Hong Kong, in a New Light

Airlines, Asia, Hong Kong

It’s been 20 years since the Hong Kong turn-over and this small but proud nation, has emerged as one of the most stunning and interesting locations in Asia.

One of the most popular destinations in Asia, Hong Kong has been pulling all the stops to mark the historic milestone. Lavish decorations and banners are seen upon arriving at the Hong Kong airport and other entry points to the destination. Giant traditional lanterns are also displayed in Central to promote this vital part of the Chinese heritage. Special workshops for lantern-making are also scheduled until the end of July.

The festivities kicked off with a “super fireworks wall,” a 23-minute pyrotechnic display will be multimedia extravaganza with components like LED screens and beam lights to go with synchronized music. Said to be the city’s most expensive fireworks event since 1997, it measures 1,250 meters long and 300 meters high is set to light up the Hong Kong skyline over the famous Victoria Harbour. Accompanying beam lights were projected from Causeway Bay to adorn the fireworks and give a 3D effect to the whole performance.

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Fun-loving travelers looking to be a part of the merrymaking are in for a treat, as Cebu Pacific will be sending off more of its fleet to Hong Kong starting this month. The airline is flying three times a day, or 21 flights weekly, between Manila and Hong Kong. Travelers coming in can enjoy more spacious seating and modern ambience as the airline trades up its A320 Hong Kong-bound fleet for the Airbus A330s.

“Bigger aircraft means more seats and lower fares for the Manila-Hong Kong route. We look forward to bringing everyJuan on a two-hour plane trip to experience the historic twenty-year milestone in Hong Kong’s history, or revisit the city with fresh eyes,” said Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution.

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Another guest also reappears to celebrate the 20th Handover Anniversary. Hong Kong’s online sensation, the Rubber Duck, is back after generating waves online. This time, the inflatable installation takes the limelight while in dry land, next to the anniversary’s equally adorable display, the longevity buns.

Around the city, eyes will wander to the open spaces beautified by designers and local artists. Select flights of stairs will be embellished with flower patters from the Hong Kong Museum of Art collection; and museums will carry special exhibits, including the on-going display of the 126 pieces sourced from Louvre, France.

Beyond the cityscape and the urban vibe of Hong Kong, visitors can enjoy attractions in the outlying islands. The remote Po Lin Monastery, hidden away by lush mountains on Lantau Island, is revered for its 111-foot Tian Tan Buddha statue, which faces north towards Mainland China. Hiking trails and outdoor adventures also offer a scenic way to discover Hong Kong’s storied past.

Fly and discover more of Hong Kong today. Aside from Manila, CEB offers direct flights from its Clark hub to the destination and flies 10 times weekly using the 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft. Iloilo flights to Hong Kong are scheduled three times weekly, while Cebu flights to the destination are scheduled daily.

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Singapore Airlines celebrates 70th Year with ‘7 Days of Surprises’

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Beginning this month, Singapore Airlines is treating its customers to a whole week of fun and festivities with its exciting ‘7 Days of Surprises’ campaign, which is a part of its 70th Year anniversary celebration.

Kicking off the Airline’s 70th Anniversary, ‘7 Days of Surprises’ is an exclusive mobile app sale from 13-15 May. Available for 70 hours only, customers can enjoy low fares to Singapore from just USD70 all-in-one-way fare! Special one way and round-trip all-in fares to select destinations in Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, will also be offered via the SingaporeAir and SilkAir mobile apps. What’s more, travelers can also enjoy exciting value adds such as the travel pocket WiFi through Flypack and other great deals to be announced.

Singapore Airlines is also rolling out a bunch of surprises during the week that will allow you to experience a world-class home away from home, get the most out of your travels, and even fly thousands of miles — on the Airline. It also has in store thoughtful gifts that mothers and little ones are sure to appreciate.

To get first dibs on the daily surprises, be sure to catch the midnight reveal everyday during the week of the campaign on SIA’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SingaporeAir) and follow the hashtag #SQ70SURPRISE.

The ‘7 Days of Suprises’ is just one of the many ways  SIA is celebrating its 70th anniversary.  For the whole month of May, SIA customers and travelers are in for sweet treats such as special cocktails and desserts available in flight- and the 70th  anniversary-themed items such as amenity kits and teddy bears.

