by illegal recruiters? It’s the bad news which Merliza M. Makinano, Director of the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) International Labour Service, affirmed during her visit in United Arab Emirates (UAE), and as per an online report posted by Gulf News General.

To eliminate illegal recruitment and/or prevent further damage, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration(POEA), as the Official Gazette of the Philippines writes online, warns Filipino workers against accepting offers of employment without proper work documents or using the “the easy way out” via the “no tourist visa” arrangement with ASEAN member states such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, and Thailand.

It’s also my advocacy to fight illegal recruitment hence, I’ll be giving you here some hot tips how to identify and avoid badass illegal recruiters!

Here’s how.

1. He asks you to post an immediate placement fee. If paid, he doesn’t issue any official receipt.
2. He promises a swift departure.
3. He required you to undertake any medical examination and/or training even without properly disclosing an applicable employment contract and/or a trusted employer.
4. He invited you to deal with him inside a mall, restaurant and any other public place and not inside a licensed recruitment agency’s office.
5. You may see him doing house-to-house recruitment in the community and when asked about the job offer, he has likely little or no concrete idea about it.
6. He represents himself as one agent of a direct-hiring employer. For such reason, he tells you that the job offer doesn’t need to pass by POEA’s scrutiny.
7. He tells you that he came from a licensed recruitment agency but he has no Identification Card (ID) to show.
8. He encourages you to help him look for other work-abroad aspirants like you. If you happen to cooperate, he would expedite your flight abroad, even saying you can leave the country without a valid employment contract or a working visa.


Peepz, illegal recruiters are likely afraid of educated men!
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Socially Yours


Spearheaded by yours truly, the ‘seaambassadors’ have been actively advocating positive change that benefits both local and global Filipino communities.

I am humbled to enumerate a dozen of accomplishment:

Recipient of OBRA’s Outstanding OFW Blog Award in 2014, The Seaambassadors’ Republic (ex EXPAT-ON-THE-SPOT) Blog promotes the welfare of Filipino people.

On how this blog aims to be a significant catalyst for positive change, read this post.
On what compelled me to start blogging, here are few lines from my acceptance speech during the OBRA’s awarding ceremony held in Manila.

“I started writing a blog not just for fun but primarily for the purpose of becoming a Pinoy sea ambassador. Marami po kasi sa atin ang hindi alam kung what it’s really like to be a seafarer or kahit pa ang mga kasamahan natin sa industriya, kulang ang kaalaman with regards to the things which make us proud to be seafarers… Read more

APOY Award is a special recognition personally crafted by yours truly to recognize humans’ souls on fire. Every year, a high school student is given the distinction. Read more

SFAS is an original concept and my personal initiative to pay tribute to our Filipina seafarers. They are arguably significant for a more diverse and dynamic maritime industry. Hence, I conduct personal interview, thorough research, write blogs and proudly speak about their well-being in public. I truly look forward to write an inspirational book about their feat soon.

Dubbed as the digital ‘cure’ for boredom and isolation at sea, I conceptualized the RASToday project to foster stronger family relationships. Read more

A creative health & nutrition awareness activity, children enjoyed this event. See the photos here.

Seafarers are the group of Overseas Filipino Workers heavily affected by HIV/AIDS. Here’s how we spread awareness online to ease the devastating effects of the deadly disease.

To fight human trafficking earnestly I joined, and encourage others to be part of UNDRCC’s Blue Hearts Campaign. Read more

Managing human resource efficiently is necessary. The people are the organisation’s main engine. To set a benchmark, we conducted a study about one ideal Filipino Captain and his effective leadership style. Read more

The Philippine’s is a beautiful country. I write blogs, engage in forums and speak in public of its stunning tourist spots and cool people. Read more

JuanVoice works like a safety net of migrant workers climbing the gangway of success. A digital accident/incident/non-conformity and positive comments reporting system, JuanVoice had been effective to share lesson-learning experiences and advisories to many Filipinos. Read more

I set-up a webinar in my blog. The ‘Safety At Sea: A webinar for rookies’ contains safety related topics which are helpful for seafarers or seafarer aspirants. They can easily view, read and/or download my lecture materials posted online.

The country’s cruise ships workers community deserves help and support. While I had worked on cargo ships since I started sailing, I extend my expertise to help cruise ship workers and cruise ship job applicants.

Through writing blogs, conduct of interviews, research and training development, I am positive that these cool people are not being ignored. Here’s a blog section dedicated to advance their interest.

Thanks to all benevolent people who helped us fulfil our positive roles.

It’s always our pleasure to lead and serve the community!


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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.


© Serlean Miranda

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.


© Rinell Banda

“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:





© Rinell Banda

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#WPCSDay2017: ‘Very much qualified’ candidates found and will start working in cruise ships soon

We believe that a thousand miles journey starts with a single step. In particular, cruise job hopefuls attended this year’s biggest gathering of cruise enthusiasts, a special event held in Manila last Saturday, April 22.

Related Story: Biggest Pinoy Cruisers Grand Fusion in Manila



Since head organizer Rinell Banda invited major cruise-hiring agencies’ representatives like Magsaysay and UPL, among others, job seekers were able to submit their CVs and may snatch their dream job at sea soon.

( Join Buhay sa Cruise Ship and Working Pinoy Cruise Ships Facebook groups today! )

Ms. Jha Quinanahan, a proud event volunteer, showed as that moment when she posted this in Facebook:


©J. Quinanahan

Meanwhile, Ms. Jen Castaneda, one of the admins of Working Pinoy:Cruise Ship (WPCS) Facebook page and a recruitment specialist of Magsaysay, expressed her gratitude to all the participants.

“I am very much overwhelmed sa mga members natin who cooperate and participate,” she said.

“It is very helpful sa part ng members pati saming mga nasa manning.

“Like ngayon, ang dami naming openings na di na kaya ng pool, we found candidates na VERY MUCH QUALIFIED.”

Since the event was well supported by many WPCS members, Ms. Jen assured that such support will be reciprocated.

“Hindi kami magsasawa na tumulong sa WPCS members natin.”

Set in PATTS College of Aeronautics Taguig, the 2017 WPCS Grand Meet and Greet was reportedly graced by more than 300 participants.

Related Story: Ten true-to-life experiences of Rinell Banda which can change your life today.

Kudos to all the organizers and highly hope for the best, cruise aspirants!


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How to get quickly hired as a security personnel in cruise ships


Do you dream to work onboard a cruise ship as a security personnel?

If yes, read on!

Royal Caribbean, a major US cruise company, may recruit someone like you to be part of their security department in the future.

If hired, you’ll be responsible for maintaining excellent level of security – whether the ship is sailing at sea or docked in port.

“Our onboard security department provides our guests and crew a safe and secure environment, in which they can enjoy their work or their cruise vacation. Our security service’s mission is to prevent security incidents and deliver a highly trained staff which will provide an immediate response to all security related issues. This team is also responsible for the access control to the ship, the screening operation at the gangways, video security monitoring, investigations, security patrols, and more,”Royal Caribbean

Interested applicants, as per Royal Caribbean’s further statement written on its website, are then cordially invited to explore the opportunities given.

You may qualify to work given that –

“Potential candidates must meet the minimum requirements, including compliance with law enforcement credentials and other regulations such as ISPS Code.” Royal Caribbean stated on its website.

If you have gained outstanding experience as security personnel and has pleasing personality (optional), bootstrap your application by getting these seafarer related training: BT, SDSD & CROWD AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT

You may heed straight to the agency without getting the aforementioned training but let me remind you that the competition is stiff and that a hiring agency most usually prefers applicants who have been trained already (unless otherwise they badly needed you to join the ship ASAP.)

For more guide & tips on how to secure a cruise ship job, read my other blog post – Dreaming to work in cruise ships? Here’s your ultimate guide to get quickly hired!


