further strengthen the university's academe-industry linkage, the UST Graduate
School - Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the
Tropics (CCCPET), the Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) and the College of
Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM) hosted the ATOP-DOT Pearl Awards
Final Screening last September 20, 2019. It was held at the George SK Ty Hall
of the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building inside the University of
Santo Tomas campus located in Espaņa, Manila.
The prestigious Tourism
Pearl Awards program, conducted by the Association of Tourism Officers of the
Phillipines (ATOP), is annual competition open to all local government units to
present their exceptional tourism practices, projects and innovations. The ATOP-DOT
Pearl Awards 2019 is chaired by the Mabalacat City, Pampanga tourism officer
and UST Graduate School Cultural Heritage Studies alumnus Mr. Arwin Lingat. The
final judging is coordinated by Assoc. Prof. Eric B. Zerrudo, Director of UST
Graduate School - Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment
in the Tropics.
this year's Tourism Pearl Awards, the program has gathered over 250 local chief
executives from 55 local government units to attend the final judging.
Majority of the jury are composed of UST officials, faculty members and alumni
from the heritage, tourism and fine arts sector.
The jurors for the Best Tourism Event
for Festivals and Sports are the President of Philippine Tour Operators
Association Mr. Cezar Cruz, the Executive Assistant to the Rector and faculty
member of the Faculty of Arts and Letters Prof. Augusto Antonio Aguila, and
faculty member of Mirriam College Tourism Program and College of Education
alumnus Mr. Allan Paul Tang.
The jurors for the Best
Tourism-oriented LGU, Best Tourism Organization, Best Tourism Month or Week and
Outstanding Tourism Officer are the College of Tourism of Hospitality
Management Dean Atty. Gezzez Giezi G. Granado, the former mayor of the Heritage
City of Vigan and College of Architecture alumna Ms. Eva Marie Medina, and the
Standard Development Division of Department of Tourism Head Ms. Grace Agnes A.
The jurors for the Best Tourism
Research, Best Program for Culture and Arts, and Best Community-based
Responsible Tourism are the faculty member of PUP tourism program and president
of PARTH, Inc. Daryl Ace V. Cornell, PUP's Center for Culture and Arts head
Bely Ygot, and the National Library of the Philippines Assistant Director
The jurors for the Best
Tourism Video, Best Tourism Collaterals, Best Tourism Route and Best Event
Hosting are the Team Manila head and College of Fine Arts and Design alumnus
Mr. Jowee Alviar, UST Graduate School faculty member Dr. Ernesto Dimaculangan
and OAR director Asst. Prof. Fredeswindo R. Medina.
will be announced on October 2-4, 2019 as a part of the ATOP Convention to be
held at Laoag, Ilocos Norte.