MANILA -- A new magazine focusing on maritime and seafaring news will be launched this week.
Published by sisters Carmela Huelar and Teresa Huelar-Inocencio, FAS Maritime Magazine will feature stories on manning, maritime education and training and health and wellness.
The magazine will also cover different aspects of shipping like trucking, ports and aviation.
Huelar, a veteran maritime journalist of over 20 years, said this venture is her tribute to her mentor, Captain Gregorio S. Oca.
Oca, a venerated name in maritime circles, is known for founding Associated Maritime Officers and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines, the largest labor union of Filipino seafarers, and the largest union under International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).
"He was like a father to me," she said.
"He brought together government, the businessmen, and the seafarers to fight for their rights. He was the one who stood up to other countries and said, ‘we’re worth it.’ There’s no one like him," Huelar added.
As editor-at-large, Huelar brings her intimate knowledge of the issues and vast network to FAS Maritime.
Joining her as editor-in-chief is Regina Abuyuan, another veteran journalist whose work covers women's interests, climate change, micro-histories and development.
To launch its maiden issue, FAS Maritime is holding an exhibit "Thicker Than Water," curated by artist, curator and art writer Marika Constantino and fellow artist Katherin Nuñez.
FAS Maritime Magazine will be launched on Saturday at The Hub in Escolta, Manila.