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Ronilo Victoriano: The Notable Filipino Seafarer, Singer and Songwriter



Why settle for less if you can be the best?

As what Ronilo Victoriano takes as gospel, good is no good especially when you can do better things in life. Ergo, he was able to reach greater heights and entertain thousands of people, most of them our fellow Pinoys around the globe.

I quickly became a fan upon hearing one of his soulful songs and knowing that he’s not only a world class performer but a seafarer too, I feel ecstatic to point over the klieg light on him. He’s our couleur de rose OFW Singer and Songwriter.

I conducted an online interview and I must say that Ronilo’s craft deserves our dear support and recognition.

When and how did you start singing and writing songs?

“I started singing when I was just 7 years old. Since then, I had participated into various activities that stretched and tuned-in my vocal chords. When I was 20 years old, I joined a local band and eventually became its lead vocalist. However, it was disbanded so I searched for other job until I answered the calling of the sea last 2000. When I joined my first ship, I really thought it was the end of my singing career but thanks God it didn’t happen. In 2003, I started to give life to my melodic thoughts. Ten years after, I had been in cloud nine in for I was able to launch and copyrighted my first album entitled “Iba na ngayon ang Pinoy”. My album has seven songs and it became a hit on one local radio station. Six months later, I composed another 10 songs for my second album entitled Paglalakbay. Special thanks by the way to Mr. Sammy Rubido for the musical arrangement, Mr. Tonzie Gay Escano of Cool Digital Production and Mr. Silvester “Beting” Jubilan for all their help and support. As of today, I wrote 19 songs already and this milestone makes me sing for joy and more success in life! ”

Who inspires you to go the extra mile in singing, song writing and of course, sailing?

“To write good songs, I usually base them on my own experiences in life. I had been through many difficulties and it drives me to speak by my own heart whether I sing or write a song. My loving wife and three talented kids give me strong reasons to perform best. They were even involved in my outputs. Moreover, I find inspiration on my fellow Overseas Filipino Workers who are fighting hard against all odds just to promote the welfare of our compatriots. My songs are mostly pro- OFW for I could relate more to what it’s like living away from your own family to search for greener pastures abroad or in particular, brave the seas to secure a more comfortable life for my family.”

Share us your future plans

”For now and the coming years, I always and would like to work hard for the development of both my sailing and singing careers. I will continue to compose songs, different kind of songs if possible, because to be a famous singer/composer is my dream since I was a small kid. With me is my wonderful family and we are praying that my singing and song writing career would thrive. I also started a small business back in our place and it’s helping us financially. I don’t hold the future but with hard work, courage and sweet lullabies, I’m confident I’ll be going into places. ”

As an Overseas Filipino singer and songwriter, what is your message to the public?

“Life is a best avenue for personal growth. You can win or unfortunately, lose your ground in a competition but don’t give up and have a stronger faith to your Creator. Meanwhile, if you have the “X-Factor” (talent), grab each chance to enhance it. Always dream big, grow as a mature person and take good care of such God-given talent. I hope that many people, especially those front-runners of the music industry would give us spotlight – the independent recording artists/composers. To my countrymen, I ask your humble support to patronize Original Pilipino Music (OPM) while to all my avid song listeners, thank you with all my heart. I assure you that I will be singing and writing more and more beautiful songs for you! ”

Finally, what makes you proud as an Overseas Filipino?

“I’m proud to be an OFW for we are the buhay na bayani (living heroes) of our motherland. We are global ambassadors, confident and talented enough to be “The Voice” of our fellow Filipinos both on local and international arena.”

Ronilo’s songs are being played on 94.1 spirit FM and on international web streams like Tinig Pinoy ( of Ottawa and Ontario Canada, Tambayang Pinoy Radio, Ka Chat Pinoy Radio (Singapore and US based), Music Pinoy Radio and Himig Radio.




What can you say about Ronilo’s talent?

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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
Official Site:

Mag-ingat sa illegal recruiter, kabayan!

Read: How to snipe illegal recruiters



Have a fun and enjoyable journey. Ingat! 🙂

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It’s Showtime! Pinoy Cruisers show force in TV, united as one family



Last Wednesday, May 24, some seafarers working in cruise ships and cruise ship job aspirants jovially appeared on ‘It’s Showtime’, a noontime TV show of ABS-CBN. Led by Pambansang Cruiser and Vblogger Rinell Banda, the group had proven that the Filipino cruise community is just getting bigger and louder to fulfill a special positive role in our society.

