01 October 2011 - As early as 4:30 am, the IMAX parking area of SM Mall of Asia Complex was bustling with the crowding runners and expectators to the “Go Marino, Go! Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” 5th Fun Run of the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment, Inc. (FAME).

The Opening Program started at 5:30 am with the presence of the FAME Officers & Board of Directors and members of the Special Projects and Events Committee to name; Mr. Ericson Marquez, President of FAME, Mr. Jose Albar Kato, VP-External Affairs of FAME, Capt. Emmanuel L. Regio, Treasurer of FAME, Engr. Sammuel T. Lim & Ms. Josephine Francisco, FAME Board of Directors, and Mr. Marlon R. Rono, Chairman of the Special Projects and Events Committee. Mr. Eduardo Manese, the Chairman of Joint Manning Group (JMG) also graced the event. Engr. Art Serafico hosted the program.

The sun was brightly up and the runners in each respective event – 3K, 5K and 10K, were all set to their feet waiting for the signal to start. Some run for fun, some run to win, but the goal was the same; run to be healthy. For the maritme industry, it was also one way to get together and create a stronger bond with the other indsutry stakeholders. The countdown begun, the long wait was over, and the race was on! The gunstart was executed at 6:00am.

It was an overwhelming and surprising number of runners for the event this year. With a total of 4,236 participants consisting of seafarers, employees from different manning agencies and their families and friends, other maritime associations, and members of various Rotary Clubs, it marked the largest-organized FAME Fun Run to date.

It was an intense competition for those who joined to win. For most of the participants, it was a tiring yet a fun morning.

The following WINNERS emerged:

For the 10K Male Category, Gerald Apsay of Cargo Safeway, Inc. was heralded as Champion. Came close for the 2nd was Joy Reginal Antolin of Compass Training Center, Inc. Estelito Hijalga was 3rd, Conrado Santiago Jr. of Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific was in 4th place, and Carlo Alcalen of Wallem Maritime Services, Inc. came 5th. It was a close, interesting fight for the 10K Male Category.

For the 10K Female Category, Pamela Castro of the Reinier Pacific Int’l. Shpg., Inc. came Champion. Three runners from Phil. Merchant Marine Academy followed, the 2nd place was awarded to Chelsea Nadine Perido, the 3rd place to Lady Eizen Masicap, and Karen Cacho took the 4th place.

For the 5K Male Category, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) got the respect as Geodito Pamittan finished with the Champion title. After him, for the 2nd place, was Romhel John Gonzaga of NYK-Fil Ship Management, Inc., followed closely by Mark Ian Rendon and Angie Abiera for the 3rd and 4th placer, both from United Filipino Seafarers, and Ronald De Tablan of Southfield Agencies, Inc. as 5th placer. Again, it was a tight race for the 5K Male Category.

For the 5K Female Category, Jinky Peteros of Phoenix Maritime Corp. was declared Champion. 2nd place went to Nido Ceres of Seacrest Maritime Mgt., Inc., Joan Gift Mandose was 3rd, Kristine Padernilla was 4th, both from Phil. Merchant Marine Academy, and hanging for the 5th place was Jasmine Borja of Skanfil Maritime Services, Inc.

For the 3K Male Category, arranged accordingly from the top place, are the following: Charles Catilo (Multinational Maritime, Inc.), John Paulo Salamat (BSM Crew Service Centre Phils., Inc.), Manuel Laverento (MMSPhil Maritime Services, Inc.), Ginno Guillamon (Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific), and Alvin Luchavez (Marlow Navigation Phils., Inc.).

Completing the list is the 3K Female Category. Gigi Bermejo from the Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc. was the Champion, Diana Mae Ellad from the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific came 2nd, Marilou Estrella of Stolt Neilsen Phils Inc. was 3rd, Anna Victoria Tamula of Albar Shipping & Trading Corp. was 4th, and Jever Lou Barcena of Phoenix Maritime Corp. took the 5th spot.

