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Mariners System takes pride in Midshipman Niño Copones
as one of the 2014 TOMSP

Midshipman Niño Copones (seated –3rd from left) of MPCF-Camarines Sur is flanked by fellow awardees from other maritime schools in the country and MARINA officials at the Ninoy Aquino stadium in Metro Manila during the TOMSP awards rites.

Metro Manila – Midshipman Niño C. Copones, a BS Marine Engineering Student of the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Camarines Sur has been chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines (TOMSP) with the awarding ceremony held at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Metro Manila on September 28, 2014.

Copones hails from the province of Camarines Norte. He is known to his instructors and colleagues as somebody who has leadership ability and has been consistent not only in his excellent academic performance but in other activities in which he is given responsibilities.

Every year, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) observes the National Seafarers Day in which one of its activities is the giving of awards to outstanding maritime students in the country after receiving the nominations from different maritime schools in the Philippines and after a rigid screening of the candidates has been made.

This is not the first time that a student from Mariners-Camarines Sur is given this prestigious award as recognition of the outstanding performance and achievement of a maritime cadet.

(Left picture) In last year’s TOMSP awarding ceremony, Midshipman Mark Angelo Brillo (in undress white uniform) is 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. (Right picture) Cadet Brillo (2nd from right) poses with other awardees during the rites held at the Philippine Sports Commission in Metro Manila.

In 2013, Mark Angelo Brillo became one of the 2013 TOMSP awardees, when he was a graduating (Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering) BSMARE student. Just like Midshipman Copones, he also made a mark as a promising cadet known for the achievements he has attained in his midshipman years.

MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez personally attended the awarding ceremonies. He acknowleged the achievements attained by students of the institution.

“Indeed, this is something that the Mariners community is proud of. It brings inspiration to the students as well as to the mentors who believe in the good things everyone is capable of achieving. This is also reflective of what Mariners as an institution is and this gives us the challenge to continue what we have started”, declared Commodore Jimenez.

Band and Majorettes of Mariners top 2014 national competition in Bacoor, Cavite

A scene in Bacoor, Cavite at the national competition of Bands and Majorettes. The victorious contingent of Mariners has bested 52 other groups coming from different parts of the country in the contest.

Bacoor City, Cavite – The composite team of Band and Majorettes from the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges/Foundation (MPC/F) in Naga City and Canaman Camarines Sur has carved another name for the institutions by garnering the highest honor in the recently concluded National Marching Band and Majorettes Competition held in this city on September 27, 2014.

Fresh from the victories in the street competitions during the 2014 Peñafrancia Festival, the MPC/F Band and Majorettes have made it again by outsmarting 52 other groups representing schools from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

It can be recalled that in 2013, Mariners got the First Prize after the schools participated in this event upon invitation from the City Tourism Office of Bacoor City to join the Bakood Festival, in which one of the features is the National Marching Band and Majorettes Competition. It coincided with the 343rd founding anniversary of the city.

President Dante La. Jimenez of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) and Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, President of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga City were present in the occasion and personally received the award given to the composite team.

With Mariners System giving emphasis for its students the value of hard work and discipline which result to excellence, it is not surprising that the team got the top prize for the second consecutive year.

“Consistency in the best practices which the institution has been doing is the key to the series of victories we have been achieving”, says President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan of MPC-Naga.

The MPC/F Naga and Camarines Sur Majorettes and Band display their winning form in the recent Peñafrancia Festival street parade prior to their enagagement in Bacoor City, Cavite.

“These victories are reflective of the conscious effort of the Mariners System to observe the values it promotes in the school both in the academic and extra-curricular activities for the students. With discipline, the students are better trained in their formative years in college before they become professionals in their chosen fields of careers”, declared President Dante La. Jimenez of MPCF-Camarines Sur.

Jurors say MPCF-Camarines Sur CGA-OTC contingent is Most Disciplined Unit

The Mariners-Camarines Sur’s CGA-OTC unit with its officers and men in their trade mark performance, earning them the title - ‘The Most Disciplined’ ROTC Unit at the 2014 Peñfrancia Festival Street Military Parade competition.

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The Coast Guard Auxiliary- Officer Training Corps (CGA-OTC) Unit of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Camarines Sur has been adjudged as “Most Disciplined Unit’ in the 2014 Peñafrancia Festival Street Military Parade Competition held on September 19, 2014, this city.

The military parade contest is a yearly event participated in by the best schools from all over the Bicol Region as one of the colorful activities to commemorate the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Patroness of Bicolandia.

Although it is not a religious event, the parade is meant to honor ‘Ina’ while it entertains millions of her devotees as it has become one of the main attractions of the festival attracting tourists, at the same time.

The CGA-OTC Unit is composed mostly of maritime cadets who are either taking-up Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) or Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE). As future seamen, included in their training is the strict observance of discipline which will be asked of them once they become professional seafarers.

The training which they undergo for the military parade competition augurs well with their preparation for their chosen profession in which observance of this value converts them into ideal ship officers in the days to come.

(Left picture) School and City Government Officials led by Mayor John Bongat (3rd from left), MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez (4th from right), MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan ( 5th from right), MPC-EVP Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez (extreme left) and VP for Administration Nap Mangente (2nd from right in red shirt) salute the school colors and the CGA-OTC contingent. (Right picture) The Corps Commander and Staff as they pass the reviewing stand at Plaza Quezon in Naga City at the height of the military parade contest.

School officials and officer-cadets break in jubilation at Plaza Quezon after the announcement was made that the Mariners-Camarines Sur contingent has been adjudged as the ‘Most Disciplined Unit’.

“We offer the victories our contingents have attained to our Ina - the Partroness of Bicolandia, to the students and their mentors who tirelessly practiced for the contest and to the parents who have been very supportive of this activity which nurture discipline in the minds and hearts of maritime cadets who will soon become self-restraint seafarers”, declared Commodore Dante La. Jimenez, President of MPCF-Camarines Sur.

Mariners community observes Nutrition month in August

MPCF Camarines Sur VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente (extreme left) and VP for Academic Affairs Marian Her. Lazaro (extreme right) address students taking-up Culinary Arts courses during the symposium on Nutrition held at the Culinary Arts Center.

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The month of August has been observed by the Mariners community as Nutrition month. At Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, a series of activities was conducted to give significance to the celebration which give emphasis to nutrition via healthy food and healthy lifestyle for good health.

Among the featured speakers at the symposium were VPA Nap Mangente, VPAA Marian Lazaro and the Culinary Arts students who gave the lecture on facts about nutrition for healthy living.

A contest was held before the symposium to determine the theme for the event. The winning entry is “Kalusugan ng Bawat Marinero Para sa Kaunlaran ng Sambayanang Pilipino”.

Thru this theme, a consciousness was created among the students, faculty and staff on the importance of correct nutrition for good health.

“This is very significant for future seafarers as success in their chosen profession also depend on having good health and right nutrition is basic towards the attainment of this state of the body”, said VPA Nap Mangente.

Meanwhile VPAA Marian Lazaro focused on the advantages of having the right nutrition for the body.

“A body which does not get the right nutrition cannot be expected to achieve a condition in which it can perform to the maximum. Correct nutrition for the body is needed by the students, faculty and staff so they can be nourished to be able to perform the tasks incumbent upon them”, VPAA Lazaro stated.

(Left picture) VPA Nap Mangente declares the student-author of the winning entry in the theme for the Nutrition Symposium. (Right picture) Culinary Arts students doing the ‘Nutrition Lecture’ before fellow students.

(Left picture) The streamer that hangs in the campus says it all about August as Nutrition Month. The attention given to nutrition, healthy food and healthy lifestyle are all part of the Library for Safe Seafaring Program (L4SS) which promotes not only safety at sea but good health before seafarers would go on-board sea vessels and for the well-being of their loved-ones. (Right picture) Students observe the preparation of organically-produced vegetables as one of the activities during nutrition month.

The administration of MPCF has placed its Culinary Arts facilities at the disposal of students to hasten their learning in the course they are taking.
With the celebration of Nutrition Month, an awareness among them has been established that it is not just preparing food but preparing healthy food that conforms with what is required by nutrition standards for healthy living.

MPCF-CCS World Maritime Day Celebration Concept and Activities

Over-all Theme: Mariners: Study & Work for a SAFE WORLD!
Venue: Mariners, Canaman Campus
September 25, 2014


Every year the United Nations (UN) through the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates World Maritime Day to give focus on the importance of “shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment” as well as emphasize a particular aspect of the IMO’s work.  In the Philippines, as in other countries like Singapore and Africa, celebration is National Week of events spearheaded by government agencies engaged in maritime (in the Philippines, it is usually by the MARINA and Philippine Coast Guard.)

