It was a productive February for the FEU Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management BS Hotel and Restaurant Management Department as three third-year students took home awards from several major contests.
John Richard Co finished as First Runner Up in the Brew Atelier’s Brewers Cup. Using Kalita 101 for his Brewers and Costa Rica Jaguar Honey Brew coffee beans, John’s coffee entry was a hit among the audience with its seemingly perfect aroma and taste.
Richard was only one of two students that competed in a 15-man field that had 13 professional baristas.
“The contest was very challenging for Richard because this was the first time he had to do manual brewing while delivering his spiel,” shared HRM faculty Prof. Mary Angel D. Elacion
Another winner was Lynchor Fate F. Dimaculangan as she was crowned 1st Runner-Up in the Tanduay Class Flair Diva 2018, Inter-school flair bartending competition Female Category held on February 19, 2018 at STI College Cubao. Dimaculangan competed against 12 other finalists that participated in the Tanduay Class that ran from June to December 2017.
Meanwhile, Ralph Dulay bagged 6th Place at the “Clash of the Bottles”, Flairtending Competition held last February 23, 2018 at Madison Hotel, Quezon City. Dulay was up against 31 students from different colleges and universities in Manila.
The FEU Institute of Education emerged as the 1st runner up in the recently- concluded Siklaban ng Talino 2018 held at UE Manila Campus. Sponsored by the Ubelt Consortium, the event was participated in by all Ubelt partner schools which include UST, CEU, UE, Adamson, NU, Arellano, PLM among others.
The student-participants were:
Mariyela Mari Hugi- 3rd year BSED English
Yzelle Kate Lopez- 4th year BDED Gen Sci
Roxelle Ann Abrenica- 2nd year BSED English
Program Heads Dr Jayson Cruz, Dr Stephen Co and Jeremy Pedregosa coached the students.
Far Eastern University – Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management finished 1st Runner-up in the 7th National League of Tourism Students’ Skills Olympics held last February 8 to 9 2018 held at the University of Baguio. The FEU team composed of 20 students won 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals.
Other participants came from Lyceum of the Philippines, Manila Tytana Colleges, Southville International School and Colleges and University of the Cordilleras.
(Convention planning) Kate Javier, Heinzel Villanueva, Joleen Nadala, Carlos Rafael Fuerte, James Aguja
(Destination Photography) Kim Cristobal
(Quiz Bee) Joseph Mendez, Patricia Anne Mendoza, Mary Joyce Regis, and (Poster Making) Jeremhe Mathew Gutierrez.
(Quiz Bee) Ma. Lianne Isagra, Ferlen Duque Tan, Charles Josh Cunanan
(International Tour Packaging Proposal) Sabrina Cara Porter and Kim Cristobal
(Singing Tourism and Hospitality Professionals) Jonna Mae Sevilla, Aries Atencio, Aljerou Bibe
(Travel Feature Article Writing) John Jovial Soriano.
President Michael M. Alba”s Opening Remarks to the Premiere Showing of
Be Brave: The Story of Far Eastern University
Thank you for coming. Welcome to the premiere showing of “Be Brave: The Story of Far Eastern University,” which is also being simultaneously shown in various campuses of the FEU group of schools.
As its subtitle indicates, this film documentary chronicles the history of FEU from its founding in 1928. Its narrative uses as its base the recollections of Dr Lourdes Reyes Montinola, the daughter of FEU’s founder Dr Nicanor Reyes Sr.
To set the context so as to hopefully enhance your viewing pleasure, especially for those of you who may not be well acquainted with FEU, I would like to offer six points briefly.
First, FEU was, is, the realization of Dr Reyes’s grand and noble vision to provide access to quality higher education to all Filipinos. It was grand, being outsized in ambition; and it was noble in that it sought to bring out the best in the people who were touched by the dream, especially the faculty, staff, and students of FEU.
Second, since its establishment in the Commonwealth Period, FEU has seen its fortunes rise and fall with those of the country. It was bright with promise during the heady days of the antebellum years when the Philippine Islands were preparing for independence from American rule; it underwent tremendous suffering during World War II; and, with great difficulty, it rose from the ashes in the post-war years.
The late 60s through the mid 80s were, to borrow a phrase from the writer Jose Lacaba, “days of disquiet and nights of rage” in the FEU campus as everywhere else in the country. Thus, given its history, FEU cannot but work for the country’s good and that of its citizens.
Third, the stewardship of FEU passed to Dr Lourdes Montinola in the late 80s, and now it has been passed on to her children. Aurelio Montinola III is the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the CEO, Antonio Montinola is a Trustee and the lead in FEU’s sports engagements (as his uncle, Alfredo, was), Juan Miguel Montinola is the CFO, and Gianna Montinola is the Vice-President for Corporate Affairs.
Under the stewardship of the Montinolas, FEU has metamorphosed into a system with seven schools and 11 campuses. The schools consist of FEU Manila, FEU Institute of Technology (or FEU Tech), FEU High School, FEU Diliman, FEU Cavite, the soon-to-open FEU Alabang, and Roosevelt College, which was acquired in 2016. The campuses include the original school grounds, which are now being shared by FEU Manila and FEU High School; a 17-story building in nearby R. Papa Street, which houses FEU Tech; a 6-story building in Makati (which is a satellite campus of FEU Manila); the more traditional school grounds in Diliman, Quezon City, and Silang, Cavite; and a rising building complex in Filinvest, Alabang; plus the five sites of the Roosevelt College schools, which are in Cubao, Marikina, Cainta, San Mateo, and Rodriguez. It is a school system ascendant, by which I mean that all of the schools are on a relentless journey seeking to deliver ever higher quality in order to improve the lives of an ever increasing number of students and graduates.