A special recognition was also given to participants from the Rotary Clubs as it declared winners from the group. For the 10K event, Danjo Kalaw of RC Makati Bonifacio, & Edie Ong of RC Makati Buendia were held as the Champion and the 2nd placer consequently. For the 5K event; Rowell Ecleo was declared the Champion, Stephen Lemmor Ilagan was 2nd, and Carl Francis Sales was 3rd. All from RC Makati Bonifacio. For the 3K event: Capt. Reynold Sabay of RC Makati Buendia topped the race, he was followed by Ralph Arvin Nicomedes, Ivan Bradley, John Earth, and Cyrus Guerrero. All from RC Makati Legazpi.

The event would not be possible without the support of the generous sponsors who have been a big factor in making the Fun Run successful. FAME therefore recognizes the continuous support of SM Mall of Asia, SM Global Pinoy and Smart Communiations, Inc. as the Major Sponsors. For Minor Sponsors, FAME sincerely thanks BSM Crew Services Centre Phils., Inc., Cargo Safeway, Inc., Filinvest Land, Inc., IMMAJ-PJMCC Foundation, Inc., Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), and Odfjell Philippines, Inc. For Patron Sponsors, also a million thanks to: All Japan Seamen’s Union-Manila Welfare Office (Phil.) Corp. (AJSU), Associated Marine Officers and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP), Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Barko International, Inc., Bright Maritime Corporation, BW Shipping Philippines, Inc., Crew Care, Inc., Del Rosario & Del Rosario Law Offices, Far East Maritime Foundation, Inc., Griffin Sierra Travel, Magsaysay Cooperatives (MAGCOOP), Magsaysay MOL Marine, Inc., Mariners’ & Allied Transport Employees Union (MATEU), NYK-Fil Ship Management, Inc./Dolphin Ship Management, Inc., PAMAS/INTERMAP, Baliwag Navigation, and Philippine Seafarers Union (PSU). Special Sponsors: Compass Training Center, Inc., and Sagrada Corazon Medical & Allied Services Center, Inc.

FAME also extends its appreciation to the people who contributed their resources and lent their time & effort in assuring that the event is properly monitored and organized. For the Medical Team: American Out Patient Clinic and Physician’s Diagnostic Services Center. For the Water Stations: Rotary Club of Buendia, Rotary Club of Makati Bonifacio, Rotary Club of Makati Legaspi, Rotary Club of Parañaque Central, and Rotary Club of Parañaque St. Andrew. For the Sound System: Magsaysay Maritime Corporation. For Traffic Management: SM Mall of Asia. For Security: Pasay Security Police.

With the success of the event, the association was able to donate Php 100,000.00, to the Philippine Red Cross to help the victims of typhoon Pedring particularly in the Northern Luzon areas. It was also announced in that event that FAME will continue to accept donations for the typhoon victims.

The event, being a health awareness activity, was completed with the invited speakers that discussed the importance of being healthy and gave tips on keeping ourselves healthy.

To wrap up the event, FAME also gave a chance to those who didn’t get an award for the race but bring home a prize through the raffle draw. As much as it was wanted for everybody to win a prize, only some were lucky enough to have it. To mention particularly, Mr. Marvin Ramirez from Wallem Maritime Services, Inc. won the major raffle prize which is a Nokia Cellphone courtesy of Smart Communications, Inc. while, Mr. Glisand B. Lagrosa from Magsaysay Maritime Corp. won the Bicycle courtesy of Sagrada Corazon Medical and Allied Services Center, Inc.

The event ended with big smiles from the participants, the organizers, and everyone who had been part of this success. At this point, we know that it’s not about the award or the prizes being given away, not about the money the event raised; but it was all about staying-fit, its all about sportsmanship, unity, harmony and friendship, commitment to continue the good race, and the dedication to keep that commitment.

For the past years, FAME has been consistent in making every event successful. This year we witnessed another milestone for FAME as it makes this Fun Run a history. This, with the continuing support from our friends and partners from the industry. Rest assured that FAME will continue to carry its pledge to deliver quality events such as this one.

We’ll see you again on the 6th FAME Fun Run next year.