Elsevier Foundation Awards 2013 Grants to Champion Libraries in Developing Countries and Women in Science

December 9th, 2013
$700,000 awarded to Innovative Libraries, New Scholars and Nurse Faculty Programs

Amsterdam, December 9, 2013

The Elsevier Foundation announced today the 2013 grant recipients for the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries and New Scholars award programs. In total, $700,000 has been committed to ten institutions around the world in addition to five ongoing multiyear grants and the Nurse Faculty program. The Elsevier Foundation is funded by Elsevier, a global provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.

“We are always on the lookout for game-changing projects that can serve as models with lasting impact on our health and science communities,” said David Ruth, Executive Director of the Elsevier Foundation and Senior Vice President Global Communications, Elsevier. “This year, we’ve identified some very compelling new opportunities to support big data, research capacity building, transparency and evidence-based medicine in the developing world. Our New Scholars grants focus on boosting team science diversity and innovation, targeting STEM inclusion in community colleges and a unique tropical health partnership between Portuguese speaking women scientists in Africa and their Portuguese counterparts. We are excited to able to add these excellent projects to the Foundation’s record of support for advancing science and health in new and innovative ways.”

Innovative Libraries

The Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program awards grants to libraries for innovation in improving access and use of scientific, technical and medical information. The 2013 library grant recipients address real developing world issues through the use of STM information resources and include:

  • Author Capacity Building in Africa, Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University
  • Towards the Collaborative repository for Ethiopian academic and research institutions, Consortium of Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries (CEARL) and African Digital Library Support Network (ADLSN).
  • Library Information Resources to Enhance the University of Ghana, School of Public Health Program, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Strengthening education, research and practice in emergency care: Information skills integration in the Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative, Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan Library
  • Developing a Globally Connected LIBRARY 4 SAFE SEAFARING (L4SS), Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, Philippines

Joy Paulson, Director, TEEAL Project and International Projects Librarian, Cornell University, remarked, “We are very excited to receive support from the Elsevier Foundation for the development and implementation of our author capacity building program. Building on the access to Research4Life and TEEAL and the e-resources training connected to them, this new program will focus on developing the skills to enable young faculty in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Malawi to publish the results of their research in international journals. In the long run, this will ensure that the results of African agricultural research are disseminated more widely.”

New Scholars

The New Scholars Program supports projects to help early- to mid-career women scientists balance family responsibilities with demanding academic careers and addresses the attrition rate of talented women scientists. The 2013 grants include:

Strengthening Team Science & Work Life Satisfaction in the UC System, University of California Santa Barbara
African Network of Portuguese speaking women in Tropical Health, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Portugal
Cambridge Equality Collaboration: Advancing Women in Science within & beyond Cambridge, University of Cambridge
Motivating Enrollment of Women into STEM Majors, LaGuardia Community College
Womens IS Network, Worcester Polytechnic University

Jeremy Sanders, the University of Cambridge’s Pro-Vice Chancellor said, “The New Scholars funding from Elsevier is very welcome as it will enable us to expand and extend some of our most exciting collaborative gender equality projects over the next two years. The University of Cambridge is committed to supporting the advancement of women in STEMM disciplines in recruitment, retention and promotion. Our aim is to develop the best possible practice in this area and the funding from Elsevier will allow us to continue this innovative and partnership work.”

In 2013, the Elsevier Foundation’s Nurse Faculty Program committed to an additional multiyear grant (2014-2016) to Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing to continue developing an 18 month leadership academy and alleviate the nursing faculty shortage through retaining and transitioning new nurse educators to the faculty role. # # #

About The Elsevier Foundation

The Elsevier Foundation is a corporate charity funded by Elsevier, a global provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The Elsevier Foundation provides grants to knowledge centered institutions around the world, with a focus on developing world libraries, nurse faculty and scholars in the early stages of their careers. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 60 grants worth millions of dollars to non-profit organizations working in these fields. Through gift-matching, the Foundation also supports the efforts of Elsevier employees to play a positive role in their local and global communities. www.elsevierfoundation.org

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby’s Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, helping research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world leading provider of professional information solutions. The group employs more than 30,000 people, including more than 15,000 in North America. Reed Elsevier Group plc is owned equally by two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. Their shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RUK and ENL.

