Publication material from LPU Laguna CITHM Facebook page
11th Annual Dedication Ceremony: Batch Cicely
Written by: Crystalene Faye A. Florento, CITHM Asst. Secretary
The College of International Tourism and Hospitality Management (CITHM) hosted the Virtual Dedication Ceremony for the graduates of academic year 2019-2020 Batch Cicely last April 17, 2021.
The faculty and staffs of the college together with the CITHM Student Council worked together to make the big event possible online. Months long preparations and sleepless nights indeed according to the management committees.
The program started with the introduction with institutional prayer, national anthem and LPU Hymn, followed by the introductory statement of the masters of ceremony, Mr. Jerald “Kobe” Pasahol.
“As you leave the four corners of the university remain to be competitive. Do not just be one among those graduates of the program elsewhere in other universities. Even if you are the best but if you are not the best among the best you may not be able to be there on top”, said Mr. Raymundo Arcega, the university chancellor as he reminded the graduates.
Next on the virtual platform is the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), Ms. Lerma Calingasan, then Dr. Ryan Gamoso the event’s chair was summoned for the statement of purpose of the said event.
“As they moved up, start and explore what the life has to offer to them as young professionals. We in CITHM through this event which may not be as grand as the previous ones but have done our best just to express and how we value you and your efforts. Your achievements our achievements, your success is our success,” said Dr. Gamoso.
The first part of the dedication was assigned for the keynote speaker, Ms. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, the Secretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT).
“All of you as young graduates are given this once-in-a-lifetime chance to remake your world seize this moment because it is yours and now more than ever the tourism industry needs you. Congratulations to the LPU- Laguna CITHM Graduates,” shared Ms. Puyat as she continues to share motivational speech to the graduates.
The second juncture was the awarding of special and major awards: 3 awardees for the Top ISR Volunteer; 2 awardees for the CITHM Bearer; 19 awardees for the Award of Passion; 3 awardees for the award of Merit; 1 awardee for the Award of Recognition; 2 awardees for the Award of Excellence; 4 awardees for the Hospitality’s Best Research; 5 awardees for the Tourism’s Best Research; 1 awardee for Golden Passion; 3 awardees for the Leadership award, 1 for each category which is bronze, silver, and gold; Lastly, 2 awardees for the Warrior of the Year, one for Hospitality Management and one for Tourism Management.
“I believe that I really have that heart for service and a purpose that led me to have a passion for the organization. It was a tough journey, but I have no regrets for choosing to be a student leader “, said Ms. Angelica Brillantes the Gold Leadership Awardee.
The Warriors of the year for both Hospitality and Tourism Management categories are asked to share their speeches.
Photo screen grabbed during Dedication Ceremony via FB Live
“I always have prayed every time I was given the chance to hold the microphone to sing, compete, host or VO’s that I would be able to share, influence, and hopefully to make an impact just what the Lord’s has done in my life,” expressed Ms. Billy Anne Baldovino, the TM Warrior of the Year.
“I’ve always wanted to join local and international competition and Lyceum of the Philippines has been my training ground towards success,” said Riuichi Kurokawa, the HM Warrior of the Year.
Photo screen grabbed from Virtual Dedication Ceremony via ZOOM.
Mr. Christian (Xian) Aguado discussed and facilitate the symbolism and importance of the traditional capping and pinning ceremony for graduates of the Hotel and Restaurant Administration (HRA).
There are six (6) graduates from Associate in HRA and twelve (12) graduates from Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management specialized in HRA.
Ms. July Aze Barcenas discussed the symbolism and importance of the traditional capping and pinning ceremony for the graduates of International Travel and Tourism Management students, she also facilitated the ceremony.
There are eleven (11) graduates from Associate in ITTM and thirty-six (36) graduates from Bachelor of Science in International Travel and Tourism Management.
Ms. Joyce Bagui, core faculty of CITHM discussed and facilitate the traditional capping and pinning for the Fourteen (14) graduates of Bachelor of Science specialized in CruiseLine Operations in Hotel Services (CLOHS).
Dr. Troy Tuzon, core faculty of CITHM stated the importance of capping and pinning ceremony, he also facilitated the capping and pinning for the seven (7) graduates of Bachelor of Science specialized in Cruise line Operation in Culinary Arts (CLOCA).
The last part of the capping and pinning ceremony for the six (6) graduates from Associate in Culinary Arts and Kitchen Operations (CAKO) and thirteen (13) graduates from Bachelor of Science specialized in CAKO, was discussed, and facilitated by Chef Nelson Gamurot, a faculty, and culinary instructor.
After the ceremony, all the graduates solemnly declare the pledge of alumni led by Ms. Angelica Brillantes, the gold leadership awardee, for they are now an alumnus of LPU-Laguna.
Photo screen grabbed during Dedication Ceremony via FB Live
On the latter part of the event, the send-off audiovisual presentation played which contains the memories shared by the graduates during their stay in LPU-Laguna as a Lycean.
The TM Warrior of the year, Ms. Billy Anne Baldovino serenade everyone on the last part of the program by singing Batch Cicely’s dedication song “Better Than I.”
The program ended with the closing remarks of the Dean, Chef Abram Peralta, and the closing spills of the Masters of Ceremony.