Seminars on Food Tourism and Gastronomy with Dr. Cinthia Meneguel of Universitat de Girona

On June 21, 2023, the UPAIT administration hosted a lunch to welcome Dr. Cinthia Meneguel of the Universitat de Girona. During the said lunch, professors, REPS, and staff of UPAIT had a chance to talk with Dr. Meneguel.

On the same day, the hybrid seminar on Territorial dynamism through Cultural Gastronomic Tourism was held. Dr. Meneguel imparted her expertise in gastronomy. “Tourist motivations are a key element in designing and creating products of gastronomic tourism with strong cultural and social needs,” she said during her talk. The seminar’s reactor, Liza Hernandez-Morales, Director of Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Ateneo de Manila, mentioned that there is a lot of interest in food, and people travel for food, culture, social interaction, and authentic experiences. The face-to-face and online participants addressed questions to Dr. Meneguel and Director Hernandez-Morales.

After the seminar, the UPAIT administration, led by Dr. Maria Criselda Badilla and Asst. Prof. Maria Carmela Ibanez toured Dr. Meneguel around the UP Diliman Campus. Famous Filipino street foods like kwek-kwek, fishball, squidball, taho, and sorbetes were also offered to Dr. Meneguel. After the tour, Dean Legaspi accompanied Dr. Meneguel to attend the evening cocktail reception for International Students and Faculty hosted by the UPD Chancellor.

The hybrid seminar on Food Tourism as an Identity Marker and Tool for Nation-Building happened the next day, June 22, 2023. Dr. Meneguel’s discussion outlined the steps that must be taken to promote the recognition of local gastronomy as cultural heritage. Dr. Ramon Benedicto Alampay, UP AIT associate professor and the seminar’s reactor, stated that the Philippines has not yet valorized our food and intangible cultural heritage as well or to the same level as the country cases shared by Dr. Meneguel. Attendees from UPAIT and the Zoom meeting were highly engaged by addressing questions to Dr. Meneguel and Dr. Alampay.

The UPAIT would like to thank Dr. Meneguel, Director Hernandez-Morales, and Dr. Alampay for imparting their knowledge on gastronomy and food tourism. We would also like to thank the participants for joining us in the 2-day seminar series of Dr. Meneguel.

The UPAIT pledges its continuous partnerships with foreign universities to further its efforts at internalization and collaborative research.

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How to apply in the BS Tourism Program? To be eligible in the BS Tourism Program, you need to pass the UP College Admission (UPCA)/UP College Admission Test UPCAT). For students who are planning to shift or transfer to the BS Tourism program, you must have completed 30 units of coursework (if you are from other UPD units or other UP campus) or 33 units of coursework (if you are from other college and university)

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Are there scholarship offerings for UPAIT students? The graduate program of UPAIT offers the MSTDM scholarship award, with one awardee annually. For other scholarship opportunities for BS Tourism and Graduate Program, visit the UP Diliman Office of Scholarships and Grants Facebook Page:

The UP AIT Alumni Association also offers an educational assistance in cash to deserving third and fourth year students.

UP AIT offers the Graduate Diploma in Tourism Development and Management (GDip TDM) which leads to the degree of Master of Science in Tourism Development and Management (MSTDM).

The graduate program courses are listed here. You may also view the description of courses here If you would like to know more about the subjects, please send us an e-mail.

All tourism and non-tourism graduates, with at least 1-year work experience and who would like to obtain a diploma and/or an advance degree in the field of tourism management and development may apply.

The list of requirements and downloadable application forms can be found in this page.

Yes, applicants whose work experiences are non-tourism related are welcome to apply. However, all applications will be assessed based on results of entrance examination, interview, academic performance, essay, and recommendations.

At present, UP AIT does not accept shiftees for the Graduate Program. Courses/Subjects taken in other colleges or universities will not be credited for the completion of the GDipTDM and MSTDM.

The entrance exam uses different types of questions that aim to assess your current knowledge, comprehension, logic, and analytical skills. Advanced knowledge of tourism is not required.

The application process is conducted online. Please ensure that you have read and understood the program details before submitting your application here. Once you have completed the application requirements, you can now proceed to submit your application.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Graduate Program office at

The UPAIT Graduate Program is intended to meet the professional development needs of graduates to advance their careers in the tourism industry. Thus the UPAIT Graduate Program as much as practicable will offer weekday evenings (5:00 PM onwards) and Saturday classes (scheduled between 8 AM – 7 PM).

Graduate students are advised to take 9 units to get full load credit per semester or an equivalent of 2 – 3 classes per semester depending on the course credit units.

All students enrolled in the Graduate Program of UP AIT need to take a total of 21 units of required and elective Courses, which will allow the completion of a Graduate Diploma. Should the student want to advance to a Master’s Degree, the student needs to take 16 or 19 more units depending on the track they choose; Plan A is a thesis track with 19 units or Plan B, a non-thesis track with 16 units.

Full-time GDipTDM students, taking a normal load, may complete the degree in three semesters (approximately 1.5 years). The time limit for the completion of all diploma requirements shall be no more than two (2) years starting from the student’s first enrollment in the course and shall include all leaves of absence from the program.

If GDipTDM graduates choose to continue to MSTDM, you must complete an additional 19 units (Plan A, thesis track) or 16 units (Plan B, non-thesis track), which may be taken in two semesters and one mid-year term. The time limit for the completion of the Master’s requirements shall be three (3) years, starting from the student’s first enrollment in the course and shall include all leaves of absence from the program.

Yes. There will be time limit of 2 years from enrollment for the GDipTDM, and a time limit of 3 years for MSTDM, maximum years to finish is 5 years.

The cost per unit is Php 2,000 and the estimated cost of tuition fees for full load per semester is around Php 20,000 – 25,000.

Students and prospective applicants are requested to search for available grants or scholarships at the University of the Philippines Office of Scholarships and Student Services.

For list of available scholarships visit the website of the University of the Philippines Office of Student Scholarships.

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