Mariners Canaman

Mariners marks 42 with med mission, workshop, and zumba

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur – At 42, Mariners is as vibrant and pace-setting as ever.

A fun run, blood donation, and basketball exhibition match were mixed with a seminar workshop in digital publication and reading-comprehension contest. The events highlighted the 42nd founding anniversary of the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) at its two school campuses in this province – Naga City and Canaman.

The two-day anniversary, March 3-4, 2016, bannered this year’s theme, Mariners@42: Sustaining its Niche in the Global Arena. March 4, founding day, also marked the birth anniversary of the late Engr. Jaime “Boboy” Lazaro Jimenez, Jr.

First day had a fun run and field demonstration exercises to promote healthy lifestyle. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan contributed in making the activities more colorful by leading the zumba and aerobics contests in full sports attire.

A Red Cross Youth (RCY) contingent assisted in the blood donation. Blood donors also availed of free HIV tests as part of the institution’s health campaign.

A trade fair showcasing food products and services from student groups inside and outside the campus were opened on the first day.

Also on March 3, a seminar-workshop on Digital Media was conceptualized by Board of Trustees Member and Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) Project Manager Evita L. Jimenez. The attendees, mostly personnel from the Systems Information Management of Mariners (SIMM) team were mentored by Prof. Bobby Tuazon of the University of the Philippines. Professor Tuazon advised the personnel, including L4SS staff, to master the art of digital writing, research, visuals, and graphics to reach out to the country’s seafarers, maritime students, and other local and international digital users with information and learning materials on safe seafaring and other needs.

A reading and comprehension contest was also organized by the Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) followed by a friendly basketball exhibition match between the players of Mariners and the staff of Landbank-Naga branch.

A medical mission served indigent residents from nearby communities.

The traditional lunch was made as the forum in giving recognition to service awardees from both schools held at the JCJ Multipurpose Gymnasium, Canaman campus.

“The thrust to further raise the level of quality of education to be at par with global standards is very encouraging. The moves being made inside the campus now all point toward this direction,” commented Executive Assistant to the CEO, Dr. Edgar Despi.

“As a school officer who has served the institution for the past 30 years, the stability which Mariners enjoys now is the product of the concerted cooperative efforts by all stakeholders who nurtured the ideals toward a dynamic education system then proposed by the late Founder Commodore Jaime Jimenez, Sr.,” VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente stated.

“The members of the academic community and Alumni Association had fun as they reminisce meaningfully the humble beginning of Mariners and what it is now. This inspires and prepares us to sustain what has been achieved and to face bravely the challenges that lie ahead,” CEO Marilissa J. Ampuan concluded.

MPCF alumnus, Midshipman Ralph Arky B. Picache, remarked: “This event brings me back to the time the school started. As a Marine Engineering student, the glimpse on how Mariners began and what it is now has given me reason to appreciate more the institution.”

Having reached 42 with flying colors and brighter development prospects, the Mariners academic community is thankful for achieving this milestone while it continues to focus on providing quality education to make its graduates globally competitive. (CAS)