To commemorate the 113th Independence Day of the Philippines, a flag raising ceremony and singing of the national anthem kicked off the events onboard. The eagerly anticipated tug of war event had all the departments onboard competing for the bragging rights and title of Tug of War Champ. The eventual winners were the nautical department who fought off a great effort by the technical team. All crew members were treated to a Gala dinner in the crew mess to celebrate. The tasty Filipino dishes included suckling pig, chicken pork adobo, and other national dishes. All Filipino crew were given a 113th Filipino Independence day tee shirt and all onboard celebrated with a crew party later in the evening on the bow of the ship.
Odir Rodriguez is Veendam’s human resources manager.