2019 TOMSP WINNERS
The Visayas romped with seven winners out of ten of the 9th Edition of the Ten Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines (TOMSP), subnamed “Makulay” to reflect diversity and gender equality.
The theme #BeyondSeafaring is to encourage seafarers to reach out more to the community, pursue other passions, and advocate for causes closest to them. The other focus is #SeaForAll, to promote women empowerment and gender equality.
Only one female made the grade, with a Bataan student winning the prestigious On-The-Spot Essay writing contest.
Winners from Visayan schools:
D/C Zayber B. Araya, John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation – Bacolod
E/C Peter Matthew L. Bibera, JBL Foundation Maritime University – Molo
D/C Ryan Anthony E, Bretana, JBL Foundation Maritime University – Arevalo
D/C John Kevin V. Buenaventura, JBL Colleges Foundation – Bacolod
D/C Ma. Toiza B. Gorantes, JBL Foundation Maritime University – Arevalo
E/C Dustin Ryan E. Veridiano, University of Cebu – Lapu Lapu and Mandaue
D/C William B. Catacutan, University of the Visayas – Main Campus
Three from Luzon schools:
D/C Keith Aiken M. Pajarillo, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific – IMMAJ Campus
D/C Aldrin M. Ulep, MAAP-IMMAJ Campus
D/C Christian Khen U. Torreliza, Baliwag Maritime Academy
Each awardee earned an honour plaque, P15,000 cash from Western Union, a review scholarship from St. Nicholas Review Center, gift packs from Seaker and others donors.
The search was scalpel sharp with screening and deliberations documents, essay writing, theoretical examinations, project proposals and two panel interviews.
From September 24 to 26 at Calatagan, Batangas, a formation program was implemented for values clarification, leadership development, team building, and advocacy campaign.
Winners were declared and awarded at the Raja Sulayman Park, a highlight of the National Seafarer Day program in the morning of Sept 29th. This was followed by an awarding luncheon at the AMOSUP Convention Center, Intramuros for the top ten and other finalists.
As judged by Marino World newsmagazine, the Best On-the-Spot Essay Writing was won by D/C Pajarillo (MAAP-IMMAJ) on the theme, “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”
“… improvement on the perception of aspiring seafarers that females are as strong as we are. I will give them insights that we have the responsibility to create a safe working environment, make sure that there are peace and harmony in different workplace and have a mindset that we could achieve the best version of a workplace if we treat one another equally.
Moreover, I will use my voice to awaken the awareness of female hopefuls that maritime is open for all and has a lot of perks that they could get as they work on board the vessel.
… don’t let our gender be a hindrance to the things that we want to achieve in life.”
Third Engineer Dyesebel Diaz, MARINA Outstanding Woman of the Year Awardee, delivered the keynote speech highlighting the essence of community service and women empowerment in the maritime industry.
Western Union directed the search led by Aries Gamboa, in partnership with GOLD Foundation, IMEC, and TOMSP Alumni Community. Major sponsors include St. Nicholas Review Center, Integrated Maritime, AMOSUP, Phil Coast Guard, Seaker, and MY San Monde.