Western Union, a leader in global payment services, today awarded Ten Outstanding Maritime Students (TOMS) of the Philippines.Every year since 2010 and during National Seafarer’s Day, Western Union awards ten top students chosen from a pool of maritime school nominees across the country who have shown academic excellence, .competence in practical skills, good moral standing, and engagement in serving the communiy.
“Western Union has always believed that Filipino seafarers are some of the best in the world. They’ve made a huge contribution to this country and thus, we honor these outstanding students and future seafarers,” said Jeffrey Navarro, Western Union, Country Director, Philippines.
This year’s Ten Outstanding Maritime Students (TOMS) are: Abarado, Mark Kelvin C. Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific-Kamaya Point (West Campus) Acosta, Andre’ Chad C. Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific-Kamaya Point (West Campus) Cainap, Prince Noel C. John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation-Bacolod Carpio, Jan Carlo A. Southwestern University Maritime Regiment Co, Prince Nani A. John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University-Molo Disto, Manasseh M. University of Cebu-Lapulapu and Mandaue Espiritu, Juelle Jade B. Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific-Kamya Point CGSO Campus Palma, John Marwin D. Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila Tagulalap, John Carl T. John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University-Arevalo Inc. Villaruz, Sabrina McCoy Colegio De La Purisima Concepcion.
Aside from doing well in class, these students also show excellence in helping to make their communities better. “With the theme, ‘Filipino Seafarers: Excellence moves communities for better,’ Western Union awarded the students who showed commitment to improve the lives of others. As Western Union moves the Filipinos for better, we also want the winners to move their communities for better,” added Navarro.
National Seafarers’ Day is celebrated every last Sunday of September as declared in Proclamation No. 1094 signed by President Ramos in 1997.