Testimonials of BS in Tourism Management Graduates from the Philippines

Michelle Veneryn P. Orias
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Far Eastern University
◈ Graduated 2015

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: I chose Tourism because I have the passion to study the fields of Tourism, and I'd love to see the beauty of the world.

list bulletAbout my college education: Usually, during 3rd & 4th year are the most risky, thesis and feasibility are the hardest, however, you will learn a lot at the same time, you will enjoy while studying. All you have to do is to be positive and be motivated.

The most useful things that this course helped me is learning how to manage and value my time; it also developed my sense of Leadership where I can say that I am a very responsible person.

Some of the exams are difficult, it depends on the professor. But I believe that if you prioritize studying, you will always gain passing scores.

list bulletMy current job: Currently, I am a Sales and Marketing officer in one of the hotel in Ilocos Province, but I'm based here in Manila. Usually, I handle reservation bookings in hotel accommodation, I also arrange tours and events. In addition to this, I also do marketing stuffs by marketing the hotel, it requires me to talk to a lot of people, companies, big groups and others, which is a very great learning experience.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Actually, all aspects that I've learned from FEU, I am using all the traits and the studies.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was a working student before. During my last year second semester, I was already a graduating student when I have my 1st job, I was a Front desk receptionist in a multi-national company-Agricultural.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: If you have the passion in loving the environment, the world, loves to explore and anything about Tourism Industry, I guess you have to get this course.

In terms of Employment opportunities, tourism is very flexible, you can go and gain experiences to any companies you wanted to. It us not that difficult to look for a job after graduation.

Salary level: As a starter, of course you will start at minimum (Manila level) but as long as you are gaining experience, you will earn higher that that.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: For me, what can I advise to pass this course is first of all, Discipline. When you have the discipline, all hard works will follow. Second, have a pleasing personality - being a tourism, it is important for you to know how to look professional at all time. Third, have a positive attitude. Lastly, by having a heart - put your heart to every single work while you are studying, believe me, at the end, it's all worth it!

I advice you guys just to enjoy while studying. All you have to do is to focus and have a heart while taking this course, I'm sure when you have the urge to study, one day you'll meet the success you wanted to be in your life. Tourism is very flexible, you will learn a lot of things, not only the field itself, but also learning the beauty of life! One more thing, set a goal and set your mindset for what you want to be soon.
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A. Z.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Bulacan State University - Main Campus
◈ Graduated 2017

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: Tourism industry is one of the largest industries in the world that contributes to the economic growth of a country, this is why I chose to study this course. In the Philippines Tourism Industry is the 2nd largest contributor to the Philippine economy, after Agriculture. I also love to study History and Geography, and always want to communicate different people in different walks of life.

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learned so much, from Marketing to management, from one on one conversations to conversing with lots of people. This course is characterized to be people-oriented, the foundations of this course are History, Geography, Culture, Tradition, Communication, Marketing and Management. I learned different languages from Korean Language to Mandarin Language.

The most difficult projects I encountered is on the Events Management subject, for our final examinations we were required to organize an event and should earn more than our Capital, inviting and gathering people outside the school is the hardest, selling tickets is difficult but we survived that one.

The most useful things I learned are handling people, handling clients and handling customers regardless what attitude they give to you.

Passing written exams are easy because whenever you are studying your lessons before exam you will realize that it is interesting and so it is easy to pass written exams, but, the hardest part of exams is the practical examinations, like Tour guiding, Event planning, event organizing, and of course Thesis defense.


