The journey to learning is marked by moments of challenge and triumph, and the open-minded student will often find himself self-fulfilled and victorious, especially when the time has come for him to receive that most precious proof of his achievement—the diploma bearing his name.
This was the general feeling of the 74 graduates who marched at the 2015 commencement exercises of the Asian School of Hospitality Arts (ASHA), held for the first time at its campus in Antipolo City. As a school that progressively champions world-quality learning in the hospitality and hotel and restaurant management industries, the graduation rites proved meaningful to the young men and women who are now ready to impress the world with their newfound skills.
“Be ready to face the world you are about to enter, and always keep an open mind that even after graduation, the process of learning is always ongoing,” says New World Hotels and Resorts Human Resources Director Geuel Auste, who is the Guest of Honor and Speaker. He addressed the graduating students coming from the different ASHA campuses in Antipolo City, Kamias, and Tagaytay, which includes the 2nd Batch of BS Hotel and Restaurant Management, the Certificate in Hotel and Restaurant Operations Plus Professional Cooking (CHRO+) and Certificate of Professional Cooking (Pro Cook).
Three of the graduates have proven themselves beyond the expected academic and training requirements, finishing at the top of their classes. But beyond their achievements are stories that will surely inspire, as well as teach future graduates.
Oliva Omalde topped her CHRO+ class in ASHA Tagaytay, all while taking care of her husband and her son, who is a special child.
Now, with diploma at hand, Oliva and her husband are contemplating on opening a restaurant in Tagaytay. “I really learned a lot on cooking professionally, that a perfectly prepared dish should be prepared with delicacy, and handled with care and proper sanitation. I’m thankful to ASHA for the chance to prove myself worthy.”
Ma. Mae Vargas graduated with a degree in BS HRM cum laude, but this 32-year-old lady achieved it while doing a tough balancing act between studying, on the job training and taking care of her children.
Topping her class, she is now preparing for her work at Cravings Katipunan.
Ivan Blake Marquez may only be 22 years old, but he is now managing his restaurant, All About Pasta, in the famed Maginhawa Street in Quezon City. As a CHRO+ graduate who topped his class at ASHA Kamias, he admitted to being a wayward student in his college days.
ASHA schools are located in Antipolo, Kamias (QC), Tagaytay, Santolan (San Juan). For more information, call 907-8642 or 0917-8787191, or visit asha.edu.ph.