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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 10, 2023



GMA Pinoy TV pays tribute to Filipino seafarers at the Seafarer Fiesta


GMA Network’s international flagship channel and the Home of Global Pinoys, GMA Pinoy TV, proudly served as the media partner of the recently concluded Seafarer Fiesta last June 24 in Sofitel, Pasay City – a day of celebrating the Filipino seafarers' undeniable contribution to the world’s economy.


The Seafarer Fiesta, which gathered nearly 2,000 seafarers and their families, also highlighted the sacrifice of the maritime professionals for the country and their loved ones. 


During the event, GMA Pinoy TV’s booth attracted a large number of seafarers who eagerly lined up for the chance to win exciting raffle prizes and complimentary giveaways and get exclusive ‘Votes V: Legacy’ shirts. 

The enthusiastic response demonstrated the genuine appreciation and enthusiasm of the attendees towards GMA Pinoy TV’s involvement in the event.


In addition to the festivities, GMA Pinoy TV also organized a contest specifically tailored for the seafarers in attendance. The competition provided an opportunity for the participants to engage in thrilling games, fostering camaraderie and a lively atmosphere among the seafaring community.

Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes, who banners GMA’s primetime series ‘Royal Blood,’ led the celebrities who gave their heartfelt greetings to the seafarers. 

Also sharing their messages were the rest of the ‘Royal Blood’ ensemble as well as the cast of Abot Kamay na Pangarap. Sparkle stars Kyline Alcantara, Sanya Lopez, Andrea Torres, and Rita Daniela imparted encouraging words as well.


Organized by the Propel Me app, the Seafarer Fiesta coincided with the International Day of the Seafarer, which emphasized the global significance of this noble profession. 

GMA Pinoy TV’s participation in the event further underscores its commitment to championing the aspirations and well-being of the Filipino seafaring community.


“GMA Pinoy TV reaffirms its commitment to honoring the indomitable spirit and invaluable contributions of Filipino seafarers. We take pride in being the media partner for this remarkable event, which allowed us to amplify their stories and extend our support to the maritime community. Together, let us celebrate our modern-day heroes and their unwavering dedication to their families and our nation,” says GMA First Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia.

GMA Pinoy TV's digital team also produced a series of inspiring videos, each focusing on a different aspect of the seafaring profession. 


One #Spotted video showcased the stories of the seafarers who have gained popularity on Tiktok due to their entertaining and relatable online content.

The video also underscored their significant contribution to the maritime industry. 


Another empowering video celebrated the incredible achievements and contributions of female seafarers in a traditionally male-dominated field.


Additionally, a special graduation video also captured the joy and triumph of seafarers who successfully completed their studies and embarked on their maritime careers.

The inspiring story of Christopher Tuazon, a model turned seafarer and content creator, was also featured on the popular morning show Unang Hirit.

Christopher's story epitomizes the resilience and adaptability of Filipino seafarers abroad while they embrace the challenges and opportunities of life at sea. 


High-rating infotainment show Amazing Earth also featured the captivating story of Raul Deocadez Jr., whose heroic actions led to the rescue of two American citizens stranded at sea for nearly 10 days.

His courageous efforts and quick thinking exemplify the extraordinary skills and compassion exhibited by Filipino seafarers around the world.

GMA Network, through GMA Pinoy TV, remains dedicated to supporting and uplifting the Filipino spirit, both at home and abroad.


For more information, visit www.gmanetwork.com