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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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Hi Travelers!

The Department of Tourism (DOT), together with Guide to the Philippines and the AIM - Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism, is committed to supporting the tourism industry during this difficult time. As we plan the future of tourism in our country, we need to listen to your sentiments and concerns. Sparing at least 10 minutes to answer this survey is a huge support to our endeavor.

The results of this survey will give valuable insights for tourism enterprises on how to better prepare, respond, and serve you again once the COVID-19 pandemic ends and travel restrictions are lifted. A summary and analysis of this survey will be published and made available to all tourism enterprises.

We truly appreciate your contribution. Please share this with your family and friends who travel in the Philippines. Together, let us help the tourism industry bounce back!

Click here to access the survey.

Thank you. Stay safe and stay hopeful!


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Board of Trustees (2019 - 2021)

Ms. Ma. Christina Aquino
Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP)

Ms. Anabelle Ochoa Moreno
Association of Human Resources Managers in the Hospitality Industry (AHRM)
Vice Chairman

Ms. Tinette Capistrano
Philippine Association of Convention/ Exhibition Organizer and Suppliers, Inc. (PACEOS)

Dr. Gloria Baken Wong- Siy
Association of Administrators in Hospitality Hotel and Restaurant Management Educational Institutions (AAHRMEI)

Mr. Elieser Casas
Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA)

Mr. Hessel Larcia
National Union of Workers in Hotels, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN- SENTRO)
Public Relations Officer

Board Trustees

Mr. Daniel Edralin
Ms. Eleonor Ogarte
National Union of Workers in Hotels, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN- SENTRO)

Ms. Fe Yu
Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA)

Board of Advisers

Assistant Secretary Maria Rica C Bueno
Director Rowena Lu Y. Montecillo
Ms. Arlene Alipio
Department of Tourism (DOT)

Executive Director Imelda Taganas
Executive Director Susan Dela Rama
Ms. Ma. Isabel Gamurot
Technical Education Skills Development Authority

Dr. Edieser Dela Santa
University of the Philippines
Asian Institute of Tourism (UP AIT)

Secretariat: Carla Co

Contact Information

Tourism Industry Board Foundation Inc.


University of the Philippines - Asian Institute of Tourism
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