New-Filipino Maritime Agency accepts MPCF-Cam Sur maritime cadets

MPCF-Camarines Sur graduating students who passed the examination and interview listen to the instructions being given by Capt. Meneleo Mate and Capt. Cesar Omnes of the New Filipino Maritime Agency. With the maritime cadets is VP for Academic Affairs Marian Her. Lazaro.

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The New Filipino Maritime Agency has accepted ten (10) graduating students of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province after the examination and interview conducted by the Company from January 28 to 30, 2015 held at the school campus.

The passer-graduating students are taking up BS Marine Transportation, BS Marine Engineering and Seaman’s Culinary Course. Below is the list of successful examinees who will soon work with the New Filipino Maritime Agency:

Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation

1. Kenneth S. Panganiban
2. Jeudiel L. Totanes Jr.
3. Ian Joseph E. Tan

Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering
1. Ralph Lauren Despi
2. Mark Joseph Orlin
3. Paul Gerald Orquiz

Seaman’s Culinary Course
1. Alvin Benbong Ciano
2. Roy Vincent Lorzano
3. Joriel Gutierrez
4. Romulo Barrameda


(Left picture) Members of the Management Committee welcome the guests in a luncheon meeting with Capt. Mate and Capt. Omnes. (Right picture) MPCF President Commodore Dante La. Jimenez (4th from right) dines with the guests in the 2nd day of the visit at the MPCF-Camarines Sur campus.

Capt. Mate and Capt. Omnes visited the campus as representatives of the agency and were welcomed by MPCF Camarines Sur VP for Academic Affairs Ms. Marian Her. Lazaro at the International Culinary Training Center (ICTC) and were joined by the members of the with the school’s management committee.

At the second day of stay at the campus, MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez joined the visitors and briefed them more about the operation of the school as a maritime educational institution.

“The Mariners community looks forward to producing more quality graduates who can match the standards set forth by international shipping firms and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). We expect to go far with MPCF having been classified under the Alpha List of maritime schools in the Philippines today”, said President Dante Jimenez. (CAS)

True to the mandate, MPCF-Cam Sur’s Guidance and Testing Office performs its mission






A picture of a happy workforce. Guidance Counselors Ms. Yvette Bimeda (in white shirt) and Mr. Dakila Capistrano (in black polo shirt) in a wacky pose with the Peer Counselors and Student Volunteers at the College Guidance and Testing Office.

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The College Guidance and Testing Office (CGTO) of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, continue to prove its worth with the task it has to perform which is vital to the operation of the Institution.

This chore might not be familiar to many in the academic community but processes such as student recruitment, employment qualifying examinations, discipline-related matters and including the execution of the plans the students hatched and wish to achieve before and after graduation, CGTO accomplishes a mission the school administration has to provide.

Aside from the students’ involvement in academic activities, participation in various school and social activities is encouraged, especially those designed to inculcate the right values as they interact with other people inside or outside of the school campus.

Undertakings which will promote holistic growth in their personality are regarded as significant especially those which contribute to a healthy and happy college life.

Aside from administering different types of assessment tests to student-applicants and future employees, CGTO promotes camaraderie on the clientele it serves.

The warm ambience in the office offers a relaxing atmosphere, giving the impression that it is fun to be served by the Office Staff and Peer Counselors.

To an observer, it might appear to be an unusual sight to see students jam-packed inside an office. At the Office, Peer Counselors usually gather to perform different tasks with most of them assisting the Guidance Counselors.

The work includes checking the admission tests papers of enrollees, facilitating the completion of requirements for student-applicants to be able to take various examinations, answering queries from parents and guardians who consult the office on students with academic problems and the monitoring of their over-all class performance.

This office also promotes volunteerism among the students through the Peer Counselors who participate in activities that promote interaction which lead to the establishment of pleasant relationship with other people in the academic community. It also opens a clear line of constant communication with school officials such as the instructors, the administration and members of the staff. Included in the responsibilities of the Office is the holding of career talks, orientation seminars for freshmen, routine interview to check the status of students and conducting exit interviews for graduating students.

Mr. Dakila Capistrano, Guidance Counselor of MPCF Canaman stresses the importance of the presence of the College Guidance and Testing Office and the vital role it plays not just for the students but for the entire Mariners Community.

