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Band and Majorettes of Mariners top 2014 national competition in Bacoor, Cavite

A scene in Bacoor, Cavite at the national competition of Bands and Majorettes. The victorious contingent of Mariners has bested 52 other groups coming from different parts of the country in the contest.

Bacoor City, Cavite – The composite team of Band and Majorettes from the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges/Foundation (MPC/F) in Naga City and Canaman Camarines Sur has carved another name for the institutions by garnering the highest honor in the recently concluded National Marching Band and Majorettes Competition held in this city on September 27, 2014.

Fresh from the victories in the street competitions during the 2014 Peñafrancia Festival, the MPC/F Band and Majorettes have made it again by outsmarting 52 other groups representing schools from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

It can be recalled that in 2013, Mariners got the First Prize after the schools participated in this event upon invitation from the City Tourism Office of Bacoor City to join the Bakood Festival, in which one of the features is the National Marching Band and Majorettes Competition. It coincided with the 343rd founding anniversary of the city.

President Dante La. Jimenez of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) and Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, President of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga City were present in the occasion and personally received the award given to the composite team.

With Mariners System giving emphasis for its students the value of hard work and discipline which result to excellence, it is not surprising that the team got the top prize for the second consecutive year.

“Consistency in the best practices which the institution has been doing is the key to the series of victories we have been achieving”, says President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan of MPC-Naga.

The MPC/F Naga and Camarines Sur Majorettes and Band display their winning form in the recent Peñafrancia Festival street parade prior to their enagagement in Bacoor City, Cavite.

“These victories are reflective of the conscious effort of the Mariners System to observe the values it promotes in the school both in the academic and extra-curricular activities for the students. With discipline, the students are better trained in their formative years in college before they become professionals in their chosen fields of careers”, declared President Dante La. Jimenez of MPCF-Camarines Sur.

Mariners gets top honors in 2014 Pre-Peñafrancia Festival fancy drill band exhibition contest

The colorful and victorious Mariners Marching Band composed of students and maritime cadets from MPC-Naga and MPCF-Camarines Sur proudly pose for a souvenir picture with school officials led by MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (center, in dark blue suit) and band trainers and mentors after the announcement that Mariners got the First Prize in the competition.

Naga City – The Mariners Band composed of members from Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur has made it again to the top honors list by capturing the First Prize in the Fancy Drill Band Exhibition Contest held at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum on September 13, 2014 in this city.

The contest was held a week before the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia every year or one week before the colorful Military Parade Competition.

MPC Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan confirmed the Mariners Marching Band has outsmarted four other contingents which vied for the highest honor.

“After Mariners, the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) in Pili, Camarines Sur got the 2nd Place, Naga College Foundation got the 3rd Place, the University of North Eastern Philippines (UNEP) of Iriga City landed on the 4th Place and the University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City occupied the 5th place”, said Dr. Ampuan.

The Mariners Marching Band together with the Majorettes during dress rehearsal and practice at the J.C.Jimenez Sports Complex at the MPCF Camarines Sur campus prior to the competition. (Left picture) MPCF-Camarines Sur President Dante La. Jimenez (center) is joined by BOT Member Nimfa V. Jimenez and Vice President for Academic Affairs Marian Her. Lazaro on stage for the souvenir picture.

The big contest for the military parade competition is scheduled the whole day on the third Friday of September, this year. In this competition, the three schools of Mariners System in the Bicol Region will field their entries with Mariners Naga and Camarines Sur combining their team into one while MPCF Legazpi is slated to have its own team to fight for the honors. It can be recalled that in the military parade competitions held in the previous years, the contingents of the Mariners schools have landed prominently in this Peñafrancia Festival contest.

“With the discipline observed by the students and maritime cadets in the practices conducted and the preparation made by them and the trainers, everyone is in high spirit and optimistic that the achievements attained in the past can be replicated in the Peñafrancia event this year”, declared MPC Naga Executive Vice President Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez.

The administrations of the two schools thru their respective Presidents - Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan of MPC-Naga and Commodore Dante La. Jimenez of MPCF-Camarines Sur have sent their message of appreciation and congratulation to the members and trainers of the composite team of the Mariners Marching Band who got the highest honors in the recent Pre-Peñafrancia Festival Facy Drill Exhibition contest.

