by RONALYN BANAKEN
Hospitality and tourism students of the University of Baguio attend the pre-deployment seminar that is regularly held to further polish and
refine their skills in the field before they are finally sent for their on-the-job training.
As part of training the students to be highly competitive in their fields, the University of Baguio (UB) School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management (SIHTM) staged a pre-deployment seminar at the Centennial Hall on May 22.
Larry Ribaya, who previously worked for the posh Hyatt Regency Hotel & Casino, Baguio Country Club, and Crown Legacy Hotel, lectured on the basics of the hospitality and tourism industry. He reminded the students – who are bound for their on-the-job training in some of the country’s A-list hotels and resorts – of the industry’s ethics and code of conduct, sharing his experiences. Ribaya also applauded the SIHTM for “honing their students really well.”
“In my years of stay in [some of] the [biggest] hotels [in the country], I have observed that trainees from UB stand out from all the other interns,” he said. “You really have a fine training.”
UB deploys its students in the nation’s most exclusive hotels and restaurants, among them the famous Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa, Crown Regency Hotel, Fairways & Bluewater Resort (both in Boracay), and the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu, among others. The University also sends its students for an international on-the-job training in some of the world’s most sought-after and reputable hotels which include the Sea Island Resort (a Forbes five diamond - five star luxury resort); King and Prince Resort in Georgia’s Golden Isles; Gaylord/Marriott Hotel & Resort chains in Texas and Tennessee; Four Seasons in Palm Beach; and the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa in Florida.
Also part of the deployment seminar – which is regularly held – was the simulation of an actual job interview wherein Ribaya employed some of the most baffling questions asked during interviews, giving tips on how to cleverly answer them.
“Be concise with your answers. You also have to be confident, but remember not to be overly confident. More importantly, be sincere,” he said.
Since 2009, UB has deployed more than 200 trainees in more than three countries in Asia and America.
Ribaya, who formerly worked for the luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel, orients the students on the basics of the hospitality and tourism industry.
Ribaya gives tips on how to deliver well during job interviews.