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Students' events management, research proficiency showcased in 2024 CHMT confab

The events management skills and research capability of the students of the College of Hospitality Management and Tourism (CHMT) of the Laguna State Polytechnic University-Siniloan Campus (LSPU-SC) were exhibited in the 2nd CHMT Research Congress 2024: A Student-Faculty Research Seminar-Workshop, held at the Nenita’s Istiraha, Siniloan, Laguna, May 13. 

With the theme “Unveiling Tourism and Hospitality Research Methodologies, Challenges, and Solutions,” this student-led congress was a convergence of events organizing and research competence, as echoed in the message delivered by Dr. Charmine V. Rivera, Dean of CHMT. 

The 2nd CHMT Research Congress was organized by the students of Ms. Mellie Joy V. Tenerife as a culminating activity for the subject Meeting Incentives Congress Events (MICE).

Experts in the field joined the event to expand further the knowledge and skills of the researchers. Serving as panel of evaluators from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Manila, were the following: Prof. Dr. Daryl Ace V. Cornell, Founding President of the Philippine Association of Researchers for Tourism and Hospitality, Inc.; Dr. Edgar Allan Mendoza, Board Member of Philippine Association for Researchers in Tourism and Hospitality (PARTH); and Dr. Mr. Rock Bryan Bautista Matias, Former Chief of Researcher Dissemination and Linkages of the Research Management Office. 

The panel of reactors raised their questions and clarifications about the papers after the presentations. 

Among the presented papers of selected 4th year students of CHMT, the research work of Ms. Geri Lou Vicuña entitled “Employability of Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management Graduates: A Tracer Study in LSPU Siniloan, Batch 2014-2021” was named the best paper in the congress. 

Mrs. Sheena Marie M. Marjolino, Program Coordinator for Food Technology, reminded that compliance with graduation requirements should not be the end goal of conducting research; rather, the practice of research should be applied in the field. She also encouraged the researchers to apply their works for copyright. 

Meanwhile, Ms. Cecilia Gatbonton, Chairperson for Research and Development, encouraged the students and faculty members to use the local culture and works of established researchers in their work. 

Dr. Cornell elaborated the techniques, methods, and latest developments on research. He also gave various tips and innovations to improve the writing skills of researchers. A workshop and mockup defense was also conducted to assess the learning of the students. 

Mr. John Nico Valdellon, event organizer, concluded the congress with his words of gratitude to all the faculty, staff, guests, and sponsors for making the event possible.