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Swimming sensation from Mariners Camarines Sur grabs gold in Laguna swimfest

Mariners Canaman Swimmer MPCF Camarines Sur swimming sensation Cadet Jifrey Azor flanked by his mentors
Sports Coordinator Ram Tolaram (let) and 3rd Engr. Ricardo Vargas (right)

Sta. Cruz, Laguna – Cadet Jifrey Azor, a B.S. Marine Transportation student of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur has made it again to the top honors in the recently concluded 1st Governor Jeorge “ER” Ejercito Estregan Cup, a swimming competition held on September 28 & 29, 2013 at the Laguna Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz, this province.

This was confirmed by MPCF Sports Coordinator Ram Tolaram who said that aside from winning the gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle, Azor also got the silver medal in the 50-meter backstroke event.

He got two (2) bronze medals, one in the 100-meter breastroke and the 100-meter backstroke results.

He was in the top five of other events such as his winning the 4th place in the 50-meter breastroke and the 100-meter butterfly plus his being a 5th placer in the 50-meter butterfly swimming category.

His being in the top 5 of the events is significant taking into consideration that the swimfest was a national event participated in by bemedalled players coming from the National Capital Region, swimmers from Universities Athletic Association (UAAP), University of the Philippines, schools in Aklan Province, players from the Philippine National Swimming Team and others. It can be recalled that Cadet Azor also topped in the swimming contest held last month in Guinobatan, Albay as one of the highlights in the Ibalong Festival.

With this victory, he is qualified now to compete in Thailand scheduled sometime before the end of the year. Cadet Jifrey Azor was accompanied by his mother and his coach in this recent swimming event in Laguna.

“The administration of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation supports performers like Cadet Azor who excel in athletics as well as in his academic studies. His victories are inspiration to other students as well as to the school which nurture excellence not only in the field of academe and trainings but as well as in sports”, said MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez.

Execs of NS United Marine of Japan visit Mariners Camarines Sur

Officials of NS United Marine, Inc. (with head of delegation Mr. Tokohiro Koizumi – 3rd from left) being briefed by MPCF President Dante Jimenez and VPAA Marian Lazaro

Canaman, Camarines Sur – Top officials of the Japanese shipping firm NS United Marine, Inc. recently visited Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF), this province on October 1, 2013.

The visit had been originally scheduled to coincide with the Maritime Week celebration observed the previous week but due to conflict in timetable, the guests finally made it on the first day of the month.

Among the members of the visiting delegation are Tokohiro Koizumi, representative of the owners of NS United Marine, Inc., a shipping firm based in Japan and Hide Yuki Matsuura, engine training officer and Koichi Sakimura, Director of NS United Marine Corporation. Together with this group are the Filipino counterparts which include Alexander Nuguid and Ms. Frances Pier T. Rodriguez, Vice President of NS United Marine, Phils., Inc.

Visiting NS United Marine executives of Japan in a huddle with MPCF Camarines Sur officials and Mr. Minagawa (back from the camera) of Misuga Kaiun Company, LTD.

The five member-team has a mission to explore the potentials for a tie up with Mariners when it comes to employing its graduates. Possibilities of sponsoring qualified cadets in their studies or the offer of scholarships were among the topics lengthily discussed by both parties.

After a tour of the school facilities, the Japanese shipping officials said they are impressed with what they saw including the state-of-the-art bridge simulator, the ship engineering laboratories, library, the dormitories of the cadets, the curriculum and the pool of qualified instructors, with most of them being former ship captains, marine engineers and officers with decades of experience working in merchant marine and cruise ships before they embarked in the teaching profession in this school.

On the visitors’ way back to the airport, they dropped-in at the newly inaugurated Mariners Training and Hotel Institute (MTHI), the laboratory hotel for students who are enrolled in the hospitality and tourism courses at the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City.

“The interest shown by this Japanese shipping enterprise to see our school, tour the facilities, to learn more about the curriculum and the strength & qualification of the teaching staff confirm that our students have a bright future when it comes to where they can go after graduation as they become professional seafarers who can make their parents and alma mater proud”, declared Commodore Dante Jimenez, President of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation.

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. ###

Japanese shipping execs to visit MPCF-Cam Sur

Canaman, Camarines Sur, September 27, 2013 – Officials from another maritime enterprise based in Japan are slated to pay visit to Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Camarines Sur on October 1, 2013.

Originally, the plan was set on September 27, 2013 to coincide with the Maritime Week celebration in the school. Conflicts in schedule prompted the guests to revise their timetable.

Per information received by the Corporate Public Affairs office (CPAO) of the Mariners System in Bicol, the expected foreign guests include Tokuhiro Koizumi - a representative of the owners of NS United Marine Phils, Koichi Sakimura - Director of NS United Marine Corporation, and Hideyuki Matsuura, Engine Training Officer, also from the NS United Marine Corporation. They will be joined by officers of NS United Marine Corp to include its President Brian T. Mayormita and together with its Operations Manager and the company’s Vice president Frances Pier T. Rodriguez.

