2017 NEWS ENTRY
Mariners Schools commence 2nd semester with the ‘start right’ dictum
Bicol Region The schools of Mariners System (Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Legazpi City, Albay & in Canaman, Camarines Sur and the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges in Naga City) have observed the institutions’ traditional ‘start right’ dictum as the second semester of Academic Year 2017-2018 opened.
The three Mariners Schools in Bicol (left to right) MPCF-Legazpi, MPCF-Camarines Sur and MPC-Naga, have been refurbished to be ready for use by students as the second semester opens.
The unique facilities at the Mariners Schools - (left to right) The training swimming pools at MPCF-Legazpi & MPCF- Camarines Sur with the enclosed life boats utilized by future Seafarers in their basic drills and the Mariners Training and Hotel Institute (MTHI) of MPC-Naga where Hospitality Management students are taught to be better prepared in their chosen profession.

Remembering to carry-out the spirit started by the Founder of Mariners System - the late Commodore Jaime Chavez Jimenez, the academic community has vowed to strictly observe the global standards, foremost of which is the adherence to the tenets set by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

As the second semester rolls, the three Institutions have exerted effort to prepare and make ready not only the facilities but the school personnel, to include the faculty and staff.

“Let us have a concerted effort again in making the delivery of service to the students as smooth and effective as can be, as what we have traditionally done in the past years. We have to sustain this quality of service to our clientele – the students, who deserve the best from us”, said MPCF-Legazpi President and Chief Executive Officer Dante La. Jimenez.

On the other hand, the System leaders made mention of the concern that some students would start their regular attendance a few days or a week after the official opening of classes.

“We enjoin every student to make regular the first day of class this second semester. To the parents, we appeal to inspire their children to come and attend the start of classes as scheduled. All our personnel and facilities have been readied while the students are on their semestral break”, declared MPCF-Camarines Sur and MPC-Naga President and CEO – Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan.

For MPCF-Legazpi, classes for Senior High School start November 6 while for the College level, it has been earmarked on November 8, 2017. Meanwhile, as far as MPC-Naga and MPCF- Camarines Sur are concerned, November 6 has been scheduled for the classes to start for Senior High School while for the College level, it has been targeted on November 13, 2017.

The Mariners System abides with the dictum to ‘start right’ the second semester of academic year 2017-2018.

Mariners Community, Jimenez Family commemorate Madame Eliza’s 40th Day
The final resting place of Madame Eliza Lazaro Jimenez at the Santo Niño Memorial Park as she lies side-by-side with husband, the late Founder of Mariners System Commodore Jaime Chavez Jimenez and son - Engr. Jaime Lazaro Jimenez, Jr.
Canaman, Camarines Sur and Naga City - The Jimenez Family, the Mariners academic community of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur and Legazpi City, Albay and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City, and family friends commemorated the 40th day on September 21, 2017 the passing away of the institution’s Chairman Emeritus - Madame Eliza Lazaro Jimenez.

Included in the highlights of the occasion were the concelebrated Mass at the school Chapel, the message of thanksgiving and honoring by the Jimenez children, planting of the Eliza tree and the flower offering and prayer at the Jimenez Mausoleum at the Sto. Niño Memorial Park in Naga City.

It was a small gathering which consisted of the members of the Management Committees of the Mariners schools in Bicol, with the MPCF-Legazpi group led by President/CEO Commodore Dante La. Jimenez.

The event was an opportunity to reminisce all the good things Madame Eliza has done to the institution in which she was co-founder and for the school personnel to cherish how she touched their lives in their stint as her co-workers. The occasion was joined later by other Members of the Board of Trustees, Madame Evita Jimenez and Ms. Merle Jimenez San Pedro.

The concelebrated Mass commemorating the 40th Day after the passing away of Mariners’ Chairman Emeritus Madame Eliza Lazaro Jimenez held at the school chapel. Fr. Nelson Zaballa and Fr. Alfred Baisa preside in the Eucharistic Celebration with the members of the Jimenez Family and the Mariners academic community in attendance.
(Left picture) MPCF-Legazpi President/CEO Commodore Dante La. Jimenez and Board of Trustees Secretary Madame Nimfa Jimenez join the floral offering rites at the Sto. Niño Memorial Park. (Right picture) Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez, the eldest among the children leads a moment of prayer inside the mausoleum, joined by ManCom members.
The brothers (Dr. Gabriel Jimenez and Commodore Dante Jimenez) and sister (Dr, Marilisa J. Ampuan) plant the ‘Eliza Tree’ in front of the school chapel at MPCF-Camarines Sur during the occasion as MPC-Naga Executive Assistant to the President Ely Alipante, MPCF-Camarines Sur VP for External and Student Affairs Napoleon Mangente and ManCom members watch the activity.

The Jimenez family and the Mariners community will always cherish the memory of Madame Eliza as the ‘Institution’ within the institution for the many good things she has done for the school and its people.

Band and Majorettes contingent performs in 2017 Peñafrancia Military parade exhibition
Naga City – The Band and Majorettes contingent of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges/Foundation (MPC/F) of Naga City and Canaman, Camarines Sur made an exhibition performance in the 2017 Regional Peñafrancia Military Parade as a non-competing unit.
The Band and Majorettes of MPC/F (Naga and Canaman, Camarines Sur) in one of their performances as they display their winning form. (Left picture) The group performs during the Peñafrancia Festival Military Parade (Right picture) The Band as they participate in the event while they display their colorful fancy costume.

In the order of the parade this year, the schools’ Band and Majorettes team was among those in the lead group which rendered exhibition performance that entertained the Festival crowd.

In the past years, this MPCF squad has been recipient of several awards as best performing marching band unit during the Festival’s military parade competition. It is now one of the Hall of Famers which enjoy the prestige of having won the coveted award repeatedly in similar past contests.

The school takes pride in the achievement attained by the group especially that one of the factors required to be able to receive the award is the high degree of discipline the members of the contingents demonstrated not only during their training but in the actual performance in the competition.

Most of the band members are maritime cadets who someday will become officers in ships-at- sea. The ‘Most Disciplined’ award received by the team in the past years is a feather in the cap for the school whose students will someday become the elite Filipino Seafarers of the world.

A display of discipline, skill and art by the schools’ Band and Majorettes as they perform in street competition. (Left picture) The Majorettes perform in Bacoor, Cavite in a national contest in 2014 while they are joined by ABS-CBN’s TV host Amy Perez. (Right picture) The band as they do their award-winning performance in the streets of Naga City.

In military parade competitions in previous years, the Mariners group was always one of the most awaited units which received the biggest applause from spectators who came from all the over the Bicol Region and other parts of the country to witness this grand colorful event.

This activity is one of the highlights of the annual Festival in September in Naga City to commemorate the feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the Patroness of Bicolandia.

AN OBITUARY & THANK YOU

ELIZA LAZARO JIMENEZ, 93

In loving memory of ELIZA LAZARO JIMENEZ, Chair Emeritus of the Mariners System in Bicol region, died in the Peace of the Lord on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the age of 93 years old in Naga City, also her place of birth. She was born to the late Severino Lazaro and Basiliza dela Torre on June 14, 1924. ELIZA was the widow of the late Jaime Chavez Jimenez, 69 native of Libmanan, Camarines Sur who was the proud Founder of the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation) MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur, Legazpi City in Albay and in Naga City as well the Mariners Training Center in Manila. They bore seven children –Joselito, Gabriel, Dante, Evita, Marilissa, Jaime Jr and Merle with Joselito and Jaime Jr who passed away earlier in life. The remaining four days of her wake were spent at the Mariners Canaman Chapel which she helped build in the institutions’ formative years.

A loving mother, called Mommy Dear by her surviving children and grandchildren, Eliza left behind numerous relatives and friends including those with whom she shared much of her generosity and compassion and who will miss her greatly.

The family wishes to thank all of those who cared and prayed for her during the last few months of her illness at a City hospital and who shared their loss when she finally joined the Lord. Prayers and donations for her charity which touched the lives of many like schooling for poor aspirants to the Priesthood and for the Chapel for Seafarers at Mariners are most welcome and may be made to any of the schools through the Office of Finance Affairs (OFA). With love, the memory of her kind deeds and the strength of her good example live on. Dios Mabalos! Thank you very much!

Jimenez children and family, the Mariners System community say “Thank You” for the outpouring of sympathy
Canaman, Camarines Sur – The Mariners System and the Jimenez family have expressed profound gratitude to all who in one way or another have condoled with the family in their time of bereavement.

This is the sentiment conveyed by the members of the family now led by Mariners’ Board of Trustees Member Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez, the eldest son of deceased spouses Jaime, Sr. and Eliza.

In the same manner, the officialdom of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges/Foundation has expressed a similar sentiment after Madame Eliza has been brought to her final resting place on Sunday August 21, 2017 at the Sto. Niño Memorial Park after the 1pm Requiem Mass at the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Peñafrancia in Naga City.

