Mila C. Espina
Mila C. Espina is a woman who wears many hats: educator, writer, public speaker, and tourism advocate.
An alumna of Maryknoll College, University of Santo Tomas, University of San Carlos and East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mila took special studies on communication and teaching in the US as a scholar of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVP). She has 48 years of teaching under her belt, and as former liberal arts dean of the University of San Jose-Recoletos from 1973 to 2000, she developed the school’s courses on Communication and Tourism.
In the field of journalism, she was an editor of the lifestyle section of Newstime Daily. She also writes for the lifestyle section of Manila Standard Today and documents people and events for Sun.Star Cebu through her column, “In My Diary.”
Mila is involved with education-oriented foundations, such as Punla, We Care, Philippines Foundation and the Amparito Lhuiller Foundation. Her tourism affiliations include the East Asian Tourism Forum, the Central Visayas Tourism Council, and the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tourism Committee.
She shares with others her expertise in speaking thru Speechcom, a training center she founded that offers short-term courses and special programs on English proficiency. This is in line with her belief that “every word one utters is a prayer, because it comes from the heart and the soul, and communication is only a means to an end—that of building bridges of love and unity.”
ON its fifth year of celebrating success stories and skills of the Cebuano people, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arts and Culture and P.E.O.P.L.E (People Enhancing Opportunities Propelling Leadership Excellence) will be at Ayala Center Cebu’s Activity Center (co-sponsor) on June 22, Saturday, from 1-5 p.m., to acknowledge the initiatives of Marilyn Chua; who started from cooking as a hobby for kins and friends at her home, to putting up ‘Kusina ni Nasing’ in 2011, with only P6,000.00 for an investment.
EXCITE Cebu! “Power up Tourism!” The tourism team of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) will intensify the marketing brand of Cebu locally and internationally and share the best practices of Asian countries—like Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong—and, of course, the Philippines, hotels, resorts, airlines and travel groups.
“Be Speechcomized” is the brand essence of Speechcom, transforming shy to more confident and competent speakers and performers.
This happened again in summer 2013! Here are some photos to show what fun it is to be “speechcomized.”
IN THE midst of the hot, hot summer were April showers of refreshing events.
SIXTY Years. Seasons of Love. The love story (historia de un amor) of Tingting and Pilaring Cusi had weathered the test of time.
Hats off to the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) for the huge success in hosting the 27th “Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry” (CACCI) on March 14-15. The theme was “Asia Pacific: Catalyst to Global Recovery.”
The plenary and break-out sessions tackled the issues on the Euro crisis, entrepreneurship, energy and environment, trade and tourism, women and youth empowerment. It was a showcase of Cebu as the Convention and Performing Arts hub.
SNOW WHITE, The Wicked Queen and the Seven Dwarfs—the glorious remake of the classic fairy tale was the first musicale of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) high school (1964), which was staged at the fully air-conditioned Recoletos Coliseum on March 11-12.
The new adaptation synergized the original fairy tale interspersed with classical and contemporary dialogues and music. The photos tell the story.
SATURDAY is our “dining out” after an anticipated mass at the Redemptorist Church, where the Eucharistic celebration is always a “redeeming and awesome” religious journey.
BEYOND Lenten prayers and rituals is how we spend our lives with our families and friends. It is good to keep our friendship with our family and friends.
CEBU will soon be saying goodbye to Bruce Winton, Cebu City Marriott Hotel general manager (GM), when he goes to a bigger job as GM at Resorts World. It was a fruitful term he had in Cebu as an active American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) director, and an active member of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu. Certainly, the Zonta 1 will remember our Superman in “Night at the Oscars.” I personally saw how he helped us handle two RP-US Friendship events in July, especially last year’s “Titanic at 100.”