This visit is viewed as another opportune time for MPCF students to prepare themselves to work in this Japanese shipping company in the future.

Meanwhile, the trend in which Japanese shipping firms would prefer Filipino seafarers instead of those coming from other countries continues. This has been noticed even in other companies based in several other counties where Mariners graduate work.

Qualities of Filipino maritime workers especially the graduates from Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation such as that of being industrious, resourceful, willing to learn more while on the job, possession of the right attitude towards work and the facility in the spoken English language are but among the traits which employers seek in hiring our countrymen in the seafaring industry.

“With this development, the challenge for us to continue to produce world-class seafarers remains and we have no alternative but to sustain what we have started at Mariners”, said Napoleon Mangente, Vice President for Administration of MPCF in Camarines Sur. ###

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

Midshipman Mark Angelo Brillo in his first year photo at MPCF CCS

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. ###

Top executives of Japan’s Misuga Kaiun shipping company visit Mariners school in Camarines Sur

Misuga Shipping Executive Advisor Toshitaka Ikawa (2nd from right) in his recent visit with MPCF Camarines Sur President Dante La. Jimenez (3rd from right) and other school officials at the blessing of new classrooms.

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The highest official of Misuga Kaiun Co. LTD, one of Japan’s biggest shipping firms has visited Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) on September 4, 2013.

Mr. Totshitaka Ikawa, Executive Advisor of the giant Japanese shipping firm graced the school campus to boost the morale and visit the maritime cadet scholars whose studies are being financed by the company; they were also here to further strengthen the partnership of Misuga and Mariners in producing top-caliber seafarers whose jobs are waiting for them once they have completed their academic studies, maritime trainings and government requirements.

Mr. Ikawa’s delegation include his wife Ms. Motoko Ikawa, Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimura - Senior Managing Director of Daio Kaiun Co. LTD, a sister company of Misuga, Mr. Kasuo Sasaki – Managing Director of Daio Kaiun Co. LTD., and Mr. Kenji Fujita – General Manager of Misuga Kaiun Co. LTD (Philippine Branch).

The Japanese shipping officials were met by MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez and other school officials who share the luncheon prepared by culinary-arts students who train under the Misuga scholarship. A culinary arts facility – The International Culinary Training Center (ICTC) ran by the school has been built by this maritime enterprise inside the campus.

At present, the company has seventy-four (74) scholars and every year, this number increases depending on the applicants who qualify and hurdle the examination and other requirements asked from the new would-be cadets.

Included in the privileges enjoyed by the scholars are free tuition fees, board and dormitory accommodation and most of all, the quality education and trainings plus the assurance that they will land a job at Misuga after graduation.

This partnership between the school and Misuga has been going on for the past five years and it continues to deliver social impact inasmuch as the target of the scholarship grants are the poor but deserving students of Bicol who otherwise will be out-of-school.

Mr. Ikawa, in his address to the cadet-scholars emphasized the importance of acquiring quality maritime education such as what the students get from Mariners school and the attention which should be given to trainings to properly prepare them to the jobs that await them.

The Japanese shipping firm executive shook hands with every cadet-scholar before he left for Manila and wished everyone the best.###

Mariners School bags gold, silver and bronze at the Ibalong Festival swimfest

Guinobatan, Albay - The swimming contingent of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) bagged the major honors at the recently concluded Ist Ibalong National Age-Group Swimming Competition held in Guinobatan, Albay on August 24, 2013.

Mr. Rowen Casaul, head-coach of the Mariners Swimming Team and head of the Naga City Swimming Association confirmed the victories attained by Jifrey T. Azor, a first year BSMT cadet and Romeo A. Galvez, Jr., a BS Marine Engineering student, all of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Camarines Sur.

Romeo A. GALVE Jr. 1st Year BSMT

Coach Casaul reported that Cadet Azor took the gold medals in the 100-Meter Freestyle, 50-Meter Butterfly, 50-Meter Breastroke and 50-meter Freestyle events. He also won the silver medal on the 50-Meter Breaststroke.

Meanwhile, Cadet Galvez received five bronze medals in the 100-Meter Freestyle, 50-Meter Butterfly, 50-Meter Breastroke, 50-Meter Freestyle and the 50-Meter Breastroke events.

Ram Tolaram, MPCF Sports Coordinator said that Azor was declared the Most Valuable Player (MVP) during the event.

With this award, Azor qualifies to compete in Singapore this year as one of the representatives of the Philippines and he will also represent his school.

The Ist Ibalong National Age-Group Swimming Championship was participated in by players coming from the different parts of the country. Players from schools in Metro Manila as well as from the Visayas and Mindanao were among those who participated.

The event was one of the the highlights of the Ibalong Festival, an annual event sponsored by the Provincial Government of Albay.

The administration of MPCF thru its President Commodore Dante La. Jimenez is slated to give fitting recognition to these players who bring honors to the school.