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Philippine Ambassador Engage Philippine Student Trainees in Newport, Rhode Island

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RHODE ISLAND - Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Consul General Mario L. De Leon, Jr., met with student trainees from the Philippines at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island, on Tuesday, 27 October 2015.

The student trainees are participating in a 6-month training program working at three kitchens under three managers at the hotel where they were receiving interactive experiences assisting in culinary and dining preparations for various social functions being held at the Hyatt. The program takes place during the peak tourist season of Newport, that is from May to November.  

The Hyatt Food and Beverage (F&B) Director Ray Landry remarked to Ambassador Cuisia how pleased they were with the performance of the student trainees. The On-the-Job training program is already on its fifth edition this year and has benefitted about a hundred students from the Philippines, he underscored.     

Ambassador Cuisia acknowledged the student trainees for their hard work and conveyed his gratitude to the Hyatt Hotel F&B Director and his staff for the excellent progra,.  As several of the trainees were students at the College of St. Benilde in the Philippines, he also mentioned that he was an alumni of De La Salle University, a sister school of St. Benilde.  He asked that the students also express their thoughts and opinions to Hyatt management on how to enhance the training program content for incoming batches.  He expressed optimism that their experiences at the Hyatt hotel would equip the student trainees in their professional careers in the hospitality industry in the Philippines or abroad.  

Consul General De Leon on his part thanked the Hyatt Hotel for broadening the professional experience of Filipino student trainees. He informed the Filipino students of the various consular and legal services which the Consulate General in New York regularly provides. He also offered the participation of the Consulate in the orientation of newly-arrived trainees next year, and suggested the inclusion of Filipino community leaders in Newport, a suggestion warmly received by the F and B Director.

During the meeting, the Ambassador and the Consul General were joined by three Filipino community leaders, namely Captain Doy Heredia (Newport Council for International Visitors), Larry Soriano (Lingkod Timog), and Tony Cercena( Filipino-American Association of Newport).- Vice Consul Khrys Corpuz, PCGNY

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