JBLCF-Bacolod Marine Engineering Students bag the First and Second places in the JBLFMU-RDC Digital Logo-Making Contest

The John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University-Research and Development Center recently concluded its highly anticipated Digital Logo-Making Contest aimed at creating an official emblem that embodies the center’s commitment to innovation and research excellence. The contest was participated by six final entries from across the university and was held during the System Research Colloquium and Sharing of Best Practices held on February 7, 2024. The panel of esteemed judges comprised DR. MELCHOR MAGRAMO, Research Director, DR. MA. ELENA ELEPERIA, Academic Director, and MR. ARCHIE AMPARO, IT Director of the University.

JOSEPH DARL MASILAM, a third-year Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering student of JBLCF-Bacolod from section Polaris, clinched the prestigious First Place with his exceptional design.


KENNETH R. CARIO, a fourth-year Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering student from section Ares, also from JBLCF-Bacolod, secured Second Place with his creative and innovative entry.

The winning entries were selected based on specific criteria outlined by the judging panel, including reflecting key concepts such as Research and Development, Innovation, incorporation of JBLFMU’s logo and logos of all units, and adherence to the university’s core values.

Joseph Darl Masilam’s design stood out for its creativity, relevance, and visual impact, earning him the top prize of 3,000 pesos along with a Certificate of Recognition. Kenneth R. Cariom received 2,000 pesos and a Certificate of Recognition for his outstanding contribution.

In addition to the top prizes, the third-place winner, JBLFMU-Arevalo’s entry, received 1,000 pesos along with a Certificate of Recognition, while consolation prizes of 500 pesos and a Certificate of Participation each were awarded to non-winning participants.

(The winners, Left to Right: JBLFMU-Arevalo, Third Place; JBLCF-Bacolod, First Place; and JBLCF-Bacolod, Second Place)

The winning logo design, crafted by JOSEPH DARL MASILAM, will now become the official trademark of the Research and Development Center of JBLFMU. By winning First Place, Masilam has granted the JBLFMU-RDC the right to utilize the logo in various promotional materials, including Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaigns, official university merchandise, program covers, and certificates issued by the JBLFMU-RDC, thus solidifying his contribution to the university’s branding efforts.

The success of the Digital Logo-Making Contest underscores JBLFMU’s dedication to fostering creativity, innovation, and research excellence among its students, further solidifying its position as a leading institution in maritime education and research.

JBLFMU-A’s Faculty Research Recognized as Top 10 in CHED’s ASEAN Research Conference

In a significant achievement, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (Arevalo), Inc. has garnered recognition from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in Region VI. Their faculty research paper, titled “The Extent of Application on Hard and Soft Skills Onboard Ship: Basis for Development of Program to Enhance Seafarers’ Skills,” authored by 2/M Jester B. De la cruz and co-authored by Capt. Nestor L. Baluya and Capt. Kester R. Ledesma has been honored as one of the top 10 research papers at the 1st Region VI ASEAN Research Conference 2023.

2/M De la cruz expressed their gratitude for the recognition, saying, “We are beyond blessed because our work has been recognized by experts in the field and that it has the potential to make a significant contribution to the maritime perspective.”

“When we were talking about this topic, we didn’t just talk about what interests us, but also about what can benefit the industry we chose,” said Capt. Kester R. Ledesma.

Dr. Brian Gil Sarinas and the members of the Research Committee played a pivotal role in supporting the research team throughout this journey, offering valuable insights and guidance.

This achievement is particularly noteworthy, given that their paper was selected from over 50 manuscripts submitted to CHED Regional Office VI.

The research not only provides a platform for faculty researchers to share their work but also fosters collaboration, networking, and the exchange of insights on ASEAN-related research trends.

JBLFMU Researchers Excel with Top Honors, Best Paper at NOSTE 2023 Conference

Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas, the Research Coordinator at John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (Arevalo), Inc. secured the title of “Best in Oral Presentation” at this virtual conference, held from September 22 to 24, 2023. His presentation, part of a collaborative research paper titled “Selected Water Physico-Chemical Characteristics of Iloilo Batiano River, Philippines,” alongside co-authors Bartimeues Nathan Wiederhold, Tom Lichtenberg, and Engr. Roderick R. Germo, Ph.D., also claimed the “Best Paper” award.

