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Ultra comfy plane to serve Manila-Sapporo route starting September- PAL

Benjie Lim Vergara THE Philippine Airlines is set to use its new ultra comfortable Airbus A321neo Aircraft for its Manila-Sapporo route come September 10 this year. PAL president and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista said “on our flights to Sapporo, PAL passengers can expect an ultra-comfortable travel experience with the improved cabin and seat […]

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CNMI issues a travel health advisory against the Philippines due to measles outbreak

By Lori Lyn Lirio HEALTH officials from the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands issued a health travel advisory cautioning travelers to and from the Philippines due to a measles outbreak in that Southeast Asian country. Following this development, Public Health’s Immunization Program manager Jeremy Sasamoto urged parents to bring their children to any of the […]

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MMDA signs MoA with Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation for faster emergency response

METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority emergency vehicles will be fitted with Radio Frequency Identification sticker tags to facilitate their fast entry to major toll plazas in the south and the north. This was learned shortly after the MMDA and the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to that effect. […]

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PTTA travel tour expo opens on Feb. 8

THE annual Travel Tour Expo (TTE), organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), opens on Thursday with at least 400 organizations participating, the highest number in its history. Marlene Dado Jante, PTAA president and TTE 2018 organizing committee chairperson, said the unprecedented growth of TTE coincides with its 25thanniversary. She also said its growth […]

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Personal Electronic Devices to be subjected to additional security check – Philippine Airlines

THE Philippine Airlines urges all United States bound passengers to submit their portable electronic devices for additional airport screening following new security impositions by the American Department of Homeland Security. Cielo Villaluna, PAL spokesperson over the weekend, said all PEDs, which include but not limited to cellular or smart phones, carried by passengers bound for […]

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Baclaran is now clear for traffic – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

AS COMMUTERS and residents of Baclaran now enjoy a month of traffic bliss, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority officer-in-charge Thomas Orbos vowed that his agency will not be a brush fire or ningas cogon when it comes to maintaining the smooth flow of traffic in the area. “The challenge is to sustain this effort. We would […]

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End of a nightmare for OFWs

MANILA International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal said he never imagined he will argue with his former private sector colleagues by taking the side of the government. This was disclosed  Wednesday by Monreal to Beyond Deadlines shortly after he signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) together with the 40-member Airline Operators Council exempting Overseas […]

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A London bound Philippine Airlines flight was forced to return to Manila due to a technical problem

A PHILIPPINE Airlines flight bound for London was forced to return to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after fire and smoke were electronically detected following take off on Friday. Engineer Octavio Lina, Manila International Airport Authority assistant general manager, said PAL flight PR 720 bound for Heathrow Airport had just took off at about […]

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Travelers with bullets will no longer be arrested at Philippine airports

IN  a bid to end the bullet planting (laglag bala) extortion scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, authorities say travelers with no derogatory record will no longer be arrested provided that no firearm is found in their possession. “Tanim bala (bullet-planting) modus operandi is a thing of the past and we assure the public […]

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Manila International Airport Authority to allow regular taxis at NAIA 1 arrival area

THE Manila International Airport Authority will now allow regular metered taxis to queue and pick up passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in response to mounting public complaints about the lack of affordable transportation. The MIAA claims that the accredited transport company at the NAIA could not supply more than 200 utility […]

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Philippine Airlines launches Saipan flight

THE Philippine Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, will have a direct flight to Saipan beginning on Wednesday, June 15. In a statement, PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista, said “over the past decades, our kababayans have to take other routes to Manila via Guam. With this new offering, they now have a […]


A quickie ride to Bitbit River in Bulacan

AFTER regretfully postponing my ride for a day due to bad weather, I finally hit the road and head off to my target destination this month: Bitbit River. Bitbit River is a watercourse quietly nestled in the Sierra Mountain range near the Angat-Ipo-La Mesa Dam system, which supplies water to Metro Manila. It’s located in […]

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Harrowing experience at Manila’s premier airport

HUNDREDS of passengers flying in and out of the Philippines via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 suffered a harrowing experience over the weekend after a “technical glitch” caused a 16 hour power outage that lasted until Sunday noon. Manila International Airport Authorities said power went out on early Saturday evening after a substation […]

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Chinese tourists spend $215 billion overseas

A record-breaking $215 billion was spent by Chinese travelers abroad last year, 53 percent more than a year earlier, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).   Even with stock exchange turmoil and a slowing economy China overtook developed countries, including the United States both in cash spent on travelling and the number […]


Journey to the historic Mount Samat

TO MOTORCYCLE riders who are also history buffs, the Mt. Samat National Shrine is a cool place to visit. Situated near the top of Mt. Samat in Pilar, Bataan, the shrine is located 133 kilometers away from Metro Manila. This means lots of roads to ride on for Manileño motorcyclists yet it is not too far […]