Fourth, FEU is rising to meet the opportunities and challenges presented by the future. Recognizing on the one hand that, because of a propitious demographic age structure, the Philippines has a chance to become a rich country in the next 80 years or so if Filipino workers can find gainful employment, but on the other that, because of globalization and rapid technological change, workers are being displaced by automated processes, FEU is adopting innovations to prepare its graduates for the fast-changing landscape of the world of work. These include well-designed learning spaces to create a conducive learning environment; an emphasis on digital literacy, effective communication, and critical thinking in its curriculum to foster the skills most needed by workers to succeed in the workplace: the adoption of new delivery strategies, such as blended learning, among others, as well as learning-management and artificial-intelligence powered adaptive learning systems to make learning more efficient and effective; and the use of data analytics to track student engagement and learning outcomes. The aspiration is that, as a result of their engaging and immersive experience in FEU schools, graduates will be future-proofed and future ready.
Fifth, as with thousands of hapless Filipino civilians, Dr Nicanor Reyes Sr and his household fell victim to the wanton cruelty of the Japanese troops in the last days of the Battle of Manila. He died on February 9, 1945, perhaps an hour or two past 4 pm, that is, exactly 73 years ago, almost to this very hour. In her book, Breaking the Silence, Dr Montinola recounts that Dr Reyes just had time to gather the household in the vestibule of their residence before the Japanese soldiers barged in with their murderous intent.
His last words to them were “Be brave.”
Sixth and last, through the 90 years of its existence, FEU has heeded the clarion call of its founder to provide quality education to Filipinos. We in the FEU Community of today fervently believe in his cause; we are inspired by his vision; and we are motivated to take part in his mission and, indeed, are ennobled by our various roles in it. As we face the headwinds of the future, our collective will continues to be emboldened by his last directive, be brave.
And so now that you have been primed for it, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to present the film documentary “Be Brave: The Story of Far Eastern University.”
Third year BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management student Kenneth Caparon was crowned Champion in the recent “Battle of the Bottles 2018”, Inter-school flair bartending competition held last February 9, 2018 at the Polythecnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, Manila. Battle of the Bottles 2018 is one of the top bartending competitions for HRM students as it showcases the latest and best flairtending routines. Contestants were tasked to create a drink using ingredients that were only revealed during the actual competition.
MANILA – As a response to the growing need to stop dissemination of false information, Far Eastern University, through its Public Policy Center (PPC), conducts a forum titled: “Spotted: #FakeNews.” The forum aims to provide FEU students with knowledge on responsible digital behavior, including identifying bogus information.
“The spread of fake news has become easier through the internet and social media, where today’s generation get their information from. As an educational institution, it is our responsibility to help our students evaluate and verify the kind of information they receive through these platforms,” says FEU president Dr. Michael Alba.
Read more in Adobo Magazine
FEU campaigns against spread of fake news
Far Eastern University (FEU) has recently accredited the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA), which is a student-led university-wide organization that allows democratized gender expression and fights against any form of abuse or discrimination against it.
FEU-SAGA aims to strengthen the diversity of gender and sexuality in the FEU community. It seeks to conduct activities and events that will further raise awareness and compassion towards FEU students regardless of their differences.
“We envision a community wherein student leaders are empowered and engaged in advocacies that promote equality and human rights,” said Angelo Base, president of FEU-SAGA.
Base said he was a victim of bullying because of his gender preference, and this led him to initiate an organization with a mission to empower and cater the needs of his LGBT fellows.
“Stigma affects the well-being of a student and FEU being a nurturing learning community wants to provide—through SAGA—a safe environment and provide support system for all LGBT groups in the university,” said Lenore Delos Santos, Director of Student Development.
The newly accredited organization also serves as FEU’s arm in promoting HIV awareness. FEU, known for its strong inclusive welfare programs, has been openly supportive of LGBT groups and has allowed cross-dressing among male and female transgenders on campus since August of 2016.
Fat You, a short film made by third year college students from Far Eastern University, won first prize in the 19-21 age group (Further/Higher education) category of the inaugural Manila Student Film Festival held last January 16 at the International School Manila (ISM) Fine Arts Theater.
Written and directed by Ronnel “Thirdy” Rivera III, the winning short film tells the story of a fat girl who is afraid to show up in her class reunion after being bullied by her former classmates because of her physical appearance.
Full details HERE
A troubled past did not hinder FEU BA Communications senior Jose Gabriel Bayan to become an accomplished student and youth movement leader.
“I was involved in gangs, fraternities and got kicked out of school before I decided to turn my life around.”
Gab is the FEU Central Student Organization President and was recently named one of the 2017 Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines. The distinction is given to individuals who epitomize the achievements and ideals of Jose Rizal.
The BA in Communication senior was selected for his efforts on Youth Empowerment through socio civic consciousness, media literacy and evangelism.
He labeled this the BAYANi Movement.
His advocacy started when he joined the Sangguniang Kabataan and became Chairman of the Kabakas Youth Organization.
“I got the chance to closely interact with out-of-school kids in Santolan, Pasig. This is where I saw how inspiring stories moved people into action.”
Gab has also partnered with other local governments and different schools to reach a wider audience. He is hoping that his story and of those of other extraordinary individuals push other youth to become more engaged in social and community issues.
Asked about his leadership assets that he thinks embody those of Rizal, Bayan says,
“Genuine leadership is about embracing who we are despite our weaknesses, and inspiring others to do the same.”
He joins other Rizal model student awardees from FEU namely Jordan Cabandong (2011), Michael Lava (2012) and Titus Roland Tagaan (2015).