MIHCA Appoints New Institute Director

Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Institute Director, Reny Garcia.
Reny brings to his position over 25 years of management experience in the hospitality and cruise industry, including his most recent position as Vice President for the Cruise Group of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation. His credentials include working for top-notch multinational organizations namely, the Westin Philippine Plaza, Mandarin Oriental Manila, Star Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Lines, where he extensively performed leadership roles.
With his breadth of hospitality and cruise experience, Reny will bring to MIHCA a new vision and fresh perspective. “I am looking forward to contribute to bringing my team and MIHCA to the next level of training and service.  MIHCA has been at the forefront of training and producing job-ready professionals and we are excited to open more career opportunities to more students,” said Reny.
Reny will be overseeing the overall operations of the institute, ensuring that MIHCA produces professional, well-rounded, and job-ready graduates who will go far, both locally and overseas.  Backed by Magsaysay’s global partners and 60-year history of excellence in manning, MIHCA students obtain global education with the opportunity to launch careers in the local and international scene through a job placement system that has successfully endorsed 80% of graduates to deluxe hotels and luxury cruise lines all over the world.
One of the best hospitality and culinary schools in Manila, the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) is a member of the Magsaysay Group of Companies and has two branches in Manila and one in Jakarta, Indonesia. Established in 2007, this world-class academic institution is well-known for its programs and courses that not only focus on all aspects of the hospitality and culinary fields but in tourism as well. Here, exceptional careers in hotel, restaurant and cruise line service, travel and tourism are built on a well-structured system that requires 80% hands-on training and 20% in-classroom lectures.  Combining excellent programs, state-of-the-art facilities and experienced faculty members, MIHCA provides education at its finest.

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.