After a three-month long on-the-job training in the United States, 27 Wesleyan students taking up Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management (BSHRIM) are home. Awee Alarilla, Reina Bautista, Sheena Rose Beltran, Marijune Biano, Rexel Bumanlag, Jerome De Guzman, Kristine De Guzman, Miranova De Leon, Maria Rufina Dimaya, Christianne Enriquez, Angelina Flores, Jerome Christopher Lacap, Maria Elisha Danille Ladaban, Jupiter Lopez, Emiezelle Diane Lucina, Kristine Manabat, Mary Donna Obligado, Almira Joy Oro, Jahnfer Vervic Peralta, Alvin Michaelle Perez, Starjoy Piedal, Juanito Romero III, Indy John Sta. Maria, Adrien D’mitri Tabanguil, Louis Miguel Tomas, Jerome Torres, and Charlene Vergara flew to the US last February this year to comply with their contracts.
Bautista, who worked as a cook helper and pantry server at the El Tovar Hotel in Grand Canyon, Arizona, said that she and her fellow Wesleyanians discovered a lot from her experience. She, along with the others, were taught to be more independent and more responsible. She also said that she enjoyed meeting not only Filipino students from different schools of the Philippines, but also trainees from all over the world.
“At first, I was afraid because I didn’t know what to do. The trainors trained me in two days. On the third day, I was already independently cleaning. Sometimes, our supervisors got mad at us for working too long. We have proven to them that we Filipinos, are worthy of respect, the same respect that we gave them because we considered them our second family. They are absolutely nice,” Oro, a housekeeper at Avista Resort, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, stated. She also added that their employers were willing to give them jobs if they decide to return next year.
Like Oro, Angelina Flores was solely assigned at Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont, where she worked as a room attendant. “It’s so unforgettable. You learn more than being responsible. You learn all about the realities of life. You learn to be independent and to deal with all kinds of people. But what this world can’t surpass is the friendship I’ve made, and the memories I brought home with me,” she said.
Meanwhile, the college and the university as a whole are both looking forward to more possibilities in international relations not only between WU-P and the US but also with other countries of the world. Genré -Rose Ann P. Pangilinan
“Iwanan ang maruming pulitika. Alisin ang bulok na sistema!”
This was the message during an impromptu rally and noise barrage against corruption at the university grounds last August 29.
The rally aimed to denounce not only the Priority DevelopmentAssistance Fund (PDAF), also known aspork barrel, but also the crisis of corruption country.
The participants included deans, heads, faculty and staff, student leaders, campus journlists and volunteers.
Elementary pupils shouted “Makibaka! Huwag makibaboy!” as they marched from their department to the front of the EZE building to join the assembly. The participants marched around the campus and paused in front of the administration building to listen to speeches.
Dr. Gladys Mangiduyos of the College of Education said that the activity was in accordance with upholding social holiness in the community espoused by John Wesley, founder of Methodism.
Student leaders added that any form of corruption in the Philippine government and even in the university should be eradicated to attain progress for the nation and its citizens.
The event was an expression of support for the Million People March against pork barrel held at Luneta Park last August 26.
At a press conference after the rally, Mangiduyos, Rev. Hubert Rigor, university chaplain, and student leaders reiterated their calls against corruption. This was broadcast over the university radio station, DWUP-FM.
The rally was organized by Mangiduyos, the student groups Konseho Critiko, Environmental Life (E-Life), Safe Space and Holy Club, and the John Wesley Academy (JWA). ###