A perked-up and more meaningful Cesar Montano shared time and thoughts with aspiring youth prepared in their career future by Bicol’s preeminent marine institution.
The multi-awarded actor and movie director was guest of honor and principal speaker at the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) 44th Commencement Exercises and First Senior High School Graduation Rites at MPC Quadrangle, Panganiban Drive, Naga City, April 7th.
Montano is currently COO of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), an attached agency of the Dept. of Tourism which promotes Philippine MICE destinations, world-class tourist spots that offer high-value experience.
With the iconic film major was Ms. Sophie Rankin, an international model and actress. Montano introduced her as Ambassador for Tourism, honorific but our only British “ambassador” being Ms. Global England of 2015.
Montano underscored the edge of graduates living in an archipelago as natural for tourism which cast opportunities in almost all sectors: land-sea-air transportation, goods and services, range unlimited.
He recently launched Sine Turismo, promoting eight Filipino film classics showcasing beautiful spots in the country; timely and supplements two senate bills aimed to enhance tourism.
Senator Sonny Angara filed Bill 1330 for “a Framework for Film and Television Tourism in the Philippines, Marketing the Industry Globally and Providing Employment.”
Senator Grace Poe filed Bill 1687 “Institutionalizing Sustainable Coastal Tourism, Providing Mechanisms” and fund the effort.
Montano observes MPC graduates have spanned the country and the globe, its placement rate for new graduates in their career fields consistently surpasses the national standard. With this fact, he egged the graduates, “don’t hesitate to use the network that is available to you as you advance in your careers.”
He was also impressed most of the graduates have jobs already waiting for them. Additionally, he invited them to consider working in his office which is so under-staffed.
From pragmatics, Montano shifted to principles, “Remember that your future will always be a work in progress so that you can learn and grow with each new experience.
Wherever your career path takes you… remember that you now are keepers of your college heritage. A heritage that began 44 years ago. You have made your professors and your parents proud.
Now go out into the world and make yourself prouder than you are today. Make the community proud. Make us all proud of the Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges.”
The audience was deeply enamored with Montano’s advocacy, spiced with Biblical verses that illuminate further his appeal to “Make our Great God in Heaven proud.”
Judge Alfredo Ampuan was the one who invited Montano to be the commencement speaker; the judge, husband of MPC-Naga President Marilissa J. Ampuan.
Dinner was served at the Mariners’ Tourism and Hotel Institute, fully-owned by MPC. There were informal discussions among school officials, other guests and Montano on strengthening tourism through maritime.
The live band was a welcome distraction, rolling hair down and filling the room with songs and attempts, the dance floor with happy feet — the evening fulfilling, bonding each to the other in meaningful friendship and profession.
Montano took his BA-Mass Communications/ Major in Broadcasting from the Lyceum of the Phil University which has cited him as Most Successful and Distinguished Alumnus.
He served at the Optical Media Board, presidential consultant on anti-smuggling, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Special Envoy for Art, Culture and Film and Digital (2009), Chairman of the Bohol Film Development Organization since 2008.
Montano has been president of his CM Films since 2004, based in Quezon City producing movies for local and world releases.
From 2005 to 2011, he was president of Panaghoy Children, an NGO involved in medical missions. He was also a UNESCO Commissioner from 2004 to 2007 which reflects dedication to the welfare of children.