Sharing Fond Memories

MPCF Alumni gather for Homecoming 2015

The L4SS cruise ship mural serves as a unifying backdrop for the Officers and Members of the MPCF Alumni as they take a break from their program during the annual MPCF Alumni Homecoming held last December 19 at the Canaman Campus.

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur - In a show of affiliation and solidarity with the MPCF, school alumni joined a memorable Alumni Homecoming that capped the institution’s three pre-Christmas activities last December.

A day after the school’s celebration of Alay Kay Boboy and Christmas Party for the employees, the Mariners Alumni Association led by Ms. Josephine Arnante held the annual activity on Dec. 19 last year that reunited MPCF graduates in the spirit of Christmas.

The alumni met and greeted each other again to spend festive moments amid tiring and demanding jobs. While some MPCF graduates have tried their luck through maritime-related jobs, others went into teaching to share their knowledge on maritime studies and the development of maritime industry, some working as assistants to BSMarE and BSMT.


Special guests for the event which took place 6 p.m. at the JC Jimenez Multi-Purpose Gymnasium, MPCF Canaman campus were officials from Wallem Maritime Services, Inc. The Ship-Manning company is known for training and sending maritime school graduates aboard with good salary. The Wallem Team was headed by Capt. Nemuel Villapando together with Mr. Jose Paulo Mañosa, Mr. Jan Reginald Daclan, Ms. Richelle Pedregosa and Ms. Marie Paz Santos.

At the homecoming, alumni introduced themselves and their respective batches and courses. Some took the chance to share a slice of their stories as Marineros. Among them was Mr. Ricardo Catorce of Basic Seaman’s Training Course (BSTC) Batch 1985. Mr. Catorce acknowledged the presence of Capt. Villapando who, according to him, played a very important role for his son’s maritime career. The son of Catorce, MPCF’s former Master Midshipman, excelled in academics and extra-curricular activities even before he was accepted at Wallem for training.

Like every proud and thankful father, Mr. Catorce said that his son is doing well and enjoying his career while working at a tanker ship and, at the same time, visiting different countries. He also expressed his gratitude to Mariners Training Institute Director, Engr. Edgar Nazarrea, who assisted his son during his admission to Wallem.

After introducing themselves, the alumni listened to Mr. Jan Reginald Daclan who gave thanks to the MPCF Alumni Association for inviting them as guests for the event. Alumni and others attending the alumni homecoming were encouraged by the Wallem representative to send their children to Wallem assuring them that the company and its staff will provide the proper assistance and training. At Wallem, he said, MPCF graduates can fulfill their dreams of working in the maritime industry while helping their families.

The event was filled with kamustahan, good food, wine and music provided by the live band and most importantly, good company among the MPCF Alumni. CAS