National University’s College of Tourism and Hospitality Management students win big at the recently concluded National Congress on Environmental Sustainability -Domestikwhiz quiz bee held last February 15, 2020 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. The Domestikwhiz is an annual inter-university competition organized by the NCES which aims to foster environmental awareness among the youth, promote domestic tourism and create camaraderie among college students who will be part of the tourism industry in the future.
Representing National University were sophomore Tourism Management students Carl Aaron Pongyan, Trisha Joy Guillemer and Erika Venus, coached by professors Mark Chris Lapuz and Gloria Wong. The NU team took home the championship title and bested representatives from 19 colleges and universities around the Philippines in the two-stage tourism and environmental sustainability quiz bee. The quiz bee covered topics from tourism current events, environmental sustainability, domestic tourism, nature-based tourism and heritage tourism.
According to the team head coach Prof. Lapuz, this is the first time the CTHM joined the NCES and this accomplishment only proves that the university is upholding academic excellence. “[We put] primary value on our teaching methodologies. [The win] also shows the quality of education we have here is comparable to colleges and universities who have been competing in this competition ever since.”
Last October 2019, CTHM has established a Tourism Management Academic Pool which holds the review programs and trainings of the Tourism Management students that may represent the college and the university for off-campus competitions and activities like quiz bee, tour guiding, tour packaging, research, photography and ushering.
The National University College of Dentistry expanded its reach after inking a memorandum of agreement with the Parañaque City government last February 20, 2020 at the NU MOA. Present in the MOA signing were National U president Dr. Renato Carlos Ermita Jr., College of Dentistry Dean Dr. Ranny Reyes and City of Parañaque Vice Mayor Hon. Jose Enrico Golez.
The partnership aims to provide dental care services in the area most especially to the indigent community of Parañaque City. According to Dean Ranny, one of their objectives is to transform the college from a learning institution to a service institution which will not only teach the students practically but will teach them to help the community.
“If we are to look at the profile of the indigenous people of Paranaque, most of them don’t have jobs because they don’t have teeth, so our goal is to restore them back to the pink of health by restoring their form and function.”
Included on the list of services that will be provided are tooth restorations/pasta, oral prophylaxis, tooth extractions, gum surgery and other services the CDent can offer.
Aside from these, NU also plans to engage with the community through outreach like prevention programs.
“In the Philippines, our caries rate is 98%, and so basically even children aged 9, halos lahat ng ngipin may cavity na, so by doing the preventive aspect, by tying up with their schools we will do preventive programs together with our community dentistry group and our students, lalabas sila and tuturuan sila, like how to properly brush the teeth.”
The college, which is located at the Mall of Asia complex, features some unique facilities such as the in-house dental laboratory where students can construct dentures and do restorations without additional cost. The renewable agreement is up until 2021.