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A MILLION DOLLAR OPPORTUNITY: UK-based council offers staggering scholarship for young Filipinos who aspire to be future ship Captains/Chief Engineers


More than 10 years ago, the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC), has started a particular cadet-training program that nurtures young Filipinos’ dream to become world-class ship officers.

According to a report posted on its website, over 600 cadets have successfully completed, with 480 more undergoing their Enhanced Cadet Training Program.

These cadet scholars enjoy free tuition, food, accommodation, uniform and first class trainings, among other perks, courtesy of IMEC shipping company member – sponsors. Take note as well that they are being honed in none other school but the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), a topnotch maritime institution of higher learning in the country.

Like the NSA Cadet Program, the scholars have to complete a 2-1-1 maritime education scheme. Means, the first two years are spent in school, and the third year is set at sea for apprenticeship. The latter provides best chances to learn how to live and earn $$$$$ at sea.

Finally, they return to MAAP, after more or less a year, to complete their college degree.

And what happens after school will perhaps stun you.

If other graduates of ‘nautical’ or ‘Mar-E’ have to find and kneel before shipping companies just to get an apprenticeship job, IMEC leveled-up cadets, on the other hand, swiftly return to their respective shipping companies either as junior officers or to be promoted as ships’ officers soon.

Lucky chosen few, right? 🙂

If you can hitch your wagon to a star and have dreamt of travelling the world while enjoying a hefty salary, apply for a scholarship grant today and join IMEC seafarers’ growing family.

Who are qualified to apply?

Anyone who wants to be a seafarer is invited to apply but IMEC has set the following requirements to be accepted in the program.


How to apply?

Fill-up this Application-form. Once completed, send a soft copy to  or hand-over/mail the paper to IMEC Manila with an office address of Unit D2, Garden Level, Corinthians Plaza, Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

Once IMEC receives your application, they will contact and schedule you for further assessment and interview.

Nationwide selection

IMEC uploaded this photo on its official Facebook page last July 7 (which actually prompted me to write this blog post to help them spread the good news). The selection is still ongoing and they are even bringing the golden opportunity closer to you!

If you are nearby Iloilo, General Santos or Palawan, check these dates and venues:


Kudos in your application, future sassy sailor!

For further information, feel free to connect with the following:

Adam Lewis, IMEC Head of Training & Operations.


Dan Tolentino, Training Manager

Phone: 310 5211/ 310 5212


*Photos courtesy of IMEC UK & PHL

Stay tuned for posted opportunities!


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


Captain Jasmin Costelo Labarda, 34, fulfilled in 2010 one of her wildest dreams in life – to finally pass the Master Mariner’s examination.

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

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

I’m Jasmin Costelo Labarda.

I’m 32 years old.

I work on a ship  as the Chief Officer, and Senior Dynamic Positioning Officer (Senior DPO).

And I have a Captain License.

There are a lot of challenges kasi nasa male-dominated profession tayo and then female ako.

Pilipino pa tayo. Yung industry mostly ibang nationality.

Medyo hindi sila kampante kapag sinabing  Asian or Pinoy.

And then ang lalaki kailangan magtrabaho ng double, Ikaw babae ka – mas triple pa. Tenfold pa.

My mother learned about MAAP – Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific in Camaya Point, Mariveles, Bataan.

My father is a pumpman, and he works in the engine department. So gusto ko rin i-follow up yung work niya.

2010 I got my Master’s License – Captains License. I was 27 then.

Little did I know that Iwould be spending  a lot of time away from the family.

We are very close-knit – close talaga kami.

Especially with my mom. So talagang mahirap.

I know they are my gem. They are my true wealth.

Mawala man ang lahat- family matters. Kumbaga, I can  always buy anything  I want but I cannot find any family.

I reason I moved to the offshore industry – when I got my Chief mate license.

I found out I was third in the Philippines. I was very happy.

Kasi ibig sabihin – may susunod na lima, apat, anim, sampu. Madali na.

Sinabi ko sa sarili ko, by the age of 30 dapat Kapitan na ako. Not only for myself.

But for every female na malaman nila, ganun rin  sa mga lalaki. Kapag nagawa ko, magagawa rin nila.

Whatever you have become, gaano man kalayo yung narating mo, do not forget kung saan ka nanggaling.

Kasi kung saan ka nanggaling – they will always need you.

We are the young generation – so sa atin dapat magmula yung love-concern sa country natin.

Kasi yun lang ang kulang. Walang ibang magmamahal ng bansa natin kundi tayo lang.

Indeed, Capt. Labarda is a source of pride and inspiration among Filipino people. Hopefully, many more migrant workers, particularly women, would be inspired by her story.



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FREE Simulator Trainer and Assessor Course (IMO MC 6.10) for Filipino Seafarers

Post Updated: 18 July 2017


In reference to STCW Advisory No. 2017-09, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) have joined force to train more experts in simulator related maritime training, assessment and development.


Read: The Modern Filipino Seafarer

A Filipino seafarer who has completed IMO Model Courses 6.09 (Instructor’s Course) is qualified to avail the said opportunity without paying the full training cost.

The participant just pay, however, a minimal fee of Php 1,800.00 for his secured lodging and meals served inside the premises of MAAP during training.


For the record, the IMO MC 6.10 training costs more or less Php 13-15,000.00, mainly depending on which training provider one selects.


Since the training is scheduled once per month and applicants are being screened, you should connect with MARINA in advance to reserve a slot.

Here are the training schedules for this year:

March 14-17, 2017

April 4-7, 2017

May 9-12, 2017

June 6-9, 2017

July 11-14, 2017

August 15-18, 2017

September 12-16, 2017

October 24-27, 2017

November 14-17, 2017

December 12-15, 2017

For training slot reservation and any inquiry or concern, please be advised that you may email directly to




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PH’s Queen of Engine slays sexists at sea

In the recently concluded Cannes Festival, veteran actress Jaclyn Jose clinched the prestigious Best Actress Award,  a first for Philippines and thesame for whole Southeast Asia for her exceptional drug-dealing matriarch role on a movie entitled Ma’ Rosa.

A week ago, a charming sea woman went viral on internet due to her goddess beauty and Spartan will.

Meanwhile, a new queen caught my attention. I truly admire her royalty for she proved that nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself. Dreams do come true, just rev up your engine and be determined to propel yourself forward and reach your port of success.


© Nina da Silva

Nina Sue da Silva, an alumna of Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), is Philippines’ first licensed Marine Chief  Engineer. Competitive like Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, she worked hard to win the most coveted title. If Pia had learned how to be confidently beautiful, Nina on the other hand, metamorphosed by being confidently competent and beautiful both at sea and ashore.

Working and living at sea however, as the rose among the torns is cumbersome. On Inquirer, Lucia P. Tangi, a University of the Philippines- Diliman professor writes:


© Inquirer PH


© Inquirer PH

To continue, an Indian senior engineer even invited Nina inside his cabin.

Related Reading: ITF protects women seafarers, jails sexists


© Inquirer PH

Nina da Silva’s determination to reach the engine department’s top post sparkles.

No sexist predator had ever caught her by claws at sea. Hence, she got the respect and trust of her colleagues. In a Facebook post, the queen of engine was warmly congratulated by many Filipinos and other multinationals.


© Humans At Sea

Related Reading: 13 Reasons Why Filipina Captain Che Javellana is ‘Beauty and Best’



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