Every year, it is Maritime Regiment tradition to hold fundraising activities for graduating cadets. With batch Matatag, or the upcoming graduates of school year 2011-2012, the Regiment held “Hearts on Fire: Bingo Marino, Speed Dating and Disco”.
The day started with excitement as cadets and bingo hopefuls filled the Aznar coliseum on Friday, February 24, 2012. Atty. Selwin Prada and Sir John Sarmiento acted as emcees and announcers making the event extremely lively and exciting for all. Cadets, students of the university, faculty, staff, lady sponsors and even those outside of Southwestern University joined in on the fun and witnessed many intermission numbers performed by the Seacrest Maritime Foundation Inc. (SMFI) Family while playing Bingo.
In the afternoon of the same day, “Speed Dating” among Lady Sponsors and Regiment cadets was held on the 3rd floor of the Anunsacion Barcenilla Aznar (ABA) building. Speed dating, or friendly and fun “getting to know you”, was an exercise many agreed would help cadets enhance their speaking skills and confidence. Both of which, are vital once on board an international ship. As the sun finally began to set, many went home to get ready for the Disco to be held in Aznar Coliseum.
Aznar Coliseum transformed by night time. Filled with bright lights and pulsating rhythms as cadets and students alike danced the night away, memories were made as the joyous occasion and eventful day ended.