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FEU Cavite Welcomes Tagaytay HuckDogs

FEU Cavite Welcomes Tagaytay HuckDogs

Tagaytay HuckDogs held their Ultimate Frisbee exhibition game at the FEU Cavite Higher Education Open Field last June 26, 2019. Said team is part of the Tagaytay Ultimate Community which comprises of frisbee teams from different parts of Cavite. Four FEU Cavite alumni, namely, Charlene Luceros, Louis Miguel Ilustrisimo, Vince Maron Rafael Ilustrisimo, and Carl Andrew Cuenca are members of the team and played in the exhibition match along with 21 other players. The game lasted for one and a half hours.

The Tagaytay HuckDogs at FEU Cavite
The Tagaytay HuckDogs at FEU Cavite

The purpose of the said event is to introduce Ultimate Frisbee to the FEU Cavite community as a sport, learn how it is played, and possibly be included in the Physical Education curriculum of the university. The FEU Cavite alumni also wanted to bring enjoyment while serving back to their alma mater through this friendly exhibition game.

HuckDog Charlene Luceros, An FEU Cavite Alumna, Batch 2014 BSBA Marketing Management

It was a great opportunity for the university to be hosting this game as it opened a door for other communities, teams, sports enthusiasts, and players. It created and widened relationships inside and outside the campus.

The Tagaytay Huckdogs with Dr. Marcon Espino, FEU Cavite Executive Director and Dean of Higher Education


FEU Cavite Launches the Farm Ecotherapy Project

FEU Cavite Launches the Farm Ecotherapy Project

FEU Cavite employees in meditation exercises

The Student Development Unit of FEU Cavite Higher Education Department piloted the project entitled, “Farm Ecotherapy Upraising Connectivity (F.E.U.C.) on October 26, 2019”. It is a one-day dry run event intended to create an enhanced and uplifting environment that connects people to nature and agriculture through activities for the individuals’ overall wellness. FEU Cavite envisions to influence communities’ growth, inspire them to be good stewards of our environment, and instill values in preserving the nature.

Orientation at the FEU Cavite V-Farm

The said program started with preparatory activities, followed by a 10-minute Ecowalk— a contemplative walk from HED promenade going to the V-Farm (Vegetable Farm) and Modern Bahay Kubo. This activity promotes appreciating the scenery and plants surrounding the environment. Then comes the meditation part which comprise of activities like breathing exercises, stretching, listening to nature sounds, and quiet time for a calm and more focused mind and body. After the warm-up and calming exercises, a brief inspirational talk about gratefulness was delivered. Reflecting on God’s Word was also part of this activity. A Bible verse was presented and pondered on to give encouragement to everyone.

The event ended with a healthy and sumptuous Trio-V (triple vegetable) dishes, from appetizer to dessert prepared by the BS Hospitality Management students at the V-Farm Modern Bahay Kubo. Eating at the kubo, the participants can easily appreciate the dishes as they see where the ingredients came from, and how they were prepared at the kitchen.

All in all, the FEUC project was commended for its outstanding implementation of the objectives, topics discussed and their relatability to real life situations, organizers and facilitators knowledge and accommodating spirit, and the food served during the event. Students Affairs Office already had their planned projects and activities under Farm Ecotherapy. The event is proposed to be held again on the 2nd semester of SY 2020-2021.


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FEU Cavite improves Canteen Services

FEU Cavite improves Canteen Services

The Canteen has a big impact on a student’s life in the campus. Every student remembers with fondness that favorite sausage roll he buys at lunch or that pizza he always shares with his friends at snack time. The canteen also has that important role of caring for our students’ nutrition and well-being.
On January 3, 2019, FEU Cavite relaunched its canteen services with a new set of concessionaires offering a variety of healthy, interesting, and reasonably priced meals for our students. Papa’s Chicken House, which has been our reliable canteen concessionaire for the past nine years in both HED and BED buildings, is now joined by other food providers such as Potato Giant, La Leah Food Services, 621 Foodchow, John Gil Catering and Party Needs, and De Cel’s Catering.
One week into the relaunch, there is positive feedback from the FEU Cavite community on this initiative. “I am very pleased that the choices of food offered are healthy and varied. I also buy fresh fruits and vegetables in our canteen and make sure to include them in my meal,” expressed one senior high school faculty.

Canteen at the Basic Education Department building

Canteen at the Higher Education Department Building

The committee tasked to head the canteen relaunch project took six months to ensure that students’ feedback were considered in inviting and selecting the new food providers. Necessary infrastructure work was undertaken during the Christmas break to ready the place in time for the January opening.
The canteen services improvement is one of the many efforts undertaken by FEU Cavite to ensure that the students enjoy their campus life and that the environment is conducive to and supportive of their learning. The 2nd phase of the canteen improvement project will begin in the summer and will include further expansion of canteen spaces and purchase of new canteen equipment, tables and chairs, among others. Canteen operations are under the management of FEU Cavite’s Facilities and Technical Services Unit and the regulation of the Office of the Student Affairs.

FEU Cavite officers, committee on food services, and concessionaires

MOA signing with the concessionaires

BS Tourism Management students on TRATOPS

The Tourism Management Program of the FEU Cavite (FEUC) Higher Education Department (HED) held a three-day Travel and Tourism Operations Skills (TRATOPS) Development Training on October 19 and 26, and November 9, 2018 at the HED Room 111 and Events Room. TRATOPS intended to provide hands-on training to the students and allow them to experience how things are done in the field of Tourism. Student-participants were given materials and were exposed to activities applied on real scenarios. This further provided them the platform to understand customer needs and expectations.

