Tuesday, September 17, 2019

PMMA Starts the 200 Days Countdown to their Bicentennial Celebration

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We were at Club Intramuros Golf Course last September 16 to attend the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) Bicentennial Celebration media launch - It's their 200 days countdown and to culminate with the main celebration to be held in San Narciso, Zambales on April 4, 2020.

But before that, we were given the opportunity to tour around the golf course while the alumni were playing one round of golf which started on a a rainy 6am morning. I arrived two hours before the call time of 11am because I wanted to make sure I have better luck finding a parking space.

Being an early bird has its perks as I was privately toured by security around the three lots that composed of the golf course.

Surrounded by the historic walls of Intramuros, plus other visible historical landmarks can be seen from afar, Club Intramuros is a historic site itself as it has been catering to golf lovers for almost a century already. The golf course was opened in 1930 but the club has been around since 1907.

These ladies from Subic are all doing the iconic Wazzup Pilipinas shout-out!

My designated tour guide for that morning. All the golf carts are being used so we settled for the next best transport vehicle available.

This is an 18-hole golf course. The course is relatively small but is sizable in terms of the challenges it entails; most of the holes include water hazards (lagoons), out-of-bounds, or both, so everybody is sure to have an exciting time. A game can be played in approximately two hours, which is ideal for busy people who are looking to unwind through a quick game of golf.

It also has a driving range where beginners and amateurs can practice swinging and hitting golf balls. Other facilities include a restaurant and function rooms.

Here are the Golf Course Rates just in case you are interested to play:

For non-resident – Php 1,910 inclusive of green fee, insurance, pull cart and caddie fee

For resident – Php 1,210 (weekdays, inclusive of green fee, insurance, pull cart and caddie fee); Php 1,410 (weekends, inclusive of green fee, insurance, pull cart and caddie fee)

Driving Range: Php 90 for a bucket of 80 balls

You'll find my several short video blogs of the tour from start to finish on my personal page and also on our official Facebook page.

We also interviewed BGen Melvin Ordiales, Chairman for the host class for 2020, with regards to more information about the event. This was after a hearty lunch at another room aside from the press conference function room where we were joined by the fresh from the shower rooms PMMA alumni who all played golf for a few hours.

The press conference was attended by Capt. Jess Morales, IBP President; Supt. Joel Abutal, PMMA President; and CE Chito Majabague, PMMAAAI President. Also was there earlier was Adm. Reuben Lista Sr, PNOC President but had to leave early before the presscon.

The media launch was hosted by Xaxa Alegre,

Being a celebration for 200 years, I naturally asked them for significant "on top of their minds" achievers among the PMMA graduates, and likewise for the school as a whole.

From Escuela Nautica De Manila in 1820, to Philippine Nautical School in the 1900s, now Philippine Merchant Marine Academy since 1963 because of Republic Act 3680, the PMMA has a lot of top alumni that excelled in their chosen profession. Likewise, the Academy as a whole has significant contributions to the maritime industry.

Hoping to be available to join them in Zambales too on April 4, 2020, but that is still several months away from now. However, the class are organizing fundraising activities to be able to achieve their target funding of around 10 million, or higher, for the finale event. As of now, the earlier golf event was already the start of their journey towards their 200 years celebration.

There were already sponsors displayed on their tarpaulin so I guess it would not be hard for them to accummulate the necessary funding, and it is expected that the alumni will also be active in making these celebrations possible.

Congratulations to the PMMA for their Bicentennial. It is not that easy to reach that significant milestone, and here's hoping the academy will reach up to Quincentennial and beyond.

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