Food From The Heart

For Julian Alfonso Velasquez, awarded Best in Mathematics and Outstanding Performance in Home Economics / Technical Vocational Livelihood Specializing in Culinary Arts (TVL-CA), only when students are accepted wholeheartedly for who they are is when they can freely be creative and innovative in their own way.

Julian shares a fun fact to break the ice, “I did not know about Benilde Senior High School. It was my parents who introduced me to it. But after doing research about it, I learned that Benilde’s Culinary Arts’ facilities are great, and it’s one of the best schools for taking culinary Arts at College.”

The TVL-Culinary strand, anchored on the Culinary Arts program, specializes in NC-II Cookery and NC-III Commercial Cookery. Students learn basic culinary skills that let them prepare food for various clientele, from one person to large groups. They also learn kitchen management skills, finance and costing, and entrepreneurship. This strand is for students with a heart for food, creativity, and hard work.

He submitted his application via the Express Lane for Benilde SHS Students Transitioning to College and has been accepted to Benilde’s Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management. Application Fee was waived for Benilde SHS students applying for admission into First-Year College. This special seamless application offer includes prioritized slots, created special schedules, and streamlined document submission.

Julian graduates with High Honors and credits Benilde with his achievements. “I experienced hands-on cooking at the Angelo King International Center (AKIC) Campus,” he explains, “It’s so complete when it comes to equipment. You have different plates, utensils, etc.” The AKIC Campus, also known as Hotel Benilde, is a 50-room, 4-star rated teaching hotel. The hotel is open to the public and is a venue for students to train in a competitive hotel operation.

Given what the TVL-Culinary stands for, Julian definitely fits the bill. “I have been planning to be a chef since I was a kid. It has been a long-time dream for me,” he shares, “I want to taste different cuisines from all around the world.”

For more information on Benilde’s Senior High School (SHS) academic strands, contact us at (63) 2 8230 5100 local 1801 or You may also visit our website at and experience a virtual tour of Julian’s campus.

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