‘The Mariner’ student publication of MPC-Naga bags awards in confab

(Left picture) The scribes of “The Mariner”, MPC-Naga school student publication posed for a souvenir photo with their advisers Mr. Arvy Osma (3rd from left) and Mr. Erwin Recto (5th from left) after the awards rites at the 5th RTSPC held at USANT in Iriga City. (Right picture) MPC’s Renan Belen (center) sworn during the oathtaking ceremony for the newly elected BASCAW officers.

Naga City – The members of the staff of ‘The Mariner’, the official student publication of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga participated in the recently concluded 15th Region V Tertiary Schools Press Conference (RTSPC) held at the University of Saint Anthony in Iriga City from January 7-10, 2015.

Five of the ten scribes of the publication who represented the school were recipients of the awards in various events. Auspiciously, Alvin Vargas (BSCA 2) won 1st place in Copyreading and Headline writing (Filipino), Bryan Kim Ordoñez (BSCA 1) grabbed two awards – 3rd place in Literary Graphics and 5th place in Comic Strip both in English, Neowin Cepe (BSBA 2) ranked 4th in Feature writing (Filipino), Renan Belen (BSHM 3) was awarded the the 5th slot in Opinion writing (Filipino) and Danellie Llamas, (BSCA 2) placed 5th in Poetry writing (English).

Aside from the honor received, Belen was elected the Vice-President of the Bicol Association of Student Campus Writers (BASCAW). This year’s RTSPC was joined by 20 participating institutions both from the public and private School Universities and Colleges (SUC’s) all over the region which competed for the 5 group categories (magazine, tabloid, broadsheet, literary folio and newsletter).

A total of 177 student-writers vied for 13 individual events specifically in newswriting, editorial writing, opinion writing, feature writing, sports writing, DevCom writing, copyreading, headline writing, poetry writing, comic strip, editorial cartooning, literary graphics and layouting.

These individual events focused on the topic given by the judges based on current events happening in the country. This year’s conference theme is ‘Redefining Social Awareness Through Journalistic Sensitivity’.

The top five winners in the individual and group events from the Mariners school in Naga City will represent the Bicol Region in the upcoming LHEPC on Feb. 5-7, 2015 to be held in Caggay, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

Mariners-Naga honors Engr. Jaime Lazaro Jimenez, Jr. in ‘Alay kay Boboy 2014’

College Instructor Mr. Tony Milano (center) plays Santa Claus as MPC-Naga brings glad tidings to street children during the holiday season in ‘the ‘Alay kay Boboy’ tribute activities.

Naga City – The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) this city has conducted a tribute to Engineer Jaime Lazaro Jimenez, Jr., dubbed as ‘Alay kay Boboy’, as the institution fondly remembered his 24th death anniversary in fitting charitable activities with the poor.

The affair was commemorated on December 20, 2014, highlighted by gift-giving, games and program participated in by street children from the City of Naga and neighboring municipalities.

It can be recalled that in December 2000, Engr. Boboy (as fondly called by family members and friends) became a victim of a drug syndicate which caused his untimely demise.

The occasion was started with a thanksgiving Mass solemnized by Rev. Fr. Noel O. Nacario. This December’s memorial has been different compared to what transpired in the past years as the participants and gift recipients have been extended to children coming from outside the Naga City.

Included in the children who enjoyed the Christmas party and gift-giving came from Barangay Loob of Gainza, Sua in Camaligan, Lipot and San Antonio of Milaor, Camarines Sur.

The joy the children feel during the event cannot be concealed in the smiles sketched on their faces as the Jolibee Fastfood Chain mascot (right picture) entertains them.

The participation of the children from neighboring municipalities was made possible through the idea and initiative of the men and women of the Office of Research and Extension Services(ORES). They were able to reach out to kids in the community via the linkages created by MPC-Naga.

During the program, Executive Vice-President Dr. Gabriel La. Jimenez introduced his brother, the late Engr. Jaime “Boboy” Jimenez, Jr. to the participants. In his address, he explained the advocacy of the late Engineer Boboy especially on his concern for the rights of women and abused children.

Although the occasion was simple, it brought joy to the children. The packed food, fun games and surprises produced smiles on the faces of kids from marginalized families. The mascot of Jollibee Fastfood who danced and mingled with the children made their day enjoyable more so that Santa Claus helped and facilitated the distribution of gifts and pair of slippers.

The successfully conducted activitiy was spearheaded by Dr. Mariel R. Estrella of ORES and ably supported by the NSTP classes and by MPC-Naga’s accredited campus organizations. (ER)

Open fun run in December raises funds for street children

Naga City - Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC), this city conducted a 5k open fun run on December 14, 2014 to raise funds for the street children in the city and from barangays in neighboring municipalities.

This was disclosed by MPC-Naga Office of Research and Extension Services (ORES) Director Dr. Mariel Estrella who said “Whatever will be raised in this event will be used to bring good tidings to street children from indigent families this Christmas. It will also be a fitting tribute to the late Engineer Jaime ‘Boboy’ Lazaro Jimenez. Jr. as we remember him on his 24th death anniversary this December”.

Dubbed as ‘Dalagan Para sa Kaakian’, the event aims not only to raise funds for the street children but for physical fitness purposes for the participants. Aside from ORES, the Physical Education Department of MPC-Naga has lent its hand in organizing the activity.

Three Hundred and Fifty Four (354) registrants composed of students, teaching and non-teaching staff participated in the activity despite the heavy downpour.

The five-kilometer fun run which took-off at 5 A.M. started at MPC-Naga passing thru Peñafrancia Avenue, turned right to Magsaysay Avenue and back to the school campus.

With prizes at stake, three 5K Finishers received cash prizes. They were Renante Lopez (15 mins. & 45 sec.), Michael Lopez (17 mins. & 17 sec.), both of them students of Naga College Foundation (NCF) as they got the 1st and 2nd places, respectively. Rommel Perez (21 mins. & 10 sec.) of MPC-Naga got the 3rd spot. The five consolation prizes from Red Logo Products were given to John Francis Mojal, Christopher Buenaobra, Benhard Longabila, Christian Jardinel and Carlo Serdan.

According to ORES Director Dr. Mariel R. Estrella, “The proceeds from the fun run were utilized in the annual Alay Kay Boboy activity in which the recipients of the food and gifts distributed were the street children from Naga City and from selected barangays of neighboring municipalities. (ER)