ITHM students at Kai Tak Terminal preparing for boarding at Resort World One Cruise. Photo by ITHM.

Seniors and juniors visit HK and Japan

As part of their out-of-classroom learning experience, where they witness the actual operations in the tourism and hotel management industry, Far Eastern University students went on separate international and domestic educational tours recently.

Last March 30 to April 5, juniors and seniors of the Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management, together with their faculty chaperones traveled overseas to Hong Kong and Japan through the Resort World One Cruise Tour.

ITHM students with certificates presented by Starphire Hotel. Photo by ITHM.

The Tamaraws met with hotel directors and training crew of Starphire Hotel and attended a seminar on operations, where topics included hotel training, cruise team, food and beverage, housekeeping, front office sharing, and disembarkation. They visited the crew bar, crew mess, office mess, and passenger cabins. Then they participated in a galley tour, provision area introduction by the provision master, table dining etiquette, and an immersive theater tour at Zodiac Theater.

While in Naha, Japan the students explored the cruise ship itself. They also observed the towel folding demonstration by the housekeeping team, as well as the cabin cleaning presentation. They also were shown a napkin folding demonstration and butler manner demonstration.

On the seventh and last day, the hotel director presented certificates to the students in the morning’s closing ceremonies.

109 sophomores in Palawan

Last March 17 to 20 and March 19 to 22, two groups of the second years students visited the province of Palawan. The first batch of 56 students and second batch of 53 sophomores traveled with their faculty chaperones.

They saw for themselves how ecological and environmental tourism works, by observing the goings-on at “The Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center,” which is operated and managed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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Their next stop was the Plaza Cuartel, which is an outdoor park and a landmark in Palawan that used to be a penal colony during World War II. They also attended a seminar on the “Tourism Situation of Palawan.”

Another seminar that they attended was on “Basic Hotel Operation, Front Office and Housekeeping.”

160 freshies off to La Union, Pampanga

A total of 80 first-year students formed the first batch while another 80 comprised the second last March 21 and 22 and April 11 and 12, respectively, of their La Union and Pampanga trip.

They explored some of the grape farms in La Union. They also witnessed how the silver jewelry is operated in the province. is being made and they can buy it at the most affordable price. 

Meanwhile, they saw why L&D Citrus Farm is considered the pioneer of Bearss Lime farming in the province.

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Another ecological and environmental program that they observed was the release of around 100 pawikan (sea-turtle) hatchlings as part of the continuing preservation and protection in the area.

The students witnessed how weavers use manual techniques to weave their products, after which they saw for themselves the Baluarte Watch Tower that was built during the pre-Spanish times and considered a national treasure by the National Historical Institute. They also visited Museo ning Angeles in Pampanga as well as the lantern makers in Pampanga.