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MAGSAYSAY is hiring Filipinos to man world’s leading cruise ships. Apply for a job today!



If you want to work in world’s famous and top cruise companies like Aida, P&O and Costa, among others, then check out Magsaysay’s latest job offers.

JOB ALERT: Magsaysay latest cruise ship job offers

Magsaysay, an outstanding company, which was founded in 1948, is Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s recipient of the following awards:

Presidential Award of Excellence (2010),

Awards of Excellence (1994-2010),

Awards of Distinction (1992-1993),

Hall of Fame (1990)

and Top Performer (1988-1990).

Recently, I was able to connect with one of Magsaysay’s recruitment specialists. Here’s what she shared me –

Working Experience

Preferred applicants for F&B, housekeeping, galley, technical and the likes should have at least 1 year related work experience in 3-5 star hotels or fine dining restaurants.

Job application

Various job offers are posted and aspirants may apply on their website

Watch out for posted job opportunities on their social media pages, too!

Follow-up of job application

  • For new applicants who haven’t been scheduled for interview yet, you may visit our Magsaysay office at Magsaysay Recruitment Center, Ground Floor, G.E. Antonino Bldg. T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila. Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm only.

Or call these numbers:

  • For passenger, 5268888 loc 9441/9437/9443/9642
  • For shipping, 5268888 loc 9440/9429
  • Active crewmembers on the other hand, are encouraged to call these numbers:

Trunk Line – 5268888


  • Starcruise – 9346/9468
  • Aida – 9615
  • Multifleet – 9476/9491
  • Princess – 9461/9645
  • Mopas – 9717
  • Cruise Technical – 9373
  • P&O – 9676
  • Costa – 9639
  • Landbased – 9441

Account Error

  • For any technical error you encountered while accessing your Magsaysay career account, please ‘screenshot’ and email to or you may contact Magsaysay at 09292562436 or 5268888 local 9441.

Body Tattoo

  • If you have tattoo(s), you may still apply but some principals are very strict with regards to location and size of your tattoo(s).

Use of English during the interview

  • The applicant should use English but not forced to speak fluently. May we remind the applicant that to review is the key for a succesful interview.

Age limit

  • None so far. But if you had encountered there was, it might be for ENTRY LEVEL positions which principals get new graduates with good and pleasing personalities.

Height limit

  • Some (not all) of Magsaysay principals have but your work experience is matters more.

Color blindness

  • You’ll be accepted as long as your position applied is not for deck department.

For more tips on how to secure a cruise ship job quickly, read my other blog post entitled Ultimate Guide to secure your dream cruise ship job

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Dreaming to work in cruise ships? Here’s Your Ultimate Guide To Get Quickly Hired

Who wouldn’t love to sail with these fantastic floating behemoths?


©Royal Carribean

Who wouldn’t like a successful cruise ship career? 🙂

Princess Cruises, a leading cruise company says, ‘working in a cruise ship is a guaranteed way for someone to travel in style!’ 

Related Reading: Ten true-to-life experiences of the ‘luckiest’ Pinoy cruiser alive which can change your life today

If given a golden chance, I bet you’ll hit the ground running like Mr. Routh Gar Flogio. Way back 2015, Routh was 23 years old when he started to work as a restaurant utility trainee in a cruise ship.


©RG Flogio

In Facebook, Routh shares his personal shipboard experiences, and as well as guide and initial tips on how to apply for a cruise ship job.

My sincere appreciation by the way to Routh. We collaborated to make this blog post.

So here’s our tips if you would like to work in cruise ships soon!

First step: Secure travel documents and a Basic training (BT) Certificate.

If you don’t have any shipboard experience yet, your chance to get hired would be likely 0-5% only.

” 5% is more like chambahan or kung may backer ka na sinasabi eh, di goodluck pero kung wala, you should work harder,” Routh said.

Increase your chance to get hired by being travel-ready. Secure two important travel documents a sea-based worker needs – a passport and seaman’s book.



