When kindred spirits meet and unseen bonds spark into creative ideas, dreams are manifested and their realization starts to unfold.
This emerging potent synergy was obvious between Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and the Negros Holdings and Management Corporation (NHMC) bigwigs as they came together for the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement on on-board practicum for Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM), Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (BSND) and Bachelor of Science in Home Economics (BSHE).
The partnership was sealed on December 19 on board NHMC’s ship, St. Peter the Apostle, which was docked at the Zamboanga port.
WMSU was represented by President Dr. Grace J. Rebollos, while NHMC was represented by Mr. Jose Manuel L. Mapa, Executive Vice-President, Passage Business – Luzon.
Signing as witnesses were Prof. Lucia Santos, Dean of WMSU College of Home Economics (CHE) and Ms. Acarea Sugay, President of Negros Navigation Oceanlink Institute, a subsidiary and training arm of NHMC.
Under the agreement, Oceanlink Institute will provide to WMSU HRM, ND and HE students shipboard courses on nutrition and dietetics and/or culinary science with academic credits.
WMSU is confident about Negros Navigation’s competence and dependability as a “floating school” considering the latter’s pioneering history, having been in the navigation business for over 30 years now.
Also present during this momentous event were WMSU officials to include Dr. Felicitas F. Falcatan, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Milabel E. Ho, Vice-President for Research, Extension and Development, College deans, some University Directors, and CHE Faculty members.
The MOA signing was capped with a sumptuous dinner and a lively party which was put together by the iTravel Express (iTX) Inc.; Mindanao group led by Ms. Vienna Pico, Area Manager; and the crew of the ship led by Captain Oscar Jodoc, Vessel Master. iTX is the marketing arm of NN for group and institutional sales.
Furthermore, Dr. Rebollos, Mr. Mapa and Ms. Sugay, in a unique synergetic convergence of thoughts and ideas, are hatching more projects that would boost human resource development and tourism in Zamboanga City. “Anything that would benefit our people,” as Dr. Rebollos aptly puts it.