“The CGTO staff and the volunteer-Peer Counselors promote the holistic growth and development of students. We exert all efforts, from the common to the unorthodox means in order to reach-out and deliver the services needed by the students”, declared Guidance Counselor Capistrano.

With the dedication CGTO has in the task it wishes to achieve, the Office thru the Guidance and Peer Counselors, is set to stick to its commitment so that the students may enjoy their college life as they observing the right balance in their academic and non-academic activities.

The College Guidance and Testing Office, true to its commitment, will always be around to guide the students in the learning process. It aims to make them feel at home while inside or outside the school campus, as they hope to finish the courses of their choice at MPCF-Camarines Sur. (CAS)

Administration briefs Public High School Principals, Guidance Counselors on K to 12 offering


Vice President for Academic Affairs Marian Her. Lazaro explains to visiting Public High School Principals and Guidance Counselors the maritime-oriented curriculum for Grades 11 and 12 to be offered by Mariners once the K to 12 program is implemented

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The administration of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, has invited public High School Principals and Guidance Counselors to a briefing on the proposed maritime-oriented curriculum which will be opened by Academic Year 2016-2017, coinciding with the implementation of the K to 12 program of the Department of Education.

In a round-table discussion with the high school administrators, a brief presentation of the background and profile of the Mariners school, its facilities and programs offered was delivered by MPCF’s Executive Assistant to the President Dr. Edgar Despi.

He assured the visitors on the readiness of the school for enrollees who might have keen interest on Maritime Education. “We understand the fact that some schools won’t be able to accommodate all grades 11 and 12 students; the need for facilities will be felt. This is just one reason why we are opening our school to interested parties who want to take-up maritime courses which offer opportunities for work overseas and for them to earn more”, said Dr. Despi.

Meanwhile, during the forum, the Chairperson of the Customs Administration Department - Ms. Edna Nacion provided the visitors a short but substantial concept of the course, the performance of MPCF graduates and the career opportunities that await them particularly in air-freight, government and private enterprises.

On the other hand, the general academic track which includes the subject offerings, special trainings and other courses offered were discussed by Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Marian Her. Lazaro.

She pointed out the advantages the program can bring to students. She presented the options which they can have upon entering Junior College. They can take-up Bachelor of Science courses in Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, or Technical/Vocational courses like those which are offered by TESDA, or avail of a special course in Culinary Arts.

As to the school’s capability to provide quality education, VPAA Lazaro assured the visitors of the state-of the art facilities at hand such as the well-equiped maritime laboratories that conform with international maritime standards plus the competent instructors who are industry practitioners. These and more are available now at Mariners.

In a statement, she said, “MPCF is now included in the Alpha List of Maritime schools operating in the Philippines today as confirmed by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). With this development, it is an affirmation of the institution’s capability on the fine competencies which the school can offer. We are ready for 2016.”


The visitors enjoying the merienda-cena prepared by Culinary Arts students of MPCF- Camarines Sur during the Round-Table discussion on DepEd’s K to 12 program.

After the round-table discussion, the culinary arts students of Mariners served a sumptuous meal set in a buffet for a merienda-cena. The visitors expressed their appreciation as they were were impressed with the table setting and the meal preparation skills of the students.

It was followed by a discussion in which the attendees asked questions related to the Junior College Program of Mariners. They likewise expressed gratitude for the warm welcome accorded them by the institution. They recognized the school’s readiness to face the challenge in 2016 as the education system adopts the K to 12 Program. The main agenda of the forum was to create awareness on the Maritime-oriented curriculum under the Junior College Program of Mariners which could be shared to high school students.

The Administration and the entire Mariners academic community look forward to a smooth start of the K to 12 program in 2016 as it partners with the Public High Schools in the vicinity. (CAS)

Intramurals 2015 at MPCF-Cam Sur pushes for student empowerment and unity


Students with their respective color-teams pose and cheer before and after the parade at this year’s opening of the College Intramurals

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur – The students of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, has proven that sportsmanship and camaraderie are important factors in the friendly matches played in the recently concluded College Intramurals.   

This spirit dominated the conduct of the activities, the beauty and talent pageants at the annual sporting competition in the campus.