For passport application, read my other blog posts:

PH Passport: A Complete Application Guide for First Timers

PH Passport: A Complete Application Guide for Renewal

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

On the other hand, please be informed that a Basic Training (BT) Certificate is a prerequisite when applying for a seaman’s book.

I suggest you read ‘BT, SDSD & CROWD: 3 trainings to jump-start your cruise career‘ and ‘BT: A fun and memorable training‘ to gain more insights about Basic Training.

I’m a BT instructor, so I hope you believe me when I say BT is just the ticket you need to start working at sea.

There’s a lot of accredited Maritime Training Centers (MTCs) which offer quality and affordable Basic Training (former but still widely called SOLAS Training) like Magsaysay Training Center, TMTCP, Far East Maritime and PNTC , among others, in Manila.


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Moreover, Routh suggested that you enroll on a training center nearby your aimed employer –

“Marami nagkalat sa Kalaw or search na lang kay pareng Google ( ang training center) but for me convenient yung malapit sa mga agency na target mong applyan.”

BT usually takes 7-8 days of combined theoretical and practical training to be completed. The practicum is usually set on the last day and depending which training center you chose, you’ll be travelling to places like Cavite, Laguna or Batangas. Most usually, a bus trip departs from Manila as early as 0500H to avoid congested roads.

After completion of BT, claim your course completion certificate, official receipt and Training Certificate and Records of Assessment (TCROA) from the training center. You need these documents to process your BT Certificate of Proficiency (COP) in MARINA later on and of course, to apply for a Seafarers Identification and Record Book (SIRB) or seaman’s book.


These are must-to-read guidelines when you want to apply for a seaman’s book, whether online or walk-in.

Five (5) reminders walk-in seaman’s book applicants should not ignore

No need to wait and fall in-line, get your seaman’s book online

For a  handy guide, download Seaman’s Book Application Guide  – a pdf guide I got from MARINA website and I’m sharing it thru this blog for free.

And here’s another tip. Once you claimed your seaman’s book, take good care of it and you may now get a Seafarer’s Registration Number (SRN).

To help you understand what is the purpose of SRN and how to have one, I wrote ‘What is SRN and how to get it for FREE?‘ . Read it know the answer.

Ooohrayttt. Now that you’re trained and document-ready, time to move to the next level.

Second Step: Apply, apply and apply

Applying for cruise job by walk-in or online are booth ad rem.

Apply, apply, and apply – never say die until you’re accepted!

Submit your resume and other documents (if required so) to these legit recruitment agencies in Manila.



Most usually, once you submit a CV, a hiring agency will tell you, ‘We will contact you for interview. Unfortunately, some will ‘seenzone’ you as early as this stage. I hope not.

On a positive note, if good news strikes, get ready for next step!

Step three: Nail the job interview & company specific exams

Routh said, “Kapag tinawagan ka for interview eto na, its your show. Time mo nang magpasikat,”

To pass the interview, he personally reminds applicants to:

    • Wear a formal or semi-formal dress to look proper.
    • Don’t forget to smile always
    • Act confidently and professional
    • Bring all the necessary documents
    • Humbly showcase yourself and express clearly why you’re the most qualified candidate for that position who had applied for, and lastly,
    • Be on time.

Finally, be positive and learn to wait for the right time.

A completed job interview does not guarantee you the job but if you’re the kind of employee a particular recruiter is looking for, you’ll be notified immediately.

 “In God nothing is impossible, so pray for His guidance,” Routh reminds us.

Congratulations in advance for landing a career in a cruise ship! I’m sure you became the best version of yourself when you’re applying for your dream job.

However, when not given the chance yet, never lose hope and be patient to start all over again.

“Maging matiyaga sa paghihintay. Trust in God’s given timing for it’s better to wait a while and have things fall into places than to rush but have these things fell apart. In God nothing is impossible, so pray for His guidance.” Routh said.


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