MIHCA bags awards in the National Food Showdown and Grand Culinary Challenge

Last September 21 and 22, 2012 MIHCA joined the most prestigious culinary competition, the National Food Showdown held at the World Trade Center. MIHCA participated in 12 categories and brought home 9 awards including4 Gold medals, 1 silver, 1 bronze and 3 diplomas. MIHCA is proud to announce the following people who worked hard, slept so little and gave PRIDE to MIHCA:



  • Jael Nieva of Culinary Arts Batch 3 won GOLD  in the Seafood Platter Category
  • Josephine Anne Pineda of Culinary Arts Batch 5 won GOLD in the Amuse Bouche Category
  • Paolo Springael of Culinary Arts Batch 3 won GOLD in the Main Course Category
  • Angelica Gile of Food & Beverage Services Batch 5 won GOLD in the Coffee Concoction Category
  • Mary Ann Buraga of Food & Beverage Services Batch 7 won SILVER in the Napkin Folding Category
  • Miracle Grace Cadiz of Baking and Pastry Batch 2 won BRONZE in the Baby Cakes Category
  • John Paolo Quinto, Erika Tolentino, Renan Miranda of Food and Beverage Services Batch 2 won a DIPLOMA in the Table Setting Category
  • Chef Jesse Factor and John Don Dela Cruz of Culinary Arts Batch 2 won a DIPLOMA in the Apprentice Category
  • Chef Jonnefer Pactao-in and Jose Enrico Tangonan won DIPLOMA in the Soup Kitchen Category
And on September 27, 2012 our Food and Beverage student John Paolo Quinto of Batch 2 won SILVER in the Table Set Up Category during the Grand Culinary Challenge.




Aside from the students, MIHCA is also proud of the hardworking coaches who mentored these students to achieve these awards: Chef Paolo Santino Guevara – MIHCA Culinary Program Director, Chef Martin Grau, Chef Avery Manaloto, Chef Mike Navarra, Chef Jesse Factor, Chef Jonnefer Pactao-in, Mr. Ernie Mesina and Mr. Renato Alvarez
Truly, MIHCA is proud of you!



The Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) and Paragon Testing Enterprises, Canada’s leading English language testing provider, signed a partnership agreement to facilitate the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP). MIHCA is the first CELPIP Test Center in the Philippines and the first general test sitting will take place on April 6, 2018.

The CELPIP Test is Canada’s leading English language test and is accepted as proof of English language proficiency for citizenship and permanent residency. CELPIP Test is accepted by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC), and Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). 

A member of Magsaysay People Resources Corporation, MIHCA is now at the forefront of producing job-ready professionals in the fields of hospitality, tourism and culinary arts in the ASEAN region. MIHCA has four campuses in the Philippines—Mandaluyong, Manila, Makati, and Cebu—and a campus in Jakarta, Indonesia. MIHCA provides training and testing solutions to prepare students for their deployment into the world’s largest cruise lines, five star hotels, resorts and tourism operations.​