To mold women with Christian values and skills suited for the hospitality service industry


An institution committed to human development and service to society through education

Micars is a technical-vocational school for women that offers skills training courses in the culinary arts and institutional services.



In 1980, a second school project was started by FPTI in a two storey house around the university belt of Taft Avenue, Manila. So named after the street where it stands, Maligaya Training Center started to train young girls from the provinces seeking greener pastures in Manila. The name Maligaya (the Tagalog word for “joy”) is the motto and spirit that animated the school’s brand of training and education, “joy in service”.

Fifteen years after, a six storey building with state-of-the-art institutional kitchen facilities, stands on the same ground through the generous assistance from local donors and a grant from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a development cooperation project with Associazione Centro ELIS (ACE).

On 25 November 1995, the school was officially inaugurated as the Maligaya Institute for Culinary Arts and Residential Services (Micars) by the Italian Ambassador Alessandro Serafini, Director Bruno Picker of ACE and national officials led by Senator Francisco Tatad, Director Irene M. Isaac from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and FPTI Chairman Ms. Carmelita G. Salgado.

Micars like other educational projects of FPTI is deeply inspired by the teaching of St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, on women. “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 for which there is no substitute --- and if she incorporates it into her own life.” (Conversations, 87)


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