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Swingaround Singapore


Swingaround Holiday Package
  • For as low as USD207 per person on a Twin Sharing Accommodation

Package Includes:
  • Manila-Singapore-Manila Fiesta Class Airfare
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • Airport-Hotel-Airport Transfers
  • Daily Breakfast
Fare Conditions:
  • Tickets must be issued on or before 27 December 2009
  • Departure dates are valid until 10 December 2009 and from 10 January to 15 March 2010
  • For passengers coming from Cebu or Davao, a round-trip surcharge of USD20 applies
  • Surcharges, fees, taxes and restrictions apply
  • Seats are subject to availability
  • Subject to change without prior notice
For bookings and inquiries, please call PAL Reservations Manila at Tel. No. (02) 855-7777; Cebu (032) 340-0191; Davao (082) 222-0366 or travel agent


Singapore

With a land area measuring just 625 square kilometers, Singapore is, ironically, one of the world’s economic giants and home to its second busiest port (the first is Rotterdam). But underneath the towering skyscrapers is a soul that cherishes tradition and history.

Singapore’s landmarks tell of a rich, historical past. Its temples and rituals underscore a curious mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures. Known also as The Garden City, Singapore tempers its concrete jungle with lush greenery. Favorite tourist destinations include the Jurong Bird Paradise, Morning Zoo, Night Safari and Sentosa, an island amusement arcade.


Prices start at USD207


Swingaround Singapore
Includes airfare and hotel accommodation
Red Arrow Basic Package Option 1 (01 April 2009 - 31 March 2010)
Red Arrow Basic Package Option 2 (01 April 2009 - 31 March 2010)
Red Arrow Promo Package (16 October 2009 - 02 January 2010)
Red Arrow Sizzling Singapore Surprises! Package (17 November 2009 - 31 March 2010)

Red Arrow Hotel Rates Only (01 July 2009 - 31 March 2010)
(Terms and conditions apply.)


To Air Tickets: AirPhil resumes Caticlan flights


Air Philippines resumed its flights to Caticlan – gateway to Boracay – beginning last December 1, 2009, using the Bombardier Q300 turboprop aircraft after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) lifted its ban on the limited use of Caticlan airport.

To Air Tickets:

Air Philippines flies eight times a day to Caticlan from Manila and twice a day from Cebu.

With the deployment of the Q300 turboprop to Caticlan, Air Philippines also announced the adjustment of its schedule to other domestic destinations –
  • twice a day flights Manila to Busuanga reduced to daily;
  • daily flights Manila to Calbayog reduced to thrice weekly;
  • daily flights Manila to Catarman reduced to four times weekly;
  • four times a week Cebu-Dipolog service reduced to thrice a week;
  • suspension of Cebu-Butuan, Cebu-General Santos, vice versa, service.
The new domestic schedule took effect December 1 st , 2009. Air Philippines currently utilizes a fleet of three 50-seater Q300 and five 76-seater Q400 turboprop aircraft which fly from –
  • Manila to: Busuanga, Caticlan, Calbayog, Naga, Ormoc, San Jose (Mindoro), Tuguegarao, Virac and vice versa;
  • Cebu to: Bacolod, Caticlan, Cagayan de Oro, Dipolog, Iloilo, Kalibo, Ozamiz, Tacloban, Zamboanga and vice versa; and
  • Zamboanga to Davao and vice versa.
For further details on the revised Air Philippines flight schedule, passengers may call their 24-hour reservations hotline at 855-9000 or log on to their website – www.airphils.com. Passengers may also book and buy Air Philippines to air tickets at any Philippine Airlines ticket office or at the PAL website – www.philippineairlines.com.

PAL expands Australian operations

Philippine Airlines (PAL) will expand its Australian operations when it returns to Brisbane in March 2010.

The flag carrier is eyeing a twice-weekly service to Brisbane in the Australian State of Queensland, and twice a week via Melbourne, utilizing the 302-seater Airbus 330-300 aircraft.

