Our Story: The Feminine Genius
“Women are called to bring to the family, to society and to the Church, characteristics which are their own and which they alone can give: their gentle warmth and untiring generosity, their love for detail, their quick-wittedness and intuition, their simple and deep piety, their constancy… A woman’s femininity is genuine only if she is aware of the beauty of this contribution” (St Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei)
These words from St Josemaria best describe the inspiration behind the founding of the Manila Institute for Culinary Arts and Residential Services (MICARS).
From what began as a two-storey house in Malate more commonly known as Maligaya Training Center (named after the street where the house stood) 20 years ago to what is now a tall building, MICARS puts substance and scope to this Feminine Genius, the uncommon selflessness attributed to women. Back then when the term culinary nutrition and the more formal cooking and baking classes were unheard of, the small institute blazed a trail in forming young women in the essential skills and traits more needed in the home.
Professionalizing the Work in the Home
When such important tasks transferred to food establishments and hospitality industries, they became skills that required certification from Philippine Government. As a frontrunner in this field, MICARS received recognition from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), on the four Qualifications namely Bread and Pastry Production National Certificate Level II (NC II), Cookery NC II, Food and Beverage Services NC II and Housekeeping NC II. Soon we will offer NC III of these qualifications.
Throughout these years, MICARS saw many of its graduates soar high and reach places and status they never thought were possible. Coming from families of modest means, the scholars absorbed knowledge like a sponge in their two-year program.
Learn like a Sponge and Work like One (Squeezed Out!)
In their great desire to learn and apply their know-how immediately on the job and excel in their chosen professions at the hospitality and food and beverage industries, the following traits allowed them to stand out from the throng of other culinary arts courses in Manila:
- their perseverance and endurance to work long hours on their feet, oftentimes multi-tasking;
- their excellence at work while maintaining a cheerful disposition in the face of a heavy workload, and
- professionalism that allowed them to carry themselves well were all noted by their employers.
Certainly, two decades is no mean feat for an endeavor like MICARS. The chapters on childhood and adolescence came to a close, and a new one begins that brims of hope and promise in their workplace. Their stories of how they mature through intense study and on-the-job training while balancing fun, friendship, and family commitment are worth telling.
Why Study at MICARS?
Passion and Heart for Culinary Arts and Housekeeping
Professional cuisine and a home prepared with elegance, down to the last detail are standard. Young women know how to infuse their work and daily life with joy and love in the kitchen, pantry, dining room, pastry, and housekeeping departments of industry partners.
A Not-for-Profit Institute That’s Full of Benefits
The school belongs to a chain of training institutions for women under the Foundation for Professional Training, Inc. (FPTI) that are non-profit in nature. It aims to give a holistic education to every woman that comes through its doors.
Not-for-profit centers act in the public interest without commercial profit, and exist to provide programs that benefit others and society. They do not have “owners” or “shareholders.”