Christmas Party 2011

Christmas is usually a time associated with elves and snowflakes, Santa Claus and reindeers, but for the Maritime Regiment, it is an opportunity for not only the regiment cadets to express their creativity but also for the Seacrest Maritime Foundation Inc. (SMFI) family and lady sponsors to do so as well.

Which is why, for the year 2011, the themed Christmas party was: Cowboys and Indians.

The entire regiment eagerly awaited the arrival of Christmas season. With the success of last years’ themed party, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, many were anticipating the creativity and resourcefulness the cadets usually display and this year definitely did not disappoint. Everyone was decked out in their Cowboys and Indians outfits and filled Aznar Coliseum on December 16, 2011, with the two rivaling sides seated, Indians on the left and Cowboys on the right.

Everyone had a great time as beloved teachers and employees performed surprise intermission numbers. Cadets especially, were delighted to see a different side of the people they see daily.  Afterwards a dance contest among the cadets themselves was held on the stage. Various sections performed against each other in a dance off and winners were given prizes. The lady sponsors also participated in the festivities, performing a Christmas carol and later on throwing candy to the crowds.

The night ended with laughter and merriment as the whole regiment looked forward to the oncoming felicitous events and the beginning of a great new year.

 

 

Victoria Aznar

Closing Bonfire: SY 2011-2012

As the first semester of school year 2011-2012 came to a close, the Maritime Regiment lit up the night sky with its culminating bonfire.

Not only cadets, but also faculty and staff of the Regiment filled Aznar Ballpark on October 15, 2011 as it celebrated and looked back on the events which happened over the last 5 months.

The words “If we hold on together, I know our dreams will never die” echoed all throughout the area as everyone sang while lighting up their candles showcasing true camaraderie and peace within the regiment.

Parents from all over the Philippines also attended the closing bonfire giving words of guidance and wisdom and after an inspirational speech given by guest speaker Attorney  Bacquiano and song numbers performed by Dr. Ibon, Mr. Jacob Calva and Attorney Selwin Prada, the cadets took out pieces of cloth where they wrote what they learned in the regiment and words of gratitude, tying it together to make the “rope of unity” in the regiment.

“I am deeply touched. We’ve never had bonfire like this,” Mrs. Gina Aznar, President of SMFI said during her closing speech.

As the bonfire started to burn out and the night came to a close, everyone came together as one; remembering the true meaning of brotherhood and value of the Regiment.

 

Victoria Aznar

Cadets in Ormoc

Ormoc City, the largest city in Leyte, a neighboring island of Cebu, was the destination for the first ever “sea trip” of the Maritime Regiment held on November 29 to December 1, 2011.

All 1st and 2nd class cadets boarded the Roble Shipping lines carrier on the night of the 28th for a five hour trip where on board, they were able to experience what it was like to be on a ship not only as a passenger, but more importantly as future seafarers.

Because Ormoc City was also the location of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL), where the Southwestern University Cobras Mens Basketball Team competed against various teams across the Philippines, the cadets were able to witness and enjoy two nights of heated competition.

As the Cobras, won against Visayas champions, AMA Computer Learning Center Knights or ACLC of Ormoc city on the night of the 29th and unfortunately lost in a close match scoring 58-63 against the University of Cebu Webmasters on November 30, the entire regiment was there to support their fellow Southwesterners with various cheers and chants, filing the Ormoc Superdome with their liveliness and excitement.

During the two days, the cadets were given the opportunity to go around and experience all that there was to offer in the quaint city. As the morning of December 1st dawned, cadets then began to prepare for their trip back to Cebu City, which ended, a truly memorable and unforgettable experience for all.

Victoria Aznar