list bulletMy current job: Now I am a trainee at Tourism Promotions Board the Marketing Arm of the Department of Tourism, I am in the Administrative Department. I am now be absorbed at Tourism Promotions Board.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Dealing with people, and communicating with them, observing their Culture and Tradition, understanding their way of life that is Tourism Management.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: Their are so much opportunities waiting at your door step, Tourism and Hospitality is a wide industry, It is everywhere, from school to churches, from government to private sectors, from hotels to restaurants, from plane to cruise ship, from office to grounds Tourism and Hospitality industry is everywhere.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Being a Tourism student requires patience and flexibility, you should be friendly, should be interested on meeting new people, you should have the courage to talk to them, and you should always smile and always be conscious of your physical appearance lastly you should read, read, read especially history, geography, culture, tradition and the English language.
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B. M.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At University Of Mindanao
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: I've chosen this course because I believe it will open up great opportunities and will give me the ability to travel. It's even more interesting in a way that tourism sector not only boosts economic growth but promotes a sustainable environment as well. It made me think that it would be best if I can be a part of the hospitality industry.

list bulletAbout my college education: The course in general is not that hard, but it will challenge you as to how to present and market a specific destination. Examinations are also not that hard and it is very rare for someone to repeat subjects. Each of us just have to familiarize ourselves with the destination and know the key factors of the place, then, everything will just flow. The most fun part is to be on site and explore the destination assigned to you. This course requires great interest in traveling and the belief of it's significance.

list bulletMy current job: A few weeks after graduation, I was already being offered a job by one of the largest companies in Mindanao to promote tourism in China. Which is why they also offered me a two year scholarship program to study Mandarin in Xiamen. After the upcoming fall semester, I will go back to the Philippines and start being fully on board.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: It is the ability to promote a certain destination. In college, teachers will train you to present, promote and do what not in order to attract tourists. This includes the words to be used, the photos to be used, etc. While I am in China, I am already working on the proposals that I will be presenting once I go on board at work. It will be both in English and Chinese languages since the target of the company are Chinese locals.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: Yes. With the continuous need in boosting the Philippines' tourism, employment opportunities for this course are big. Even before I graduated from college, I have received a lot of interview invites from different companies. Of course, as a fresh grad, I chose to get the one that is most beneficial to me.

In terms of salary level, it will depend on the company and your skill to present yourself to the bosses of the company. Start up offers start from Php18,000 up to Php23,500, excluding the travel opportunities and other benefits, which will be spent for by the company.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you are considering taking BS Tourism Management, you need to be certain on the field that you'll be exposed to and consider the industry's benefit to you and the economy. You also have the interest in traveling and promoting different places. Otherwise, it would be best to choose another course.
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C. M.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Centro Escolar University
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: It was pre-selected by my aunt who paid for my studies.

list bulletAbout my college education: In Tourism Management, I learned that the connotation that Tourism students just have beauty is a myth. It does need some brains in order to memorize the whole map of the world and all it's location and wonderful attractions. The subjects are fine, they are not sorely difficult nor are they that easy.

list bulletMy current job: Customer Support of Travel website.
I handle inquiries and requests from customers from US about the properties that are under our company.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I think the most useful thing I've learned from it is that I can still apply right now in my career are those things advised to us in terms of customer support. I mean, how to deal with irate guests, how to satisfy even the most unsatisfied ones.
Also as the ones about the geography of USA.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: A month after the graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: In terms of employment opportunities, yes, especially now that Travel Industry remains the strongest industry there is.

In terms of salary level, it depends on which sector you're interested in really. Jobs in hotels ranges from PHP10,000 to PHP15,000 while in travel agencies it ranges from PHP12,000 to PHP18,000 for fresh graduates. All those digits will of course improve and go higher once you became more experienced in the field.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: You guys have to be ready for A LOT of memorizing and A LOT of remembering. It will all pay-off eventually.
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M. P.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At FEU-Cavite
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: Because I love to travel and it's my passion and I love to care our environment.

list bulletAbout my college education: All the subjects are easy to understand if you are listening well. Just the thesis is difficult, because you have to make it in a months. I enjoyed the most is we have an international tour.

Exams were not difficult, if you study then you will answer all the exams easy and faster. Yes, there are some students who repeat the subjects because they were not going to school. But all the faculty did their best for the sake of the students.