Singapore Airlines flies from Manila to Singapore  four times daily, which conveniently connects to onward flights to the rest of the world. Passengers traveling from Cebu, Davao and Kalibo can fly to Singapore via SilkAir, which flies 12 times weekly from Cebu, nine times weekly from Davao and three times from Kalibo.

For more details and updates, check Singapore Airline’s website http://www.singaporeair.com.

 

Fly fast and easy with Cebu Pacific App

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Rushing to the airport to beat the long lines at check-in? There’s a way to buy time and cut the hassle as Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ leading airline, makes check-in easier for everyjuan through its one-stop online check-in using the Cebu Pacific Mobile App.

Downloadable for free in iTunes and Google Play Store, the Cebu Pacific Mobile App allows passengers to check-in for their flights with just a few tap. After checking-in to Cebu Pacific with their smartphones, passengers can immediately proceed to the boarding gates to their next destination. These smart flyers just need to reach the boarding gates 30 minutes before their flight so they can get going.

“We try to make it easier for everyJuan to fly with Cebu Pacific. By offering this innovation in our check-in services, we give our passengers a more hassle-free flying experience, allowing them to maximize their vacation time in our destinations both within the country and worldwide,” said Candice Iyog, Vice President for Marketing and Distribution of Cebu Pacific.

Aside from the Cebu Pacific mobile app, passengers may also opt to check-in through www.cebupacificair.com and even print the boarding pass. Online check-in, whether through the app or the website, allows guests with international flights to check-in seven (7) days up to four (4) hours prior their scheduled flight, while those taking domestic flights can also already sign in up to one (1) hour before their departure.

Aside from checking-in, flight bookings are as easy as a breeze through the Cebu Pacific app. With a user-friendly design, the app displays an entire network of destinations worldwide and sets off all flyers from any of Cebu Pacific’s serviced locations. Every Juan can simply take their pick and book anywhere, anytime, and in just one sitting.

Start the easiest and most fulfilling vacation today by accessing Cebu Pacific’s online check-in services. For more information about this smoothest route to flying with Cebu Pacific, check out www.cebupacificair.com and download the Cebu Pacific Mobile App for free in iTunes and Google Play Store.

Cebu Air Inc. is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline.

CEB currently operates flights out of six strategically placed hubs in the country: Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Kalibo, and Iloilo. CEB enhances inter-island connectivity within the country and across the globe with a total of 37 domestic and 29 international destinations, operating an extensive network across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA. The airline’s 60-strong fleet is comprised of four Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, seven Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500 aircraft and five ATR 72-600. Between 2017 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of one more brand-new Airbus A330, 32 Airbus A321neo, and 11 ATR 72-600 aircraft.App

Here’s 2 Going Places: GetGo and partners celebrate two years of #FlyForFree

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Here’s 2 Going Places: GetGo and partners celebrate two years of #FlyForFree

GetGo, Cebu Pacific’s exciting lifestyle rewards program, is not only celebrating two years of providing every Juan free flights to their dream destinations, it is also giving gratitude to partners who have made GetGo truly a rewarding experience for its members.

To mark its second anniversary, GetGo gathered its program partners for a night of revelry that celebrated their shared passion to provide Filipinos with the best ways to #FlyForFree.

Held at The Blue Leaf in McKinley Hill, the Here’s 2 Going Places: GetGo 2nd Year Anniversary and Partner’s Night event treated guests to a cheerful evening of recognition, tickets to free flights, exciting prizes, and a promise of stronger partnerships for more rewards offers.

“When we launched GetGo, we wanted to make it innovative—a driver of business and of fulfilling the Filipinos’ dreams to travel for free,” said Nik Laming, GetGo Loyalty Division general manager. “With the help of all our partners, we have delivered overwhelming results and we are grateful for all of the support, the business, and the hard work that helped shape this program and make it what it is today.”

Staying true to the concept of providing the most rewarding travel experiences through essential daily spend, the celebration also took attendees to a travel-inspired evening with creative destination photo walls, complete with awarding free tickets to Japan and a Coldplay concert to winners of the event’s social media contest and games. Special awards were also given to program partners whose efforts paved the way for more Filipinos to get into the GetGo lifestyle.

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Nik Laming offers a toast to the partnerships that have provided GetGo members with the most rewarding travel experiences.