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Midshipman Jifrey Azor of MPCF conquers Bangkok with gold in swimming competition

Midshipman Jifrey Azor (2nd from left – standing) with Ms.Susan Papa (3rd from left in black shirt), President of the Philippine Swimming League as they pose for a souvenir photo in Bangkok, Thailand with some of the members of the Philippineswimming team.

Bangkok, Thailand – Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Camariner Sur’s swimming sensation Midshipman Jifrey Azor has shown his potential, this time as an international athlete by winning two gold and one silver medals in the Royal Bangkok Sports Club 5th Invitational Swimming Championship held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 30 and December 1, 2013.

In a report received by Mariners System, Commodore Dante La. Jimenez, President of MPCF Camarines Sur confirmed the recent victories won by Azor which include gold medals in the 100-meter backstroke & in relay swimming, another silver medal and a trophy, with him having been adjudged as one of the ‘Most Outstanding Swimmer’ in the event.

It can be recalled that Azor excelled in swimming contests before this tournament such as the Ibalong Festival In Guinobatan, Albay and in the Jorge ‘ER’ Ejercito Cup in Sta Cruz, Laguna held in October and November, respectively this year.

Before he left for Thailand, Cadet Azor joined the National Swimming Competition on November 23 and 24, 2013 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium sponsored by the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) where he won two (2) gold medals – one in the 100-meter free style and another in the 100-meter backstroke. He was also awarded with a silver medal in the 100-meter breaststroke and in the 50-meter freestyle.

Midshipman Jifrey Azor (2nd from left) poses with his ‘adoring fans’ from among the MPCF school officials before he enplaned for Thailand to participate in the Southeast Asian swimming competition

With all these winnings, Azor has now qualified to join the swimming competition to be held in South Africa in 2014.

Meanwhile, Midshipman Romeo Galvez, Jr., a team-mate of Azor is showing his prowess in the swimming sports. He landed 7th place in the 100-meter breaststroke in the national competition in the event held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. With more training, Galvez is expected to show a more excellent performance in this sport.

Midshipman Romeo Galve, Jr. showing his dexterity in swimming as a sport. He is expected to follow the footsteps of his team-mate Cadet Jifrey Azor.

“Talking of potentials, aside from Azor and Galvez, there are others who can be trained and can be converted into world-class athletes from among the students of Mariners”, says Coach Rowen Casaul who is in-charge of molding the amateur swimmers of the school to excel.

Swimming Coach Rowen “KC” Casaul (Extreme left), and MPCF swimmers (left to right) Jifrey Azor (in red shirt) , Mark Bermejo, Romeo Galvez, Jr. and Jay-Ar Almendral

“With the full support given by the school administration to these budding swimmers, it is not far-fetched that more of our students would find their mark in the level of excellence when it comes to swimming as a sport”, declared Sports Coordinator Ram Tolaram of Mariners-Camariner Sur.

Six Southeast Asian nations namely Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunie, Hong Kong and the Philippines participated in the swimming event.

The Royal Bangkok Sports Club in Thailand, the venue for the 2013 Invitational Swimming Championship

“The Mariners System community rejoices with pride in this new feat attained by JIFREY AZOR as this is inspiring to the students & school and to all the Bicolanos, as well”, declares Commodore Dante Jimenez, President of Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Camarines Sur.

Azor brings home the bacon

MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez (left) continue to inspire Cadet Jifrey Azor (right – as he hold his passport) as preparation for the November 2013 Bankok, Thailand swimfest competition goes into high gear.

Last November 23-24, 2013, Midn. Jiffrey Azor won golds once again as he compete in the national swimming competition sponsored by the Philippines Swimming League at Rizal Memorial Stadium. He bags the prizes in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke. Furtheremore, he broke PSL record in the 100m backstroke.

Azor also received Silver medals in 100meter breaststroke and in 50 meter freestyle. Together with his victory is another Marinero, Midn. Romeo Galvez, who landed 7th place in the 100 meter breaststroke.

Azor now qualifies for the 2015 UNIVERSIADE or the World University Games - considered as the Olympics of colleges and universities with 166 member countries.

He also qualifies for the 2014 swimming competition in South Africa.

Azor will be representing the country in another international swimming competition in Bangkok, Thailand this coming November 30-December 1, 2013. The event is Thailand’s Southeast Asian swimfest. He will be joining the rest of the Philippine Swimming League's officials. In a recent statement from the school’s Sports Coordinator Ram Tolaram, he confirmed Cadet Azor’s participation as one of the members of the Philippine swimming team while he also represents Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Camarines Sur.

