Left overwhelmed by the successful staging of the first Philippine Manning Convention 2007 last 12-13 November 2007 – a joint endeavor of the all industry stakeholders aimed at addressing the current global shortage of seafarers, the manning associations namely FAME, PJMCC, PAMAS & INTERMAP have together joined, for the first time, in celebrating the Christmas season and the induction of their newly elected Officers and Board of Directors at the Summit Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), at the CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City last 12 December 2007. 


The members as well as guests came in with their best floral attire as obliged by the floral-inspired Christmas Party. The celebration gathered more than 200 attendees including other industry stakeholders, government representatives, maritime press and friends in the industry. 


No less than Hon. Secretary Arturo D. Brion of the Department of Labor & Employment graced the occasion as the Guest of Honor and Inducting Officer. Other guests from the government sector were Hon. Marianito Roque, Administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Chairperson Leonor T. Rosero of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), Undersecretary Elena Bautista of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), DOLE Undersecretary Luzviminda Padilla, DOLE Undersecretary Lily Pineda and from the private sector, Atty. Democrito Mendoza, President of the Philippine Seafarers’ Union (PSU). Amongst the distinguished guests who attended the party was the most admired and respected Capt. Gregorio S. Oca, President of Associated Marine Officers and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP). 


A meaningful Ceremonial Toast also took off after the induction ceremony as a gesture of continuous unity and teamwork among the four associations in facing the challenges in the industry. It was followed by impromptu-inspirational messages from the Heads of each Association stressing their appreciation of the harmonious relationship amongst the association as well as the commitment to work together for the good of the industry. 


The occasion was filled with fun and laughter during the “Best in Floral Attire” Awarding wherein all candidates were made to dance the recent most popular dance craze in the country, the “Papaya Dance” prior the award was given. Everyone laughed out loud especially when Mr. Marquez, who hosted the awarding, also penalized all board of directors present who were not in floral attire. 


The party proceeded livelier with the amusing entertainers; Ms. Mari Nallos, who charmed everyone with her amazing voice and the Gloria Gatmaitan and Band, with their 60’s and 70’s groovy music. 


There was no exchange of gifts that took place in this year’s Christmas Party yet almost everyone received a gift because of the bountiful raffle gifts that came in for the occasion. 


Indeed, it was a different celebration this time and the officers concluded that this should be the beginning of joint parties in the next years to come.