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HAU and CCA-Manila ink MOU for Culinary program collaboration

Holy Angel University (HAU) and the Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) - Manila signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the collaborative offering and the curricular and syllabi development for the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Hospitality Management with concentration in Culinary Arts and BS International Gastronomy programs. The MOU signing was led by HAU President Dr. Luis Maria Calingo, HAU Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Alma Espartinez, CCA Chancellor for Education Dr. Ma. Veritas Luna, and The Cravings Group CEO Marinela G. Trinidad on July 15, 2019 at HAU in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Having been internationally accredited by the US-based Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration in 2018, HAU has been offering undergraduate and graduate programs in hotel and restaurant management, tourism, and culinary, among its other academic programs. Meanwhile, CCA in Quezon City, Manila, established in 1996 is the pioneer in culinary leadership in the country. CCA offers diploma and certificate programs accredited by the accrediting commission of the American Culinary Federation.

HAU’s partnership with CCA will assist both schools in the curricular and faculty development of its programs in culinary arts. It will also include collaboration in the development and delivery of innovative and cutting-edge courses for students that shall further develop the Kapampangan Culinary Culture in the region.

“The CCA Manila only partners with prestigious academic institutions, and such is the Holy Angel University. We look forward to a productive and trailblazing partnership with the HAU," says Dr. Luna who was present at the signing ceremony.

The mutual agreement also includes a joint development of joint degree and non-degree programs in the field of culinary arts management; exchange of faculty, staff, and students; conduct of lectures and organizing of symposia; exchange of academic information and materials; conduct of collaborative research projects; and promotion of other cooperative opportunities as mutually agreed.

Other CCA representatives were Rico Trinidad (Board Director), Susana P. Guerrero (Founder and Past President of Cravings Group), Bea G. Trinidad (Corporate Communications and PR Manager), Pia G. Trinidad (Strategic Planning Officer), Chef Philip Golding (Program Director), Chef Sau Del Rosario (President, Disciples Escoffier Philippines), and Engr. Jose Artemon M. Luna, Jr. (Spouse of Dr. Luna).

Renowned Filipino Chef Claude Tayag, who was awarded by HAU the JDN Cultural Award for Outstanding Contribution to Kapampangan Culture and Arts in March 2019, and wife Mary Ann Tayag also graced the partnership event.

Also present in the MOU signing were Edna Marriza Santos (HAU’s Assistant to the President), Jeffrey Neil Nepomuceno (Head of Campus Services & Development Office), Dr. Jesus Panlilio (University Registrar), Dr. Tyron Yap (School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Dean), Mervyn Aldana (Program Coordinator), Jose David and Arnel Kann Santos (Culinary Arts Instructors), and Gemeline Calingo (wife of Dr. Calingo).

“The partnership of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management of Holy Angel University and the Center for Culinary Arts Manila will be a great opportunity for our students by having both the quality education that HAU is known for since 1933, and the technical culinary education that CCA has pioneered in the country in 1995. This assures that graduates of the culinary arts program are globally competitive and are highly employable.” Dr. Yap said.

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