A Filipina’s tale of Mt.Everest, the seven summits and the  Balangay

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/31/2021

Take the risk: “the danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort,” says writer Paulo Coelho. Philippine Coast Guard’s Carina Dayondon agrees in relation to her journey as the first Filipina to…

‘Personal comfort’ doctrine and compensability of injuries during recreational activities

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/23/2021

A seafarer’s injury during any recreational activity such as a videoke session is compensable under the “personal comfort” doctrine. The Supreme Court utilized this legal paradigm in the recent case of John Oscares vs. Magsaysay Maritime Corp.…

500 years of Christianity and the  ships of faith

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/16/2021

My early grasp of the history of Christianity in the Philippines at a young age perhaps can be traced to the “Magellan” parody song of fellow Boholano Yoyoy Villame. “On March 16, 1521. When Philippines was discovered…

Challenges of women seafarers in a male-dominated  maritime industry

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/09/2021

The word “seafarer” has replaced the word “seaman” in the male-dominated maritime industry, often considered as politically-correct word due to the increasing presence of women in the profession in recent decades. In older times, the term “seaman” was…

Seafarer’s compensation cases and company doctor’s declarations

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/23/2021

Courts are not bound by the medical findings of the company doctors in the determination of  compensation cases filed by Filipino seafarers. In most seafarer cases for disability or death benefits claims, one of the arguments often…

The tale of a shotgun wedding, psychological incapacity and annulment

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/16/2021

Mere refusal to cohabit with one’s spouse will not be automatically considered as a psychological disorder in annulment cases. Like in telenovelas, a seafarer’s story of shotgun wedding or pikot that led to an annulment case became the…

 Barricades of the Diliman Commune

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/09/2021

“Raise high the barricades!” was the headline of the February 4, 1971 issue of the Philippine Collegian that chronicled the so called  Diliman Commune. The Diliman Commune occurred 50 years ago, from February 1 – 9, 1971, as…

Male seafarers as victims of sexual harassment

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/02/2021

Male seafarers can be the subject of sexual harassment while working on board the vessel entitling them to moral damages. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone and everyone. The Supreme Court stressed in the case of Richard…

Sto. Nino and the religiosity of Filipino seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/19/2021

Viva Sto. Nino! The Sto. Niño is venerated all over the country with annual festivals celebrated every last two weekends of January through special masses, dances and processions attracting millions of devotees and tourists. The main religious festivals…

Shortchanging in Filipino seafarer’s remittances

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/12/2021

Filipino seafarers are being shortchanged in the conversion of their dollar remittances to pesos which a blogger described as a “thievery” in the maritime industry. It is a known practice of some unscrupulous manning agents to shave…

Starting 2021 with a collision  

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/05/2021

The year 2021 for me started with a bang, literally, due to a car accident. On my way home from the grocery evening of January 1, my car was hit along C5 extension in Las Pinas by…

Manunggul jar ‘ship-of-the-dead’ and the journey to afterlife

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/29/2020

The journey of the soul to the afterlife was closely associated by early Filipinos to maritime culture as represented by the “ship-of-the-dead” burial container called Manunggul Jar. I saw the burial jar twice during my visits to two…

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