MIHCA Hosts Cruise & Hospitality Careers Convention

The Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) organized the country’s first-ever Cruise and Hospitality Careers Convention last  August 29, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines with 2,500 hospitality professionals and delegates from the Philippines’ major colleges and universities in attendance. 

The convention, which showcased the various career opportunities onboard cruise ships, had speakers coming from some of the world’s major cruise and hotel operators, specifically AIDA Cruises, Citadines Salcedo Makati, Costa Cruises, Gosaibi Foods Company, Magsaysay, New World Hotels Group, Princess Cruises and Resorts World. Notable speakers included Christian Weindorf, Manager, Fleet Talent Acquisition, Princess Cruises; Christine Schiftner, Director, HR Hotel Management and Fleet Services, Costa Crociere S.p.A; Andrea Tonini, Head of Asia Shipboard Hotel Training, Costa Crociere S.p.A.; Walter Kuhnert, Training Manager Asia, AIDA Cruises; Ian Hyndman, Managing Director, Gosaibi Foods Company; Susana Salcedo, Residence Manager, Citadines Salcedo Makati; Elpidio Beloso Jr., Director for Hotel Operations, Resorts World Manila; Mark Heywood, General Manager, New World Manila Bay Hotel; Randal Linhart, Resident Manager, New World Makati Hotel and Marlon R. Roño, President, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation. The topics covered included the global shipping and cruise industry, the multi-cultural environment on the cruise ship, the importance of training and ensuring quality operations and customer services, among others. 

Key government officials from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Department of Tourism also graced the event together with Magsaysay executives. POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac served as the convention’s keynote speaker, while DOT Assistant Secretary Arturo P. Boncato, Jr. spoke about the promotion of the Philippines as a major tourist destination. 


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.​