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The Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc. Officers had a courtesy call meeting with Usec. Alma Rita Jimenez on 02 August 2016, Tuesday, 10:00 AM at the Department of Tourism building, Makati City. Present at the courtesy call were Ms. Anabelle Ochoa-Moreno (Chairperson), Dr. Gloria Baken Wong-Siy (Board Member), Ms. Ma. Christina Aquino (Secretary), Mr. Arjun Shroff (Board Member), together with Dir. Rica Bueno and Ms. Arlene Alipio, TIBFI Advisers from the Department of Tourism.

Ms. Anabelle Ochoa-Moreno presented an overview of TIBFI as an organization and its affiliated members. After the presentation, a discussion between TIBFI Officers and Usec. Jimenez took place regarding the plans of the new DOT administration for the development of Philippine tourism industry.

DAY 1 | 24 July 2016

Ambassador Ranaraja, middle, gave a small welcome message to the delegatesThe group of Sri Lankan delegates arrived to the Philippines via Malaysia Airlines flight MH806 at 12:58 PM in spite of a 1-hour flight delay. Upon arrival, the group was greeted and had a lei reception prepared by the Department of Tourism (DOT) at NAIA Terminal 1.  

Ms. Anabelle Moreno, TIBFI Chairperson and Jay-ar Magsayo, TIBFI Secretariat, were at the airport to welcome the group and accompany them for the course of their visit. The group then headed to Seda Hotel located at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City to rest and get refreshed before heading to the Sri Lankan Ambassador’s residence for a welcome dinner.

Ambassador Aruni Ranaraja, Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Philippines, personally invited the Sri Lankan delegates to her residence for a welcome dinner. Ambassador Ranaraja gave a small welcome message to the delegates. TIBFI Board Members, Dr. Gloria Baken Wong-Siy, Mr. Paul Lim So, and Mr. Arjun Shroff were also present at the welcome dinner to formally meet the group.  

MANILA - A Sri Lankan group of delegates composed of 21 tourism stakeholders from different sectors conducted a 7-day visit to the Philippines for a tourism benchmarking activity from July 24 to 31.

Mr. Deepthi Lamahewa, the Deputy Program Director of World University Service of Canada (WUSC) based in Sri Lanka headed the delegation in a 7-day visit to the Philippines for a benchmarking program. The Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc. (TIBFI) together with the Department of Tourism (DOT) hosted the visit.

Despite some difficulties in processing the visa documents of the participants and unforeseeable changes in schedules, the visit was able to push through as scheduled. The delegates arrived to the Philippines at 12:58 PM via Malaysia Airlines. A lei reception was prepared for the group by the Department of Tourism staffs based in Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 1.

The key goal of the benchmarking visit was to learn best practices from industry experts when it comes to the field of hospitality and tourism management. The benchmarking visit was composed of two locations where ocular visit and a series of talks took place, Manila and Bohol. Different sectors in the tourism industry such as hotels, hospitality industry associations, and the Department of Tourism were able to conduct fora for the Sri Lankan delegates. Statistics, development planning and marketing strategies were among the subjects of the fora.

(From left to right) Mr. Paul L. So (Deputy Chairperson), Ms. Jennifer A. Salatan (Secretariat), Prof. Victoria Villegas (Alternate representative for Dean Miguela Mena, Treasurer), Dr. Gloria Baken W. Siy (Board Member), Ms. Marissa Gamurot (Board Advisor, TESDA), Ms. Anabelle O. Moreno (Chairperson), Ms. Arlene Alipio (Board Advisor, DOT), Ms. Eleonor Ogarte (Board Member), Ms. Ma. Christina G. Aquino (Secretary) and Mr. Hessel Larcia (Board Member).The Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc. (TIBFI) conducted a Strategic Planning Session last March 22, 2016 at Department of Tourism, Makati City. It was attended by TIBFI’s Board Officers: Ms. Anabelle O. Moreno (Chairperson), Mr. Paul L. So (Deputy Chairperson), Ms. Ma. Christina G. Aquino (Secretary), Prof. Victoria Villegas (Alternate representative for Dean Miguela Mena, Treasurer), Dr. Gloria Baken Wong-Siy (Board Member), Mr. Hessel Larcia (Board Member), Ms. Eleonor Ogarte (Board Member), Mr. Arjun Shroff (Board Member), Ms. Marissa Gamurot (Advisory Board, TESDA), Dir. Rica Bueno (Advisory Board, DOT) and Ms. Arlene Alipio (Advisory Board, DOT)

