On June 13, representatives from the Nagasaki International University (NIU) and Nagasaki Junior College (NJC) in Japan arrived at St. Dominic College of Asia (SDCA) for an official visit which was highlighted by a partnership renewal signing between the two institutions.
SDCA and NIU/NJC have started a partnership in 2016 which allowed educational collaborations and exchanges between the institutions. In that same year, NIU sent sixteen (16) students to SDCA to take an English Proficiency program. SDCA administrators, instructors, and students, on the other hand, were offered to be welcomed at NIU and NJC for educational visits or internships. This 2017, with the partnership renewed another batch of Nagasaki students will stay at SDCA for the same English program.
The Nagasaki delegation was led by the Mr. Takaoki Mizogoshi, Manager of Nagasaki Junior College. He was joined by Mr. Norihito Fujishima, NJC Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Social Welfare Department; Mr. Kazuyuki Tzukahara, Chief of NIU’s International Center; and Mr. Hitoshi Kato, CEO of JP Talk Inc. which serves as coordinating office between the Philippine and Japanese educational institutions. SDCA, on the other hand, was represented by Dr. Gregorio A. Andaman Jr., President); Dr. Marita Andaman-Rillo, Chairperson of the Board; Dr. Nilda W. Balsicas, Vice President for Academics and Research; and Dr. Carolina P. Danao, Quality Assurance and Institutional Planning Officer.
Dr. Andaman expressed his excitement about the partnership. Both SDCA and Nagasaki delegation heads are optimistic that the collaboration will open bigger doors for mutual cooperation.
St. Dominic College of Asia gained various awards in the 49th Young Hoteliers' Exposition of the 11th MANILA FOOD AND BEVERAGES EXPOSITION (MAFBEX), held at the Philippine World Trade Center, on June 14-18.
Selected students from the Hospitality Management and Workskills International courses, under the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SIHTM), showcased their skills in the competition’s 5 Categories: Table Set-Up and Napkin Folding competition, Mocktail Punch competition, Cake Decorating competition, Market Basket competition, and Clash of Kitchens.
The Champions in the Table Set-Up and Napkin Folding competition were James Carl R. Del Mundo, Giana Ray D. Barrios, Elisha Joyce DA. Ramos, and Cornelio P. Aguilar Jr., mentored by TECHVOC Officer and OIC Dean Melbert V. Animas.
Meanwhile, Kenneth A. Estolano, Francis Erick Delos Santos, Roselyn B. Tuico won Bronze in the Mocktail Punch Competition, accompanied by their coaches Prof. Christian O. Sidiangco and Mr. Rolando S. Poblete.
Joy-Mae C. Masicampo, Irene M. Moreno, Danica A. Padua, Hollygain S. Monterey and Marilou S. Aranzazu jointed the Cake Decorating competition under the guidance of their mentor, OIC Dean and HM Program Chair Jennefer Y. Yap. Junee Bonifacio, Earl Sabido, and Eliza Cruz competed for Market Basket competition, while Ivan Anjelo V. Panzo, August A. Abel, Kasmir Justine V. De Las Alas, and Joshua Shane P. Co entered the Clash of Kitchen segment. WSI Culinary Instructor, Chef Edgardo B. Encinas, mentored this teams for both categories.
A school-wide event, the Young Hoteliers' Exposition creates opportunities for aspiring hoteliers and restaurateurs to showcase their talents and skills in culinary arts, hospitality and the tourism industry. The theme for this year, Hollyfood: “Blazing and Stunning”, intends to showcase the various Hollywood genres in the craft of this industry.
St. Dominic College of Asia received a Plaque of Recognition from the Municipality of Maragondon, last June 12.
Alongside with the Municipality’s celebration of their “Ika-119 na Taon ng Pagdiriwang ng Kalayaan” with its theme, “Kalayaan 2017: PagbabagongSama-samangBalikatin,” SDCA was given a plaque of recognition as an act of appreciation for its excellence in supporting the Maragondonians through charities, educational, medical and social service programs to ensure the welfare of the people of Maragondon.
The Vice Mayor of Maragondon, Cavite, Mr. Ireneo C. Angeles, began the ceremony by giving his opening remarks. It was then followed by a message from their Mayor, himself, Mr. Reynaldo A. Rillo. In his speech, Mayor Rillo also introduced their guest of honor, the Chairman of St. Dominic College Asia, Dr. Marita A. Rillo and honor all her contributions for the development of her home town, Maragondon.
Dr. Marita A. Rillo also gave a speech which was mainly focused on her respect towards the Municipality of Maragondon, Cavite and its people, she also took this opportunity to commemorate our Independence Day and show her concern about the occurrences in our country.After that, they proceeded withthe highlight of the celebration which was the awarding of the Plaque of Recognition that serves as an act of appreciation for its deserving recipients to acknowledge their excellence in supporting the Maragondonians through charities, educational, medical and social service programs to ensure the welfare of the people of Maragondon. Prof. Ronald C, Tomines, the Community Outreach and Extension Officer was the one who accepted the award in behalf of St. Dominic College of Asia.
Aside from St. Dominic College of Asia, Saint Jude Band, Primero Uno Band,Nuestra Senora Dela Paz and Maestro Jose Malan Angeles received their Plaque of Recognition as well.
The occasion was attended by our very own, Prof. Christian Tu, the Program Chair for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Ms. Ianne Kristine Lopez.
After a brief intermission number from Ms, Christine Joy Pareja, the Chairman of SB Committee on Tourism concluded the convocation with his closing remarks.
By: Arvic Marie Alcantara
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