For the 2014 World Maritime Day, the UN-IMO last January 2014 adopted the theme: “IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation” to stress the need for strict compliance of the IMO conventions –51 to date including SOLAS and MARPOL of universal coverage of the global fleet.  The theme of the Library 4Safeseafaring (L4SS) project of Mariners for Maritime Week closely hews to the International theme, “ Promoting Maritime safety through Responsive Maritime Education & Training (MET).

“For an IMO convention to be properly effective, it needs early entry into force, widespread ratification, effective implementation, stringent oversight of compliance and vigorous enforcement. Conventions have teeth only… if they are backed up by an effective implementation infrastructure at the national level.”

It is this compliance to observe the conventions that the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) puts to light among various industry stakeholders especially maritime schools and training centres in the country which provides more than a quarter of the world’s seafaring force. With recent incidents again involving sea/maritime mishaps, there is no way to ignore SAFETY as the guiding light to mould well rounded individuals prepared to face an adverse environment.

For Mariners, the Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) is one timely and significant response to address and tackle comprehensively at the school level, the needs and demands for compliance to achieve quality standards in Maritime education and Training (MET) by transforming the library as one effective tool for study, research and instructional materials.  A desired goal is to inculcate deep awareness and develop internal push among all sectors to practice quality standards out of need for safety and security, and not simply out of external demand.  


In the Philippines’ observance of the 2014 Global Maritime celebration, the theme “Marinerong Filipino, Haligi ng Pagbabago,” reiterates the valuable contribution of the Filipino seafarer not only in domestic shipping but in the world maritime industry.

The Event

Global theme: International Maritime Conventions: Effective Implementation
National theme: Marinerong Filipino, Haligi ng Pagbaba
Mariners’ LIBRARY 4 SAFE SEAFARING (L4SS) theme:
Promoting Maritime safety through Responsive Maritime Education & Training (MET)
Mariners Over-all Theme: MARINERS: STUDY & WORK FOR a SAFE WORLD!

Nature of Celebration

OPEN HOUSE Fiesta at Mariners Canaman for a day-long Event of various activities organized and spearheaded by Faculty, Mariners’ offices & Students with the Management Leaders through the L4SS Project of Mariners & Elsevier Foundation

Date and Time: September 25, 2014 ; 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at Canaman campus

Dinner with Guests: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
at Mariners Tourism Hotel Institute (MTHI)

The Activities

Following are the main activities spearheaded by various sectors:

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Patroness of Bicolandia visits MPCF-Camarines Sur;
signals start of Peñafrancia Festival

Students, maritime cadets, members of the faculty and staff of Mariners school fetched the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia from the Canaman Church to the school via a solemn procession marking the traditional yearly ‘Pagsunko’ or Visitation to the campus.

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The miraculous image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Patroness of Bicolandia together with the image of Divino Rostro (Devine Face) visited the campus of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman this province on September 5, 2014 via a solemn procession from the parish church of the municipality to the school chapel in the campus.

It was joined by uniformed-students and personnel of the school which was made more colorful with the Mariners Band providing music as the activity was done.

It has been a tradition every year, the image of the Blessed Virgin is brought to the campus to afford the Mariners-Camarines Sur community to honor the Patroness of Bicolandia, weeks before the actual celebration of the Peñafrancia Festival is made. In the homily made by Reverend Father Romeo Donacao, Parish Priest of Canaman town, the pastor gave emphasis on the virtues Mother Mary had, especially her acceptance and obedience to the will of God.

“In these modern times, we cannot help but to be bombarded with so many concerns which sometimes lead us to forgetting our personal relationship with the Lord. The example that the Mother of God has given in which her obedience to His will did not wane despite the so many distractions she underwent, is a fitting example for us to emulate that may our connection with God become constant despite the problems which everyone encounters in his or her daily life”, said Father Donacao is his sermon to the members of the Mariners community present in the Eucharistic celebration.

(Left picture) Mariners System’s Chairperson Emeritus Madame Eliza Lazaro Jimenez (3rd from left) attends the Holy Mass celebrated at the school chapel upon the arrival of the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia at the campus. (Right picture) Rev. Fr. Romy Donacao is presider in the Eucharistic celebration during the ‘Pagsunko’.

“The Mariners community is blessed with the visitation of ‘Ina’ our mother as we celebrate the Fiesta in her honor this month of September”, declared MPCF-Camarines Sur Vice President for Administration Nap Mangente.