It can be recalled that Azor had brought home gold medals from several recent swimming events this year such as the Ibalong Festival in September (sponsored by the provincial government of Albay), the Governor ER Ejercito Cup in Sta. Cruz, Laguna held in the month of October and other earlier competitions in which he grabbed gold medals that catapulted him to be included in the national swimming team.

A rigid training under the guidance of MPCF varsity coach Rowen Casaul is on-going as part of his preparation for the forthcoming international championship.

Left picture - Azor (in white shirt) with Sports Coordinator Ram Tolaram and the trophies the cadet won in previous competitions. Right picture – The swimming sensation together with his mother (center) and Member of the Board of Trustees Nimfa V. Jimenez (extreme right).

Azor is not taking his training lightly as he anticipates his opponents to be equally well-prepared for the fight. “Players from other Southeast Asian countries participating in the contest cannot be taken for granted as they also have their own strategies ready. What I guaranty to the school is it can count on me that I will give the best of what I can”, declared Azor.

Meanwhile, the administration has assured him of the school’s logistic and moral support. “Just like in previous games in which he represented Mariners, we gave our wholehearted support just as he is about to compete again at the end of the month. His victories have brought honor to the institution and inspiration to the students as he makes us proud to have him as a Marinero”, MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez stated.

As a Filipino, the destruction on lives and properties brought by super typhoon Yolanda inspires swimmer-Cadet Jifrey Azor to excel in the coming swimfest in Thailand

“The devastation brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda to our countrymen in Central Visayas gives me additional strenght and courage to do my best as I represent not only my school but also my countrymen and the Phillipines”, Cadet Jifrey Azor added. ###

Who is Midshipman Mark Angelo Brillo?

Midshipman Mark Angelo Brillo (in undress white uniform) flanked by (left to right) –
MPCF Cam Sur President Dante La. Jimenez, Board of Trustees Member Ms. Evita Jimenez and Misuga Kaiun Shipping
company representative Mr. Kenzo Minagawa at the awards rites

Mark Angelo Brillo is one of the 2013 Ten Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines (TOMSP) awardees, a graduating (Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering) BSMARE cadet from Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Camarines Sur. As a promising maritime cadet, he is now known thru the achievements he has attained in his midshipman years.

Below is the narrative, submitted to the search committee of the TOMSP award-giving body on Midn. Brillo.

‘A death of a father at a young age is unbearable. But behind his father’s death, he still pursues to do the best for the sake of his mother and as a promise given to his deceased father that he will uplift the status in life of his family. With this, he is offering all his achievements to his father while he longs for the love and care he always wanted to feel from his beloved Papa.’

Midn. Mark Angelo Bustarga Brillo is proving to the world that he can overcome all the challenges that life may bring. These challenges helped him to be molded from boyhood to manhood. What and where he is today are the fruits of his labor which he now starts to harvest.

If Western Union has the slogan “Moving money for better”, for Midn. Brillo it is “Moving forward for the better” and this is his way of surmounting all the difficulties so that he will not to be discouraged by his past.

Mark Angelo is a nineteen year old graduating student, taking up Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering at Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Baras, Canaman, Camarines Sur. He is one of the grantees of the Development Bank of the Philippines Endowment for Education Program (DEEP) which supports financially disadvantaged individuals yet determined to finish their studies and pursue their dreams in life.

The awardee proudly holds the plaque given him in recognition of his being one of the
2013 Ten Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines (TOMSP) at the Philippine Sports Commission in Metro Manila

As a DEEP scholar, he is also qualified to be an engine cadet of the Maine Marine Philippines Inc. and the Misuga Kaiun Co. Ltd. of Japan under the cadetship program. One of the requirements for scholars is to stay in the dormitory while taking the course at the 2-storey ELJ building built for the purpose. He is one of the students which the school trains and develops as he is a prime cadet who has the potential to achieve global competence and skill.

He belongs to DEEP Batch-003 Class KALASAG where camaraderie, cooperation, coordination and commitment are the integrating forces while guided by their motto “Determinasyon, Dedikasyon, Disiplina” (Determination, Dedication and Discipline). For the past two years of his stay in the dormitory, he was evaluated to be one of the high performing cadets by being a consistent first honor student from first year to second year.

At present, he is one of the Officer-On-Watch (OOW) of MIS taking full responsibility, pledge and duty in training, managing and fostering his co-scholars in the dormitory through his supportive and enthusiastic superiors.