PAL will continue to fly to Sydney and Melbourne five (5) times a week. Sydney will be served exclusively by PAL's new B777-300ER aircraft which features the latest Recaro full-flat seats in Business Class and Weber seats with in-seat videos in Economy.

“The addition of Brisbane service, our third destination in the country, is expected to boost PAL’s market performance as the Australian economy remains resilient amidst the crippling worldwide recession,” said PAL President Jaime J. Bautista.

“With the Brisbane service, we expect to make the existing Australian routes more profitable as we cater to more passengers flying to and from the country including the Filipino migrant community, tourists and businessmen considering its constantly growing market,” he added.

Brisbane is the third most popular tourist destination in Australia, next to Sydney and Melbourne. It is renowned for its rich culture, architecture and landscape and is famous for its stature as a world city.

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PHILIPPINES FREE

Fly to Manila from Asia and get free ticket to any of these exciting domestic destinations: Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Legaspi, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, and Tagbilaran

To get your FREE domestic ticket, you must indicate your preferred domestic city as your destination.

Sample Itinerary:

Origin: Hong Kong
Destination: Davao



Book and buy your tickets now!!

Available at www.philippineairlines.com or visit PAL ticket office or travel agent.Conditions of Travel:

* Valid for round trip travel on Fiesta (economy) class
* Minimum 2 days and maximum 8 days stay EXCEPT Singapore Minimum 2 days and maximum 14 days stay
* Travel is not permitted during Chinese New Year (from 11 to 17 February 2010) except for Bangkok & Jakarta
* Confirmed reservations are required for all sectors
* Extension of ticket validity is not permitted
* Rebooking is permitted at a charge of USD 50 per sector (or its equivalent in local currency)
* Refunds: Totally Unused - charge USD100 (or its equivalent in local currency)
Partially Used - Non-refundable
* One Free Stopover is permitted in Manila
* No Show Fee applies
* 50% Mileage Accrual

KATY PERRY ROCKS FOR RELIEF


Philippine Airlines is the official carrier of the ‘Katy Perry Rocks for Relief!’ concert this November 14, 2009 at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. All net proceeds shall be donated to the Philippine National Red Cross as support for those affected by recent typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.


Book and buy at www.philippineairlines.com and get a chance to snag two (2) tickets to 'Katy Perry Rocks for Relief!' concert in Manila!

The PAL ticket purchased must be worth at least Php3,000 (or its equivalent in other currencies) before taxes. The ticket may be domestic or international, one-way or roundtrip, economy or business class.

The winners will be drawn via electronic raffle on November 10, 2009.

How to join:

*

Buy any air ticket of at least PHP3,000 or its equivalent in other foreign currency at the PAL website from 28 October until 09 November 2009.
*

After receiving your itinerary receipt, post “The best thing about flying to is _____" at PAL's Facebook wall.
*

Forward the itinerary receipt you received from PAL to promo@pal.com.ph and your personal facebook account link.

Detailed Promo Mechanics:

1.

The PAL Katy Perry Concert Online Promo (referred to as “Promo”) will run from October 28, 2009 to November 9, 2009 (“Promo Period”). Only tickets purchased within the promo period are qualified to join.
2.

The Promo is open to all customers who are successful in booking flights worth at least Php3,000 (before tax) and pay online via credit card or BancNet ATM card at www.philippineairlines.com. Employees of Philippine Airlines, its advertising/PR agencies, and its accredited service providers including their relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the Promo.
3.

The Promo is an online raffle where customers who are successful in booking a flight with Philippine Airlines online are invited to post on PAL’s official Facebook Fan page wall “The best thing about flying to is _____”. These posts, once qualified, will serve as entries for the online raffle. PAL’s official Facebook Fan Page is www.facebook.com/flyPAL.
4.

For the posts to qualify as a valid entry, customers who post on the PAL Facebook fan page wall should also forward the itinerary receipt (e-ticket) that they received from Philippine Airlines to promo@pal.com.ph together with the link to their personal Facebook account.

