By: Richard S. Celeste
Nine students of the Master in Business Management (MBM) program toured Singapore and Manila to acquaint themselves with the operations of major business institutions in these regional capitals. Accompanying them were MBM Coordinator Prof. Milagros R. Narido and Dr. Alita T. Roxas, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, and Mrs. Merlyn Salimbangon, staff of the Marketing Department.
The group travelled to Singapore visiting Mycofarm, the island’s largest producer of mushroom. Mycofarm amazed everyone with the sophisticated way it nurtured mushrooms which it placed in humidity-controlled and air-conditioned buildings. Mr. Johnny Lim, the production and marketing manager, indulged the group with a cooking demonstration of mushrooms.
The group also visited Asia Pacific Breweries Pte. Ltd, the producer of Singapore’s first locally-brewed Tiger Beer, to learn about the production of beer. Tiger Beer produces at least 40,000 bottles of beer distributed to neighboring countries.
The visit to Singapore also offered the opportunity for the group to visit the island’s tourist destinations like Universal Studios, Sentosa, and the Marina Bay Tower. Impressing them were the systematic transportation service, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), and the city state’s clean environment of lush trees among high-rise buildings. Singapore has attracted millions of tourists through its Entertainment and Tourism come-ons, and these attractions have contributed considerably to the country’s income and its generation of jobs.
Meanwhile in Manila, the group visited the Philippine Stock Exchange in Makati City where staff members of PSE’s market education department lectured them on the operations and history of the PSE.
The students in the tour were Ma. Theresa Alarde, Marjorie Filoteo, Leah Aleria, , Mark Ariel Miparanum, Jerame Beneros, Rosedel Rosas, Nenen Borinaga, Alexander Singcol, and Richard Celeste.