Mark Angelo’s humble beginnings started when was born on April 26, 1994 at San Isidro, Baao, Camarines Sur. He is the sixth among the seven (7) children of Romeo B. Brillo and Elvihilda C. Bustarga. His father was a farmer and his mother a food vendor. The combined earnings of his parents were the main source of income for his family. Both of his parents did not finish school. Due to poverty, his father went only as far as Grade 4 while his mother reached second year high school. The financial handicap did not hinder Midn. Brillo to continue dreaming. At an early age, he helped his mother sell native delicacies or “kakanin” to nearby houses to augment the family income.

MPCF Camarines Sur Chairperson and Member of the Board of Trustees Ms. Evita L. Jimenez
poses proudly with the awardee as she exhorts him to continue with the impressive performance he has started

He also helped his parents cook street food and viands which were sold in the afternoon in places nearby. This was the source of their everyday income and just enough to survive in a day.

Despite this economic condition at home, he excelled in class. Admittedly, there were times he did not want to attend classes anymore because money at home was not enough for their basic subsistence but he told himself to go on and as a result, despite the handicap, still he managed to be a consistent honor student.

One day his beloved father was diagnosed to have heart disease which developed other health complications. His family can’t provide for the needed health services and medicine. His father was dying at a faster rate; one of the reasons for this was the financial setback the family was in.

After four months with the lingering illness, his father finally succumbed to the heart ailment he had. At that time, Midn. Brillo was 12 years old and about to graduate in his elementary grades. This unexpected turn of event gave the family new additional burdens to hurdle – the sadness of the loss of a loved-one and the prevailing financial crisis.

This heavy situation in the family did not give Midn. Brillo a reason to give up. On the contrary, he passionately finished his remaining months in the elementary school and proved that he can reach the top. He graduated as Class Valedictorian of batch 2007 of Baao Central School. This distinction made his family proud.

Daunting poverty and without a father, Midn. Brillo had to survive working as a houseboy, doing chores just to pursue his high school education. He took and passed the scholarship examination and was accepted in the school’s Special Science Class.

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle with MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez after the mass at the awards rites

This stint did not come easy as every day, he had to wake up early in the morning to prepare breakfast and do other work in the house. He learned to save part of his daily allowance so there would be an amount left for his school projects and other expenses. He also had the experience of being bullied in school by classmates older than him but he just ignored them. He wondered and asked himself on how he can survive his high school studies. He admits his strong faith in the Almighty has strengthened and inspired him to move forward for the sake of fulfilling his dream for the family.

After finishing his first year in high school, he enrolled for his second year in another school, this time at the Baao National High School. There, he qualified in the Science and Math Oriented Curriculum section where the students had stiff academic competition. He was able to adjust swiftly and coped with the requirements.

He proved to everyone that he could have straight ‘A’ grades despite poverty. While in high school, he continued to sell “kakanin” to his classmates. He accepted other odd work and did encoding and lay-outing and took part-time tutorial jobs in to support himself – a move which later-on, he learned was appreciated by people in the neighborhood.

He became active in different school and community involvement. He got himself in various projects such as Tree Planting, Clean-up Drive and Landscaping activities in the school. As an active CAT Officer, Mark also managed the community service activities of the group especially during Saturdays. He was declared as the Division Champion in 2010 Science Quest in Science Quiz Level IV. He represented the province of Camarines Sur in the regional level of the contest.

Mark is a sincere, prudent and diligent student whose work and study ethics became a constant inspiration to others. He excelled in his academic studies and stands among the best in his class. In his three years stay in the school he was recognized as among the best.

Again, he graduated as Class Valedictorian in 2011, this time in high school. The achievements he garnered since his elementary grades and up to the secondary level were the rewards of his undying determination not to give-up and still be the best in the face of adversities. He passed the UPCAT and PMMA qualifying examinations. He could have stopped schooling because of financial constraint but by Devine Providence, Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Camarines Sur granted him a scholarship. He entered MPCF as a scholar. There, he learned to live away from his family. His way of life changed as he started to attend regimental trainings while aspiring to be the top contender in his maritime engineering course.

Initially, he thought of not pursuing the program anymore because of pressure and the homesickness he felt as it was his first time to be away from home. There was an instance in which he cried and requested his mother to just allow him to go home. However, he realized that should he quit the scholarship program, he would become a burden to his mother and to the family. The lapse of time has made him stronger and the desire to live a better life in the days ahead has made him a determined man to go on and finish what he has started with flying colors.