Giving back on its 2nd year

GetGo sponsored several Cebu Pacific inflight games where it gave away 1,000 GetGo points each to winners. Grab promo codes were also awarded to inflight game winners in all Manila-bound Cebu Pacific flights.

A GetGo 10-pt Sale enabled travellers to grab the best travel deals to Cebu Pacific destinations. Holders of Cebu Pacific Credit and Debit Cards by UnionBank were also treated to an exclusive Beauty and the Beast screening at Robinsons Magnolia.

To date, GetGo has accumulated more than 3 million members and has given away about 47,175 and 20,115 free domestic and international flights, turning a simple loyalty rewards program into a lifestyle that most Filipinos now aspire for.

With the support of program partners such as the country’s leading banks, hotels, resorts, retail, product, and service establishments, GetGo has grown into a lifestyle program that gives value to people’s daily activities. And with more meaningful partnerships in the pipeline, members can only expect a more exciting and an even more rewarding GetGo experience, as flying for free and creating lasting travel memories become easier to achieve for EveryJuan.

“GetGo is an ecosystem that thrives when we add the right components, elements, and partners into it. With new partners come new earning and redemption opportunities, and that makes it even better for everyone,” said Mike Szucs, Cebu Pacific Chief Executive Adviser.

On its 2nd year, GetGo and its partners have transformed Filipinos’ everyday spending into the most rewarding of experiences. Do you want to #FlyForFree? Visit http://www.GetGo.com.ph or call +632 71-GETGO (43846) to discover how you can avail of a GetGo membership card, learn about the loyalty program, its partners, promos, and how to start redeeming rewards points. The latest updates are also on GetGoPH’s official pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

GetGo is the lifestyle rewards program by Cebu Pacific that gives its members free flights just by flying Cebu Pacific and from everyday spend.  Use the points to book your dream Cebu Pacific destination—for free!

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Travel Around the Philippines in 80 Days For FREE with GetGo!!!

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How would you like to explore the countless beautiful tourist destinations in the Philippines, all for free for an exciting 80 days? Join Juanderlust and be the Chosen Juan to discover and experience all the amazing travel spots that the country has to offer.

To join the online contest that gives you the chance to travel around the Philippines, simply visit the TravelBook.ph website at http://www.travelbook.ph/juanderlust and fill out the registration form. You must also answer the question, “Why should you be the Chosen Juan?” in 300 characters or less, and make a 1-minute video responding to the same question. The contest is open to everyone, even international travelers, as long as they have a passport and a valid VISA to travel the Philippines in early 2016.

The Chosen Juan will receive up to Php2.5 million worth of exciting prizes, which includes a laptop, a GoPro camera, and miscellaneous travel fees on top of their thrilling 80-day free adventure. Successful entrants will also get a free GetGo membership card inclusive of points for a more seamless and rewarding travel experience around the Philippines.

The newest lifestyle rewards program of Cebu Pacific, GetGo, enables loyal customers to easily earn rewards points whenever they fly with Cebu Pacific or convert their credit card loyalty points to GetGo points. They can redeem and use these GetGo points to book local or international flights within the Cebu Pacific network. It also gives customers access to other exclusive promos and add-on services from the airline.

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So, do you want to be the Chosen Juan and have the best time of your life traveling around the Philippines for 80 incredible days? Submit your entries now and get a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

To avail of a GetGo card, simply visit www.GetGo.com.ph, click JOIN, fill out the application form, and for only a P150 membership fee, have your personalized GetGo card delivered to your doorstep.

For more information on GetGo’s merchant partners, on-going promos and events, you can visit www.GetGo.com.ph or follow GetGo’s official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts @GetGoPH.

TravelBook.ph is a Philippine with over 1,800 hotel and resort partners in different parts of the country. The company seeks to help every Filipino travel more with value for money accommodations in every corner of the country.

StopSleepGo.com is an online vacation accommodation service, providing varied and unique places globally for the travelers’ convenience. The company encourage people from all over the world to list and rent out their properties to travelers, helping locals earn extra income while providing travelers with accommodations for every occasion.

Experience Fukuoka’s cherry blossom festival

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Seeing a cherry blossom tree in full bloom is truly a sight to behold. Its blooming marks the end of winter and the coming of spring. In Japan, it also symbolizes the nation’s deep-rooted belief that life’s immense beauty cannot last forever. 

