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Seafarers’ Day honors Filipino seamen at MPCF-Camarines Sur

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur — June 25, 2015: The day Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province continued to stand to the tradition of honoring seamen with fitting activities marking the yearly Seafarers’ Day. It was an occasion to acknowledge Filipino seafarers’ positive contribution to the Maritime Industry both in the Philippines and the world.

(Left picture) Students, Faculty and Staff attend the Thanksgiving Mass at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. (Right picture) Students carrying the streamer for Seafarers Day 2015 before starting the Fun Walk from the churchyard to the MPCF-Camarines Sur Campus.

On this day throughout the Philippines, Filipinos, maritime schools, government, and other organizations remember hundreds of thousands of seafarers because of their impact on the country’s economy through their dollar remittances and the economic upliftment of their respective families and communities. Every year, Filipino seamen’s remittances contribute the largest pie that help keep the economy afloat.

The Seafarers’ Day celebration began with a 6 a.m. Mass held at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. This was followed by a “Fun Walk” kicking off from the cathedral to the MPCF-Camarines Sur campus which was made colorful by the participation of the school’s Band and Majorettes who were cheered by the participants as well as thousands of spectators along the route.

Following the Fun Walk, a program was held at the launching of the ORG EXPO 2015, an activity espoused by different student campus organizations where various products were put on display and services offered to the students and guests. Opening remarks was delivered by VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente followed by testimonies from the members of the alumni association who are now successful Seafarers. Intermission cultural numbers were performed by Maritime Cadets to the audience’s delight.

(Clockwise) MPCF Band Members during the Seafarers Day Fun Walk 2015, students showing their Zumba skill in Zumbarinero, MPCF Cadets and Org Skippers holding the ORG EXPO 2015 streamer, and VPA Napoleon Mangente delivering his opening remarks for the event.

A meaningful ceremony called “Taps for the Fallen Seafarers” highlighted afternoon activities to pay respect and tribute to Filipino seafarers who perished in sea mishaps.

Oration and Maritime Quiz Bee were among the activities during the day. The program which ended at 4 p.m. had Ralph Arky Picache and Alyanna Gayle Fajardo as masters of ceremony.

In the Seafarers’ Day, the Mariners community vowed to remember the sacrifices made by Filipino Seamen in the past as it supports and encourages the present-day Seafarers to continue performing their role as modern-day heroes for their families and the country. (CAS)