As a maritime student, Midn. Brillo has exhibited admirable traits of a leader and as a team player. Now, he is recognized as a student who knows how to balance academics and trainings. Being away from his family has given him the chance to decide for himself and manage his day-to-day activities. He was entrusted by his senior officers to head committees every time there are school events.

Midshipman Mark Angelo Brillo (2nd from right) together with the other 9 TOMSP awardees

Western Union’s role as one of the sponsors of the prestigious annual celebration of the National Seafarers Day made Midn. Brillo even more inspired and motivated by the company’s advocacy to recognize Maritime cadets’ outstanding performances even in the face of hardships and difficulties.

Mark Angelo Bustarga Brillo’s consistent performance as outstanding leader, his outstanding scholastic achievements, steadfast commitment and dedication has made him a worthy awardee for Western Union’s search for the Ten Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines (TOMSP) for the year 2013. ###

Start of second semester classes roll smoothly at Mariners Camarines Sur

Vice President for Administration Nap Magente exhorts the cadets after the the Monday morning flag ceremony rites before the start of classes

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The second semester classes at Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province has formally started November 18, 2013.

After the flag raising ceremony held at the school gymnasium, the administration led by Vice President for Academic Affairs Marian Lazaro and Vice President for Administration Napoleon Mangente delivered welcome messages to the old and new students before the start of formal classes.

Also present in the Monday flag raising ceremony were the faculty members, the department heads and staff as they joined together to welcome back the students returning for the second semester of academic year 2013-2014.

MPCF Camariner Sur Vice President for Academic Affairs Marian Lazaro with (left to right) maritime course-faculty members Captain Limuel Gasco, Captain Nestor Rasco and Chief Mate Mariano Marco as they chat before the start of classes on opening day of the 2nd semester.

The school officials relayed messages of inspiration as well as reminders on the observance of school rules and regulations which are designed to help in the studies and trainings the students will continue to undertake.

MPCF Camarines Sur is ready for the influx of students this second semester as the faculty members and the school facilities have been readied long before the opening of classes.

“Just like in the previous semesters, the administration has seen to it that everything is in order for the formal start of classes for the second semester of the academic year. We expect that students will get maximum learning from the courses where they enrolled, with the school having prepared thoroughly its teaching staff and the facilities found in Bicol’s premiere maritime institution - the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation”, said Vice President for Administration Napoleon Mangente. ###

Passers of Customs Broker Licensure Exam from MPCF Cam Sur announced

Canaman, Camarines Sur - Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation-Canaman (MPCF) this province has again made a mark in producing licensed Customs Brokers among other maritime professionals in the Bicol Region.

Official results of the recent Customs Broker Licensure Examination given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on October 22 and 23, 2013 cited seven (7) MPCF Cam Sur Customs Administration graduates as successful Board passers.

The Office of the Registrar through Ms. Marita B. Relloso identified the new Customs Brokers as Dianne Nollan Atienza of Pamplona, Camarines Sur; Maricel Sandagon Colasito of Libmanan, Camarines Sur; Charmie Portugal Delos Santos of Naga City; Mark Ivan Dacuno Rabe of Pili, Camarines Sur; Ryan Edward Paloma Rull of Nabua, Camarines Sur, Rommel Pelaez Saculo of Iriga City; and Rosal Molin San Buenaventura of Camaligan, Camarines Sur.

Ms. Relloso said this year’s National Passing Percentage of 41.71% was handily surpassed by the school’s 53.85% Institutional Passing Percentage. She added that for the last six years, the institution has registered an average increase of 18% in its rating which is higher than above national passing percentage. ###

MPCF- Cam Sur graduate finds work at an American ship challenging and exciting

MPCF Canaman Mdn. Manalo
Renz Urbano (left) with relatives in the U.S.A. He works at the M/V UAL America, a container ship with European countries and South America as destinations and now lives in Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California – Renz Urbano of Daet Camarines Norte, a 2009 BSMT graduate of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur has communicated his whereabouts to the Alumni Coordinating Office (ACO) on his recent job as a seafarer.

He now works at the M/V UAL America, a container ship while he now lives in Los Angeles, California in U.S.A. For him, to work with an American shipping firm is both exciting and challenging. While he is based in the U.S.A., the vessel where he works usually follow routes to European countries as destinations.