First glimpse in Kyushu

Every year, tourists from all over the world come to visit the different cherry blossom spots in Japan. However, one can have the first glimpse of blooming Sakura leaves in Kyushu, where the much-anticipated seasonal cycle starts.

There are countless parks where people can practice hanami or “flower-viewing” in Kyushu. One can head to its capital, Fukuoka, or Saga, Nagasaki, Oita, Kumamoto, Miyazaki or Kagoshima, as cherry blossoms in each destination are set to bloom from late March to early April.

Located in the southernmost part of Japan, Kyushu is bound to be the first to experience the change in season. In the following months, the cycle moves upward to Osaka, Kyoto, mainland Tokyo, Hokkaido and cities in other islands. 

Bask in Fukuoka’s rich culture

Fukuoka is one of the largest and most active cities in Japan. When the castle town of Fukuoka merged with the port town of Hakata in 1889, the city became progressive while maintaining its rich culture. Hakata remains to be the central district in Fukuoka and contains the JR Hakata Station, the main railway station that transports people all over the city. The Fukuoka Airport is also as accessible as the other forms of transportation available, ranging from local bus lines to long-distance buses.

Home to more than a thousand cherry blossom trees, the most popular parks in Fukuoka are Fukuoka Castle (Maizuri Park), Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, and Nishi Park (Nishi Koen), all just about a few minutes’ walk from the nearest train stations.

Aside from the alluring Sakura tree parks, the capital of Kyushu also houses a variety of other tourist destinations. For enthusiasts of history and culture, the Fukuoka Castle ruins, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and the Hakata Machiya Furusato-kan (a folk museum that recreated townhouses from the late Meiji era) are the places to be. When it comes to food, the Kagomma Furusato Yataimura food stalls, as well as the noodles in Ichiran is a must-taste for foodies and enthusiasts alike, while the rural beaches in Nokonoshima and Shikanoshima will surely delight the adventurous-at-heart.

Complete your Fukuoka-Kyushu experience

The island of Kyushu and its capital Fukuoka serves as Japan’s gateway to its neighbouring countries, making it a melting pot of different cultures. Fukuoka, as a destination, can truly provide historical and cultural experiences for everyone to enjoy.

Its rich geography boasts of charming qualities that are second to none. Scattered all over Kyushu are Onsens or “hot springs,” brought to life by vibrant volcanic activity, making Kyushu a must-visit for tourists looking for relaxation. A 4-hour drive from Fukuoka, Aoshima beach in Miyazaki has shallow waters perfect for a refreshing dip on hot summer days. About an hour and-a-half away from Fukuoka is the Kumamoto Prefecture, with hills and plains that glow green during the summer season, fit for an artistic eye that appreciates nature’s profound beauty.

These are just some of the activities that one can enjoy in Fukouka and the rest of Kyushu. With a lot more to discover, it is definitely an out-of-the-box experience for visitors that complements the fleeting beauty of the Sakura Festivals.

Starting December 17, 2015, explore and experience the different destinations that make Kyushu stand out, with the rest of the wonders of Japan, with Cebu Pacific’s new Fukuoka route. For more information and flight bookings, visit www.cebupacificair.com.

Team Japan Wins Cebu Pacific’s #CEBjuanderers Challenge 2015!

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Cebu Pacific Air, the Philippines’ largest airline, concluded its first #CEBjuanderers Challenge, with bloggers from Japan emerging as the winners.

Ikuma Nakagawa and Hidekazu Tanaka from Team Japan competed against teams of two bloggers each from Korea, China and Australia, and ranked the highest in special fun challenges held in the Philippines’ top tourist destinations.

Organised in partnership with the Philippine Tourism Promotions Board, the #CEBJuanderers competed in a recent series of surprise challenges. They flew on trapezes in Manila and cooked up a feast in Palawan. They participated in energetic dance-offs in Cebu and adrenaline-pumping ziplines and sky cycles in Davao. The challenge ended on the white sandy beaches of Boracay where the #CEBJuanderers had a ball of a time playing football. They also took part in a Fan’s Choice bartending challenge, as voted by Cebu Pacific’s Facebook fans.

Apart from the challenges, they also toured the Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the New7Wonders of Nature, and went island hopping in Boracay.