Philippine Airlines will confirm the validity of the ticket. A verification email message will be sent, telling the user that his/her wall post is a qualified entry. Failure to agree to abide by the terms and conditions set forth in the mechanics shall disqualify the raffleant from joining the raffle.
5.

Once qualified, the raffleant can no longer change or edit his/her entry. One post is considered one entry. A raffleant may submit more than one entry but he/she can only win once.
6.

Deadline of submission of entries is on 9 November 2009.
7.

A total of 150 Gold tickets to the Katy Perry Rocks for Relief concert happening on November 14, 2009 worth P2,200 each will be given away to 75 winners. Each winner will be awarded two (2) tickets only.
8.

Winners will be generated via electronic raffle of qualified entries. The raffle draw will be held at the Philippine Airlines office located at the Corp. Communications Dept., 3F Mezzanine PNB Financial Center, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, CCP Complex, Pasay City, with the presence of a DTI representative, on November 10, 10:00 am.
9.

All customers who participate in the Promo (including winners) authorize Philippine Airlines to disclose and publish their names, photos and other particulars determined by the company to any person/s and in any mode or manner as Philippine Airlines may deem appropriate.
10.

Philippine Airlines reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notice.
11.

All matters and disputes will be subject to the final decision of Philippine Airlines. All decisions made by Philippine Airlines pertaining to the Promo, with prior DTI approval, will be deemed final and irrevocable.
12.

This promotion is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Philippine Airlines’ flight Terms and Conditions.
13.

Prizes can be transferred but cannot be converted to cash. The prize tax of 20% in excess of Php10,000, if applicable, shall be shouldered by the customer.
14.

Winners shall be announced online and shall be notified via telephone, email and Facebook wall post and inbox based on the customer’s contact details in Philippine Airline’s records.
15.

Prizes can be claimed at Ogilvy and Mather, 15/F Philamlife Tower, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City from November 10-13, 2009, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Winners shall present a printed copy of their e-ticket (sent via their email) together with a valid ID as well as log-in to their Facebook account in order to claim the prize. The name on the ticket and the valid ID must be the same as the claimant.
16.

Representatives of winners are allowed to claim the prizes as long as they meet the above requirements and bring a valid authorization letter with signature.
17.

Unclaimed prizes shall be forfeited in favor of Philippine Airlines, with prior DTI approval.

Per DTI-NCR Permit No.5624. Series of 2009.

US WEB FARES FOR NOV AND DEC

Visit your relatives and friends in the Philippines this coming holiday season.

Seats are limited. Book now!

Valid for sale through the internet only.

Please refer to table below for the ALL-IN fares Inclusive of surcharges but Exclusive of Government taxes:



Conditions of Travel:

* Valid for one way or round trip travel on Mabuhay (business) class
* Maximum of 6 months stay for roundtrip travel
* Extension of ticket validity is not permitted
* Change in booking is permitted
* Refund is permitted subject to applicable standard refund fee
* Child/infant discount
Accompanied Child 2-11 years old -75% of the fare
Unaccompanied Child 8-11 years old - 100% of the fare
Infant under 2 with a seat - 75% of the fare
Infant Under 2 without a seat - 10% of the fare

Book and buy your tickets now!!

Mabuhay Miles golf underway Friday

GEN. TRIAS, CAVITE – Philippine Airlines president Jaime J. Bautista leads a powerhouse field of over 300 golfers, all company chief executives, top professionals, and captains of business and industry, when the 2009 Mabuhay Miles Elite Invitational gets underway Friday (Nov. 6) at the Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club here.

Bautista will hit the ceremonial tee at 7:30 a.m., setting off the shotgun tee-off across Eagle Ridge’s three championship courses in play for the tournament.

Competition will be in four divisions for the men plus the ladies division. Class A and the ladies play at the Dye course, Classes B and D tour the Faldo course while Class C tackles the Norman course.

The 18-hole event – an annual gathering of Elite, Premier Elite and Million Miler members of Mabuhay Miles, PAL’s popular frequent flyer program – will be played under the System 36 handicapping format.
Among the confirmed players are Roy Navarro, chairman of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.; Rod Feliciano, chairman of DHL Philippines; Fernando Victor Imperial, president of Republic Aggregates; and Bryan Cockrell, president of Pathfinder Group.

