TSM Singing Idol 2019 Grand Winner

With her powerful rendition of “Rolling in the Deep”, Xandra Mae Villacarlos, a 21-year old Thome Deck Cadet brought home the title as Grand winner of the TSM Singing Idol 2019.

Held during the TSM Group Annual Conference last March 25, the singing competition bested four (4) finalists.

Here’s a story on how her journey began with TSM Group.

How did you learn about TSM?
I was fortunate to be accepted in a scholarship program at the University of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue. Thome Ship Management sponsored my college education. Not only did I learn how generous Thome is for sposoring scholarship programs but I also knew how they foster the welfare of Filipino seafarers and their families.

How long have you beeen with TSM?
I joined the Cadet Program last 2015. Then, I was able to serve onboard an international vessel for almost a year. Now I am awaiting to embark another vessel assignment.

Were there any challenges that you encountered when you were just starting to establish your career in the maritime industry?

Yes, that is inevitable in any jobs. For me, what makes any work harder is not the “job” itself but more on the unpredictable condition of the workplace but overall, with determination to achieve a better future, there is nothing I am unable to handle.

How did you deal with these challenges?
I kept myself busy. I made sure I am focused on my work and not on the negative things that come with my job. I find compfort by talking to friends and doing what I love which are cooking, eating and singing.

What are your greatest achievements for the last years that you have been working with TSM?
Being among the growing “women onboard” in this industry is already an achievement yet working at TSM has sealed the deal for me because the company cares and acknowledges our contributions as seafarers by giving us opportunities that even our families can enjoy. Not only did I land a rewarding job but I still get to enjoy by participating at competitions like TSM Singing Idol and Thome Photo Competition. Overall, I think working as female seafarer here at TSM has empowered me to dream big and reach for my goals – that so far what I consider as my great achievement.

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