Faculty and Staff

UP AIT’s mission is to advance the travel and tourism profession by providing high quality education and training to students who are envisioned to be the industry’s future leaders. At the forefront of this mission, UP AIT is backed by a roster of full-time faculty and lecturers from the travel and tourism industry.

Full-time Faculty

Ramon Benedicto A. Alampay, PhD

Ramon Benedicto A. Alampay, PhD

Associate Professor
Regenerative tourism; destination development and competitiveness; tourism and gender; consumer behavior in tourism; food and tourism; creative tourism
Rielle Christian D. Alcantara, MCD Community development, Community-based tourism; Tourism and Gender; Sustainable Tourism
Maria Criselda G. Badilla, PhD

Maria Criselda G. Badilla, PhD

Associate Professor
Tourism Marketing, Destination Development and Marketing, Tourism Master Planning, Branding and Online Image Formation, Smart and Digital Tourism
Monina M. Buccat, DPA

Monina M. Buccat, DPA

Assistant Professor
Tourism Policy, Tourism Governance; Tourism Resilience; Strategic Management, Human Resource Development; Tourism Disaster Management
Reil G. Cruz, PhD

Reil G. Cruz, PhD

Associate Professor
Tourism planning, Tourism product development, Destination branding, Inclusive development, tourism capacity building, tourism accreditation
Edieser DL.Dela Santa, PhD

Edieser DL.Dela Santa, PhD

Professor, UP Scientist 1 (2020-2022)
Tourism policy and planning, tourism education, politics of (re)presentation of heritage and culture
Richard Phillip A. Gonzalo, CPA, MSFin Destination Development; Community Organizing in Tourism; Enterprise Development in Tourism; Tourism and Social Development; Culture and Tourism; Gender and Tourism; Voluntourism; Investment Planning; Disaster and Crisis Management; Financial and Strategic Management; Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration
Dr. Marie Danielle V. Guillen

Dr. Marie Danielle V. Guillen

Associate Professor
Tourism Transport Planning and Management, Informal Transport, Policy and Planning Sciences, Climate Change, Planetary Health and Social Protection
Ivan Anthony S. Henares, PhD

Ivan Anthony S. Henares, PhD

Assistant Professor
Heritage Conservation Policy, Cultural Tourism and Policy, Heritage Planning and Management (i.e. Historic Urban Landscapes, Cultural Landscapes, and Industrial Heritage), Tourism and Indigenous Communities, Tourism and Gastronomy, Intangible Heritage, Community-Based Festivals, Sustainable Cultural Development em
Maria Carmela M. Ibañez, EnP

Maria Carmela M. Ibañez, EnP

Assistant Professor
Sustainable tourism, community-based tourism, heritage tourism, tourism policy and planning, climate change and DRRM, urban and regional planning
Giovanni Francis A. Legaspi, MIR

Giovanni Francis A. Legaspi, MIR

Assistant Professor
Corporate social responsibility in tourism, employment relations in tourism, tourism human capital, indigenous peoples and tourism
Ivan Anthony S. Henares, PhD Tourism destination development and management, tourism planning, tourism education, special interest tourism (e.g. agritourism/farm tourism, ecotourism, volunteer tourism), regenerative tourism
Gladys Wina B. Nocon, MBA

Gladys Wina B. Nocon, MBA

Assistant Professor
Entrepreneurship in Tourism, Barrier-Free Tourism, Tourism Management
Victoria H. Villegas-Bacay, MSC

Victoria H. Villegas-Bacay, MSC

Assistant Professor
Tourism management, marketing, tourism governance, destination resilience


Dreiann B. Ablaza Senior Lecturer 1 dbablaza@up.edu.ph
Marjorie June L. Antonio Teaching Assistant mlantonio5@up.edu.ph
Maria Cristina N. Asuncion Senior Lecturer 2 mnasuncion@up.edu.ph
Milovy Mariel R. Baduria Senior Lecturer 1 mrbaduria@up.edu.ph
Maria Lourdes B. Bendebel Senior Lecturer 3 mbbendebel@up.edu.ph
Anna Angeline M. Cataluna Senior Lecturer 3 amcataluna@up.edu.ph
Claudine Enduma Lecturer 1 cvenduma@up.edu.ph
Marisa P. Eslao-Pamo Lecturer 2 mpeslao@up.edu.ph
Francis Patrick Favoreal Senior Lecturer 2 fcfavoreal@up.edu.ph
Noreen Rose V. Gonzaga Senior Lecturer 2 nvgonzaga@up.edu.ph
Azyleah V. Ignacio Senior Lecturer 2 avignacio@up.edu.ph
Benedict Lim Senior Lecturer 2 bwlim@up.edu.ph
Emma Lina F. Lopez Professorial Lecturer 1 eflopez@up.edu.ph
Lendl H. Meniado Lecturer 1 lhmeniado@up.edu.ph
Maria Shaina S. Moraga Senior Lecturer 2 msmoraga@up.edu.ph

Research, Extension, and Professional Staff (REPS) and the Administrative Staff

Jodel Joseph Abas Administrative Officer IV
Erwin Torres Administrative Officer I
Demetrio Caratiquit Administrative Aide IV
Dean's Office
Ma. Asuncion Sava Administrative Assistant V
Office of the Institute Secretary
Digna Jacar Student Records Evaluator
Rudycarr Gaca Administrative Assistant II
Division of Academic Affairs
Helen Pojas University Extension Associate II
Dionisia Ali Administrative Assistant V
Kristina Carlota Gumawid Administrative Assistant III
AIT Library
Gladys Florendo College Librarian
Ruben Ochoa Administrative Aide VI
Division of Tourism Research and Extension Services
Milovy Mariel Baduria University Research Associate II
Maria Rose Manalo University Research Associate II
Sarah Andrea Briones University Research Associate II
Evelyn De Ramos University Extension Associate II
Andrew Camontoy Administrative Assistant V
Juvito Valdez Administrative Aide VI

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question in mind? We listed down some of the Frequently Asked Questions to help and guide you. If you have further questions not covered in this FAQ, please send us an inquiry through daa.ait@up.edu.ph


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 daa.ait@up.edu.ph

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: https://www.facebook.com/UPDilimanOSG

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 aitgradprog.upd@up.edu.ph

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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