Dine PH Pampanga Leg Merged Hospitality and Food Service Industries

Adolf Aran, Jr. (Courage Asia president), Vic Alcuaz (Hospitality guru), and Robert Tantingco (Holy Angel University VP)

by Homer Nievera |

DINE Philippines Food Business Seminar Series, the only travelling learning session on food entrepreneurship, held its fifth leg for its 2014 roadshow in Angeles, Pampanga on Friday, November 14, 2014. Held in partnership with Holy Angel University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, close to 300 delegates trooped to the newly build PGN Auditorium to listen and learn from some of the country’s masters in the hospitality and food service industries.

Delegates were welcomed by Robert P. Tantingco, Holy Angel University’s Vice President for External Affairs & Corporate Communications and concurrently the Director, Center for Kapampangan Studies. Mr. Tantingco represented the University’s President, Engr. Geromin T. Nepomuceno.

The seminar proper commenced with Vic Alcuaz, President of Narra Hospitality, Inc., and a veteran hospitality trainer, head hunter and consultant. By sharing real life stories of Filipino hoteliers, who are also highlighted in his book entitled Hospitality Superstars, Mr. Alcuaz stressed that focus; determination and hard work are the best practices in the industry.

Alvin Reyes Lim, President of Serye Café Filipino, imparted his knowledge on entrepreneurship and business planning. He articulated that entrepreneurship is both an art and science, and even luck plays its role; but long term business preparation is importance in sustaining the success of a food business.

As for Chef Sau Del Rosario, an alumnus of Holy Angel University, a personal advocacy was also the topic of his discussion. He conveyed that putting health and wellness in menu development, knowing how ingredients are grown and sourced is the responsibility of all food business stakeholders. Chef Del Rosario operates, among other food businesses, Food Garage, which supplies breads and other ingredients to institutional accounts.

Chef Peter Ayson of the Red Crab Group, candidly revealed his experiential realizations on banquet and catering operations; while at the same time informed participants of the fundamental business areas that should be considered in such a service.

To conclude the seminar, industry consultant and trainer and President of Courage Asia, Adolfo Aran, Jr., predicted the Top 15 food and beverage trends that will be evident in the coming year, 2015.

Alvin Reyes Lim, Chef Peter Ayson, Chef Sau Del Rosario, Adolfo Aran Jr.
Alvin Reyes Lim, Chef Peter Ayson, Chef Sau Del Rosario, Adolfo Aran Jr.

Most valued event partners include Max’s Restaurant, Max’s Corner Bakery, Krispy Kreme, Uni Chefs, Bale Dutung, Yellow Cab and N-Viro Paint. Media sponsors include BusinessWorld, HerWord.com, F&B World, Interaksyon Lifestyle, ClickTheCity.com, Negosentro.com and FoodFindsAsia.com.  There were booth exhibitions that opened in the morning. Showcasing their products services were ZIP Travel, First Place Inc., Sun Cellular and Smart Communications, and Edelyn’s Homemade Nuts.

DINE Philippines 2014 Seminar Series is endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Tourism, in recognition of DINE Philippines’ advocacy of enhancing the level of our country’s tourism, hospitality and culinary industries and of promoting Filipino competitiveness in food service standards in light of globalization.  Now on its fourth year and is has been staged in Davao and Zamboanga, South Cotabato and Cagayan De Oro,  the next stops of DINE Philippines will be in Baguio, Legazpi, Iloilo, Samar and Leyte.

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You may access the speaker’s presentations HERE.