To be able to succeed in this course, you have to be well disciplined, you have to be interested in your course because if you are not interested, the tendency is that you will not study very well.

list bulletMy current job: Receptionist.
Greet guests, answering phone calls, answering guest inquiries and make a reservation for them.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Less than a month

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: Yes, there are many opportunities in studying Tourism management because we have many opportunities in tourism industry.
Salary level for fresh graduate is good.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Just do you your best, enjoy and love your course. Its an interested course to learn.
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Z. Y.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Centro Escolar University
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: To know the culture of other countries and to get along with other nationality.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned a lot of things especially in the hospitality industry, like ways on how to handle guest and give a good service. The subjects/assignments that most difficult for me is the domestic tourism, tour guiding and tourism law.

Most useful things I learned is the hotel operation, it became really useful during my OJT in Malaysia, and the domestic and world tourism because I now know more the places of interest and the history not only in Manila but also the whole Philippines and even in the other countries like Spain, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia etc.

Passing the exams is a bit difficult, not like what other say tourism is easy course. I knew some people who failed and also shifted course.

The traits and attitude required are, I guess students of this course must always willing to learn new things, not only memorizing the facts that was taught but also analyzing it and being not lazy going to school everyday.

list bulletMy current job: Front desk officer

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 4 months

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Just enjoy being a BS in Tourism student and always be excited to learn new great things inside or outside the school that is related on the field of study. If opportunity knocks like intern or OJT abroad or even in own country, grab it. Because it will help you to learn more and appreciate what is your course.
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C. D.
◈ Studied BS in International Travel and Tourism Management (slightly different course)
◈ At De La Salle-college Of Saint Benilde
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout my college education: My course is interesting in a sense that you get to know about the world. You study not only popular destinations that people visit but you also get to know what other people are like in different parts of the globe. Like any other course, you really have to study hard to be a graduate of this course in a sense that you need to know a lot of information like popular places, fave foods, culture, country codes, foreign laws and I forgot to mention that this course will also require you to learn a foreign language, depending on your schools curriculum. This course also teaches you on managing your own travel agency.


list bulletMy current job: I have my own business

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Somewhat, I was not able to use all the knowledge I learned due to the nature of my business is marketing. However, whenever any of my family members wants to travel locally or internationally, I book they're flights for them and explain to them airport policies, arrival and departure time, baggage allowances etc.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was a working student while studying so, I had the same job after graduation for a couple of months more. I was working in a call center as I needed a night job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying International Travel and Tourism Management: I would recommend this course if your a person who loves traveling to different parts of the globe and getting to know a lot of people. Choose a course that is in tune with what you want to be and what you love to do. In that way, it won't feel like your going to work everyday..

Upon graduation, you have a lot od options on where you would like to apply, from Airports, Resorts, Cruise Ships, Travel Agencies and a lot more. Plus, our government is currently promoting the country as one of the top tourist destinations in the world, so expect more jobs for those who are in the travel and tourism industry.
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R. J.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At De La Salle University - Dasmarinas
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: I decided to take up BS Tourism Management because during that time, it was in demand. I also love to travel and wanted to learn different languages then.

list bulletAbout my college education: BS Tourism Management is such a challenging course. It's not what others would think to be a very easy course to take. It takes a lot of hard work to pass this.

I've learned a lot in this course. I learned how to mingle with different kinds of people, extend patience and exert hard work in accomplishing tasks.

The major subjects of course are the ones to be the most difficult. You have to take much concentration in familiarizing yourself with the different countries as well as it's capital cities, and so forth.

The most useful things I learned are the values I exerted during my studies.

Passing the exams are quite difficult, yet; can be passed still if you will just focus on studying. =) I think only 3% of the students shifted due to financial reasons, because it takes a lot of money to be in this course.

To be able to succeed in this course, students should have a lot of self-confidence, hard-work, patience and determination.

list bulletMy current job: For now, I am not employed yet.
I resigned from Banco de Oro which was my first and previous job because my workplace was quite far from our home. I also gave birth to my baby and decided to just focus my attention on him from then on.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: In my college life, I learned to be patient with people of different personalities and with those people of attitude problems, which I have used on my past job because there are a lot of people from the bank who are rich and very annoying. Yet, I was able to overcome those stresses in my life.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took 6 months after my graduation before I get hired. I applied within June of 2010 and got the job by September already.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: Honestly, I know there are a lot of opportunities for BS Tourism Management graduates. It could be in the Airline Industry, Travel Agencies, Tourism-Related jobs, etc.

