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[By Kenneth Hernando]

AIT alumni speakers

The AIT Alumni Academic Leaders Colloquium was held last February 28 at the AIT Seminar Room.  Students and faculty members gathered to listen to former AIT graduates who are now well-placed in the academe.  The colloquium is the fourth of a series that began in 2011 with faculty members with doctoral degrees, followed by the junior faculty members, and part-time faculty members.

The program was opened by Dean Miguela Mena, followed by Prof. Reil Cruz who introduced the presenters for the day. First to present was Mr. Ronaldo “Doods” G. Manzano (BST, 1997), now an Associate Dean at the Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management at Far Eastern University. He discussed about the sustainable ecolodge designs around the globe, borrowing some guiding principles from Hitesh Mehta, an ecolodge guru based in Florida. Next to present was Ms. Maria Carmela M. Ibañez (BST, 1995). She is currently the Program Head for the BS Tourism Management at Asia Pacific College. She highlighted 15 principles of Green Urbanism including the use of renewable energy, zero waste management, water conservation, vertical and mixed-use development and retrofitting, to name a few.

Ronaldo Manzano (BST, 1997)

The second half of the program was devoted to the presentations on current trends in tourism/hospitality management education at Adamson University (AdU) and Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU). Ms. Jenny Ann Bartolome- de Guzman, Chairperson of the Hospitality Management at AdU, talked about the 3Cs of Adamson education- Competence, Character and Charity. She also mentioned that AdU helps develop the faculty by allowing them to be actively engaged in the tourism industry. The last presenter was Ms. Miriam Lerias-Oreta (BST, 1992), Tourism Chairperson at the College of International Tourism and Hospitality Management at LPU. She has pointed out that 44% of LPU students are under CITHM, which translates into around 3,500 students. She showcased some of their modern laboratories which cater to their students.

Dr. Dela Santa with a question

Students and faculty members participated in the open forum that followed. The presentation of certificates of appreciation and tokens concluded the program.

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