Marissa Oca, Gig and the Amazing Sampaguita Foundation, Inc. (GASFI)

08 December 2017

Marissa has breathed seafarers’ welfare since birth. In fact, her father built and expanded the biggest seafarers' union in the Philippines.

No task is too menial, nor a vision too dreamy, for Marissa to work through a project's demonstrated impact and deeper meaning for the benefit of seafarers. Examples include:

GASFI (Gig and the Amazing Sampaguita Foundation, Inc.), with its 20-minute read-to-your-child advocacy, which has grown from a seafarer community to a nationwide movement,

St. Pancras Academy, ‘a school for seafarers' children which now basks in the warmth of inclusivity to other children just as hungry for values-laden curriculum’, and

GOLD Foundation, which ‘rounds up those pieces of dreams for inclusive welfare borne out of tenacity, integrity, and excellence, which fuses solidarity with the aspirations of labour within the seafaring industry’.