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Highlights of the 2017 Philippine Research Conference on Tourism and Hospitality

The recently concluded Philippine Research Conference on Tourism and Hospitality was a big success, thanks to the active support and participation of over thirty schools, including a number of local and international academic institutions. Held from November 26 to 28, the conference proper took place at the Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City, while the familiarization tour for participants was conducted in the neighboring municipality of Angono, Rizal. The event was organized by the UP Asian Institute of Tourism and the UP College of Home Economics and was made possible by the Department of Tourism.


Here are some of the event highlights:

On day 1, DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon delivered a keynote speech on the importance of NTO collaboration within ASEAN on tourism development planning.

Professor Tom Baum of the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, delivered a talk on collaboration in human resources and sustainability.

In one of the parallel sessions, Asst. Prof. Marical Badilla of UP Asian Institute of Tourism presented her paper on online destination marketing of ASEAN as a single destination.

Students from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran presented their paper on a comprehensive documentation and resident perception on the the conservation of Baile Delos Arcos in Sampiro, Makati.

A research collaboration among Prof. Jung Kyu Lee from Shinhan University, Wan Go Lee from Hanyang University and Prof. Edieser Dela Santa of the University of the Philippines Diliman.

On Day 2, participants were treated to a show of traditional Filipino folk music courtesy of the UP Kontra Gapi.

Professor Robert Rogerson from the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom shared a keynote address on collaboration in tourism-oriented future cities.

A panel discussion on the Philippine Hotel Classification System was held in the afternoon of Day 2, headed by Director Rica Bueno of the Department of Tourism.

The discussants on the topic are Prof. Vicki Nañagas of Asia Pacific College and Ms. Charmielyn Cabigas-Sy of the UP Asian Institute of Tourism.

Dean Edieser Dela Santa delivered the closing remarks.

Visitors from San Sebastián College, Manila and Naresuan University, Thailand tour UP Diliman

Last July 18, students, faculty members and friends from San Sebastian College Recoletos and Naresuan University in Thailand visited UP AIT for a courtesy call and a tour of the UP Diliman campus. A total of 29 visitors, mostly including students and five Thai professors, enjoyed a tour of the UP academic oval:

The visit gave the parties a chance to open dialogues for future linkage and partnerships, such being a major thrust of UP AIT.

Enrollment Instructions for Accepted Transferees A.Y. 2017-2018

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCEPTED TRANSFEREES (from other UP Campuses/other Universities)


1. Get referral slip from Ms. Nina R. Domingo (starting on Monday, July 10, 2017). Confirm your intention to enroll in BS Tourism by sending an email at or call 981-8500 loc. 2799.

2. Present the referral slip to your former college/university and secure:

2.1 Permit to transfer

2.2 College/University clearance

2.3. Honorable Dismissal (transferees from other Universities)

2.4 Official Transcript of Records

*Note: Always photocopy all requirements for submission.

3. Submit to the University Registrar's Office (Admissions Sections) the original copies of #2, plus NSO Birth Certificate and ID picture (2 copies). The Admissions Section will issue the University Admission Slip.

4. Proceed to CRS (2nd floor, University Registrar's Office) and present your University Admission Slip and get PIN for your CRS account. If possible, pre-enlist online and print your Form 5A.

5. On August 2 (Wednesday), submit to AIT the following:

5.1 University Admission slip

5.2 Permit to Transfer (photocopy)

5.3 College Clearance (photocopy)

5.4 Student Directory


6.1 Present to adviser your Form 5A. Proceed to enlistment (c/o Ms. Domingo) and enlist in tourism subjects as suggested by the adviser. For GE subjects, go to respective colleges offering the subject and enlist in subjects needed. Having been enlisted in all subjects you need, proceed to checking/validation, assessment and printing of Form 5.

6.2 Post Advising

6.3 Proceed to designated areas for PAYMENT.


[ANNOUNCEMENT] Accepted Shiftees and Transferees for the 1st Semester, A.Y. 2017-2018

UP AIT congratulates the following for their successful application to the Institute for the first semester of A.Y. 2017-2018:



1. BICOS, Angelica A.

2. DAVID, Valerie R.

3. DE JESUS, Rhoma Amor M.

4. DE LAZA, Marc Genicah M.

5. FRANCISCO, Marielle M.

6. ISLETA, Jamaila Danielle F.

7. LONGA, Jose Piero Dominic M.

8. ORDOVESA, Lourdes Lucille M.

9. PARAYNO, Bernice Maria Gwynette

10. RABANILLO, Nita Angela V.

11. WEBB, Noah Gabriel A.



1. BERROYA, Perrie May A.

2. CASTRO, Maria Patricia Ann Q.

3. DE VERA, Julianne Y.

4. KAUFMAN, Sean Michael D.

5. TAMAYO, Eduard James Paul O.

6. DEL ROSARIO, Jan Matthew S.

7. PARRA, Kim Vincent F.



1. GAPUZ, Karon Cedric L.

2. PALAD, Adarna S.

3. MAGALING, Angel Marie R.

4. PEREA, Shekana Deliz D.

5. DONATO, Merliza Gina T.

6. CARREON, Maria Patricia Ysabel B.

7. DE GUZMAN, Eduardo Emmanuel R.



1. BAUTISTA, Jamelle Nerea DC.

2. ROXAS, Louisse Kylle S.

3. YNIGUEZ, Julienne P.

4. HIZON, Nikita Alexa S.

5. LILO-AN, Rhianna Frances M.


Please refer to the succeeding post regarding the enrollment instructions for accepted shiftees and transferees.


AIT Graduate Programs OK'd by the University Council

After six years in the making, the graduate program offerings of AIT have finally been approved by the University Council of UP Diliman during their 141st meeting held on February 20, 2017. The approval would pave way for AIT to offer the Master of Science in Tourism Development and Management (MS TDM) program and the Graduate Diploma in Tourism Development and Management (GDip TDM) program to tourism advocates and practitioners very soon.

The AIT Faculty are in a celebratory mood after a successful presentation before the University Council.

Dean Dela Santa answering audience questions during the University Council meeting


The master's degree program and the graduate diploma are intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complex processes of development and management of a globally competitive tourism industry.

In addition, the research component of these programs will allow for a needed expansion in the body of research on tourism in the Philippines. In its content and delivery, it is envisioned that these programs will be intentionally competitive and will be able to serve the existing and emerging needs of the SEA region. These programs will specifically focus on Philippine and ASEAN issues within the global context and the realities within which we live and do business.

These program offerings are in consistency with AIT's pursuit to be a world-class provider of tourism education, and are an active response to the demand from passionate public and private tourism practitioners, as well as entrepreneurs, for a tourism graduate degree program in the country's premiere University.

The Institute will release more specifics about these degree programs very soon.

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