“This makes it both exciting and challenging. It is exciting in the sense that I go to places I never imagined I would set foot while studying at Mariners. I find it challenging because of the adjustments I have to make at work plus being in countries with cold weather while sailing. However, I enjoy it as this is what I really wanted to be – a seafarer and I am able to apply what I learned during my college days”, disclosed Renz Urbano in a statement he relayed to the MPCF Alumni Coordinating Office.

His work as a seafarer has made a difference to him and his family. “It would be different had I taken up another course in college. With my degree, it is easy for me to find job with this highly specialized course plus the fact that I found a work where my heart is. My family is happy for me. I thank Mariners for what I am now”, Urbano added.

Meanwhile, the Alumni Coordinating Offices of the Mariners schools continue to trace the whereabouts of alumni who are now scattered all over the globe.

“Whatever success our graduates have attained, they serve as inspiration to the administration, staff and the maritime cadets who aspire to be fulfilled seafarers, someday”, said Napoleon Mangente, Vice President for Administration of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges in Canaman, Camarines Sur. ###

Ordeal at sea makes survivor-apprentice seaman from MPCF
more determined to pursue seafaring career

Canaman, Camarines Sur –Mart Gregory Manalo, a surviving crew member of the ill-fated M/V St. Thomas Aquinas sea vessel that sank near the coastline of Cebu is more determined than ever to pursue his seafaring career.

MPCF Canaman Mdn. Manalo
Apprentice seaman Mart Gregory Manalo (MPCF-Cam Sur BSMT Class 2011) in his visit at the Shipboard Training Office (STO) when he went home after the sea mishap occurred off the shoreline of Cebu

It can be recalled that in the evening of August 16, 2013 the ship where he worked went under the sea after colliding with a bigger cargo vessel– the M/V Sulpicio Express Siete.

In a statement made in a recent interview with a local radio station DWNX of Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) in Naga City he said, “I consider the danger that I faced when the ship sank off the coast of Cebu as an experience which has made me stronger. Now I value more than ever the training I had with Mariners as had not it been for it, I could have not survived and saved some passengers”, said Mart Gregory Manalo.

Manalo is a 2011 Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) graduate of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) and a native of Bgy. Sta.Teresita in Canaman, Camarines Sur.

In that incident, he got a first-hand experience on the application of what has been learned in school.

Midn. Manalo
Mart Gregory Manalo in a relaxed mode recalling his student days at Mariners while
he visits the campus of his alma mater, temporarily forgetting the ordeal he underwent while at sea

“The incident happened so fast that the main agenda for the moment was to save the lives of the passengers and the crew. In less than about 30 minutes, my ship went underwater after it collided with sturdier cargo ship. At the height of the confusion, presence of mind was needed and priority was to distribute the life jackets amidst the darkness that enveloped the surrounding. There was not much time left and what I learned in my trainings became automatic gestures that saved my life and the lives of other passengers”, Manalo said in the interview.

He exhorted maritime students to take seriously their studies and trainings. When he entered MPCF Camarines Sur, he said he didn’t even know how to swim. He claimed that his focus on studies bore fruit as he was able to make use of what he learned and the sea accident converted him into a new person with a new lease of life and now he claims he is a better and stronger seafarer who has undergone a baptism of fire at sea.

When asked if he would still continue with his career after a near-death experience when his sea vessel sank, he answered, “Being a seaman is now my life. Now, I realize that the incident has given me a mission to convey the message to aspiring seafarers to have the right mindset while still in school and the correct attitude one should have once at work. How a cadet takes his studies could spell not only his success in the chosen career but in saving lives at sea, including one’s own life”, survivor Cadet Mart Gregory Manalo concluded in the radio interview in which he was featured. ###

Players of Mariners bring home gold and MVP title in Taekwondo Legazpi Championship

MPCF Canaman Taekwondo Team
Most Valuable Player Kia Justiniana of Mariners Camarines Sur (in red vest) showing her winning form in the Legazpi Taekwondo fest

Legazpi City – Three gold, one silver and four bronze medals have been brought home by the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Camarines Sur Taekwondo Varsity Team with one of its players having been named as ‘Most Valuable Player’.

The 4th Embarcadero de Legazpi Taekwondo Championship 2013 was held on October 6, 2013 and participated in by fifteen delegations coming from the different provinces of the Bicol Region specifically from Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Albay and from schools in the Cities of Naga and Legazpi.