Actress Wilma Doesnt visits Mariners-Naga as guest-lecturer of Tourism and Hospitality students

Ms. Wilma Doesnt poses in front of the Mariners Hotel with the welcome streamer addressed to her in the background. She is guest-lecturer at the Mariners Hotel in a seminar for Hospitality and Tourism students.

Naga City – A series of lectures on personality development was conducted on September 5, 2014 at the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga for students taking-up Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) and Tourism courses.

Leading the lecture was Ms. Wilma Dosent, President and owner of Manila International Integrated Learning Center (MIILC) who was invited to conduct the series of lectures.

(Left picture) In a light mood, Ms. Doesnt engages MPCF VP for Administration Nap Mangente in a Cha-Cha dance as school officials and members of the staff look on. (Right picture) Ms. Doesn’t visited Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Baras, Canaman, Camarines and made a courtesy call to President Dante La. Jimenez (3rd from left). She was accompanied by MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (5th from left)

Ms. Wilma Doesnt being interviewed live over DWNX of Radio Mindanao Network by Program Anchorman Ed Ventura (center) and Co-Anchor Grace Inocentes (extreme right) about her mission for . Escorting Miss Doesnt is MPC-Naga Tourism and Hospitality Instructor Ms. Mary Anne Gantong (extreme left).

The activity was held at the Mariners Training and Hotel Institute (MTHI) with the concept to further prepare, beef-up and expose the students to experts who can help form their personalities as professional career individuals ready to face the challenges that await them in their occupation especially after they have finished their degrees.

Ms. Doesnt is known as an actress, fashion model, a comedienne and maybe, it is not known to many that she has other expertise aside from the fact that she owns and operates the Manila International Integrated Learning Center in which MPC-Naga has a tie-up when it comes to activities meant to enhance further the preparation of students before they graduate in line with personality development aspects.

The staff of Mariners Training and Hotel Institute (MTHI) pose with Assistant Human Resource Director Carlo J. Ampuan (center, in blue shirt) at the lobby of the building to manifest their solidarity as a Team complementing the over-all effort of the administration to bring out the best from students of the Institution.

“It has been a standard practice in the school to invite experts in fields related to the studies of Tourism, Hospitality and Business courses to further enhance the knowledge and skills of students so that when they graduate and face the world, they would be ready to be among the best professional practitioners in their chosen careers”, declared Assistant HR Director Ampuan.

Mariners System prepares for street battle in 2014 Peñafrancia military parade competition

The Mariners Band & Majorettes composed of students from Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (Naga Campus) and MPCF Canaman, Camarines Sur display their winning form during practice before the Peñafrancia military parade competition.

Naga City – The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges/Foundation (MPC/F) schools in the Bicol Region has steeped-up preparation for the 2014 Peñafrancia military parade competition on the third week of September this year.

In the Band & Majorettes and ROTC street marching competitions, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Camarines Sur and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga will have a composite team as their entry while MPCF-Legazpi will send its own team for the event.

Slated on the 3rd week of September, the military parade competition is one of the most colorful highlights of the Peñafrancia Festival in the annual commemoration of the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the Patoness of Bicolandia.

In the past years, the contingents of the Mariners schools have consistently received prizes and trophies as best Marching Band and Majorettes plus the winning performance of the CGA-OTC delegation.

Hard work and discipline have been the trademark of the cadets who have consistently occupied prominent slots in the military parade competition in the past years as the Peñafrancia Festival was celebrated.

This year, massive preparation has been put in place including the daily practices conducted by the members of the competing contingent.

Coast Guard Auxiliary-OfficerTraining Corps (CGA-OTC) cadets and cadettes as they march out of the MPC-Naga campus to participate in a parade in the city main thoroughfares.

(Left picture) The Mariners Band during dress rehearsal in preparation for the parade competition. (Right picture) CGA-ROTC cadets in formation before a drill-practice at the MPCF Camarines Sur campus.

The cadets have expressed optimism that just like in the previous years, their efforts will bear fruit in terms of being able to bring honor to the institution they represent.