Ms. Maria Christina G. Aquino

Immediate past Chairperson of the Tourism Industry Board Foundation Inc, (TIBFI) Associate Board Member, Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines Past President, COHREP
Ms. Maria Christina G. AquinoMs. Maria Christina G. Aquino

Ma. Christina G. Aquino is the immediate past Chairperson of the Tourism Industry Board Foundation Inc, (TIBFI), the designated National Tourism Professional Board in the implementation of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Tourism Professionals. She is an Associate Board Member of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP). Ms Aquino is a member of CHED Technical Committee of Tourism and Hospitality Management and a member of the NCR Regional Quality Assurance Team (RQAT); a resource person for TESDA for the Tourism sector and a STAR External Validator; a DTI Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Assessor, and an ASEAN Master Tourism Assessor for Housekeeping and. She is a Past President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines (COHREP), Asia Pacific Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (APacCHRIE), and a former Board & Corporate Secretary of International Center for Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE). Ms. Aquino was with the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila as the Executive Director for Linkages & Standards and International Affairs Office, Deputy Integrated Management Representative for various ISO programs (QMS & EMS), Project Director for the LPU Dusit Thani partnership of the Tourism and Hospitality programs offered in all LPU campuses, oversaw institutional and program quality assurance programs in the University. She pursued local and international networking opportunities with academic institutions, government and industry partners in the areas of collaborations in student & faculty, research and extension programs. She was also Dean of the College of International Tourism and Hospitality Management and a faculty member also. She has teaching and administrative experiences in post-secondary school settings including a state university (University of the Philippines Diliman), a private technical vocational school offering Culinary Arts programs (Center for Culinary Arts, Manila) and a private non-sectarian university (LPU Manila). Aside from teaching and administration, she was a flight attendant (Cathay Pacific Airways) and cabin services line instructor (Qatar Airways), an entrepreneur of foodservice facility (5A Resources Inc), and liaison officer of a quasi-government agency (Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Corporation). She is an author of several books, journal articles, completed research papers in Tourism and Hospitality areas, and has been invited as speaker in several workshops, fora and conferences, locally and internationally. She has undertaken various local and international consultancy projects in Tourism and Hospitality operations. Ms Aquino holds the qualifications of BS HRA (cum laude); MA in Education, major in Educational Administration, and has completed all the academic requirements for a PhD in Education, specializing in Curriculum Studies. She has the following certifications: AHLEI’s Certified Hospitality Education (CHE) and Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP), Certified Microsoft Office Specialist (Office Word 2016), STR Hotel Industry Foundations Introduction to Analytics (HIFIA), and ASEAN Master Assessor for Housekeeping.