The Department of Hospitality Management, College of Human Ecology and Food Sciences of the University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan, Cotabato placed 2nd out of 32 participating State Colleges and Universities in the Philippines after picking several awards in the first ever National Inter-Collegiate Virtual Competition.
The said collegiate skills competition was organized by the Alliance of Hospitality and Tourism Movers of the Philippines and was comprised of various virtual skills competitions. Selected students from Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management of the College of Human Ecology and Food Sciences took part in the competition which began on May 21 and concluded on May 25, 2021.
Contenders from the University of Southern Mindanao clinched several awards such as 1st place for Flair Tending; 2nd place for Fruit and Vegetable Carving; 2nd place for Buffet Center Piece; 3rd place for Quiz Bee; and 4th place for Cookery. Moreover, they got the Social Media Choice Awards for Buffet Center Piece, Fruit and Vegetable Carving, Virtual Poster Making, and Cookery (Utilizing Sardines).
Mr. Melbert Dico, currently a 3rd year BS Hospitality and Management student and declared as the champion for the Flair Tending said “My coach, Prof. JM Bautista informed me that I was chosen to represent our department in the Flair Tending competition. I was hesitant at first because I was busy with my thesis. But then, I realized that no one will represent our department and so I accepted the challenge.”
In his skill area, he needs to experience bruises, pains and get acquainted with wine bottles in order to achieve a certain level of competency. He beat competitors from Cagayan State University, Lallo and Quirino State University, Cabbarroguis, who took the 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
“I was thinking about my teachers, my coach, friends, and family who were supporting me. Even though I have few days to prepare, I put so much effort in this competition. I did not want to give up because of this pandemic” added Dico, who trained for the competition for only 3 days. “This event aims to provide more opportunities for our students. This is the time to boost their confidence and enhance their skills during this pandemic. We, the educators, practitioners, trainers should be the first to provide guidance and assistance because some of them are becoming hopeless, stressed and depressed” Dr. Antonell Albano, President of the Alliance of Hospitality and Tourism Movers of the Philippines, said during the virtual awarding ceremony.