MPCF Sports Coordinator Ram Tolaram disclosed the following official results:

Medalist Category Award Received
Justiniana, Kia M. Flyweight Gold Medal and MVP
Andal, Jullio Cesar (Team Captain) Welterweight Gold Medal
Domagsang Wilmar B. Middleweight Gold Medal
Jose, Odelou Middleweight Silver Medal
Valdez, John Levy Flyweight Bronze Medal
Santos, Aldrin Rey B. Flyweight Bronze Medal
Arche, Jeffrey H. Bantamweight Bronze Medal
Naldoza, Emmanuel A. Lightweight Bronze Medal

MPCF Taekwondo Team
Members of the MPCF Taekwando Varsity Team (Left to Right –
Macmellan Chavez, John Levy Valdez, Sports Coordinator Ram Tolaram,
MVP Kia Justiniana and Coach Allan Rey Briones)

In an interview with Most Valuable Player (MVP) Kia Justiniana, a first year Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation student of MPCF Camarines Sur, she said she enjoys the sport more so that it is good exercise, she delights going to places where the tournaments are held and playing for the varsity allows her to enjoy partial scholarship in the course she is taking.

When asked on how she takes the dangers and pains encountered while playing, with her being a girl with fragile physical build, she replied, “It is part of the game”.

She exhorts future lady-taekwondo players to instill disciplne and follow the advice of the coach. “I’m overwhelmed although happy when I got the gold medal and after having been declared MVP in the tournament”, Justiniana added.

With this accomplishment, the Mariners System takes pride in the accomplishment made by MPCF Taekwondo Varsity Team as it won the 2nd Runner-up position in the over-all standing it got in the play-offs.

MPCF CamSur confirms passers of recent Marine Engineer Officers Licensure Examination

The Registrar’s Office at MPCF Camarines Sur led by Ms. Marita Relloso (seated at the back table) and staff
(left to right) – Pinky Imperial, Melanie Borromeo and Cynthia Nepomuceno at work after receiving the list of board passers.

Canaman, Camarines Sur– The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) released the list of board passers from Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province for the recent Marine Engineer Officers Licensure Examination.

As per information from MPCF Registrar Ms. Marita Relloso, Glenn Aragdon Amaro of Salvacion, Garchitorena, Camarines Sur and Rex Cheng Ilao of Bayawas St., Naga City passed the test for Chief Marine Engineers given in the month of September 2013.

Aragdon is a 1994 Marine Engineering Certificate (MEC) holder while Cheng finished his Associate in Marine Engineering (AME) in 1997 and his Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering degree (BSMARE) in 2003.

Meanwhile, the registrar also released the following list of approved applicants for upgrading as Chief Marine Engineers based on the requirements set by PRC Board Resolutions, series of 2013:

  • BOLINA, Ronaldo Colico - CAR 2002; BSMARE 2003; Bato, Camarines Sur
  • BRAZAL, Roberto Crescini - 2-year AME 1992; San Jose, Baybayon, Buhi, Camarines Sur
  • INTIA, Glenn Romero - 2-year AME; 1989; Bato, Camarines Sur
  • JUANILLAS, Joy Bisconde - 3-year AME; BSMARE 1997; Sta. Rosa City, Laguna
  • NOGRA, Duel Sta. Ana - 2-year AME 1987; Naga City
  • SAMILLANO, Eulogio Dagon - 2-year AME 1989; San Roque, nabua, Camarines Sur
  • SUS, Jolly Saludar - 3-year AME 1994; San Pascual, Masbate.

The school administration thru its President Commodore Dante La. Jimenez have sent congratulatory message to Engrs. Aragdon and Ilao for the recent feat they have achieved in their chosen profession while the best of everything is wished for those who will take the upgrading examination for Chief Marine Engineers.

These graduates of MPCF are expected to carry the torch of excellence as more aspiring seafarers who are now taking various maritime courses at Mariners look upon them as their elder brothers who set worthy examples for them to follow after they graduate. ###

Band & Majorette Contingent of Mariners lands First Place in National Marching Band Competition in Cavite

The Mariners Marching Band (from MPCF Camarines Sur and MPC Naga) in one of its colorful performances

Bacoor, Cavite – The composite band and majorettes team from the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Camarines Sur and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City has made it to the top honors in the National Marching Band Competition held on September 28, 2013 in Bacoor Cavite.

