News and Updates

Dir. Rowena Lu Y. Montecillo
Ms. Aileen Clemente
Asst. Prof. Joreen T. Rocamora

05 August 2019

Dear Members and Tourism Friends,

Greetings from TIBFI!

In behalf of  the Board  of Trustees, we would like to invite you to our 2nd General Membership Meeting for 2019 on 14th August 2019, Wednesdayfrom 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Makati Diamond Residences, 118 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati, 1229 Kalakhang Maynila

Tentative program will include:

A. Chairman’s Report - Accomplishments for 2nd  Quarter and Plans for 4th Quarter
B. Treasurer’s Report - Financial Statement and current financial standing, as of August 2019
C. Learning Sessions:  "Philippine Update"
  a. Dir. Rowena Lu Y. Montecillo - Fasttalk and Faceoff
  b. Ms. Aileen Clemente  - Tourism, In the Thick of Data Privacy
  c. Asst. Prof. Joreen T. Rocamora - The Tourism Management Destinations’ Workforce: Enabling What Entails”
D. Updates from Members
E. Fellowship with Lunch

The GMM fee will be:

  • ₱500 for the first member of the Regular/Associate and individual member,
  • ₱700 for the 2nd and succeeding attendee of the Regular/Associate member.

Payments may be deposited at:

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
ACCOUNT NAME: Tourism Industry Board Foundation Inc.

Please accomplish the attached reply slip and send it together with the validated bank deposit slip to our secretariat, at   If you need a personalized letter, please email our secretariat. Looking forward to receiving your  accomplished reply slip on or before August 12, 2019. 

Looking forward to seeing you all!  Thank you.


Ma. Christina G. Aquino
Chairman 2019-2021

5 August 2019

Dear Tourism Stakeholder,

Greetings from the Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc.!

TIBFI is a tripartite body composed of representatives from the government, private (industry and academe) and labor sectors which aims to provide manpower development in various tourism enterprises. It is also the designated National Tourism Professional Board in the implementation of the ASEAN MRA for Tourism Professionals. For more information about the organization, you may visit our website,

We are encouraging various tourism stakeholders in tourism education and industry to become a member of TIBFI.  Please find attached our membership application form and list of benefits.  Our membership types and rates are:

  • Regular Membership   : P 4,000.00/year
  • Associate Membership
      - Institutional    : P 2,000.00/year
      - Individual       : P 1,000.00/year

Please deposit to our bank account with details as follows:

Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Account Name: Tourism Industry Board Foundation Inc.
Savings Account Number: 2283-1106-83

Send a scanned copy of the validated deposit slip and accomplished membership form to so we can prepare the membership certificate once payment clears.

Looking forward to welcoming you to TIBFI.

In anticipation of your favorable consideration to our request, thank you very much.


Ma. Christina G. Aquino
Chairman 2019-2021

The TIBFI Board held its first meeting for the year on January 15 at the King Crab Restaurant at San Juan. In full attendance were TIBFI officers Tina Aquino from HRAP (Chairman), Paul Lim So from PTAA (Vice-Chair), Dean Ediser dela Santa from UP-AIT (Treasurer), Tinette Capistrano from PACEOS (Secretary), Gloria Baken-Siy from AAHRMEI (Auditor), Anabelle Ochoa from AHRM (PRO) and Danny Edralin from NUWHRAIN-CENTRO (Trustee). Also in attendance were TIBFI Advisers Dir. Rica Bueno and Arlene Alipio (DOT) together with Dir. Imee Taganas and Marissa Gamurot from TESDA.

2018 first meeting 1

dot appreciation gathering 01

Manila - The Department of Tourism, headed by the Office of Industry Manpower Development, held an appreciation gathering for resource speakers and partner agencies at the Diamond Hotel last January 5, 2017. Along with fellow ASEAN Master Trainers and Assessors as well as a variety of tourism stakeholders like representatives of Tourist police (TOPCOP), tour guides, accommodation personnel, waiters, cooks, tourist transport drivers, spa/massage therapists, retail staff, community guides, etc. we were called upon individually, to receive a Plaque of Recognition.

dot appreciation gathering 02

Opening the event was Director Rica C. Bueno, from the Office of Tourism Standards and Regulations (OTSR), who expressed her gratitude and appreciation to the resource persons and stakeholders. According to Dir. Bueno, their pool of resource speakers and range of training modules have expanded since 2010 from around 15 trainers & modules to more than 55 speakers/experts and 31 modules today and still growing.

