MIHCA Open House 2012

In July 2012, the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) hosted two Open House events to inform its industry partners of its new management members, courses, and upcoming activities.
The first Open House happened on July 12, 2012 at MIHCA Manila while the second event happened in MIHCA Makati on July 19, 2012. The events were attended by top managers and executives from shipping agencies, schools; publishers and editors from newspapers and magazines. In Manila these included Harborscope President Zeny Magnial, Wallem Maritime Services Inc. Training Manager Chief Engr. Ronald Perena, OSM Training Manager Capt. Lennie Arroyo, Colegio de San Juan de Letran DEAN of College of Business Administration and Accountancy  Cristina M. Castro – Cabral, Ph.D, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines Chairperson Luzviminda Tugade. While in Makati some of them were: Flavours Editor-in-Chief Dolly Zulueta, Chief Photographer Rafael Zulueta and Business Development Manager Jamie Venturina, Cook Magazine’s Advertising Manager Marlon A. Aldenese, Cook Eat Now’s Anzenne Roble, Dante Alighieri’s Marga Ocampo, and Travel Life’s Mitos Lusterio and Lorraine Banta from Scanmar.
Guests were introduced to MIHCA’s new Institute Director Mr. Reny C. Garcia. Prior to being appointed as MIHCA Institute Director, Reny was the Vice President for the Cruise Group of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation.
Guests were also given a tour around the MIHCA facilities and were engaged to participate in different activities. In Manila Campus they experienced Chicken Trussing led by Chef Mos Grau, Cupcake decorating by Chef Nap Carbonell, Art of Towel Decorating by Sir Allan Dollesin and Barista and Cocktail Demo by Sir Ernie Mesina. Guests were given cocktail drinks at MIHCA’s fine dining restaurant Illumine. Then they also visited the state of the art Computer Lab, language training and IATA travel courses were discussed. And finally, the guests had a sumptuous lunch at the Robert Hall.
In Makati Campus, the guests were able to witness Cocktail Demo, Plating and Blind Tasting activity and were toured around the kitchens, butchery classroom, housekeeping mock up rooms and the coffee bar. After which they were also served with an opulent lunch.
Be ready for 2013 because MIHCA has yet another interesting activity in store for the Open House event.


Professional Culinary Arts students of the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) were hailed as the Ultimate Chef Warriors in the Chef Wars competition at the recently concluded 10th National Food Showdown held last October 19-21, 2016 at the Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Philippines. 


Chef Wars, considered the main event of the National Food Showdown, is a 60-minute live cooking contest. MIHCA’s winning trio—Carla Felize C. Cruz, Prince Jeffrey C. Tan and Jaime Bañas—represented Team Luzon and bested the groups of Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa of Team Visayas and Monster Kitchen Academy of Team Mindanao. Team Luzon was supported and coached by MIHCA Instructors, Chef Mike S. Navarra and Chef Joan D. Pineda.


MIHCA students prepared a 3-course masterpiece with shrimp as the main ingredient—Anchovy Glazed Shrimp set on Vanilla Scented Beignets, Open Face Thermidor, Salad, Calamansi Emulsion, Potato Leek Soup and Herb Soil as hot appetizer; Shrimp Flan with Calamansi Gelée, Herb Marinated Shrimp, Pickled Vegetables, Coral and Mango Aioli as cold appetizer; and Shrimp and Lapu-Lapu Roulade, Potato Fritters, Root Vegetables with Bacon Beurre Blanc with Chive Oil as the main course. 


A member of the Magsaysay People Resources Corporation, MIHCA is at the forefront of training and producing job-ready professionals in the fields of hospitality, tourism and culinary arts. MIHCA has three campuses in the Philippines—Manila, Makati and Cebu—and a campus in Jakarta, Indonesia. Each campus houses state-of-the-art facilities including kitchen laboratories, bars and fine dining restaurants, mock-up hotel rooms and cruise cabins.​