The tournament, dubbed “Swing by at Tee Time,” is backed by major sponsors Airbus, Allied Bank, Boeing, GE Pacific, Hilton Cebu Resort and Spa, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, MasterCard, Manny O Wines, Petron, Mizuno and Sabre Airlines Solutions.

The hole-in-one sponsor is Toyota Motor Philippines while Century Park Hotel is the official hotel. AIU Insurance Philippines is the official insurer.

The corporate sponsors are KID-Systeme, Panasonic Avionics, Samsung Electronics, Star Cruises and Yahoo! Philippines.

Other backers are Century Quality Gourmet Bangus Fillet, Citibank, Pacific Paints (Boysen), Philippine National Bank, Union Bank and World Traveller / Victorinox / Kangol headwear.

The prize donors include Asia Brewery, Boracay Regency Beach Resort, British India / Clark Shoes, California Pizza Kitchen, Edsa Shangri-La, Fuego Hotels & Properties, G3 Worldwide Mail, Ideal Vision, Lufthansa Technik, Microtel Inns and Suites, Pan Pacific Manila, Security Bank, and Traders Hotel.


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JAPAN WEB FARES

WEB FARES FROM JAPAN TO SELECTED DOMESTIC POINTS

Hurry!! Limited seats only!!!

Available only at www.philippineairlines.com

Red Arrow Book and buy your tickets now!!

Fares listed below are EXCLUSIVE of surcharges and government taxes.
Special Offers

WEB FARES FROM JAPAN TO SELECTED DOMESTIC POINTS

Hurry!! Limited seats only!!!

Available only at www.philippineairlines.com

Red Arrow Book and buy your tickets now!!

Fares listed below are EXCLUSIVE of surcharges and government taxes.


TRAVEL CONDITIONS:

* Valid Round Trip travel on Fiesta (economy) class
* No Minimum stay. Maximum 14 days stay
* Tickets must be issued on/after 16 October and on/before 22 October 2009
* Stopover in Manila is not permitted
* Cancellations
Before Departure - refund is permitted at at charge of USD100
After Departure - non-refundable
* No Show Fee USD75 applies for bookings not cancelled before 1400H a day before flight departure
* Any change is permitted at a charge of USD50. For any change that requires ticket re-issuance, charge additional USD25
* Mileage accrual
U "BCC": No mileage accrual
T "BCC": 50% mileage accrual
For other Booking Class Codes (BCC): full mileage accrual
* Free Baggage Allowance:
U "BCC": 15 kilograms only
For other "BCC": 20 kilograms

PAL-UNIONBANK FLY NOW PAY LATER

Open to all Union Bank cardholders!

Convert your straight charge Philippine Airlines ticket purchases (single or accumulated) up to a maximum of 36 months regular installment terms and start to pay your FIRST monthly amortization after 3 months.

Promo Period:

Installment may be applied on recent or currently billed transactions on ticket purchases at www.philippineairlines.com or any PAL ticket office. Promo period until 31 December 2009.

Promo Details:

Minimum transaction amount is Php3,000.

Fly Now Pay After 3 Months is defined as payment which starts 3 months after transact date. It is applicable to 3 to 36 months installment term.

TERM
(mos) Rate Factor Rate
3 1.75% 0.350833
6 1.50% 0.181666
9 1.50% 0.126111
12 1.25% 0.095833
18 1.25% 0.068056
24 2.06% 0.062267
36 2.18% 0.049578

Promo Mechanics:

* Only UnionBank cardholders (Principal & Supplementary) whose accounts are current and in active status are eligible to avail of the promo
* Cardholders may convert their Philippine Airlines ticket straight charge purchases (single or accumulated) charged to their UnionBank Credit Card into installment based on their chosen installment terms
* To avail, cardholder may download and fill out the Online Application Form. Fax signed and completed form to 636-6256 or 634-6186. For further inquiries, call the Union Bank at 981-1616
* Upon accomplishing and signing of the application form, the cardholder authorizes UnionBank to debit the cardholders's credit card account with the monthly installments due of the approved installment plan and amount
* If the cardholder has no sufficient credit limit, UnionBank has the sole discretion to approve only a portion of the amount applied for. In case of rejection of the application, UnionBank has no obligation to notify the cardholder of the said rejection and reason thereof
* The amount applies for should not exceed UnionBank Cardholder's available credit limit
* Retail conversion bookings are subject to cardholder’s available credit limit and UnionBank’s approval
* The monthly installment amount will be reflected as a regular transaction on the cardholder’s credit card account and shall form part of the total outstanding balance in the cardholder’s statement of account
* In case of pre-termination, the cardholder shall pay in full unpaid balances for the remaining months without changes in the add-on interest on the chosen installment term. DTI-NCR Permint No. 4817, Series of 2009

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Philippine Airlines | B1T1 Domestic Fares

Hurry!! Limited seats only!!! Avail of our promo fares for PAL domestic flights !!!

Call or visit your nearest PAL ticket office.

Sale and ticketing: 22 September 2009 until 15 October 2009
Travelling: 22 September 2009 until 15 December 2009
Travel must be completed by 15 December 2009.

Below are the PAL routes and applicable ALL-IN round-trip fares in PHP:

* PHP17,000
Between MANILA and LAOAG, LEGASPI

* PHP20,000
Between MANILA and BACOLOD, CEBU, DUMAGUETE, ILOILO, KALIBO, PUERTO PRINCESA, ROXAS, TACLOBAN, TAGBILARAN
Between DAVAO and CEBU

* PHP25,000
Between MANILA and BUTUAN, CAGAYAN DE ORO, COTABATO, DAVAO, DIPOLOG, GENERAL SANTOS, OZAMIZ, ZAMBOANGA

ALL-IN fares are inclusive of VAT. Exclusive of Airport Security Fee and other fees that will be collected at the airport.

Conditions :

1. APPLICATION
* Buy one roundtrip business class ticket and get one roundtrip domestic business class ticket for free
* Restricted for sale and ticketing in the Philippines
* This promo is not available through the Online Booking facility

2. PERIOD OF APPLICATION

* Fares are valid for sale and ticketing from 22 September 2009 until 15 October 2009

3. RESERVATION/PAYMENT and TICKETING
* Confirmed booking is required
* Open-dated tickets and go-show not allowed
* The free ticket must be issued together with the revenue ticket. Both tickets must travel together on the outbound. Return can be on different dates.
* Rebooking PHP600/per sector (applicable both revenue and free-of-charge tickets)
* Reissuance fee PHP600/per sector (change routing)

4. TICKET VALIDITY
* Fares are valid for travel until 15 December 2009

5. FREE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
* The Revenue and free tickets shall be entitled to the normal free baggage allowance of 30 kilos

6. REFUNDS
* Refundable at a charge of PHP600 per passenger. Both tickets must be presented for refund. Otherwise, if only one ticket is presented - NON REFUNDABLE

7. OTHER DISCOUNTS
* No other discounts will apply

Philippine Airlines | B1T1 Domestic Fares

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Philippine Airlines | US Web Promo fares

Avail of our special web fares from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas to Manila.

Also enjoy Philippine Airlines' world class terminal. Relax in our spacious seats. And experience our renowned in-flight service and on-board entertainment.

Hurry Book now! Limited seats only!

Only available for purchase through PAL website.

