25th National Convention of Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines (COHREP). January 25 to 27, 2017 Far Eastern University (FEU) Auditorium and Manila Hotel
25th National Convention of Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines (COHREP). January 25 to 27, 2017Far Eastern University (FEU) Auditorium and Manila Hotel
Prepared by: Mr. John Michael C. Ibarra
Dr. Rowena P. Sagaysay, COHREP President says that it is in this frame of mind that this years’ convention theme “Building Bridges, Exploring Opportunities” was conceived. It aims to open the educators’ mind on having to deviate from the norm; to explore yet other opportunities for growth and yes! having to change the perspective on what lies ahead; in order to live up to the standards we have set ourselves. This is really the central thread which tie up COHREP members together.
Mr. Noel A. Abiva (Official delegate of SMU) and Mr. John Michael C. Ibarra (SMU delegate sponsored by St. Andrew Educational Services/SMU OJT Partner) attended this convention at FEU Auditorium for the first day and at Manila Hotel for the last two days. A research forum was scheduled on the first day wherein Dr. Carlo Magno explained the importance of published research as this is one among the important functions of people in the academe. The convention proper is held in the Centennial Hall of Manila Hotel. The convention chair Dr. Guevarra welcomes all participating teachers from the different schools from Luzon to Visayas.
Honorable Jose Lina Jr. Ex-senator and the President of the Manila Hotel shared his tips and successful ideas on managing hotels. He talked by his experiences so as to stay stable. To be able to compete in the hospitality industry, managers must be updated from what is going on the internal and external operations of the hotel. This talk was followed by ASEC Gwen Javier’s five year Philippine Tourism Agenda updates; Ms. Cunanan’s (CEO of Vision Internationals) ideas on bridging culture differences among students;Mr. Alex Macatuno’s (DOT Chief of Policy Formulation and International Cooperation Division) DOT’s Strategic Direction in Fostering Internationalization of Tourism Products and Services;and Mr. Modesto’s explanations on the different opportunities among teachers using the Faculty Development program of CHED.
The last day of the convention started with a meeting, orientation and COHREP updates for the new and old members followed by a talk from Dr. Raymundo P. Arcega, Executive Vice President of University of Makati (UMAK) who shared his management styles and best practices in his/their school. The best practices are: Taking advantage of the changing environment and Dualized Educational System (Partnership with industry practitioner in classroom lecture and in crafting the curriculum). Furthermore, he reiterated that it’s not the degree (doctorate or masters) that dictates the capability and efficiency of the teacher to be in the position but through his/her contribution and on what he can do more. Lastly, he said that the success of the school depends on the employability of his students. The last speaker was Mr. Geuel Auste, Former Director of Human Resource of the New World Hotel/Marriott wherein he shared his ideas on Social Innovation. The Faculty and/or the managers should look on being an innovator to sustain smooth and lasting flow of hotel operation. The convention ended with raffle draws, picture taking and prayer.
Day 1 (January 25, 2016): Research Forum at Far Eastern University Auditorium
Day 2 (January 26, 2016): Opening of the 25th National Convention at Centennial Hall, Manila Hotel
Day 3 (January 27, 2016): 3rd day of the 25th National Convention at Centennial Hall, Manila Hotel