The Induction of the new TIBFI Board for 2017-2019 was held last May 2, 2017 with the Department of Tourism Usec. Alma Rita Jimenez as the inducting officer. Usec. Jimenez welcomed and congratulated the new board with a short but meaningful message. As quoted by Usec. Jimenez, "TIBFI service is to be passionate and find purpose as this will sustain the organization".

Induction of New TIBFI Board for 2017 - Photo 1

Induction of New TIBFI Board for 2017 - Photo 2

Click here to view the video on Facebook.

The new TIBFI board held a meeting last May 2, 2017 at the Department of Tourism, Makati. The meeting focused on the planning of the 4th TIBFI HR Congress to be scheduled on the 3rd week of September 2017 at Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City.

The 4th TIBFI Human Resource Congress focuses on the training and development of human resources as well as a discussion of issues and factors that influence entrepreneurship and employment in tourism firms. Four days in length, the event will feature 3 main activities: (1) A re-training program on tourism skills for assessors and trainors, (2) MRA awareness and toolbox immersion programs, and (3) a full-day congress that discusses management practices on human resources that lead to sustainable outcomes. Pre- and post-conference tours will also be offered to participants.

4th TIBFI HR Congress - Planning Session - Photo 14th TIBFI HR Congress - Planning Session - Photo 2

The working committees are as follows:

  • Conference Chairman - Dr. Edieser Dela Santa, UPAIT
  • Logistics Committee - Head: Paul Lim So, PTAA
  • Marketing Committee -  Head:  Anabelle Moreno, AHRM
  • Registration Committee - Head: Ma Christina Aquino, HRAP
  • Ways and Means Committee - Head: Dr Glo Baken Wong-Siy, AAHRMEI
  • Programs Committee - Head: Monette Hamlin, PACEOS
  • TESDA Retooling Committee - Head: Ma Christina Aquino, HRAP


Hosted by: COHREP

The 1st General Membership Meeting of Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc. (TIBFI) was held on 15 March 2017 at University Hotel, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City. It was hosted by the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines (COHREP) and the GMM was attended by the official and alternate representative of the members of organization, 14 out of 16 members of TIBFI.

The new TIBFI Board  for 2017- 2019 (From left to right) Ms. Tinette Capistrano of PACEOS, Ms. Eleonor Ogarte (Board of Director), Dr. Gloria Baken Wong- Siy (Auditor), Ms. Marissa Gamurot (Board Adviser), Mr. Paul Lim So (Vice Chairman), Mr. Daniel Edralin (Board of Director), Ms. Anabelle Ochoa Moreno (PRO), Ms. Ma. Christina Aquino (Chairman), Dean Edieser Dela Santa (Treasurer), Ms. Ryan Sebastian (Board Adviser), Mr. Hessel Larcia (Board of Director)

The election of the new TIBFI Board for 2017- 2019 was held at the latter part of the General Membership Meeting on 15 March 2017 at University Hotel, UP

Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.
The Board of Advisors served as the Election Committee were Mr. Ryan Sebastian from DOT, Ms. Marissa Gamurot from TESDA and TIBFI secretariat Ms. Karem Alina Phua.
The new TIBFI Board for year 2017- 2019 are the following:  Ms. Ma. Christina Aquino of HRAP is the new Chairman, Mr. Paul Lim So of PTAA re-elected as Vice- Chairman, Ms. Monette Hamiln of PACEOS as Secretary, Dean Edieser Dela Santa of UP- AIT as Treasurer, Dr. Gloria Baken Wong- Siy of AAHRMEI as Auditor, Ms. Anabelle Ochoa Moreno of AHRM as PRO and the Board of Directors are Mr. Daniel Edralin, Ms. Eleonor Ogarte and Mr. Hessel Larcia of NUWHRAIN APL.


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