Statendam Assistant Stage Manager Alexander Casareno recently celebrated 30 years with HAL! A service award ceremony was held to commemorate this special occasion and present him with his award. Below is a fun Q & A with Alexander. Congratulations!
Q & A:
Where are you from?
Northern part of the Philippines, provinces of Isabella.
Married since 1969; has a 42-year old son, a 38-year old daughter and a 28-year old daughter and one granddaughter (all of them are professionals).
What brought you to sea – why did you start to work on the ships?
I wanted experience working at sea, having worked on shore for 10 years. I was one of the first stage staff positions hired, May 8, 1981. I worked on the old ss Veendam.
Favorite Port of call?
Hawaii and Europe are my favorites.
Reading, playing basketball and entertainment — I watch all the shows on board.
What we don’t know:
Alexander is a business man, he owns his own farm, he has a general merchandise business and even has a commercial building that he rents spaces out to others.
Advise for New Hires:
Have patience and have regular contact with your family so that you will not get homesick.
Success is measured with patience and all the good values that you think of as a human being.
Verlie Michelle Nelson is Statendam’s human resources manager.