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CIC 1st Graduation
With much pride, Northern Mindanao’s truly 1st culinary school, the Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro, held its 1st Commencement Exercises with the theme: “A Life to Lead, a Dream to Live” last 2 July 2011 at Lourdes College, with 23 student chefs in attendance. It was a very solemn and special occasion to give honor to the graduates and tribute to their parents.

Firstly, a Eucharistic Mass was celebrated with Fr. Julian F. Guinit officiating to give deep thanks to the Almighty for all His blessings and guidance. Afterwhich, the program proper rolled-off with an impressive display of cavalry sabre salute executed by maritime cadets heralding the parade of graduates, chef instructors and school officials. A heart-warming opening speech was delivered by Program Director, Chef Malou Caudal. Appropriately, Dr. Ruth Cabahug, VPAA of M.U.S.T. was invited to keynote speak and appropriately inspired the graduates to live their dreams despite all odds.

A highlight of the affair was the CIC trademark, the Vest Ceremony, a rite only seen in CIC where student chefs don new chef jackets to represent their transition into full-fledged chefs with the assistance of their parents and/or spouses.

Naturally, capping the event was the handing-over of diplomas/certificates to the successful 23 chef graduates; as confirmed by school administrator Ms Ness Abamonga.

For Batch1 awarded Most Outstanding CIC Student was Chef Candice Riconalla; while Academic Excellence medals were given to Chefs Dexter Ebo, Rasiel Mulig & Candice Riconalla; further Best in OJT went to Chefs Milfred Dapiton, Keziah Villalba, Jude Cue; finally Best in Comprehensive Exam was Chef Candice Riconalla.

On the other hand, for Batch2 awarded Most Outstanding CIC Student was Chef Dianna Ravanera; while Academic Excellence medals were given to Chefs Agnes Bacarrisas, Saima Monir, Allen Basco, Maribel Pineda & Dianna Ravanera; further Best in OJT went to Chefs Allen Basco, Saima Monir & Catherine Lachica; finally Best in Comprehensive Exam was Chef Dianna Ravanera.

The rest of the graduating batch are: Chefs Asteria Dumindin, Khristoffer Galope, Erma Groyal, Fritz Matilos, Rick Tidoy, Ailene Uy, Jo Ann Arturo, Hazel Bacarro, Zaira Blanco, Ruffy Llamera and Khatherine Reycites.

The memorable event ended with poignant messages delivered separately by Chef Candice Riconalla directed to the graduates, associating life to acquired knife skills; and Chef Dianna Ravanera directed to the parents, on valuable parenting lessons.

CIC Baking Open House

CIC’s very own TV personality, Chef Hasset Go spearheaded the well-attended Baking and Pastry Open House to introduce to all interested Cagayanons the newly-developed Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts diploma/certificate program designed to be more affordable yet more comprehensive in scope and substance last July 3. All participants in both the morning and afternoon sessions were treated to “up close and personal” baking demonstrations by the very personable chef.

This open house was actually preceded by a house blessing of CIC’s additional new kitchen laboratories to support the constantly increasing number of students desiring to avail of world-class baking and culinary skills training deeply imbedded with holistic nutrition.


Hope Channel, the television platform of the Church, the Seventh-Day Adventists recently invited the Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro to an exclusive one-hour live broadcast featuring CIC Senior Chefs Ziggy Segunial, Hasset Go, including recently graduated Chefs Candice Riconalla & Rick Tidoy, accompanied by school administrator, Ms Ness Abamonga.

TV host, Dr. Mary Jean Loreche Diao had a lively and spontaneous exchange with CIC chefs discussing the nutrition component in preparing meals, that numerous call-in queries were received throughout the TV coverage; a solid proof that people nowadays have more heightened interest in health & nutrition – which is the unique feature and forte of CIC culinary and baking programs.

Toque Ceremomy

The 10th Batch of Culinary Arts with Holistic Nutrition celebrated their Toque Ceremony last July 9, 2011 at the VIP Hotel. The Toque Ceremony is a signature ritual of the Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro. It signifies the formal transformation of the CIC students into Student Chefs. This solemn ceremony imparts to students the importance of the journey they are about to embark.

Upcoming Events

July is Nutrition month. To join in the celebration, CIC is offering a cooking demo by senior chef instructor, Chef Ziggy Segunial entitled, "Healthy Cooking Around the World" this July 23 9 am-12nn, featuring nutritious dishes from different continents. Copies of recipes will be distributed to participants, a minimum fee of P500 applies. Plus, there shall be free consultation on nutrition and diet modification from CIC instructors and student chefs. Hurry reserve now!

CIC is now accepting enrollees for Batch 11, Culinary Arts with Holistic Nutrition and Batch A Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts. For reservations, visit CIC at 3rd floor, Legacy Building, A. Luna St. Cagayan de Oro City. This is just across the Professional Regulations Commission. Legacy building houses the Fiesta Gas and Legacy Printing Press on the ground floor. Or call at 309-3319. (08822) 72-72-48. 0939-258-8882. 0926-676-5989 telefax (08822) 72-72-48. You may also check us out in our website: and like us on facebook at Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro.