To celebrate the achievements of the 350 trainees who completed the Here for You Training Program, Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) and Costa Crociere S.p.A. held graduation ceremonies at MIHCA's campuses last May and June 2019.

The graduates were composed of 209 trainees from MIHCA Manila, 73 trainees from MIHCA Mandaluyong and 68 trainees from MIHCA Cebu for the following Here for You Courses: Commis de Cuisine Professional Course, Food & Beverage Server Course, Bar Boy Course, Housekeeping Course, Galley Utility Course, and Room Service Course. After completion of work requirements and other documents, graduates will be deployed to their assigned Costa cruise ship–a few more steps towards reaching their dreams.

Costa, the largest Italian travel group and Europe's number one cruise operator, has been partnered with Magsaysay Maritime Corporation in the recruitment of Filipino seagoing professionals since 1995. In developing skilled and competent cruise professionals, Costa’s training courses, in collaboration with MIHCA, were incorporated in the program in 2007. Since inception, over 15,000 graduates have been trained and deployed, many of whom occupy positions in Housekeeping, Food and Beverage, Galley, and Culinary onboard.

A member of Magsaysay People Resources Corporation, MIHCA is now at the forefront of producing job-ready professionals in the fields of hospitality, tourism and culinary arts in the ASEAN region. MIHCA has four campuses in the Philippines—Manila, Mandaluyong, Makati, and Cebu—and a campus in Jakarta, Indonesia. MIHCA’s actual, real-life workplace settings prepare the students for their deployment into the world’s largest cruise lines, five-star hotels, resorts and tourism operations.