OCEAN kicks-off USTP Panaon MB Days 2023
By Cherry Mae D. Martinez & Val T. Tagalogon, USTP Panaon BSMB Student Leaders
The Organization of Marine Conservationists and Ecologists upholding Academic Excellence and Noble Research Works (OCEAN), the accredited student organization of the Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology (BSMB) students of USTP Panaon, successfully celebrated its Marine Biology Days last April 24–25, 2023, with the theme “Exploring the Wonders Beneath the Wave” at the Training Center of the USTP Panaon in Misamis Occidental.
In line with the event, the faculty of USTP Panaon and other participants conducted a coastal clean-up drive along the beach area to guarantee the two-day spectacle’s cleanliness and safety.
BSMB students also attended a seminar series on several marine biology core topics to address their importance to the environment. The seminar series offered an opportunity to students pursuing a marine biology course, which was the event’s highlight.
Mr. John Philip A. Viajedor, Ms. Marjho Mae S. Cardoza, and Mr. Celso C. Almirol focused their discussions on the mangrove ecosystem, marine biology opportunities and coastal laws, and marine conservation and sustainable development. The participants then raised their questions regarding the subjects covered.
The highly anticipated Search for the MB Next Top Models was also another highlight of the event.
Mr. Michael Clavis Hemoroz and Ms. Glennda Mae Villarde bested other contestants with their flawless and outstanding performances and emerged as this year’s top models.
Marine Biology students also participated in sports and literary competitions to showcase artistry, intelligence, and talent.
Participation in the different parlor games also allowed students to relax and have fun while taking a break from the activities.
The MB Days proved to be a tremendous hit with students; educating and motivating them. The event also served as an excellent venue for students in the MB department to get to know one another. Mark your calendars today as the MB Days in 2024 is expected to be even bigger and better!