Café Alfredo is SSEAYP’s benchmark on campus-based student entrepreneurship


The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) and the National Youth Commission (NYC) visited Far Eastern University, Manila to learn about the operations of Café Alfredo, a campus-based coffee shop managed by Hotel Restaurant Management (HRM) students and resident chefs of the Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (ITHM). The institutional visit was held on November 18.

Thirty (30) youth ambassadors of goodwill who are students and guests from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan had an educational exposure to the operations of Café Alfredo. The beverages and pastries sold at café are prepared by HRM students under the supervision of its faculty chefs Aleli Aseremo and Andrea Tiu and café manager John Malonzo.

HRM students and resident chefs also showcased their culinary talent and FEU’s brand of hospitality by serving halal-friendly lunch.

The delegates also attended a tour of the UNESCO-awarded campus for its largest ensemble of well-preserved Art Deco Architecture in the Philippines. The tour was run by the FEU Guides composed mostly of Tourism students.

“It was a great experience for both our students and the international youth delegates to socialize and interact with each other. We are excited to host similar events in the future and we look forward to a sustainable and fruitful partnership with NYC,” said Joy Sheelah Baraero-Era, ITHM dean.

SSEAYP, now on its 45th leg, is an annual cultural exchange program among the youth from Southeast Asia and Japan. The partnership with NYC was made possible by Academic Services, Student Development, and ITHM.