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Midshipman Jifrey Azor grabs gold anew in recent Pamaskong Handog PSL swimfest

Jifrey Azor after receiving his gold medal in one of the events at the 50th Pamaskong Handog PSL Leg Series – The 4th Nikki Coseteng Swimming Cup held at the Diliman Preparation School, at UP Diliaman, Quezon City





Quezon City –Players from Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Camarines Sur swimming varsity have made it again by bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals from the 51st Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Pamaskong Handog swimfest held in Quezon City from December 21 to 22, 2013.

In a message conveyed by MPCF Chair Evita L. Jimenez, she confirmed the new winnings made by the school delegation led by swimming sensation Cadet Jifrey Azor who got two (2) gold medals, two (2) silver medals and two (2) bronze medals in different swimming events plus the award as ‘Most Outstanding Swimmer’.

Aside from Azor, his team-mates have contributed to the over-all effort of the varsity in bringing honor to the school with Cadet Romeo Galvez, Jr. landing 6th place in the over-all standing , Cadet Mark Bermejo – 9th place and Jay-Ar Almendral in the 10th place.

“Taking into consideration that the contest participated in by the members of the schools’ swimming varsity was a national event, the winnings attained by them is something to be proud of”, says MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez who sent a congratulatory message to the team.

A scene from the 50th PSL Leg series recently held in Quezon City where MPCF swimmer Jifrey Azor got two gold, two silver and two bronze medals while his team-mates landed prominently in the over-all standing in the swimfest









Meantime, it can be noted that the Mariners’ swimming team thru Jifrey Azor has been carving a name lately in the country’s swimming sports record.

Aside from the victories attained by the group in September 2013 at the Ibalong Festival in Guinobatan, Albay, more medals were secured from the Jorge ‘ER” Ejercito Cup in October held in Santa Cruz, Laguna. This was followed by more winning streaks at the swimming contest held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in early December 2013 and lately, in the 51st PSL Pamaskong Handog held in Quezon City.


Jifrey Azor showing his winning form at the Ibalong Festival swimfest held in Guinobatan, Albay in September this year.

The school’s swimming star is also fresh from his conquest of gold medals from the Royal Bangkok Sports Club 5th Invitational Swimming Championship held in Bangkok, Thailand from November 30 to December 1, 2015.

“With this record of victories not only in national but in international competitions particularly the feat attained by Midshipman Jifrey Azor, the school is bent on supporting water sports events which have bearing with skills required from seafarers which help them prepare for the profession they have chosen”, MPCF President Commodore Dante La. Jimenez added.

MPCF Camarines Sur swimmers to compete in swimming event in Quezon City this December


Canaman, Camarines Sur – The swimming varsity of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province led by the school’s swimming star Jifrey Azor is slated to compete in the swimming competition to be held at Diliman Prep School, Commonwelth Avenue in Quezon City.

In a report received from MPCF Camarines Sur Chair Evita L. Jimenez, the event will start at 8:30 in the morning on December 21 to 22, 2013. Four members of the MPCF swimming varsity will participate to represent the school.

To lead the contingent is the multi-awarded swimmer Midshipman Jifrey Azor (1st Year BSMT) fresh from his victories at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club 5th Invitational Swimming Championship held from November 30 to December 1, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. He will be joined by Cadets Romeo Galvez (1st Year BSMARE), Mark Bermejo (2nd BSMARE) and Jay-Ar Almedral (2nd Year BSMARE).

It can be recalled that the Mariners Schools have embarked on giving special attention to water sports more so that they have relevance to the training given to future seafarers taking up maritime courses such as the Safety Of Lives At Sea (SOLAS) in which the swimming skill of a cadet is of utmost importance.

Meanwhile, Cadet Azor is scheduled to compete in the Biennial World University Games called Summer Universiade 2015 to be held in Gwangju, South Korea. This was confirmed in Thailand by Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa.

The administration thru MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez has expressed full support to the swimming varsity of the school.

“The school will continue to support our swimming team more so that some of them have shown international-caliber potential which brings honor to the institution and inspiration to the students to continue to excel in the activities they do in school”, declared MPCF President Jimenez.

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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MPCF Camarines Sur honors Jifrey Azor and Roy Requejo in a motorcade



Left picture) Swimmer Jifrey Azor and ABS-CBN’s former PBB inmate Roy Requejo before the start of the motorcade made in their honor. (Right picture) MPCF Camarines Sur VP for Students and External Affairs Nimfa V. Jimenez with Jifrey Azor displaying his medals and trophy upon arrival in Manila from Bangkok, Thailand after his victories in the swimfest competition

Naga City – A motorcade around the city was conducted on December 4, 2013 at 9 o’clock in the morning as recognition of two outstanding cadets who bring honor to the school.

Midshipman Jifrey Azor who just returned to the country after a successful swimming competition campaign in Bangkok, Thailand and Cadet Roy Requejo who joins Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Camarines Sur as a scholar after his stint as one of the inmates of the ABS-CBN Network’s reality show ‘Pinoy Big Brother’ were accorded this gesture from the administration and the Mariners community for their accomplishments which bring honor to the institution.

Azor bagged gold and silver medals in the Royal Bangkok Sports Club 5th Invitational Swimming Championship held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 30 and December 1, 2013 which was participated-in by six Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Thailand and the Philippines. The events which he got gold medals were in the 100-meter backstroke & in relay swimming, while another silver medal and a trophy was awarded, with him having been adjudged as ‘Most Outstanding Swimmer’ in the event.

Requejo is being welcomed by the school when he passed the scholarship requirements with flying colors and after his successful stint with a Network in which he attained a stature in a national television show. Despite this, he decided to study to become a seafarer as he pursues a course in B.S. Marine Transportation.


Bemedalled swimmer Jifrey Azor (In dark shirt) being welcomed in Manila from Bangkok by MPCF Camarines Sur President Dante La. Jimenez (extreme right) and VPSEA Nimfa V. Jimenez (2nd from left) and a member of the staff

The motorcade went thru the main thoroughfares of Naga City and joined in by members of the swimming varsity, students, staff and representatives from the school administration.

From MPCF in Canaman, the motorcade ended at the Mariners Training and Hotel Institue (MTHI) of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) along Panganiban Drive in Naga City where a press conference attended by media representatives ensued.


The trucks which served as floats for the MPCF Band during the motorcade

“This feat attained by Midshipmen Azor and Requejo brings inspiration to the students, the faculty, staff and to the school administration”, declared Vice President for Administration Nap Mangente of MPCF Camarines Sur. ###

DBP AND Mariners ink agreement on HELPS Scholarship for deserving students



Representaives of the Development Bank of the Philippines at the loan signing ceremony with Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation -Camarines Sur officials. (Left to right) Ms. Ms. Mabel Alvarez and Ariel Peña of DBP, MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez, Manager Rallen Verdadero of DBP Naga, Vice President for Academic Affairs Marian Lazaro and Office of Financial Affairs OIC Jenara Delfino of MPCF.

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on December 6, 2013 on the funding for the Higher Education Loan Program for Students (HELPS) which will benefit poor but deserving applicants who are interested to take up maritime courses.

According to DBP Bicol Senior Manager Ariel Peña, this loan program is available to poor but deserving students who want to earn maritime-related degrees offered by the school and have the passion to become seafarers someday.

“With this, the students will be able to focus on their studies and training until they finish the course”, said DBP Senior Manager Ariel Peña.

Meanwhile, DBP Naga Manager Rallen Verdadero exhorted parents and students, “Poverty should not be a hindrance for a child to finish a college degree. There are ways in which they can pursue their schooling just like what DBP offers today thru Mariners”.

DBP officials being interviewed over RMN-DWNX Naga by Radio News Anchor Elmer Abad (Second from left) on the details of the scholarship granted to poor but deserving students who wish to take-up maritime courses at MPCF . (Left to right) Manager Rallen Verdadero of DBP Naga, Mediaman Abad, DBP Regional Head Senior Manager Ariel Peña and DBP Bicol Regional Account Officer Ms. Mabel Alvarez.

Interested applicants are advised to come to the school and see Ms. Yvette Bimeda at the Guidance Office for more details of the scholarship.

It can be recalled that more students enroll at the school to take up maritime courses because of the assurance of productive jobs that await them should they finish their degree with flying colors.

“With this scholarship, more students from the marginalized sector are given the chance to pursue their studies, earn degrees and work in reputable maritime companies not only in the country but abroad. So far, our alumni who now earn dollars continue to register a social impact in which what used to be impoverished now have reached a dignified level of living with their loved-ones enjoying the fruits brought about by members of the family who are seafarers now”, declared President Dante La. Jimenez, President of MPCF Camarines Sur.

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.

“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.

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