The Jimenez family, relatives, members of the Mariners academic community and friends of the deceased had accompanied her to her final resting place in the funeral procession which started from the MPCF-Canaman Camarines Sur campus to the memorial park where her body was entombed beside her husband Commodore Jaime Sr. and son Engr. Jaime, Jr.

Prayers for the eternal repose of her soul are earnestly requested. “Rest well, Mommy Dear!”

MPCF-Legazpi observes 32 nd Foundation Anniversary; continues to move forward with resolve and resilience
Legazpi City, Albay – The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this city observed its 32nd Foundation Anniversary on August 4, 2017 with simple but meaningful activities, recalling its humble beginnings and bracing for the challenges that lie ahead.
(Left picture) President/CEO Dante La. Jimenez addresses the academic community and guests at the Traditional Luncheon. (Right picture) The President in an interview with local radio and television stations during the 32nd Foundation Anniversary of MPCF-Legazpi.
(Left picture) The Chairman of Chinese General Hospital - RADM James Dy (seated, center) signs the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the grant of health benefits to school personnel with Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation represented by Commodore Dante La. Jimenez. The event was witnessed by school and hospital officials. (Right picture) The President/CEO is joined by officials from sister Mariners schools in Naga City and the MPCF in Camarines Sur.

The theme ‘Onwards Through Challenges with Resolve and Resilience’ adopted for this year’s event is appropriate inasmuch as the Institution has faced unrelenting tests in the past in which it has survived. These challenges are still present and the theme will continue to be the guiding light for the academic community.

Included in the highlight of activities were the Foot Parade at 6:30 a.m. from the Legazpi Port Area to the school campus, the Thanksgiving Mass, the Blessing of Training Modules at the Engineering II Building, the Arrival Honors for MPCF Legazpi’s President/CEO Commodore Dante La. Jimemez, and guests City Mayor Noel E. Rosal and Chinese General Hospital Chairman - RADM James D. Dy, PCGA, the Band and Majorrettes Exhibition, the Traditional Luncheon and the Basketball Game Exhibition.

The President, in an interview with ABS-CBN and Veritas Radio & TV in Legazpi City reiterated his appreciation and gratitude to the members of the Mariners academic community, the students and parents, the Bicolanos and the public in general for the support to and acceptance of the Institution which has served the Bicol Region for more than three decades.

“The school has leveled to world-class standards as we assure everyone of its sustainability as required by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd). This level of standard will continue to be pursued to guarantee academic quality to the Bicolano youth who avail of the education offered by this Institution”, declared President Jimenez.

Meanwhile, the student, faculty and staff of MPCF-Legazpi are one as they vowed to support the advocacies launched by the administration at the 32 nd Foundation Anniversary which coincided with the birthday of Commodore Dante Jimenez.

Mariners System commemorates Founder’s 95th birth anniversary
Canaman, Camarines Sur– The Mariners schools in Bicol commemorated the 95th birth anniversary of the late Commodore Jaime Chavez Jimenez, Founder of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges/Foundation (MPC/F), in fitting ceremonies held at the Camarines Sur campus.
Mariners System’s Chairperson Emeritus Madame Eliza Lazaro Jimenez poses beside a painting of the late Founder Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez, Sr. before the start of the program and luncheon on the occasion of his 95th Birth Anniversary held at the International Culinary Training Center (ICTC) of MPCF in Canaman, Camarines Sur.

The occasion was attended by representatives from Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay and MPCF in Canaman, Camarines Sur.

In an interview conducted by the Mariners System’s Corporate Public Affairs Office ,with the President and CEO of Mariners Naga - Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, she disclosed that the occasion is a fitting tribute to the late Founder inasmuch as his vision for the schools especially that of providing quality and affordable maritime education to the Bicolano youth has started to be realized.

On the other hand, Mariners-Legazpi President Commodore Dante La. Jimenez confirmed the continuing commitment of the Institution which the Founder has started.

(Left photo) Mariners Board of Trustees Member Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez (extreme left) and MPCF-Legazpi President Commodore Dante La. Jimenez (center), acknowledge the presence of PNP Bicol Regional Director C/Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenaflor during the program. (Right photo) A vintage picture taken in 1986 showing Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez (back to Camera in white naval uniform) congratulating now Mariners System’s Corporate Public Affairs Officer (CPAO) Elmer Abad who was then the Station Manager of Radio DWNW in Naga City, during a symposium sponsored by the school. At the background is Commodore Dante La Jimenez (center) who was one of the officials of the school at that time.
Well-wishers from the local community as well as from the media join the birth anniversary commemoration of the Founder.