For this year, the 3-day activity adopted the theme: “Student Empowerment and Unity through Sports.”   Sports Coordinator Mr. Ramchand Tolaram,  Student Affairs and Services Director Ms. Fatima Edna Balaquiao and College Guidance Counselor Mr. Dakila Capistrano served as guides in this student activity.  

The event was started with a colorful parade along the main thoroughfares of Canaman town.  It was joined by students in their color-team uniforms, the school faculty and staff accompanied by a PNP Mobile Escort, the MPCF Band and Majorettes, MPCF Motorcycle Riders, Skaters, Cyclers, Corps of Midshipmen and school officials.

After the parade, an entertainment number was rendered by the band and majorettes which showcased the winning numbers they performed in previous competitions.  Vice President for External and Student Affairs Mdme. Nimfa V. Jimenez provided the opening remarks. 

Mariners’ international swimming sensation Midn. Jifrey Azor gave the signal for the official start of the games via the traditional lighting of the urn.  Midn. Jon Andrei Emmanuel Banday recited the Oath of Sportsmanship to remind the teams and the players on the significance of sportsmanship.


MPCF Majorettes perform and show their winning form during an exhibition at the opening ceremonies of Intramurals 2015


(Left picture) - The winners of the ‘Mr. and Ms. Intramurals 2015’  beauty and talent pageant pose for a souvenir picture.  (Right picture) - Friendship dominates over competition as the ‘Princess of the Seven Seas’ pageant winner poses with his runner-up ‘Ms. Pacific Ocean’ after the coronation ceremonies. This activity has been staged as one of the colorful highlights of the occasion.

Aside from the games, two pageants were held.  The Search for the 2015 ‘Mr. and Ms. Intramurals’ was presented and was joined by male and female student-participants from the different College Departments. The contest showcased not just their beauty but more importantly, their talents.

To add color and fun to the occasion, the classic beauty search for the ‘Princess of the Seven Seas’, featuring male students dressed and made-up as women, competed for the title.

Meanwhile, the tournaments were witnessed by full-packed crowds as they watched basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, swimming, sepak takraw, tug of warand sack-race games.  Students and faculty members cheered for their favorite teams. Mind-games like Chess and Game of the Generals added delight to the affair.

The announcement of winners took place on January 24, 2015, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon  at the JC Jimenez Multi-Purpose Gymnasium.

Below is the complete list of winners:


EVENT

WINNER

Basketball (Men)

BLUE MARLIN

Basketball (Women)

VIOLET WHALE

Volleyball (Men)

GREEN SWORDFISH

Volleyball (Women

BLUE MARLIN

Badminton Single (Men)

Reymark Garcia--BLACK VIPERFISH

Badminton Single (Women)

Angelica Frondonzo—BLUE MARLIN

Badminton Doubles (Men)

Domingo Cillo & Julius Teope—YELLOW STINGRAY

Table Tennis Single (Men)

Dindo Abella—GREEN SWORDFISH

Sepak Takraw (Men)

GREEN SWORDFISH

Swimming Freestyle (Men)

Edmar Brigola—BLACK VIPERFISH

Swimming Breast Stroke (Men)

Jay-ar Armendral—VIOLET WHALE

Swimming Back Stroke (Men)

Xavier Ian Orit—GREEN SWORDFISH

Chess (No Gender Factor)

Paul Francis Baracina—GREEN SWORDFISH

Game of the Generals

VIOLET WHALE

Tug of War (Men)

VIOLET WHALE

Sack Race (Mix)

BLUE MARLIN

Mr. and Ms. Intramurals

 

Mr. Intramurals 2015

GREEN SWORDFISH

Ms. Intramurals 2015

VIOLET WHALE

Mr. 1st Runner Up

RED SEA LION

Ms. 1st Runner Up

RED SEA LION

Mr. 2nd Runner Up

YELLOW STINGRAY

Ms. 2nd Runner Up

GREEN SWORDFISH

Special Awards

 