This acknowledgment highlights not only Dr. Sarinas’ achievements but also JBLFMU’s commitment to advancing knowledge and education through a meaningful research.

In parallel, Engr. Roderick R. Germo, a faculty member of the Bachelor of Science in Maritime Transportation (BSMT), with his research, “Effectiveness of Problem-based Learning (PBL) on Maritime Courses in a Blended Learning Modality” was a collaboration with C/M Virmari S. Tan, Ph.D., and 3/O Angelo F. Casañare.

2/M Karl Danielle H. Sira, Head of the Academic Affairs Office (AAO), addressed the critical issue of students’ mental health during the pandemic. His research paper, “Status of Students’ Mental Health during Pandemic: Basis for the Development of Student Enhancement Program,” in collaboration with Brian Gil S. Sarinas, Ph.D., and Rohena Z. Miranda, M.A.Ed., RGC, added depth to discussions on students’ and teachers’ well-being and learning during these challenging times.

The JBLFMU community takes pride in these notable accomplishments, recognizing the significance of contributing meaningful research to the broader academic community.

2/M Aldin Turija (JBLFMU Arevalo) wins the 2nd Best Paper Award for Education and Educational Innovation during the 3rd UMRCI

A BSMT Professional Education Faculty of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (Arevalo), Inc., 2/M Aldin Turija, won the 2nd Best Paper Award for Education and Educational Innovation during the 3rd UNIFFIED Multidisciplinary Research Conference International (UMRCI) given during the Awards and Gala Night of the UNIFFIED International Summit Iloilo City held last July 25, 2023, at Smallville 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

His paper entitled “The Use of Moodle and Students’ Performance in Protection of Marine Environment” ranked 2nd among the 24 papers coming from various respected universities and institutions. His paper was also presented in Parallel Session 4 of the event last July 24, 2023, at JBLFMU (Molo), Inc.

2/M Turija is a Maritime Instructor at JBLFMU (Arevalo), Inc. under the Maritime Program where he is also assigned as a Simulator Assessor. He was a former seafarer who ventured into teaching in 2016.

The research conference is part of the 3-day activity of the UNIFFIED International held in the city of Iloilo. Other activities include Salindunong (transfer of knowledge to Filipino educators), awards and gala night and an educational tour. UNIFFIED, which stands for United Federation of Fil-Am Educators, is a SEC- registered non-profit organization of educators in the USA and the Philippines. It aims to unite educators who share the vision of dedicating skills in promoting excellence in teaching and providing community service through projects that will benefit the community.

JBLFMU (Arevalo), Inc. Participates in the 30th PSERE Annual Conference 2023

The Philippine Society for Educational Research and Evaluation (PSERE), Inc. held its 30th Annual Conference at the Librada Avelino Auditorium, Centro Escolar University, Mendiola, Manila last May 29-31, 2023.

John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (Arevalo), Inc. campus sent participants to the said event. Second Mate Loren Steve G. Glumalid, a BSMT Faculty, presented a research titled Faculty and Students’ Feedback on the Use of JeL and the Academic Performance of Students in Deckwatch 1 (Collision Regulation), and emerged as a Champion among the best paper presenters.

Only one award was given throughout the two-day conference, and JBLFMU (Arevalo), Inc. turned out to be the over-all winner among all presenters.

The paper titled Status of Students’ Mental Health during Pandemic: Basis for the Development of Student Enhancement Program was given through a poster presentation by 2/M Karl Danielle H. Sira with his co-authors Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas, and Rohena Z. Miranda, M.A. Ed., RGC.

Also present in the event were Engr. Roderick R. Germo, Ph.D., a BSMT Faculty member who received the award as Associate Research Fellow (ARF) and Dr. Geneva M. Eler, Dean of the JBLFMU (Arevalo), Inc. Graduate School who received the award as Research Fellow (RF).

CONGRATULATIONS to all!!! JA is proud of you!!!!