With the initiative of Hospitality Management sophomores, Polytechnic College of the City of Meycauayan (PCCM) held its seminar on organization and management titled, “ELEVATE: Inculcating Flexibility towards Self-Development” last October 19 at the City of Meycauayan Convention Center (MCC). The seminar was under the supervision of Professor Imelda N. De Guzman, MBA.

The seminar was about leadership and management which was led by two faculty members of PCCM under the Hospitality Management Program (HMP). Mr. Christian Andrew J. Libunao talked about responsible leadership in the 21st century and he shared his experiences when he applied and got accepted to various nongovernment organizations. He highlighted that leaders were those who know the way, go the way, and show the way. Additionally, Mr. Kim Nichole Larios had an enlightening talk about operations management, especially in the hospitality industry. The students were engaged as they were listening attentively to what Mr. Larios shared to the audience. He highlighted that, as Hospitality Management students, it was necessary for them to know the different highly regarded hotel and restaurant establishments within and beyond the Philippines because it was one of their strengths as future hoteliers.

The said undertaking was attended by approximately 150 second-year Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management (BSHM) students. The audience was indeed engaged on the seminar and actively participated during the open forum. Ms. Alpha Bleza, BSHM 2C student, asked about handling an uncooperative groupmate. “Sir, paano po kung yung ka-grupo mo po ay hindi talaga tumutulong at all? Ano po ang gagawin mo po?”, she asked. Mr. Libunao answered with all delight that leaders have to understand any situation that his/her fellow members were going through. He added, “Kung hindi na talaga siya nakakatulong, let him/her go. Just like any hot air balloon, if it isn’t flying anymore, we unload some baggages.”

The event ended with painted smiles on the faces of the students as well as the new lessons imbued in their minds. This is only a manifestation that PCCMians are not only academically active but are also engaged and prepared to conquer non-curricular activities.