A fresh BS Tourism Management graduate can expect at least 12,000/month. And a more experienced employee of course is much higher. =)

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you want to take up BS Tourism Management, you have to be patient, vigilant, determined and most importantly, be confident enough to face challenges that might come along the way =)
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K. C.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Far Eastern University
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: To travel in domestic and international places is given. To become a flight attendant is also given. But what urges me to choose this course is simply to be with different kinds of people in different places and situations. Since then, confidence is what I lack the most. With that, I feel and believe that taking this field of study will definitely help me boost my confidence. Taking Tourism is all about service, customer service.

list bulletAbout my college education: ● With this course, I didn't only learned about different countries and languages but I've learnt how to boost my confidence and knows how to look and act professionally before entering the real world.

●For me difficulty is just a word for those who don't listen to their professors and did not study well. So assignments and subjects become difficult for you when you're not ready.

● Dealing with different kinds of people and do things in professional ways are the most useful thing I've learned.

● Exams are difficult if you didn't study well. There were some who failed their exams. The reason is that they did not study well. Very few shifted to other courses, due to personal reasons.

● Being a Tourism student you just need to study hard, listen very well, show what you've got, be confident and use all knowledge you've learned. Show them all in the real world.

list bulletMy current job: I'm currently looking for a job which I like the most.
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K. A.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Far Eastern University
◈ Graduated 2003

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: I like to work in hotels, resorts, and tourist areas not only in the Philippines but abroad if possible. This course can help me achieve this ambition of mine.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned that being respectful, courteous, and honest to the clients in my practical training in the restaurants and the hotels before graduation rewarded me with new acquaintances and generous clients.

The subjects in tourism are not hard, most of them were practical. There were projects than and actual practice. As long as one attends these sessions, one will pass the course.

Being attentive to the teachers and submitting the assigned work on time was important to the teachers than being very good in academics.

list bulletMy current job: I am now an employee of the Manila Resorts World in Pasay City. I handle the customer relations at the reception desk and sometimes I accompany some clients to see other tourist places in the Meto Manila area.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The most practical thing I learned which I am now applying in my current job is being pleasing and entertaining to all the people entering the Resorts World. By being nice always makes others enjoy their visit to our place and encourage them to come back again.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: About 6 months after graduation I was hired by my present employer.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: Those wanting to become hotel managers and tourism-related employees should take this course. It is interesting and exciting. Many tourist areas and establishments have different amenities and the rewarding part are the tips.

This course is now more in demand because the tourism industry in the Philippines has increased. The tourism business is the business of the entire Filipino people. A graduate of tourism can be easily employed in the tourism areas. Thousands of pesos every month on top of one’s basic salaries and allowances can be earned by an employee in the 5-star resorts and hotels.
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J. K.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Centro Escolar University
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: Because it's fun and full of excitement.

list bulletAbout my college education: Most useful things I learned? Being humble, honest, well-mannered person. In real life, studies and subjects are only theories that you have to input in reality. It can be learn through experiences, but if you have values in life, you're above them all.

Most difficult, maybe the Travel and Tour subject and Tour guiding.

Exams are not really difficult, if you study well, then you'll pass. Yeah, many of us failed in TraTour because of the computation. Some of the students shifted.