Mariners captured the First Prize slot outsmarting thirty-nine (39) other participating units from different parts of the country. In a statement received from President Dante La. Jimenez of MPCF, the awarding ceremony was attended by Mariners Board of Trustee-member Evita Jimenez and Misuga Shipping Company representative in Bicol Mr.Minagawa who received the prize for and in behalf of the Mariners System. Also with the group to witness the presentation of the award was Professor Bobby Tuazon of the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) of the University of the Philippines (U.P.-Diliman).

Present to give the honors to winning performers include Vice President Jejomar Binay, the Achbishop of Manila Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and the officialdom of the city.

It can be recalled that the schools participated in this event upon invitation from the City Tourism Office of Bacoor to join the Bakood Festival in which one of the features is the National Marching band Competition. It coincided with the 342nd founding anniversary of the city.

The schools’ colorful marching band’s picture is featured in the front page of the daily newspaper Philippine Star in its September 29, 2013 issue.

“The Mariners System community rejoices in this additional feather-on-the-cap as it brings not only honor but inspiration to the students, the faculty, staff and administration. This shows that nothing is impossible as long as we are focused on our goals for excellence to achieve whatever standards we have set for ourlselves and the institution we serve”, declared Commodore Dante Jimenez. President of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation. ###

Cadet from Mariners - Camarines Sur makes it to the 2013 Ten Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines

Midshipman Mark Angelo Brillo

Canaman, Cam. Sur, September 25, 2013 – A Third Year BS Marine Engineering student of Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur has been chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines (TOMSP) this year.

In a message sent by Commo. Dante La. Jimenez, MPCF-Camarines Sur President to the Corporate Public Affairs Office (CPAO) of Mariners System, the awardee has been named as Midshipman Mark Angelo B. Brillo of Zone 4, San Isidro, Baao, Camarines Sur. A consistent honor student since his elementary grades, Midshipman Brillo graduated from Baao National High School where he was able to maintain an impressive grade of 94.60 as general average in his secondary school years.

The son of proud parents Romeo Brillo (deceased) and Elvihilda B. Brillo, the awardee is a DBP Endowment for Education Program (DEEP) grantee.

In an interview, Mrs. Marita B. Relloso, MPCF Registrar, said it is not surprising for Midshipman Brillo to reap this honor considering his continuing extraordinary academic performance even in the campus today.

The awarding ceremony will be made through fitting rites on September 29, 2013 in Metro Manila. ###

MPCF Camarines Sur bags awards for Best Marching Band and Most Disciplined ROTC Contingent

MPCF Camarines Sur ROTC CGA cadets get a briefing before the Peñafrancia Military parade competition

Naga City, September 20, 2013 – The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Canaman, Camarines Sur ran away with major prizes in the Peñafrancia Festival’s military parade contest.

This was confirmed by the announcement made at Plaza Quezon this city, immediately at the conclusion of the event on Friday. For category A in the Best Marching Band Competition, Mariners Camarines Sur got First Place while its ROTC Unit was adjudged as the Most Disciplined Contingent under category 3.

For the best marching band competition, first place was awarded to MPCF-Camarines Sur which garnered 89.130%, followed by the second placer University of Saint Anthony from Iriga City. The 3rd place went to Sorsogon State Colleges from Sorsogon City , 4th place to Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) of Pili, Camariners Sur and the 5th place went to the University of Nueva Caceres – Naga City.

Meanwhile, Mariners Camariner Sur’s ROTC was decorated with the Most Disciplined Unit Award garnering 93.16%, a coveted prize in the annual military competition at the Peñafrancia celebration as this speaks of values incorporated in the training given to future seafarers. MPCF was followed by Naga College Foundation as 2nd placer, University of Saint Anthony – 3rd Place, Sorsogon State College – 4th Place and CBSUA for the 5th Place.

Other major honors bagged by MPCF Camarines Sur include the Best Marching Band Majorettes award for category A & B combined (4th Place) and Best Marching ROTC Unit – category 3 (4th Place).

“The school administration congratulates the Coast Guard Auxiliary ROTC cadets of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation – Camarines Sur for having been adjudged as the Most Disciplined ROTC Unit while we got First Place in the Marching Band Competition, aside from other awards in which our school is proud to belong to the Top Five awardees in other categories. Mabuhay ang Mariners”, said MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez. ###