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.



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!”

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.
(Top 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. (Bottom 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.