A floral offering was made in front of the Founder’s monument, participated by school officials and the members of the academic community. The Faculty and staff, members of the alumni association, students as well as friends and other stakeholders joined the simple activities.

“What the Founder started forty three years ago has been sustained through the years and the present thrust of the schools is to continue to be responsive to the global standards in business and especially in maritime education as set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and other concerned agencies and organizations; the efficiency of Seafarers should redound to the safety at sea for those who work in the maritime industry”, Board of Trustees Member Merle Jimenez-San Pedro concluded.

Sumaro Bicolnon, Inc. confers posthumous award honoring Mariners System Founder Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez
Naga City – The organization of Sumaro Bicolnon, Inc., a non-governmental organization which carries the advocacy to preserve Bicol Culture and Heritage has conferred a posthumous award to Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez, Founder of the Mariners schools. He is cited for his active participation in the guerilla movement during World War II in fighting the Japanese invaders in the area and for his pioneering work in establishing schools for Seafarers in the Bicol Region.
(Left picture) The Late Commodore Jaime C Jimenez, with wife Eliza Lazaro-Jimenez. (Right picture) The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Sumaro Bicolnon awards rites held at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary in Naga City. Mrs Eliza Lazaro- Jimenez (center, seated on a wheelchair) cuts the ceremonial ribbon. Present in the occasion are (L-R) Philippine Army’s 9th Infantry Division Commander Major General Manolito Orense, PNP Regional Director for Bicol P/CSupt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe, former Naga City Mayor Sulpicio Roco, Jr., Mariners Board of Trustees Member Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez (at the back of Mrs. Jimenez) and Sumaro Bicolnon President Ramon Olano (extreme right in white barong tagalog suit).

The occasion dubbed as ‘Kabikolan at War: A Social History of World War II‘ was held on April 7, 2017 at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary in Naga City. Aside from the awards rites, an exhibit of the guerillas’ memorabilla and a series of historical lectures on what transpired during the Second World War in Camarines Sur and particularly in the City of Naga was conducted.

Records show that from his humble beginnings in Libmanan, Camarines Sur, Jaime Chavez Jimenez, Sr. began his involvement in the resistance movement as a member of the Tangcong Vaca Guerilla Unit. After the Second World War, he joined the Philippine Navy where he became an officer. His stay in the Navy has ignited his dream to continue being in the maritime service.

Later, he earned his degrees in Associate Marine and Mechanical Engineering. Subsequently, he worked as an instructor and Dean of a maritime school in Manila. His accomplishments led him to start a school, the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City and eventually, the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur and in Legazpi City, Albay.

School officials and some members of the Jimenez Family were in attendance in the conferment of the Posthumous Award to MPCF Founder Jaime Jimenez, Sr. Also in the picture are the officers of Sumaro Bicolnon , Inc.and friends.

Other members of the Jimenez clan and school officials who attended the event include Mariners Camarines Sur and Naga President and CEO Dr. Marilissa Jimenez Ampuan, MPCF Members of the Board of Trustees Ms. Evita Lazaro Jimenez, Dr. Gabriel Lazaro Jimenez, VP for Academic Affairs Marian Lazaro, Human Resource Department Director Karlo Jimenez Ampuan and VP for Student and External Affairs Napoleon Mangente.

School officials of MPC/F face Cam Norte media in press conference
Daet, Camarines Norte - A team comprising of school officials from Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Camarines Sur and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga City visited Daet, Camarines Norte on March 28, 2017. The mission team led by the institutions’ President and CEO Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan hammered on the role played by Mariners in making maritime education available and affordable to the Bicolano youth.
MPCF Cam Sur and MPC Naga President/CEO Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (in black suit at the head of the table) together with some department heads from the two institutions answer questions from radio-tv reporters in a Press Conference held in Daet, Camarines Norte. (Left to Right facing the media) MPCF Cam Sur Senior High School Principal Eden Arenas, Dean of Maritime Studies Chief Mate Manuel Olivan, VP for Student and External Affairs Napoleon Mangente, and MPC-Naga Director of Student Affairs Services Hazel Palacio. Not in the picture is Quality Management Representative (QMR) Ms. Joan Dulong.

Attended by representatives from two local TV and four radio stations in the area, Dr. Ampuan and the schools’ Department Heads who were present took turns in answering questions from the members of the local media.

