25 June 2016 – the world celebrated the International Seafarer’s Day with various activities being held across the globe. In the Philippines, the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment (FAME) took part in the celebration with a kick off Decade Anniversary Run.

This year, FAME completed “Road to History” with 10th FAME “Go Marino Go! Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” Fun Run, a historic feat that has never been achieved in the maritime industry.

“10 years is a long journey, and we’re truly humbled by it. I look back and I realize how far we’ve come. Time has changed. But we’re not close to the finish line yet. We will carry this vision we had 10 years ago to the generations to come. We thanked everyone who partnered and run with us throughout this milestone. It has been exceptionally fun and rewarding ten years”, Mr. Marlon R. Roño, President and Chairman of FAME Special Projects and Events Committee quoted.

The grand assembly, which is also in participation to the Maritime Industry Association’s (MARINA) worldwide celebration of the International Seafarer’s Day, drew a wave of around 4,400 generationally divided runners who covered the entire SM By The Bay of Mall of Asia green to mark FAME’s Run for a Cause advocacy to support the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Maritime Environment Conservation Program through Mangrove Tree Planting. Mr. Jose Angelito Palma, President and CEO and Mr. Miguel Sison, Corporate Partnership Officerof WWF graced the acceptance of the donation.

One significant sidelight to the Anniversary Run was the awarding of Hall of FAMErs plaque to companies/organizations that have completed 10 years of participation to the FAME annual event. It was made even more meaningful by the presence and a short message from some of FAME Officers and FAME Fun Run Committee. A representative from WWF-Philippines and a guest wellness & nutrition coach likewise gave informative tips on their respective advocacies.  

The FAME Fun Run decade milestone represents the boundless amount of effort, dedication and vision brought by those who are involved. It reflects moving stories from the thousands of runners who have decided to take the path to a healthy lifestyle by joining the FAME annual festivity.

With this vision on track, FAME will continue its quest to another decade.