1. How long have you been with PASCOR?

I have been working with PASCOR for 37 years now, since 1980. PASCOR first hired me as a chief officer and eventually I got promoted as a master. After retiring, they got me as their Technical Master and I still come here atleast once every week.

2. How would you describe your relationship with the company?

Through the years, PASCOR has become my family. I am also very grateful for my principal, Tropical Shipping, who continue to care for and check on me until now, years after I retired.

3. There is a common connotation that since seafarers are mostly away, their families usually end up in trouble. Please tell us about your family and how you are able to counter that.

My wife is a graduate of Practical Nursing in Florida. However, in 1997, as a family, we decided for them– my wife and 2 daughters, to live here in the Philippines. My eldest daughter, Joy, finished Computer Science in De La Salle University. Joy, my second daughter, finished Political Science and Law consecutively. She took the bar in 2008 and with the blessings of God, she became one of the topnotchers.

Presently, Joy is in Australia, finishing her Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting at La Trobe University while Love works as a lawyer for Unilab and other law offices. She got married to another lawyer and they now have a 5-year old son and an 8-month old daughter.

4. How did you manage your income then and continue to grow your wealth until now?

I invested mostly in the province, acquiring farm and pasture land, as my father wished for me when he was still alive. We also ran an auto supply shop in Las Pinas for 16 years and then sold it. Until now, we are living off of the blessings we gained from these businesses and investments.

As for how I manage my own salary when I was still a seafarer, I always remit 80% of my income to my wife. You have to trust your wife and train her to handle money properly if she’s not yet skilled at it. I keep 20% for myself and then invest it in different channels. I have always made it a personal commitment to work toward sustainability– I dreaded the thought of growing old and always having to bother my kids to ask for money to support my own financial needs. My dream was to reverse that situation– to be able to continue to provide for them , give them gifts and always be ready to extend help even when they already have their own families– and by God’s Grace, that dream has come to pass. When my daughter got married, I gave them financial assistance on their first real property.

5. From your decades of experience as a seafarer, what words of inspiration would you like to pass on to the new and aspiring ones?

The work of a seaman is not for the faint of heart and capricious. You must be ready to work, no matter what– even when you have to dive deep into a dangerous and dirty tank, even while you are sick and vomiting, even when your heart is aching due to homesickness. You have to lose your pride and follow the orders of your superiors. You have to be determined and committed to this career path that you chose. It cannot be just for the lucrative income, your faith in what you do has to come from a deeper place in your heart.

Faith is still the central thing we need, whether for this part of the journey or for what lies ahead. Those people who have the greatest success first needed to believe in what they have to offer the world. You need to trust that your unique contribution is worthwhile. You must believe in yourself, even when no one else believes in you. Too many dreams are lost because a person gave up too soon. Focus and be determined. Every great accomplishment rests on the foundation of what came before it. When you trace it back, you’ll see one small step that started it all.