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CHILDREN'S CHORALE MOVES CHURCH WITH THE NAVY HYMN
News Feature Posted 21 July 2015 by KLGacosta
“Eternal Father, strong to save; Whose arm hath bound the restless wave…Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril at the sea.” The Magsaysay Children’s Chorale re-immortalized the words of the Navy Hymn and moved church attenders to remember, in awe, all seafarers who brave the toughest conditions on their journeys at sea.
The hymn was a fitting background to the first Philippine Sea Sunday service organized by the Philippine Chapter ambassadors of the Sailor’s Society– an international Christian charity group that supports seafarers worldwide.
Held at the Anglican church of the Holy Trinity in Forbes Park, Makati, the service joins the annual worldwide Sea Sunday celebration also known as the “Thanksgiving Day for Seafarers.” The tradition dates back to 1975.
The chorale did not hold back on the opportunity to sing the hymns of the entire mass. Their songs were their thanksgiving.
Magsaysay seafarers, indirectly help in the continued education of the chorale’s members. Without this assistance, these children would have had limited opportunities to rise from their hard-up conditions.
With grateful hearts, the chorale shared in the unified prayer for all seafarers. The prayer was that all seafarers be kept safe and be strengthened in hope, endurance, and in confidence that they are never forgotten. Prayers also went for the comfort and welfare of the families they leave behind, and for all those that support them.
The chorale came to the event together with Magsaysay CEO Marlon Roño and Homer Foundation Executive Director Alfonso Pablo, Jr. who both sit as ambassadors of the Sailors’ Society Philippine Chapter.
2nd Earth Day Corregidor Coastal Clean-up
Magsaysay, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Manila, successfully held its second Earth Day Clean Up yesterday, May 6, 2014, at the North Beach Area of Corregidor Island.
The 55 volunteers during the coastal clean-up were composed of employees from Homer Foundation, Inc., Sun Cruises, Inc., Magsaysay’s HSES Department, U.S. Embassy Manila, California Academy of Sciences and Corregidor Foundation, Inc. CBS Media Network were also present to document the activity.
The activity resulted in the collection of 130 garbage sacks.
MagAHON (Rise from the Sea) Program
Homer Foundation, Inc., Magsaysay's corporate social responsibility arm, launched the MagAHON Program to support Yolanda (Haiyan) affected communities by providing them with fishing boats. It is the program's aim to help fisher folks recover their livelihood so they will be able to support their families.
Last February 23, 2014, HFI already facilitated the distribution of the fishing boat materials in Tanauan and Palo, Leyte. Present during the ceremony were Jong Pablo, HFI Executive Director, Mich Buray, HFI Program Officer, Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla, Tanauan Mayor Pel Tecson, Nelia Gabon, BFAR Leyte Coordinator, local barangay leaders and beneficiaries. Click here for pictures.
Magsaysay Holds Bloodletting Activity for 2014
Magsaysay, in partnership with the Philippine National Red Cross, successfully held its bloodletting activity today, February 28, 2014. The annually held activity was graced by Governor Joanne Zapanta-Andrada, one of the Philippine National Red Cross Board of Governors.
Magsaysay wins the CSR Award at the 7th Seatrade Asia Awards 2014
Magsaysay Maritime Corporation was recently presented with the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the 7th Seatrade Asia Awards 2014 held at the InterContinental Hotel in Singapore for its commitment to education, environmental awareness, promotion of health and wellness, volunteerism and community engagement. MMC was also cited for the relief and rehabilitation efforts that benefited those directly affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The volunteerism displayed by employees, crew members and their families and the overwhelming support from various shipping principals and organizations have significantly made a difference. The collective and collaborative efforts resulted to the provision of monetary and in kind support through relief distributions, donation of power generator sets and water purification equipment to the adopted communities. Fisher folks were also provided with fishing boats as part of the Livelihood Assistance Program, which was coordinated thru Homer Foundation, Inc. To date, 140 boats were donated to various coastal communities.
The CSR award was received by Alexander E. Querol, MMC’s Chief Operating Officer. MMC was also a finalist in the Education and Training Award category.
MP's join Launching of PROJECT DORIS
Over 200 of our Magsaysay MP volunteers took part in the launching of Project Doris held last Saturday, January 28, 2012, at the Habitat Relocation Site, Sampaguita Dulo, Brgy. Tanza, Navotas City. The volunteers were composed of employees from Homer Foundation, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, Magsaysay Transport and Logistics Group, Magsaysay Mitsui O.S.K Lines, AMI and Affiliates, Lorenzo Shipping, Magsaysay Learning Resources Inc., Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS), The Wives Club from Keymax and Westfal-Larssen Masterbulk and HSES. Read more
Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) evaluation completed, May 28, 2013. Thank you PCNC. (L-R): Homer Foundation Exec. Dir. Jong Pablo, PCNC Rep. Michelle Tuazon, Ms. Ma. Cristina Josefina Ocampo (Managing Partner of Ocampo, Mendoza & Co., CPAs), Freelance Consultant Doris Espinosa, and Magsaysay Maritime Corp. President Marlon R. Rono