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The Agawan Festival 2009
They were greeted by the members of the STC and Dean Corazon Rodriguez spent a few moments exchanging pleasantries with Mrs. Masilang, Tek Baligod and the others, including erstwhile STC BOD member Emma Onate who came for the show despite health problems.
Even the effervescent and good-natured "life of the party" UP AIT Dean Corazon Rodriguez, together with UP College of Human Kinetics Professor Mynette Aguilar and her daughter likewise fell in line for the hearty merienda and they talked about it to Mayora Wena Masilang.
Manila Bulletin Online
Corazon P. Rodriguez, Dean of the UP Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT), is only one of the emerging models of community-based sustainable tourism (CBST) in the country.Pundits are looking into these alternative models because recent experiences show that problems brought about by mass tourism are not worth the economic gains.In the Philippines, notes Dean Rodriguez, a few of the concerns associated with mass tourism include displacement of natives, pollution, and commodification of culture.
paper titled "Community-based Sustainable Tourism: Opportunities for Diversifying AIT's Contribution to the Industry," Rodriguez points out that CBST involves the locals in gearing tourism development toward results that they desire for their communities.She
paper on Feb. 24, 2006 during the 30th anniversary of the AIT
In fact, Rodriguez
says that during the 7th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development
in April, 1999, the German Ad Hoc Working Group on Tourism said that sustainable tourism "should be based on the decisions made by the village community with emphasis given to traditional knowledge and reinforcement of cultural values."The key is for tourists to do what the locals are doing.
To identify the components of CBST as an alternative model of development, Rodriguez
analyzed the proceedings of the focused group discussions organized by the AIT
in certain provinces of the Cordillera
Autonomous Region and in certain municipalities of Quezon Province, Nueva Ecija, Ilocos Sur, Cebu, Laguna, and Negros Occidental.
But while CBST seems to be a promising alternative for tourism development, Rodriguez
says it also has its downside.
The challenge for the AIT
, says Rodriguez
, is to help address these issues and perfect the mechanisms of CBST.
Professor Anril Tiatco and Dr. ...
Professor Anril Tiatco and Dr. Corazon Rodriguez of the Asian Institute of Tourism in the University of the Philippines had a more academic approach.
Led by Dean Corazon ...
Led by Dean Corazon Rodriguez of the Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT), the rest of the multi disciplinary group included College Secretary Prof. Antonio Lazaro, Prof. Romeo de la Cruz, and Research Assistant Kristel Parungao (AIT), Asst.
...AIT Dean Corazon Rodriguez gave an overview on how the two - year Sariaya Community Empowerment Research.She
elaborated on the different phases that their multi disciplinary group had undergone and will repetitiously continue to pursue, from data gathering, processing, validation and presentation.
...Dean Rodriguez commended and thanked the member representatives of the various organizations within the Sariaya Tourism Council for being so cooperative and honest, which all the more gave the whole UP Research Team the encouragement that they need to go on with their work ...well as a gift to the University of the Philippines on its centennial year celebrations in 2008.
The pioneering inter disciplinary ...
The pioneering inter disciplinary undertaking of the five UP Academic entities (College of Human Kinetics, College of Home Economics, College of Music, College of Architecture and the Asian Institute of Tourism) headed by UP AIT Dean Corazon Rodriguez, that aims to institutionalize a grass-roots culture - based tourism program for the town, documented this veritable showcase of Sariayahin heritage, particularly the making of "Minukmok" or "Nilupak" from boiled unripe bananas that were pounded "Lusong" style, and the traditional "Paawitan" or ritual of drinking "Lambanog" amid an spontaneous playful exchange of indigenous good - natured banters in Tagalog, sung and enunciated with that unmistakable Sariayahin lilt.