Gothong Southern HR-Sea, in partnership with Gothong Southern Foundation held a one day seminar for the families of GSS seafarer’s  last June 29, Saturday at Hotel Pier Cuatro, Cebu. The event was participated in by 29 wives and mothers of the seafarers’. This program aims to empower women and recognize the important role of our seafarer’s wives in keeping their family financially and emotionally stable.

Welcoming remarks were made by Gothong Southern Shipping Marine Head, Eduardo Gabisan prepared the participants for the day’s activities which included various talks and workshops that would give them greater knowledge and understanding on a wide variety of subjects.

The seminar started with a Financial Literacy Course presented by an IMG Financial Educator, Marie Kris Mendoza, followed by discussions on Building a Strong Financial Foundation, How Money Works and Growing Wealth. These activities in particular were key in helping the families realize the importance of investments.

The next course was an Online Selling Course by a Full-Time Online Seller, Roselyn Montes. One of her topics emphasized choosing the right strategy, sharing that what works best for her is when she shares her personal experiences while using the product. This talk opened their eyes to the opportunities of making extra income while at home.

Finally, the participants got to enjoy an exciting workshop on Social Graces by Mary Kay representative, Minerva Dorado. This workshop included Behavior During Meetings, Table Etiquette and the rather much-awaited Proper Skin Care Product Applications. The participants definitely took pleasure in this hands-on activity.

They say that experience is the best teacher and this experience will surely be remembered and treasured by the mothers, wives and families of our seafarers.

Annual School Kit Provision For the Kindergarten Kids of Cambagocboc Elementary School

“The school kit provision activity in Cambagocboc Elementary School in Brgy. Sunog, Balamban has become an annual program for Gothong Southern Foundation Inc.  This is in line with the Foundation`s mission “to improve the lives of individual in our adopted community through education”. The activity took place in the beautiful morning of June22, 2019.

Together with the 26 employee-volunteers from Gothong Southern Group of Companies, who offered their Saturday morning to help facilitate in the program. The team was greeted with beaming smiles and excitement as they approached the school grounds; they prepared various interactive and fun-learning activities for each grade levels that challenged the students both physically and mentally.

Apart from the school kit distribution to the kindergarten students; another highlight of this activity was the Jollibee Party for everyone to enjoy; with games, prizes and the appearance of Jollibee mascot and friends; you can definitely see the kids having the best time of their lives.  A total of 234 students were given Jollibee kiddie meals with toys to bring home and the same were given to the grade level advisers.

“It was very fulfilling to see the smile on their faces. What a joy it was to see their innocence and how they appreciate simple things. It made me realize how lucky I was as a child. I would love to join GSF’s next activity again.” shared Christie Mae Bano of Gothong Southern Shipping Lines Inc. Noriel Tupaz of Gothong Southern Properties Inc also shared “It was tiring but definitely fun seeing those kids smiling and happy to see us; grabbing our hand so they can “mano” makes one feel really good and was something that can boost up one’s energy in spite of the activities.”