I truly commend Rinell Banda’s leadership. Under his watch two other activities, a grand fusion and a gift-giving activity, happened last April 22 and May 14, respectively. The former event had mainly benefited seafarer aspirants as legit recruiters accepted their CVs, as well as inspiring cruisers shared them their cool experiences working at sea and personal guides and tips on how to secure their dream cruise ship job. Meanwhile, the latter made around 100 poor people smile the sweetest that day. They received gift packs of goods from various benevolent sponsors whom Rinell tapped to donate for the needy.



But of course, my friend isn’t Superman. Hence, he called for physical assistance and I’m glad to note that many had responded positively to volunteer from setting the venue of the said two events to recently showing the spirit of true blooded Pinoy cruisers ‘live’ on TV!

On the other hand, the father of Buhay Sa Cruise Ship (BSCS) told me the goal of the said activity, “For group exposure and yung sobrang pera ibibigay sa community.” (“For group exposure and excess money collected will be donated to the community.”)

Since the public is a bit impassive of our profession, I believe appearing on TV could indeed bolster our PH’s modern hero image. More importantly, seafarers become prominent catalysts of nation building.



Kudos to our Pinoy cruisers happy and strong family!

Ya’ all look great on TV! 🙂

Inspired by what Pinoy cruisers community contribute for our country?

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


What can you say about Pinoy cruisers live on It’s Showtime?

Let us hear your thoughts by writing a comment below!

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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

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How not to be an ‘alien’ OFW


Undocumented migrant workers are prone to abuse and all other types of discrimination.

After losing their temporary jobs, some Pinoys abroad with merely tourist visas on hand, likey entered darker trades. For example, they sell their own blood to support thier own expenses overseas and their families’ back in Philippines

For whatever personal reason they may have, their unfortunate status should serve as a good reminder for Filipino people, particularly those who aspire to search for greener pastures abroad, to be properly documented.

A properly documented Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) is a true-blooded Filipino.

He showcases to the whole world that to be a migrant worker, they are no short-cuts on getting a work permit. He does exist legally, fit for his purpose on foreign lands.

If one is well-documented, the government is oblidged to offer a helping hand in case there’s crisis on the foreign land where one Filipino lives.

If he flew out the country by night however, the risks are unimaginable. so let’s always remember that the legal way is the rightest way.

Related Reading: How to snipe illegal recruiters

Here’s a good checklist I found on the web to help you secure the required documents and avoid becoming one ‘alien’ Overseas Filipino.

Are You a Documented OFW



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Important things to remember when signing your employment contract







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The SMARTest Success Tip You Should Know


If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, “I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living,” and that is it. They are all wishes and none of them are clear goals.

Goals must be SMART:

1. S–specific. For example, “I want to lose weight.” This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to “I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days.”

2. M–must be measurable. If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.

3. A–must be achievable. Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.

4. R–realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in~30 days is being unrealistic.

5. T–time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date.




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You Are Unique!


Think what a remarkable, unduplicatable, and miraculous thing it is to be you! Of all the people who have come and gone on the earth, since the beginning of time, not ONE of them is like YOU!
No one who has ever lived or is to come has had your combination of abilities, talents, appearance, friends, acquaintances, burdens, sorrows and opportunities.

No, one’s hair grows exactly the way yours does. No one’s finger prints are like yours. No one has the same combination of secret inside jokes and family expressions that you know.

The few people who laugh at all the same things you do, don’t sneeze the way you do. No one prays about exactly the same concerns as you do. No one is loved by the same combination of people that love you – NO ONE!

No one before, no one to come. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE!

Enjoy that uniqueness. You do not have to pretend in order to seem more like someone else. You weren’t meant to be like someone else. You do not have to lie to conceal the parts of you that are not like what you see in anyone else.

You were meant to be different. Nowhere ever in all of history will the same things be going on in anyone’s mind, soul and spirit as are going on in yours right now.

If you did not exist, there would be a hole in creation, a gap in history, something missing from the plan for humankind.

Treasure your uniqueness. It is a gift given only to you. Enjoy it and share it!

No one can reach out to others in the same way that you can. No one can speak your words. No one can convey your meanings. No one can comfort with your kind of comfort. No one can bring your kind of understanding to another person.

No one can be cheerful and lighthearted and joyous in your way. No one can smile your smile. No one else can bring the whole unique impact of you to another human being.

Share your uniqueness. Let it be free to flow out among your family and friends and people you meet in the rush and clutter of living wherever you are. That gift of yourself was given you to enjoy and share. Give yourself away!

See it! Receive it! Let it tickle you! Let it inform you and nudge you and inspire you! YOU ARE UNIQUE!

Related Reading: OFW Sailor/Singer/Songwriter


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ON THE SPOTLIGHT: International Journal features world-class Filipinos

The May-June 2016 issue of the Journal of Shipping and Ocean Engineering featured a research study about a success story and effective leadership skills of Capt. Angelex Panes, a Master Mariner who hailed from Mindanao, Philippines.


The paper, entitled ‘The success story and effective leadership techniques of Capt. Angelex A. Panes on board MV SKS Tiete’, was authored by Dr. Brian Gil Sarinas and Third Officer Mark Eden Ellaga. It was notably included in the journal along with other compositions from various parts of the globe like China, India and Norway, among others.

Not your ordinary journal

For a paper to land in Journal of Shipping and Ocean Engineering, it has to be polished like a gem first.

The publisher of the said magazine is David Publishing Company (DPC) and has an office address at 616 Corporate Way, Suite 2-4879 Valley Cottage, NY 10989 USA. As written on its website, DPC is a professional English-language academic journal and books publisher both in print and online versions, which serves the world’s research and scholarly communities. It unremittingly screens, publishes and enhances reputations of the journals submitted by scholars around the world who work on the fields of Account & Accounting, Administration, Agriculture, Aviation Science, Business, Chemistry, Civil, Computer, Earth, Education, Energy, Environment, Economics, Electrics, Electronics, Food, Future Science, Geology, Health, History, Journalism, Law, Language, Life-Sciences, Literature & Art, Management, Materials, Mechanics, Medicine, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Pharmacy and Pathology, Philosophy, Shipping & Ocean, Sociology, Sports Sciences, Traffic and Transportation, Tourism and Restaurants, etc.

Thanks God, we’re able to reach this kind of milestone!

Outstanding Filipino Researchers

The research paper was authored by:

1.) Dr. Brian Gil Sarinas

  • Multi-awarded researcher, currently working as OIC of JBLFMU-Arevalo’s research office. His distinguished achievements in academics and research, among others, are the following:
  • Scholar and Outstanding Student of the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (Excellence in Teaching Program) published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer (8 July 2004)
  • Outstanding Filipino Researcher 2012 given by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE), an AJA UKAS certified with ISO 9001: 2008 during the Global Conference on Education, Business, Engineering and Sciences (GCEBES) 2012, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore (24-26 Oct 2012)
  • Outstanding Filipino Research Leader 2013 given by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE) during the World Research Festival 2013, Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City, Philippines (1-3 May 2013)
  • Excellence in World Publication Award 2013 for publishing research in Thomson and Reuters (ISI) and Scopus Elsevier given during the World Research Festival 2013, Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City, Philippines organized by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE) (1-3 May 2013)
  • IAMURE World Publication Award (Pearl Award) 2013 for publishing research in Thomson and Reuters (ISI) and Scopus Elsevier given during the World Research Festival 2013, Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City, Philippines organized by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE) (1-3 May 2013)
  • Outstanding World Research Leader 2014 given during the 2nd Asian Conference on Multidisciplinary Research in Higher Education (ACMRHE), Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City, Philippines organized by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE) (26-28 Nov 2014)
  • Excellence in World Publication Award 2014 for publishing research in Thomson and Reuters (ISI) and Scopus Elsevier given during the 2nd Asian Conference on Multidisciplinary Research in Higher Education (ACMRHE), Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City, Philippines organized by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE) (26-28 Nov 2014)
  • IAMURE World Publication Award (Pearl Award) 2014 for publishing research in Thomson and Reuters (ISI) and Scopus Elsevier given during the 2nd Asian Conference on Multidisciplinary Research in Higher Education (ACMRHE), Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City, Philippines organized by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE) (26-28 Nov 2014)
  • World Citation Award 2014 given during the 2nd Asian Conference on Multidisciplinary Research in Higher Education (ACMRHE), Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City, Philippines organized by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE) (26-28 Nov 2014) and
  • One of the Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2015, Published in the 32nd Edition, New Jersey, USA (June 2015)

2.) Third Officer Mark Eden Ellaga

  • A licensed marine deck officer (OIC-NW) currently sailing with Norwegian flagged vessels of tankers and cement types. His passion for community service and love for learning has gained him national awards like Bank of the Philippine Island’s “Outstanding Expat-Pinoy Child” and Ex-link Events’ “Outstanding Filipino Blogger”.