Please refer to table below for the ALL-IN fares but Exclusive of Government taxes:
Sector Travel from USA must start within this period Fare Basis Round Trip Fare in USD inclusive of surcharges Sale and Ticketing until
LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO to MANILA 11DEC09-13DEC09 QPPWEB2M 1,310 15OCT09
30DEC09-11JAN10 KKWEB2M 974 15NOV09
KKXWEB2M* 918
LAS VEGAS to MANILA 11DEC09-13DEC09 QPPWEB2ML 1,310 15OCT09
30DEC09-11JAN10 KKWEB2ML 974 15NOV09

* From the United States, travel is permitted from Sunday through Wednesday. To the United States, travel is permitted from Monday through Thursday

Conditions of Travel:

* Valid for round trip travel on Fiesta (economy) class
* Minimum 3 days and maximum 2 months stay
* Confirmed reservations are required for all sectors
* Extension of ticket validity is not permitted
* Any change is permitted at a charge of USD 150. For any change that requires ticket re-issuance, charge additional USD 25
* Cancellations/Refunds
Before Departure - charge USD200
After Departure - Non-refundable
* Child/infant discount
Accompanied Child 2-11 years old -75% of the fare
Unaccompanied Child 8-11 years old - 100% of the fare
Infant under 2 with a seat - 75% of the fare
Infant Under 2 without a seat - 15% of the fare
* No Mileage Accrual for TKWEB2M/TKXWEB2M/EKWEB2ML fares

Red Arrow Book and buy your tickets now!!

Philippine Airlines | US Web Promo fares

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Philippine Airlines | UGO to MNL

Take a break !! Visit family and friends in Manila !!
From Vancouver to Manila CAD 928 (ALL-IN) Fare. Exclusive of Government taxes

Sale and ticketing: 15 September to 06 October 2009 only
Travel: 10 January to 24 May 2010 (outbound travel)

Hurry Book now! Limited seats only! For booking and inquiries, log-on to www.philippineairlines.com or call PAL Reservations at 1-800-I-FLY-PAL (1-800-4-359-725) or your travel agent in Canada.

Conditions of Travel:

* Valid for round trip travel on fiesta (economy) class
* Minimum 3 days and maximum 1 month stay
* Tickets must be issued on/after 15 September and on/before 06 October 2009
* Confirmed reservations are required for all sectors
* Tickets must be issued within 72 hours after reservations are made
* Changes not permitted. Rebooking, rerouting, reissuance, endorsement are not permitted
* Tickets and surcharges are non-refundable
* No child/infant discount
* Mileage accrual: 25% miles

Philippine Airlines | UGO to MNL

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BIYAHEnihan spirit

Keeping the BIYAHEnihan spirit alive! Let's go, mag-BIYAHEnihan tayo! Get PHP400 discount on all domestic tickets purchased today until 08 October!

Philippine Airlines and PAL Express offer further reduced fares so families can be together in this time of calamity.

LESS PHP 400 on all domestic Economy or Business class fares, one-way and all-in.

Sale and ticketing: 02 -08 October 2009
Travelling: 02 to 31 October 2009


Red Arrow Book and buy your tickets now!!

Or you may call PAL Reservations at (632) 855-8888 or any Philippine-based sales ticket office or travel agent.

Conditions :

  • Valid for one way and combinable for roundtrip travel
  • Restricted for online, sale and ticketing in the Philippines
  • Open-dated tickets and go-show not allowed
  • Travel must be completed by 31 October 2009
  • Only EconoLight and economy Fiesta class (with W booking class code) are available through online booking facility. For more fare options, visit Philippine-based sales ticket office or travel agent
  • Fare conditions shall apply

IMPORTANT NOTICE :



Passengers holding tickets issued before 26 September 2009 with confirmed bookings from 26 September to 04 October 2009 on Philippine Airlines domestic flights to/from Manila or from Manila to an international destination, will not be charged any penalty when rebooking for the next available flight on the same class of service.

Free PAL airlift of donations for Ondoy victims


Philippine Airlines will airlift for free all relief donations intended for victims of typhoon Ondoy. All provincial PAL stations will load on flights bound for Manila any bulk cargo box containing donations addressed to reputable, non-profit, charitable organizations in Manila.

To maximize the cargo load of the aircraft, PAL station heads will be verifying and limiting the contents of the donation boxes to items of value and use, and exclude such donations as expired food and medicines, water, rice (due to weight considerations) and unusable stuff.

