With this thrust remaining at the focus, CCA, Manila etches another milestone as it marked its 19th year recently with the unveiling of the Library Research Center (LRC) and Memorabilia Wall at its main campus in Katipunan.
As an initiative towards more enhanced, student-centered learning experiences, CCA, Manila formally launched the LRC — a three-level facility that combines traditional and modern ways of academic engagement. Apart from convenient browser-based research capabilities and references, it also boasts of 4,000 volumes of print materials, exclusive book collections, a fully-equipped kitchen classroom and an AVR-Conference Room.
Acknowledging the importance of the latest facility, Dr. Luna said that the LRC will bring dynamic information exchange, and learning access to all. Through the LRC, students, faculty, and as well as visitors, can properly document, preserve and analyze many food-related perspectives fundamental to their course requirements.
“The LRC is just one of the many promising things to come for CCA as it gears up for bigger plans next year as it marks two decades of culinary education leadership,” Dr. Luna noted.
Coinciding with the LRC launch is the unveiling of the Memorabilia Wall, which was put up in honor of CCA alumni and faculty who consistently showed exemplary dedication to the cooking profession. More than a visual representation, the collection – mostly valuable personal pieces – speaks highly of the kind of top-notch professionals that the school has produced for the past 19 years. The graduates’ list is composed of award-winning chefs, honorary recipients, and top industry influencers as members.
Among the nostalgic displays came from the first contributors: a retro Mickey Mouse ice shaver owned by Mrs. Guerrero; a handwritten Blueberry Cheesecake recipe for Cravings by TCG CEO Mrs. Trinidad; the ACF Presidential Medallion of Chef Melissa; Chef Tristan Encarnacion’s Sunnex signature collection; watercolor painting by Chef Edith Singian; among others.
“We are delighted and honored to be entrusted with these treasured pieces. Not only do these items showcase the extraordinary contributions of the alumni-donors to the culinary profession, they tell how the simplest, most humble beginnings can become great and inspiring. These mementos will encourage next-generation CCA culinarians to fire up their passion and confidence as they make their own marks in the industry,” Dr. Luna enthused.
“As for our donors, seeing their faces light up when they see and talk about the meaningful stories behind their precious items is very heartwarming. As CCA continues to expand its wings in the years to come, we hope to welcome new names who will add their own stories to the school’s glorious legacy,” she concluded.