Keheton Kenhulung Tboli: Weaving Indigenous Arts, Culture and Tourism

The UP Asian Institute of Tourism proudly concluded Keheton Kenhulung Tboli: Weaving Indigenous Arts, Culture and Tourism last February 19, 2024 at the UP AIT Lounge. KKT is one of the pilot projects under the Culture Bearers-in-Residence Program of the Office of the Chancellor.

UP Officials Chancellor Edgardo Vistan and VC for Academic Affairs Vanessa Lusung-Oyzon remarked the occassion as a milestone in developing the campus as a dynamic cultural haven. They thanked Manlilikha ng Bayan 2023 Rosie Godwino Sula for this rare cultural exchange opportunity.

NCIP Chair Jennifer “Simpayen” Sibug-las, NCCA Executive Director Oscar Casaysay, Quezon City Tourism OIC Maria Teresa Tirona, and National Artist for Music Ramon Santos also graced the program with messages of support to the UP AIT for its projects and initiatives on Filipino indigenous culture and arts. Project partners from College of Arts and Letters, College of Human Kinetics, and College of Music were also present.

Finally, AIT Dean Giovanni Legaspi recapped the events that transpired in the 2-week showcase and celebration of Tboli tangible and intangible cultural heritage. These include a series of lecture-workshops and discussion forums on Tboli musical instruments, dances, songs, culinary heritage, Tnalak weaving, basketry, beadwork and embroidery held in AIT, KAL, CMu, UP Baguio CAC and CSS. Dean Legaspi also announced its continued community engagement with the Tboli. The UP, through AIT, will also continue the sharing of indigenous knowledge through partnership, collaboration and academic exhange that respond to the protection and promotion Philippine culture and tourism.

To close the program, MB Rosie Sula performed a Tboli chant to humbly express her utmost gratitude to the UP AIT and UP community. She said she wants to pursue her legacy of documenting and sharing the Tboli cultural heritage so it will be preserved and shared to all, across generations.

MB Sula is joined by the members of Libun Hulung Matul or Tribal Women Empowerment Group, Jenny Campilan and dreamweaver Julie Fanulan.

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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)

The documentary requirements can be found here. For more information and other queries, send an email with your concern to

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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