Capt. Juan Antoine Dela Torre showed in concrete terms support on the project, Ten Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines (TOMSP), by handing to the winners the certificates for a P35,000 full review scholarship which may be availed in any of the 60 Cebu Gems Innovation and Career Development Centers.

This was during the 22nd National Seafarers’ Day last September 24th at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, Metro Manila. Capt. Dela Torre was assisted by MARINA Administrator Marcial Amaro III and Fr. Paulo Prigol, AOS Director.

The gesture is part of the Christian commitment of “Thy Will be done,” the core value of Cebu Gems — a business so successful fueled by an abiding faith, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me” (Philippians 4:13).

The center was conceptualized in September 2009 by a group of serious and dedicated maritime practitioners. They agreed to team up for safety of life and property at sea through quality training. To walk the talk, Cebu Gems was established in 2010, starting with barely ten reviewers.

But just after seven years, it has now 60 branches.

2017 TOMSP.

All awardees took BS Marine Transportation except Eugene Mark L. Genilsa who took BS Marine Engineering. Winners of the 7th Western Union TOMSP are:

  1. Dionel L. Alfaro, Asian Institute of Maritime Studies
  2. Ronald Christ A. Capindo, John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation -Bacolod
  3. Janine H. Elican, John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation-Bacolod
  4. Eugene Mark L. Genilsa, JBL Colleges Foundation Maritime University-Molo
  5. Nellyvette Claire B. Dela Cruz, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific-IMMAJ
  6. Loren C. Nagapatan, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific- IMMAJ
  7. Patrick Allan V. Peralta, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific- CGSO Campus
  8. Karl Japeth G. Rosal, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific- CGSO Campus
  9. John Michael C. Ibanez, University of Cebu-Lapu lapu and Mandaue
  10. Honey Grace S. Ysulan,Philippine Merchant Marine Academy

TOMSP recognizes and encourages the hard work and education of future mariners; nominees must have shown excellence in academics, competent in practice, good moral standing and active engagement in serving the community.

From 26 schools, 56 were nominated, 20 were shortlisted for the 10 winners.

The criteria and value points: 50% Panel Interview; 15% Examination Score; 15% On-the-Spot Essay Writing Score and 20% Extra Curricular and Community Involvement for a total of 100%.

Winners are aso evaluated on expertise in theoretical and practical application of Western Union and Filipino core values, along the four pillars of Maritime Law. Each TOMSP finalist received P15,000, an honor plaque and gifts from other project partners.

Five composed the Panel of Judges: Engr. Mike Marasigan (Research and Development Manager/Assessor, Seaquest Maritime Training); Capt. Rodolfo Estampador (President, Conference of Maritime Manning Agencies); Mr. Aries Gamboa (Manager, Western Union Financial Services); Atty. Dennis Gorecho (Seafarer Dept. Head, Sapalo, Velez, Bundang, Bulilan Law Offices) and Rev. Fr. Paulo Prigol (Director & Chaplain, Apostleship of the Sea).


 Another Cebu Gems Project


An annual Maritime Team Quiz Bee has been sponsored and organized by the Cebu Gems Innovation and Career Development Center.

The new approach to a popular contest is another public service of Cebu Gems, acknowledged  Pambansang Review Center ng Mga Marino (national review center of mariners).

It was launched September 25th at the Balagtas campus auditorium of Mapua-PTC College of Maritime Education and Training, Malayan Colleges, in Binan, Laguna.

Jo-mari “JM” Hieras was the Quiz Master, lively and impressive as he joked and reached out to both contestants and audience. Hieras was one of 2013 Ten Outstanding Maritime Students (TOMSP) and 2014 Ten Outstanding Students (TOSP) Foundation for Region III.

Hieras also prepared the guideline and the questions. On hand to backstop at the event was

Ms. Joyce Jimenez, Cebu Gems Operations Manager, with her staff.

Questions unanswered by contestants are thrown to the audience, with corresponding prizes for the correct answers.

Eagled-eyed but excited were Mapua-PTC CMET Administrators, faculty members, CMET alumni. Two judges were from the teaching faculty; one from Deck, the other, Engine.

Six teams competed, of four members each, two from Deck and two from Engine. Questions were of general knowledge and current events, computation, identification, challenge (skill activity exercises).

These were calibrated into three levels: easy, moderate and difficult.


Team 5, Grand Winner – captained by Ms. Jana Jacinto. They each received honor plaque, gift packs, their reviews for the board exams shouldered by Cebu Gems.

Team 3, First Runner up – gift packs and P5,000 discount gift certificate from Cebu Gems for their review.

Team 2, Second Runner up – gift packs and P3,000 discount gift certificate from Cebu Gems for their review.

Ms. Jimenez and Rolando V. Bitor, Manager, Quality Management-CMET Deputy Dean, were beaming as prizes and Certificates of Participation were given.


MCL combined with the Phil Transmarine Carriers (PTC) to form the Mapúa-PTC College of Maritime Education and Training (CMET) to offer a solid and balanced program, content-centered curriculum and skills-based training in seafaring.

Through a mix of academic, hands-on trainings and international at-sea exposures, the College aims to produce highly qualified and disciplined maritime professionals with strong loyalty, self-confidence, leadership and excellence.

While others struggle to qualify, CMET has been consistent on both MARINA and CHEd “Whitelist” of schools eligible to offer BSMarE and BSMT.

Capt Armando Ternida, BSMT Program Chair, at his welcome remarks, “It is not only to focus on knowing who will be the best among the best. But I want to personally emphasize that our main objective is to make us aware of your level of readiness in the screening by nominated shipping companies selecting cadets for shipboard training.

You may as well personally evaluate the extent of your knowledge and understanding on theories that are supposed to be known by maritime cadets.”