With a substantial percentage of enrollees at the two Mariners schools who hail from the Province of Camarines Norte, the team assured the North Camarinenses of the unwavering commitment of the institution in giving its students world-class education which conforms with global standards especially when it comes to maritime education and allied courses.

Aside from the degree courses in Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) offered at MPCF Camarines Sur, the team also explained the course offerings in its sister business school – the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges in Naga City.

The long list of successful MPC/F alumni who hail from Camarines Norte is displayed while the Press Conference is in progress. Note that the graduates are spread from almost all the municipalities of the province.
Members of the Camarines Norte media headed by RMN’s Station Manager Louie San Ramon (seated - first from left in dark t-shirt) listen to the Mariners Mission Team after asking questions at the Press Conference which was broadcast live via Daet’s DWSR Radio and echoed in newscasts of other radio stations.

Both schools offer Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration (BSCA) while other courses available include Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM), Hospitality Management (HM), Bachelor of Science in Tourism (BST) and other related courses which can be availed of at MPC-Naga.

It was also divulged at the Press Conference that after the institution’s forty three (43) years of existence, it has vowed to continue sustaining what it has started in giving quality education to the Bicolanos.

“Mariners is honored to have been given accreditation by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) as one of the forty three (43) maritime schools in the country given authority to offer degree courses which can train maritime cadets to become ship officers”, confirmed the schools’ President/CEO Dr. Marillissa J. Ampuan.

Mariners Cam Sur & Naga celebrate joint 43rd Foundation Anniversary; vow to continue creating opportunities for Bicolanos
Naga City and Canaman, Camarines Sur - The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman and the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City commemorated the 43rd year of service to the Bicolano community on March 3 and 4, 2017 in fitting simultaneous activities conducted in the two campuses.
The main buildings of the different Mariners campuses in Bicol as the institution commemorates its 43rd Foundation Anniversary.
(Left picture) The festive mood at the Car Show with vehicles owned by school Alumni displayed inside the Canaman, campus. Note the visiting Senior High School students from other schools who toured the school. (Right picture) The ‘Boodle Fight’ held at lunchtime to celebrate the day. (R to L) MPCF HR Head Karlo Ampuan, President/CEO Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (in dark coat) and MPCF Legaspi President and CEO Dante La. Jimenez together with the members of the local media, students, faculty and staff.

The schools adopted the theme ‘MPC/F, 43 Years of Creating Opportunities for Bicolanos’.

"This is a fitting subject for this year’s celebration as it reflects Mariners’ intention of sustaining the thrust it has started along the line of providing quality Maritime and Business education it has vowed to give to the youth of Bicolandia”, declared President and CEO Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan.

Among the highlights on the first day (March 3) of the occasion were the Foundation Walk from the Naga Cathedral to the MPCF Campus, Zumba anf Aerobics, Field Demonstration, Trade Fair, Car Display, Visit of Senior High School Principals, Guidance Counselors and Students and the Friendly Basketball Match with the team from the Pili National High School.

(Left picture) President & CEO Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan addresses the Senior High School Principals and Guidance Counselors from public and private institutions invited at the Anniversary program. (Right picture) Members of the Mariners’ Red Cross Youth Council conduct the bloodletting campaign during the celebration.
(Right picture) Press Conference with Presidents & CEO’s of Mariners Cam Sur and Legazpi City Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan and Commodore Dante La. Jimenez respectively, with the members of the local media during the height of the celebration. (Right picture) Groupies and selfies before the MPCF giant marquee letters.

On the 2nd day (March 4) of the event, it was started with the Thanksgiving Mass, Floral Offering at the monument of the school founder Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez, Awarding of MPCF Employees, Boodle Fight Lunch and the Exhibition by the School Band and Majorettes held inside the SM City Mall in Naga City. A Bloodletting Campaign by the Mariners’ Red Cross Youth Council was conducted.

All activities were participated not only by students but by the members of the Alumni Association, friends of Mariners the faculty and staff.

VP for Students and External Affairs Napoleon Mangente who was over-all Chair of the event expressed delight on the wholehearted participation of the different school departments and personnel which made the Foundation Anniversary celebration significant, meaningful and a success.

“The occasion is a fitting tribute to the Founder of Mariners, Commodore Jaime Chavez Jimenez who, 43 years ago started it all to make the Institution a reality when it comes to serving the Bicolano Youth thru the Maritime and Business courses which the two campuses offer”, Mangente added.