Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. Manila student is one of Western Union’s Top 10 Most Outstanding Maritime Students

Deck Cadet John Marwin D. Palma, a 3rd year BS Marine Transportation student of the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) Manila, was recently recognized as one of the Top 10 students in the 6th Western Union’s Search for Outstanding Maritime Students (WU-TOMS).

WU-TOMS is a nationwide search for the best and brightest maritime students from various maritime schools in the country. It is organized by Western Union, a leading money transfer service provider, in line with the celebration of the National Seafarers’ Day and National Maritime Week this September 2016. Since 2011, Western Union has already awarded 50 maritime cadets who are not only outstanding in their academic and technical proficiencies, but are exemplary in different endeavors and have created significant impact in their respective communities.

Two maritime students from T.I.P. Manila were shortlisted as finalists for the said search, namely Samantha O. Manuel and John Marwin D. Palma. Both were invited to take a written examination and final panel interview, but it was Palma who was chosen as one of the Top 10 students to be recognized.

Palma is an active member of various student organizations. He is the current president of the Coalition of Marine Engineering and Transportation Students and P.R.O. of the Bayanihan Youth for Peace (BYP). Palma is also a member of the T.I.P. Guild of Adviser Building Adjuration for the Youth and Society of Scholars. He was also the former secretary of the Marine Department Student Council (DSC) for SY 2015-2016.

Palma sees his family, especially his parents, as a source of inspiration to succeed in his endeavors. “Their hardships in providing me a decent education motivates me to do well in my studies and in life,” he said. He is also very grateful for the support that his T.I.P. family, including his schoolmates and friends, has given him throughout his WU-TOMS journey.

When asked what message he could give his fellow students, Palma said this: “To all of my fellow T.I.P. Marine students, nothing is impossible for a person with grit and determination.”