The 1st Batch of National Master Trainers and Master Assessors on Food Production with Chef Julie Ann Mendoza (ASEAN Master Assessor), Chef Jesus Cuyco (ASEAN Master Trainer), Chef Elena Rivera (ASEAN Master Assessor) and Chef Jose Gabriel Prats (ASEAN Master Assessor), Dir. Rica Bueno (DOT), Ms. Arlene Alipio (DOT), Dir. Maria Susan P. Dela Rama (TESDA) and Ms. Maria Christina G. Aquino (TIBFI).As part of the preparations for the full implementation of the ASEAN MRA for Tourism Professionals, The Department of Tourism (DOT), Technical Educational Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and Tourism Industry Board Foundation Incorporated (TIBFI) organized the 1st Batch of National Master Trainers and Master Assessors Training on Food Production. This was held last October 11 – 16, 2015 at Diamond Hotel, Manila.

The ASEAN Masters who conducted the training were Chef Julie Ann F. Mendoza and Chef Jesus Cuyco for the Master Trainers’ Training, while Chef Elena Rivera and Chef Jose Gabriel Prats conducted the Master Assessors’ Training.

NMTMA Food Production 2015 discussionsFrom right to left) Chef Jose Gabriel Prats, Chef Jesus Cuyco, Chef Julie Ann Mendoza,  Chef Elena Rivera, Dir. Rica Bueno, Dir. Ma. Susan Dela Rama, Ms. Ma. Christina G. Aquino.Out of several nominees gathered nationwide, twenty-five (25) qualified candidates were selected from various schools and training centers from all over the country. Most of the candidates came from NCR, while the rest came from different regions like CAR, Central Luzon (Region III), CALABARZON (Region IV-A), Bicol Region (Region V), Western Visayas (Region VI), Eastern Visayas (Region VIII) and Davao Region (Region IX). The candidates were nominated by various regional TESDA offices, ASEAN Masters and DOT. To qualify, candidates needed to be TESDA certified, should have at least 5 years industry experience in food production, and must be computer literate.  The candidates undertook various lectures, demonstrations, on Competency Based Training, Competency Based Assessment, and prepared their own portfolio during the six-days training to become a Master Trainer and Master Assessor on Food Production.

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Chef Bert Francisco Culinary Cup

 The Hotel and restaurant Chefs Association of the Philippines (HRCAP) and LNA Management Group Corporation collaborated on their third year another successful culinary event. September 05, 2015- Food and Drinks Asia "Cooking Challenge 2015" featured the "4th Chef Bert Francisco Culinary Cup", with the theme: "ASEAN Cuisine", held recently, as a special event highlight in food and drinks Asia 2015 at the World Trade Center, Manila.

The Competition gathered together a new breed of the country's aspiring chefs from various schools which carry HRM and Culinary courses; technical schools and training centers in metro manila and nearby provinces. Each delegation competed to bring home the now coveted 4th Chef Bert Francisco Culinary Cup.  


Taken at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang, Davao City,  March 23, 2015The Congress is designed to be a venue of discussion for representatives from relevant government agencies, various tourism associations, the academe, the labor sector, human resource directors/managers of various tourism sub sectors/industries, tourism training institutions, public organizations and other entities involved in tourism human resource development. The aim is to harmonize all efforts and programs of stakeholders in the development of quality human resources.

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Hernando O. Castillo | Mindanao Times | March 04, 2015

Ms. Anabelle Ochoa of the Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc.IN MY FORMER favorite restaurant for crispy pata, my friends and I told the manager that the crispy pata was far from crispy and the imbao soup served had plenty of shells but many meat parts were missing. Her reaction? She just asked if the service was good. Ouch. She neither offered an apology nor replacement for the awful things they call food in that resto in a mall. It’s the same restaurant where we found a dead insect in the pinakbet last year (at least, the then manager replaced it).

How come that the pretty manager insinuated that the service was good despite the bungling in the kitchen? For patient and forgiving customers like us, vowing to never set foot again in that place was enough. We didn’t demand for an explanation, apology, or replacement.

If that beautiful manager is reading this, I’m inviting her and the owner of the restaurant to improve their skills by attending relevant training programs and conferences.

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