Summer 2019 travel updates
LATEST UPDATE: March 5, 2019 - 6:39pm
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March 5, 2019


Batanes— with its dramatic scenery, crashing waves and idyllic landscape—is on most travelers’ bucket lists.

Cebu Pacific announced that they will launch the Batanes route on March 25, just in time for the summer travel season.

Batanes emerged as the most requested destination among netizens on social media in a crowdsourcing campaign Cebu Pacific launched last year, aside from being ready for commercial aviation and tourism.

Using the hashtag #CEBFlyMeTo, netizens were asked which destinations in the Philippines they would want Cebu Pacific to fly next. Other popular choices among netizens included Daet (Camarines Norte), Mati (Davao Oriental), Bantayan Island (Cebu), San Vicente (Palawan) and Siquijor. All top picks were then assessed in terms of readiness for commercial flights, with criteria that included airport infrastructure, safety and security processes, and passenger facilities.

“Our new flight to Basco is in keeping with our commitment to connect more of the Philippines and make air travel safe, affordable, reliable, and fun-filled for everyjuan. What makes this route more special is that netizens were actively engaged in the selection of our new destination—our customers were part of the process,” said Alexander Lao, Cebgo President and CEO.

March 5, 2019

Visit the real 'King's Landing'

For those who have been to Italy, France and Spain, it is now time to try Croatia, a unique combination of historical wonders, stunning architecture, modern hotspots and breathtaking natural beauty.

Imagine walking on a summery day through its well-preserved forts, cobblestoned streets and ancient buildings, all while overlooking the azure Adriatic Sea. Going here means going back in time while enjoying the relaxing view and vibe of a Mediterranean jewel. 

Steeped in culture and history, Croatia offers that old town vibe you expect to feel in European countries. Start your Croatian trip from its capital, Zagreb, which is filled with charming pavement cafes and restaurants – perfect for those who love to stroll through cobblestoned streets that exude the medieval feel.

Alongside these quaint alleyways and century-old shops are modern boulevards and quirky museums and galleries showing how, in Zagreb, old and new beautifully blend with each other. It is a metropolis for those who love strolling and soaking in culture and art in every way possible.

Another place to explore if you're in for more of that old place feel is the UNESCO protected historical center of Dubrovnik also known as 'the pearl of the Adriatic'. It has well-preserved gothic, renaissance, and baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains that take you back in time. This dreamy city boasts of the Old Town – a famous walled city which is the filming location of the Game of Thrones' 'King's Landing' and the latest Star Wars movie franchise.

To experience Croatia, you may take the newly opened Emirates daily flight to Zagreb with a layover in Dubai. The southeast European destination will be served by an Emirates Boeing 777-300 aircraft offering the only first class cabin product between the Middle East and Zagreb. When returning to the Philippines, you may opt to fly out from another city near Zagreb to maximize your trip.


March 5, 2019

Road trip

Before embarking on a road trip this summer, it is important to check your engine first to avoid mishap along the way.

Prestone Motor Oils offers free labor on oil change at Rapide in different branches nationwide. Get free labor on your change oil when you bring a minimum of 4-liter G-Tech or 6-liter D-Tech specially marked Prestone Motor Oils at select Rapide outlets. Cost on oil filter and other incidentals are not included.

G-Tech Full Synthetic, which is made for gasoline-powered engines, is the brand’s mineral and synthetic blend. It uses hydrocracked base oil with a core additive for better engine performance. G-Tech Advance also improves piston cleanliness, delivers better fuel efficiency and lowers oil consumption.

D-Tech 500 Full Synthetic is universal heavy-duty diesel engine oil that brings American and European standards to meet the requirements of API, CI-4, ACEA E7, MB 228.3 and the stringent Global DHD-1 specifications.

March 5, 2019

City ‘staycation’

Hilton Manila recently had its grand launch. The hotel is located within Resorts World Manila (RWM), touted as the Philippines’ first integrated entertainment and tourism resort, and just across the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

The launch marked the hotel brand’s formal entry into the Philippine market and highlighted the company’s innovations through its 100-year history and the warm and genuine hospitality that the company is known for.

The event opened with a rousing welcome remark from RWM’s Chief Operating Officer Stephen Reilly, followed by an inspiring speech by hotel general manager Simon McGrath, who talked about the hotel chain’s return to Manila through its invaluable partnership with RWM.

The hotel is said to be the first in the Philippines to have the digital key or keyless entry – an innovative feature that can be accessed exclusively via the Hilton Honors app.

March 5, 2019

From housing to resorts and hotels

Housing developer 8990 Holdings Inc. is now also venturing into hospitality business, which is set to introduce a diverse range of hotels, resorts and luxury establishments called 8990 Leisure and Resorts.    

“The Philippine leisure and hospitality industry is on an upswing with the current administration focusing on tourism development. The launch of 8990 Leisure and Resorts definitely comes at a perfect time,” said Willie Uy, 8990 Holdings, Inc. president and chief executive officer.

The company is looking at developing a total of 3,000 rooms in the next five years and eyeing to open in the following key destinations: Cebu, Makati, Davao, Palawan, Boracay, Siquijor, Alabang, Manila, Iloilo, Legazpi, Clark, Lapu-Lapu, Siargao, and Baguio.

The company’s portfolio will include resort Adama, a five-star luxury family resort and hotel Kura, for the trailblazers who are seeking to indulge in the grandness of life, and Argo, a resident urban hotel in the city.

March 5, 2019

Philippines’ first eco-airport

Tourists who will go to the world-class Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol can now save time as the new Panglao International Airport is now open for operations.

AirAsia made its proving flight before President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated the country’s first “eco-airport.” 

Located in Bohol province, the new airport was reportedly built according to the highest standards of green and sustainable design such as the use of natural ventilation and solar panels.

It is also designed to accommodate two million passengers, more than double the capacity of the old Tagbilaran airport. The airport was also engineered to accommodate seven aircraft at one time, including large aircraft for international flights.

 “We are delighted to be finally operating in the new airport that will offer our guest passengers one of the best airport experiences and facilities in the country. Aside from its sustainable and eco-friendly structures, Panglao International Airport provides access to international tourists making Bohol with its abundant attractions the next premiere destination in Asia,” AirAsia Philippines chief executive officer and pilot Capt. Dexter Comendador said.

Comendador added that they aime to connect secondary cities or hubs and take Bohol to new heights and rise among the premiere tourist destinations not only in the Philippines but also in the whole of Southeast Asia.

 “We are the official airline partner of Bohol province and tourism organizations for three years in a row through our Behold Bohol project since 2015. We feel strongly about supporting the growth and development of cities outside Metro Manila,” he said.

For those making plans and looking for ways to cool down, check out the following travel updates, destinations and must-haves.

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