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(From left to right): Blessie Cruz. Director for Advertising and Promotions at Cebu Air Pacific Air, Ikuma Nakagawa and Hidekazu Tanaka winners of the #CEBjuanderer Challenge 2015, and Ramon de Veyra Jr. Officer-in-Charge, North Asia Division, International Promotions Department, Tourism Promotions Board Philippines.

“I can’t believe we did so much in just seven days, you don’t feel tired when you’re having so much fun and making wonderful memories! I’ll never forget the wonderful hospitality of the Philippine people and my time as a CEB Juanderer. The challenges were so much fun, and I can’t wait to come back to Philippines again as Team Japan won! The Philippines is a great undiscovered travel destination that all Japanese should explore!” said Ikuma Nakagawa.

“Over the past week I have found the Philippines to be wonderful place, which is now very close to my heart. The country is full of beautiful natural sights as well as warm and welcoming people. It was wonderful to meet all my fellow CEB Juanderers and I would like to thank everyone who helped us along the way” said Hidekazu Tanaka.

“It was fantastic to see all the fun and excitement of the Philippines captured through the eyes of the Juanderers. We hope that as more people see what an incredible time they had, they would be also be inspired to create their own adventures and ‘Juander’ across the Philippines with Cebu Pacific’s excellent domestic and international network,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

Online-participants in Palawan

Each member of the winning team received an all-expense paid holiday to any destination in the Philippines for two people, inclusive of flights, two nights hotel accommodation and USD300 travel allowance. All Juanderers will also be holding “The #CEBjuanderers Fans’ Photo Contest” on their social media platforms, where their fans back home will stand a chance to win a pair of return tickets to a direct destination in the Philippines.

Check out more photos and videos of the challenge by following the hashtag #CEBjuanderers on various social media platforms including their personal blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Weibo accounts.

Online-participants in Cebu

CEB currently flies from 28 international destinations to the Philippines, and operates the most extensive network in the country. It operates from six hubs in the Philippines, making inter-island flights convenient for more “Juanderers.”

Its international network includes Seoul, Busan, Beijing, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Shanghai, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Sydney.

CEB’s 55-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 31 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2015 and 2021, CEB will take delivery of 7 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.

Skyjet Begins Flights to Batanes with Awesome Rates

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Virtually untouched and unspoilt by the ravages of time and man-made technology, the province of Batanes in the northernmost tip of the Philippines, is one of the country’s well-kept wonders.

Each of its ten islands offers dramatic cliffs and amazing rock formations overlooking wide terrains of grass fields. Houses are built using limestones rocks to guard against the onslaught of several typhoons.

Main attractions include the Chavayan Heritage House, the church in Sabtang, House of Sakay and the ruins of Sungsung among others.

Batanes also attracts tourists thanks to the rich Spanish influence that is still visible in the province’s many churches including the San Jose Obrero Church in Ivana, Sabtang; San Carlos Borromeo Church in Mahatao (1873); Sto. Domingo Cathedral in Basco (the oldest built in early 18th century); and, Sta. Maria Immaculada (1845) in Itbayat.

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As a province isolated from the mainland Luzon, the people of Batanes called the Ivatans live peaceful, simple lives with farming their main source of livelihood.

But despite its natural wonders, Batanes remains a far less popular destination among local and foreign travelers mainly because of the lack of available flights flying from Manila to its capital city of Basco. At present, local airline Seair flies to Basco but it could not completely accommodate the growing demand for flights to Batanes.

All that is about to change as another flight service commences its flights to Basco beginning this month.

Starting April 8,  Skyjet will operate flights to Basco, Batanes three times a week at affordable rates in order to boost the tourism industry of the province, while catering to the demands of local and foreign travelers who wish to experience a combination of natural wonder and rich cultural heritage that Batanes offers.

Joel Mendoza of SkyJet and the director of the Batanes Cultural Travel Agency (BCTA), revealed that the Skyjet planes purchased from the United Kingdom “are built for short and unpaved runways like the 1,200 meter airstrip of the Basco airport.

Skyjet manufacturer BAe Systems, is a British-registered company that also produces the air crafts for use of the British Royal family, British airlines, Lufthansa and other Europe-based airlines.

Meanwhile, BCTA is also offering affordable packages that cater to various classes in order to further boost the tourist arrivals in Batanes.

Here are their packages

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