The Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month (MANA Mo) officially opened September 3rd at the Mabini Social Hall, Malacañang Palace, Manila.

Orchestrating is Michael Ong, Senior Deputy Executive Secretary, for Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, National Coast Watch Council Chairman, the latter with President Duterte in an official seven-day trip to Israel and Jordan.

Ong, with Under/Secretary Jose Luis Alano of the National Coast Watch Council (NCWC), led the ribbon-cutting of the MANA Mo Pulography Exhibit 2018 from Sept. 3 to 7 at the ground floor of Mabini Building.

The exhibit showcases images of array of reef fish, algae, coral reefs and other marine life taken at the Philippine Rise (formerly the Benham Rise); replica of Philippine Navy’s ships; and the 2017 ICC results.

Also present are officials from the Foreign Affairs, Presidential Communications, Armed Forces (Navy), Coast Guard Auxiliary, Ports Authority, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Oceana Phil, Intl Oceans Conservancy Phil, Intl Coastal Cleanup Phil, @Lighthouse Marina Resort Legacy Foundation and Miss Scuba Phil.


Proclamation 316 of 14 September 2017 “synchronizes” the National Maritime Day, Intl Coastal Clean-up Day and Fish Conservation Week transferring the latter from the third week of October to the third week of September, almost right smack National Maritime Day or before World Maritime Day (by amending Proclamation 176-Series of 1963).

The MANA Mo theme for 2018 is “Inclusive and People-Centered Development through Maritime Heritage Awareness”. It provides everyone the opportunity to take a look at our maritime culture and history, look forward to address concerns through collective efforts.


Fish Conservation Week, September 17-21 (celebrated every third week of September per  Proclamation 316 (s. 2017) to promote the importance of fish and other aquatic products to the people’s well-being and  national economy.

The Intl Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day was established by the Ocean Conservancy which works to help protect the ocean from challenges it faces every year. The ICC Day here is organized by government agencies, other stakeholders and environmentalists with volunteers to clean up coastlines nationwide, usually conducted every 15th of September.

There is the Intl Coastal Cleanup Summit, September 27-28, at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC). It is a symposium between the youth and experienced executives that will focus on finding more efficient solutions to ensure cleanliness of our beaches continue beyond the ceremonial cleanup day.

The National Coast Watch System (NCWS), with the Movement for Maritime Phil (MMP) will have a convergence conference from Sept. 25-26 to finalize the draft of the national marine policy for the President’s study and approval.

The National Maritime Day is on the last Friday of September (September 28), celebrated at the Intl Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London and around the world. The theme for the year is “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future”.

This provides the opportunity to take stock and look back, to look forward on current and future challenges for maritime transport to maintain a continued and strengthened contribution towards sustainable growth for all.


Events complementing the maritime festivities are the 23rd National Seafarers’ Day and the 19th National Maritime Week (September 23-30) on the theme, Marinong Filipino: Kayamanan ng Lahi (Filipino mariners are wealth of the race).

Among the bevy of activities are:

  • 23, AMOSUP Holy Mass at Seafarer Statue, Baywalk, Roxas Boulevard
  • 24, PCG blowing of horn, nationwide
  • 26, LUSWELF boodle fight, Luneta Seafarer Center (LSC)
  • 26, Marino World Hapi Hapi sa Marino, The Voice of the Seafarers Videoke Challenge, seminars, fun and prizes, Seafarer Center, 5F SM Manila
  • 28, Oratorical Contest, AMOSUP Convention Hall, Manila
    • SeamanOnline Wacky at Sea photo contest
    • LUSWELF Boses ng Marino Karaoke Challenge at LSC
  • 30, Ecumenical Memorial Rites, PCG HQ, South Harbor Manila
    • Grand Parade from Rajah Sulayman to San Andres Sports Complex
    • Eucharistic Roman celebrations
    • NSD program
    • Awarding, 2018 Ten Outstanding Maritime Students of the Phil