Learn from the master

The success story of Capt. Angelex Panes is an inspiring story for all seafarers and seafarer aspirants. We can learn many valuable lessons from him.

His faith, courage, hard work, determination, openness, and love for learning lead him to his success or to where he is now.

His secret?

“There is no secret. Just be yourself and do your responsibility considering always the safety of all crew, vessel, cargo and environment. Don’t rush to climb the ladder of success or get easily disappointed by your failures. The best has yet to come. I just did my part, persevered and became patient.” Capt. Panes said.



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Gusto ni Juan softdrink, ayaw magbuko!



Photo Courtesy: Dennis Bautista

Tag-init ngayong Mayo kaya hirap na hirap si Juan. Tuyong-tuyo ang kanyang balat at lalamunan. Ang kanyang musmos na katawan nalang yata ang hindi pa nakapagdeklara ng state of calamity dahil sa EL Niño. Naawa ako nang makita ko siyang palaboy sa kalsada kaya nilapitan ko at inalok ng maiinom.

“Juan, para sayo ang mga inuming ito. Pasesnsya na pero isa lang dito ang makukuha mo. Nasa kanang kamay ko ang buko at sa kaliwa naman ay branded soft drink na may ice at straw. Alin dito ang pipiliin mo at bakit?” Ang marahan at ngumingiti kong tanong.

“Gusto ko softdrink! Ayaw ko ng buko kasi hindi yan makakapawi ng sobrang uhaw ko ngayon. Ang softdrink palagi kong nakikita sa TV at may pakanta-kanta pa iyan sa radyo. Gusto ko yung instant inumin, yung sisipsipin ko nalang at itatapon ang sisidlan kahit saan. Aba, bakit naman pahihirapan ko pa ang aking sarili kung meron namang mabibili na sofdrink katulad niyan? At alam mo ba, ito ang leading brand sa buong mundo. Ineendorso ito ng mga idolo kong artista. Sabi ng nanay ko delikado daw ito sa kalusugan pero hindi ako naniniwala. Uhaw ako ngayon kaya patay na kung patay! Ayaw ko ng buko. Sinusuka yan ng katawan ko!”; ang buhay na buhay niyang sagot.

Tiningnan ko siya sa mata, ngumiti saglit at kahit may pag-alinlangan ay inabot ko sa kanyang mga kamay ang hininging softdrink.

Kinabukasan, nakasalubong ko ang nanay ni Juan sa daan. Umiiyak siya at halatang problemado.

“Nay, mukhang mabigat ang pakiramdam ninyo. May problema ba?” ; ang pakli ko.

” Si Juan kasi.. Huhu..itinakbo namin sa hospital kagabi dahil sumama ang pakiramdam. Sumuka ng sumuka. Sabi ng doktor, napakataas ng acid sa katawan niya. Hindi ko ngayon alam kung saan kukuha ng pambili ng gamot at pambayad sa hospital.” ; ang sagot ni Aling Pinang.

Naawa ako sa matanda kaya niyakap ko ng mahigpit. Habang  pinapatahan sa pag-iyak ay naglalaro si Juan sa aking makabayang isipan.

UHAW si Juan sa pagbabago at INSTANT na solusyon ang palaging gusto. MADALI siyang MAUTO ng mga higanteng tao at nabubuhay siya sa lipunang ‘Bahala na si Batman’ ang motto at kapag masama naman ang resulta ng ginawang desisyon, ‘Pu**ng I*a’ kaaagad ang mabilis na tugon.

Ako ang eleksyon, si Aling Pinang ang Pilipinas at ang dalawang uri ng inumin ay ang mga pulitikong ihahalal mo sa gobyerno.



Hindi pa huli ang lahat. Sana naman magBUKO kana, Juan!





Sa Pag-boto, Konting Utak Naman Juan!

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