Mr. Photogenic

GREEN SWORDFISH

Ms. Photogenic

RED SEA LION

Mr. Best in Sports Attire

GREEN SWORDFISH

Ms. Best in Sports Attire

RED SEA LION

Mr. Best in Uniform Attire

GREEN SWORDFISH

Ms. Best in Uniform Attire

BLUE MARLIN

Mr. Best in Talent Portion

GREEN SWORDFISH

Ms. Best in Talent Portion

YELLOW STINGRAY

Mr. Best in Production

RED SEA LION

Ms. Best in Production

RED SEA LION

Mr. McSmile

BLACK VIPERFISH

Ms. McSmile

RED SEA LION

Mr. Best in Formal Attire

GREEN SWORDFISH

Ms. Best in Long Gown

BLACK VIPERFISH

Princess of the Seven Seas

Winner (representatives of respective color teams)

Princess of the Seven Seas (Top Award)

VIOLET WHALE

Ms. Pacific

VIOLET WHALE

Ms. Atlantic

RED SEA LION

Ms. Indian

YELLOW STINGRAY

Ms. Artic

GREEN SWORDFISH

Ms. Antarctic

YELLOW STINGRAY

Ms. Mediterranean

GREEN SWORDFISH

Ms. China Sea

BLACK VIPERFISH

Special Awards

 

Ms. Photogenic

YELLOW STINGRAY

Ms. Best in Sports Attire

VIOLET WHALE

Ms. Best in Long Gown

VIOLET WHALE

Ms. Best in Production

VIOLET WHALE

Ms. Best in Talent Portion

VIOLET WHALE

Ms. McSmile

YELLOW STINGRAY


At the closing ceremonies, the Violet Whale team bagged six championship trophies including the titles ‘Ms. Intramurals’ and ‘Princess of the Seven Seas 2015’. The team was also hailed as the over-all champion after it has garnered a total of 1,490 points. The Green Swordfish team followed with 1,390 points, Red Sea Lion with 1,300 points, Black Viper Fish with 1,210 points, Yellow Stingray with 1,186 points and Blue Marlin with 1,015.

With the success of this activity, the Mariners Community in Camarines Sur looks forward to another year of unity and empowered students which can continue with what has been started and achieved through sports, as experienced in the recently concluded 2015 College Intramurals. (CAS)

MPCF-Cam Sur presents Junior College maritime-oriented curriculum to public high schools execs


Principals and Guidance Counselors from public high schools in Naga City and neighboring municipalities attend the round- table discussion on MPCF-Camarines Sur’s Maritime-Oriented curriculum for Grades 11 and 12 or the Junior College (K to 12) program. In this photo are the public high school principals, guidance Counselors and the members of the Mariners school’s management committee.

Canaman, Camarines Sur—the Administration and Management Committee members of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF), this province conducted a round-table discussion which focused on the Maritime curriculum and the Junior College programs that the school will offer starting the academic year 2016-2017.

This was held on January 27, 2015 and attended by 21 principals and guidance counselors from different public high schools in Naga City and neighboring towns of Camarines Sur.

The event conducted at the International Culinary Training Center (ICTC) was led by Vice President for Academic Affairs Ms. Marian Her. Lazaro, assisted by Executive Assistant and Quality Management Representative Dr. Edgar Despi and together with the members of the school’s Management Committee.

Mariner System’s Corporate Public Affairs Officer Elmer Abad delivered an overview of the K to 12 situation and what MPCF intends to offer to mitigate the possible adverse effect on students once the program is implemented. He invited the attention of high school principals to look at alternatives on careers which the Mariners school offers, anchored on the slogan ‘Sarong Marinero sa Cada Pamilyang Bicolano’ or ‘One Seafarer in Evey Bicolano Family’.


(Clockwise) Vice President for Academic Affairs Ms. Marian Her. Lazaro gives the welcome remarks to the visiting principals and guidance counselors, (2) The attendees savoring the food prepared by MPCF Culinary Arts students, (3) The visitors and members of the management committee observe the operation of the state-of-the-art bridge simulator and (4), a visit to the globally-connected electronics Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS).

As a result of the productive visit made by the public high school executives, some of them have requested for a one-day immersion of their students at the Canaman, Camarines Sur campus to include visit to the facilities such as the maritime laboratories and actual attendance to classes being held.

“It is the wish of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation for high school students to explore the various opportunities that await those who will qualify to take maritime courses. Scholarship opportunities abound and this should be availed by those who will enter college, especially the poor and deserving students”, declared Vice President for Academic Affairs Marian Her. Lazaro. (CAS)