You need to have patience, self-discipline, be more attentive, and always double check your answers. Lol

list bulletMy current job: Junior Dealer in Resort's World Manila

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: About 2 months

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Enjoy it. It is really interesting to study our culture, I mean to know it better, also the cultures and destinations of other countries... Just knowing it, isn't enough, you just have to fall in love with it. (If you know what I mean
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Jose Pangilinan
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Lyceum Of The Philippines University
◈ Graduated 2005

list bulletAbout my college education: Studying Tourism of the Philippines was such an honor for me. To know the culture of native and the people from different places around the country was very interesting for me. There were couple of subjects that might be irrelevant but in the long run you will realize that those subjects are very important. I’m surely You will like the year when internship goes. I really had fun when I did this activity oz I gained friends and also knowledge that is very useful for my career.

list bulletMy current job: Online travel booker

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: One month

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: Tourism is very likable. Recommended. But most importantly is the capability of a person and the interest of the person. I'm not saying that this is a difficult course. It's a big "NO". The course is very easy and enjoyable. Interest is much more important at all.
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R. C.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Polytechnic University Of The Philippines
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletAbout my college education: For me, I find my course interesting and enjoyable. Interesting because you can learn many things about other countries and their history. Enjoyable because just by seeing those beautiful places from different places, it makes you want to go and travel the world.
The skills you need are memorization, english, and interpersonal skills.

list bulletMy current job: Travel agency

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes. I work in Tourism.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I worked before we graduated.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: Yes I would. To help our country to gain more jobs and present our country as one of the best.
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M. C.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Centro Escolar University
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: I chose this course because I love to travel, I like to interact with other people, and I like to discover different places and cultures.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned about the Area Codes, IATA and ICAO Codes. I learned the history of the Airlines not only in the Philippines but also around the world. I learned more about the history and cultures of other places too.

The subject that was most difficult was Finance because I'm really bad at numbers.
Passing the exams was not really difficult, specially when you study for it.

Patience, Patience, Patience is what you need to succeed in this course.

list bulletMy current job: As of now I dont have a job cause I didn't apply yet.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Love your course, Love what you do because if not you wont be happy at all you'll end up being lazy every time.
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E. P.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Centro Escolar University
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: I loved to travel and explore many different places around the world.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned many things in this course like planning and development, what tourism is all about, different industries in tourism and many more. I think the most difficult subjects are world tourism and tourism law, because you really have to learn every single detail of it. Passing the exam is not that difficult, you just really have to study hard to pass the exam. Not many students failed the exams or shifted to another course.

I think perseverance, patience and hard work are the attitude needed in this course because many of the subjects you really have to memorize detail by detail.

list bulletMy current job: Im still applying for a job.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: My advice is that you really have to be passionate and committed in this course because this is a big step towards your career path. You should study your field with fun and enjoyment and join in every activities to experience what really tourism is all about.
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Marckie Emockz
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Catholic College Of Marseille (paris, France)
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout my college education: It was interesting but very pleasure course, very high expectations that they expecting to you.

list bulletMy current job: I work was as a photographer.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, absolutely!

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: As soon as i'd finish my course,

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: Yes, i would rather recommend to study my course to others, because aside from what you learned inside the school or university, you have the chance to experience the exposure outside the school. Definitely!!
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Emely Llgas
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At University of Rizal System - Antipolo
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletAbout my college education: Tourism is one of the easiest courses nowadays. It both developed my knowledge and my personality. You will learn the history of different places around the world. And there's also business subject because student of this course should be prepared in handling and presenting tourist businesses.

list bulletMy current job: Senior Relationship Manager at Teleperformance.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Six Months.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: Maybe, of course you have to be interested with this study before taking this course.
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M. M.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At University Of Rizal - Antipolo Campus
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: Because I wanted to be a flight attendant someday.

list bulletAbout my college education: Its all about using English language and the other languages.
The hardest part was the math subject and statistics. The most useful thing we learned was using the different languages.

Exams were not really difficult.. We stick on our course, people did not shift to other courses.

Its important to know that a minimum height is required to enter this course.

list bulletMy current job: I don't have job yet, am still focusing to my thesis.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Just study and focus on the course you wanted
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J. S.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Lyceum Of The Philippines University
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletAbout my college education: You need interpersonal skill, managment, interaction with the people.

list bulletMy current job: Guests service executive

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 8 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: Salary level is fine.
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