THE flag carrier is feeding our wanderlust and giving us more reasons to pack our bags and hop on the next plane to our bucket listed destinations.
In 2016, Philippine Airlines launched four new international flights (Kuwait, Jeddah, Doha, Saipan), opened new routes (Cebu-Singapore, Cebu-Los Angeles, Manila-Taipei-Osaka, Cebu-Caticlan-Calrk) and increased flight frequencies (Manila-Los Angeles—twice daily; Manila-Toronto—three to four times weekly; Manila-Beijing—four to six times weekly; and Manila-Vancouver—seven to ten times weekly).MORE
THE continuing boom in Philippine tourism finds Mactan Island in need of new hotel rooms or it will lose guests to other local destinations, a hotelier warned.
“With the overexcitement about the Philippines now, the five to six major hotels in Mactan is not enough to welcome the whole world,” said Harold Rainfroy, general manager of Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, at the sidelines of the launching of Vanille Salèe menu last Wednesday, which will be offered from Feb. 21 to Mar. 21.MORE
THE Consulate General of Indonesia will hold the first Indonesia Food and Beverage Expo and the Indonesian Culinary Festival on March 17 to 19 to promote more Indonesian products in preparation for the Davao-General Santos-Bitung Roro route to be launched on April 28.
During the weekly forum at Habi at Kape at Abreeza Ayala Malls Thursday, February 16, Indonesian Consul General Secretary Berlian Napitupulu said they will conduct the first Indonesian Food and Beverage Expo at the House of Indonesia, Juna Subdivision on March 17 to 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.MORE
THE People’s Republic of China consulate office in Cebu the other day expressed hope that the relationship between the Philippines and China will continue, especially in trade and tourism.
“I wish all friends present (here tonight) good fortune in the Year of the Rooster, and I also wish China and the Philippines enjoy everlasting friendship,” said Consul General Shi Yong.MORE
KOROSH Keyka International Corporation has opened its second branch in Cagayan de Oro City on February 10. The company brings in Japan-made quality trucks and heavy equipment in its office in Kolambog, Lapasan.
Korosh Keyka International Corporation is a domestic corporation engaged in the business of rebuilding and dealing with trucks, parts, and heavy equipment.MORE
WE were prepared to face the two-degree or even zero-degree Celsius weather in the Croatian cities of Split and Dubrovnik. Warned of the upcoming negative four chill in Zagreb, the temperature turned out to be kind and friendly, hitting 7 to 10 degrees. But let me start from the beginning of my journey.
The trip took place last November. There was much to explore. The places were filled with history, fascinating bygone times, intriguing details, heartbreaking political invasions and famous movie set locations.MORE
HOOKED on Japanese culture? There’s an English Rakugo to be staged at a one-night only performance at Marco Polo Davao at 6 p.m. on February 20, to provide a peek into the light side of Japanese culture.
Rakugo is a Japanese comic storytelling art used as entertainment for more than four centuries now but still remains popular today. It’s not all business and perfection for the Japanese, they also have their hilarious side.MORE
MUSLIM leaders in the Baguio City pledged to support peace efforts and police their own ranks in a bid to protect the city.
Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan led a forum with over 200 Muslim elders over the weekend with the Baguio City Police Office.MORE
THE Social Security System (SSS) will release separately the two-month additional pension totaling P2,000 from the regular pension released this month.
This was clarified by Janice Diaz, senior communications analyst of SSS Visayas West I Division, after they have been receiving a lot of queries from pensioners in Negros Occidental, especially Bacolod City, on the non-inclusion of the pension increase in the release of the regular pension early this month.MORE
THE P13 increase in the minimum wage approved by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7 yesterday applies for the entire region. This means all minimum wage earners in Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor will receive the P13 increase.
Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) 7 Director Exequiel Sarcauga, the RTWPB 7 chairman, and businessman Philip Tan, the management representative to RTWPB 7, refused to give details of the wage order.MORE
METRO Cebu is one of the seven cities chosen by the United Nations as models for metropolitan governance, like New York in the United States, Tokyo in Japan, Paris in France and Seoul in South Korea.
This was revealed in a press conference by Naga City Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong, Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado, National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) 7 Assistant Director Dionisio Ledres Jr. and Evelyn Nacario Castro.MORE
THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is working with local government units (LGUs) to identify every region’s tourism gaps.
“Together with other national government agencies and LGUs, we will identify the tourism gaps in our regions and their localities. And together, we will fill them up with our resources and every support we can muster,” said Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo.MORE
ABOUT 10 years ago, wine drinking was not part of the Cebu scene. But today, Cebuanos enjoy wines with their meals or buy wines now readily available in restaurants, supermarkets and boutique wine stores, one of which is Bibendum.
Hans Joerg Eulenhoefer, born in Manila with Cebuano roots (his mother is Margaret Richards Taylor), said that about eight years ago, the family had a Christmas reunion in Cebu. Being accustomed to having wine with their meals, they went out to buy some and found out that the selection was limited.MORE