University of Santo Tomas College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (UST CTHM) Dean Assoc. Prof. Gezzez Giezi G. Granado, DCL, was awarded Best Research Paper Presenter at the 1st International Annual Convention and Research Forum (IACRF) 2020 organized by the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines (COHREP). 

Held from January 30 to February 1, 2020 at the Mercure Hotel in Bali, Indonesia, the convention had the theme “Celebrating Decades of Innovations in Hospitality and Tourism Education,” while the research forum’s theme was “Digital Innovations in Hospitality and Tourism Education in the Philippines: A Global Perspective.”

Dean Granado presented his work titled “Critical Analysis of the Legal and Policy Issues Involved in Parties, Festivals and Celebrations in the Philippines.” 

The study’s initial results showed that there are few laws and regulations in the Philippines that ensure the safety and security of the guests of parties, festivals, and celebrations in the Philippines.  Due to this dearth, the optimum and holistic experiences of the guests are compromised. As the Philippines is a culturally-diverse country with tens of thousands of community festivals, fiestas, and other celebratory events, the study recommends strengthening the policies and regulations that are involved in Philippine celebrations.

An expert in the fields of tourism and law, Atty. Granado completed his undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Santo Tomas where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Tourism degree at the College of Tourism and Hospitality (cum Laude), Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws major in Environmental Laws (cum Laude), and Doctor of Civil Laws (Magna cum Laude) degrees at the Faculty of Civil Law.

The COHREP was established in 1989 by a group of Hotel and Restaurant Administration faculty members to promote teaching excellence in hospitality education by providing venues to transform educators into confident and values-laden professionals. Among its founding members is CTHM Assistant Dean Assoc. Prof. Evangeline Timbang.