COLLEGE IN FOCUS: Asian Institute of Tourism

Tinig ng Plaridel, a proud member of Halalan sa Diliman, presents election profiles of the colleges around CMC.

By Lowell Fredrick Madrileño


Council Composition: 10 START-AIT (Student Action for a Responsive Leadership in Tourism-AIT)

Chairperson: Karen Claire Chan (START-AIT)

College Representative: Juan Carlos Danganan (START-AIT)

2010 Voter Turnout: 61.14% (236 of 386)

2010 USC Chairperson: Gabriel G. Villamil (KAISA)

Political Background:

START-AIT, the dominant political party in AIT, was founded by Carl Francis Castro along with Emil Tapnio, Primo Morillo, and Abdel Disangcopan in 2006.

After a year, START took 7 positions in the AIT-SC. In 2009, 11 out of START’S 12 candidates positions in the AIT-SC. In the 2010 elections, Juan Carlos Danganan, AIT’s current college representative, defeated Nikki Nicolas of STAND-UP, the sole non-START candidate in AIT. Marck Bryan David, former AIT-SC chairperson topped the race for USC Councilor in the same year and is currently running for USC chairperson.
START is affiliated with the university-wide party, KAISA.

Author: TNP

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  • Abdel Disangcopan

    Some corrections: START was indeed founded by Carl Francis aka Chalkie Castro together with KAISA Founding Chairperson Emil Tapnio, Primo Morillo, and myself. Carmi Villanueva was not a founder, although her help was instrumental to the founding of START. The date is also not accurate. Where did that come from? Anyway, pls correct. Thank you. Abdel, KAISA Chair 07-08

  • TNP

    Thank you very much for your corrections, the article has already been updated.–Ed.