Demonstration on In-Flight Operations by a BS Tourism Management student

The BS Tourism Management Students were trained on “In-Flight Operations” by Ms. Kim Hakenson, Senior Flight Attendant of Cebu Pacific Air; “Ground Handling Operations” by Mr. Kent Ito, Passenger Service Agent, Ground Steward of Cebu Pacific Air; and “Tour Guiding Operations” by Mr. Romano Del Rosario, Operations Manager of Tuesday Tours and Travel, President of Philippine Association of Accredited Tourist Guides Lecturer Inc., and Vice-President for Luzon of Philippine Tour Guide Federation.

The trainers said one thing about the FEUC BS Tourism Management students. “They are future-ready as they are passionate about learning.” Ms. Hakenson encourages the students to allow themselves to be molded. According to her, combining all four years in college is never enough so her advice for the soon-to-be-employed is to formulate a technique to learn. She wanted them to memorize by heart so that even if they forget a word, the procedures will come out naturally. “There are so many lives and souls in their hands, and they can save them. Use it as inspiration,” she said.

TRATOPS: In-Flight Operations group photo with trainer, Ms. Hakenson [center], and FEU Cavite Executive Director and Dean of Higher Education, Dr. Marcon Espino, Tourism Management Coordinator, faculty, and students

Mr. Ito shared that one of the most challenging scenarios as a Customer Service Agent is to entertain a lot of irate passengers when flight schedules are delayed. He handled a trainee from FEU Cavite, Ms. Joyme Palmares, during an incident when an airplane skid the main runway during landing causing more than 20,000 passengers stranded. He was satisfied by her enthusiasm, initiative, and confidence. During the training, he said, “I am satisfied because they responded right away to my questions. They listened eagerly. No wonder why your students are like that.” TRATOPS: Group Handling Operations group photo with trainer, Mr. Kent Ito

Mr. Del Rosario is a Registered Nurse but is in love with the Tourism Industry. He said, “You’ll end up as a successful practitioner if you have realigned your educational background towards the practice you are doing because practice without foundation and related theories is nothing.” According to him, he himself underwent training, and TRATOPS is a significant activity for the students to learn the foundation by heart, and actualize the theories. He wanted them to overcome the challenge by developing the confidence in talking to people and organizing their thoughts based on standards. “For a half day lecture, they were able to do an amazing performance and execution of the challenge”, he added.TRATOPS: Tour Guiding Operations group photo with trainer, Mr. Romano Del Rosario

FEU Cavite and SPU Batam Seal Partnership

Batam, Indonesia – On September 10, 2018, FEU Cavite’s Executive Director and Dean of Higher Education Department (HED), Dr. Marcon Espino and Sekolah Pelita Utama’s (SPU) Headmistress, Ibu Lily signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for international partnership during the Ceremonial MOU Signing at SPU’s Auditorium.

The MOU highlights the shared commitment of the two reputable academic institutions in providing quality educational programs and services. To achieve this, FEU Cavite and SPU Batam will collaborate in various endeavors such as curriculum development, faculty and student development activities, student exchange program, research, and community extension. All these intend to strengthen the link between schools from the Philippines and Indonesia.

The program started with “Tari Persambahan,” which literally means “welcoming dance.” This was performed by a group of SPU’s female students to welcome and honor their guests. SPU teachers and other group of students also rendered a song in Filipino and performed a Philippine folk dance – the Cariñosa.

Witnessing the ceremony are FEU Cavite’s representatives namely Ms. Reyett Paunan, Directress of Basic Education Department (BED), and Mr. Matthew Nepomuceno, Director of Senior High School (SHS) Department. SPU Batam, on the other hand, was in full force during the event with its School Director, Mr. Maizon Jabar, Purchasing Manager, Mr. Kent Wibowo, Head of Academic Affairs, Ibu Vivid, Officer of International School Partnership, Mr. Arnuld Cupo, principals of different departments, teachers, parents, and students. Also, the officers of the Ministry of Education – Bapak Drs. Atmadinata, M. Pd, Kepala Bidang Pembianaan SMA/SMK and Bapak Nainggolan, Pengawas SMP graced the occasion.

The event was published in local newspapers of Batam, Indonesia.

(Photo credits: Pictures during the ceremony were taken by Mr. Teguh Prihatna and Mr. Eko)

Welcome and congratulatory banners prepared by SPU Batam and Mandiri for the event.

(Right) FEU Cavite’s Executive Director and HED Dean, Dr. Marcon Espino gets a leaf from a container as part of the “Tari Persambahan.” (Left) SPU Batam’s Director, Mr. Maizon Jabar and the schools’ representatives witnessed this ceremony.

(At the center) FEU Cavite, represented by its Executive Director and HED Dean, Dr. Marcon Espino, (second from right) BED Directress, Ms. Reyett Paunan, and (from right) SHS Director, Mr. Matthew Nepomuceno, presents the Mr. FEU book and other FEU items to SPU Batam’s Headmistress, Ibu Lily during the ceremonial exchange of tokens between schools. On stage were (from left) Mr. Maizon Jabar, School Director, (second from left) Ibu Vivid, Head of Academic Affairs, and (third from right) Mr. Kent Wibowo, Purchasing Manager.

Ibu Lily, SPU Batam’s Headmistress, presents to Dr. Marcon Espino, the school’s emblem.

SPU Batam teachers and students performed a Philippine folk dance – the Cariñosa.

FEU Cavite and SPU Batam teams pose for a group souvenir shot after the first partnership meeting, a day after the ceremonial signing event.

A journalist named, Mr. Tengku Bayu, interviewed Dr. Marcon Espino and several SPU Batam officials about the partnership. The event was published in Batam’s broadsheets.