Complete information of the consignee organization must be supplied with the cargo box/container inscribed with "care of the PAL Foundation". Individual donations for private or personal families will not be accommodated.

Meanwhile, PAL passengers whose flights were affected by typhoon Ondoy will not be charged any penalties when rebooking for the next available flights.

PAL ticket holders with confirmed bookings from September 26 to October 4, 2009 will have all penalties waived when rebooking.

Bem-Vindo a Macau


A limited, low-fare package tour of Macau – dubbed Bem-vindo a Macau ("Macau Welcomes You") – is being offered by Philippine Airlines at only US$206 per person.

The Macau package – part of PAL's Swingaround tours – includes round-trip economy tickets, two nights hotel accommodation, airport transfers, a city tour of Macau with lunch, and daily breakfast.

The tour package with only limited seats is valid until December 31, 2009. The package may be bought until November 15 while departure dates must be between September 15 to December 17, 2009. Surcharges, fees, taxes and restrictions apply.

The special Macau tour package is the result of a joint undertaking of PAL and the Macau Government Tourist Office. PAL currently flies to Macau four times a week (Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Sunday) using the Airbus A320 aircraft.

For booking and inquiries, please call the PAL Reservations in Manila – 855-7777; in Cebu – (032) 340-0109; in Davao (082) 222-0366 or any PAL accredited travel agent, or visit philippineairlines.com.

PAL employees to ask Labor dep’t to stop layoffs

Rank-and-file Philippine Airlines (PAL) employees will seek the Labor department’s help to stop the Lucio C. Tan-led company’s plan to outsource non-core services, which they claim could leave as much as 4,000 jobless.

The PAL Employees’ Association (PALEA) will file a request for preventive mediation at the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) today following a deadlock in discussions regarding moves to spin-off or outsource services of 10 PAL departments.

"We will formally forward the issue to the labor department to keep PAL from pushing through with its plan next month," PALEA president Edgardo C. Oredina said in an interview.

In a notice sent to PALEA on Sept. 9, PAL president Jaime J. Bautista told union officials that certain services needed to be outsourced or spun off "to prevent the company from incurring further losses and to preserve its remaining assets."

The services to be initially outsourced by Nov. 15 include catering, passenger handling, ramp handling, and cargo-handling operations, the notice obtained said.

PAL is also studying the possibility of outsourcing other functions like information technology, revenue accounting, reservations and call centers, as well as medical and other human resources operations.

"The initial wave will cover 80% of our 4,000 members. [If PAL pushes through with the second plan], it will wipe us all out," Mr. Oredina said.

A PAL official who requested anonymity meanwhile described the labor union’s move as "over-reacting" and "preempting the moves of the management."

"There is already an ongoing offer for all our employees to avail themselves of an early retirement package which will be completed by end of this month to achieve the reduction in the work force, to make PAL a lean and mean company," he said.

The official said there were no concrete plans beyond that, and that management would only decide on its next course of action if it fails to achieve the "ideal number of work force."

"PALEA is moving ahead of the management. It is unlikely that we will outsource all those departments because most of them have technical requirements that need experience and expertise. How can PAL work if we lose all of them?" he asked.

PAL has more than 8,000 employees, half of whom belong to the rank-and-file union.

But Mr. Oredina said PAL has yet to offer early retirement packages.

"As early as 2000, PAL has been wanting to retain only its core operations and employees, which are only the pilots and the flight attendants," Mr. Oredina said.

PAL was in a similar situation more than a decade ago at the height of the Asian financial crisis. Suffering from financial woes, PAL was forced to cut flights and retrench thousands of employees, which was subsequently declared illegal by the Supreme Court.


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Vancouver to Manila CAD 928 (ALL-IN) Fare

Fares and Promos

Take a break !! Visit family and friends in Manila !!

From Vancouver to Manila CAD 928 (ALL-IN) Fare. Exclusive of Government taxes

Sale and ticketing: 15 September to 06 October 2009 only
Travel: 10 January to 24 May 2010 (outbound travel)

Hurry Book now! Limited seats only! For booking and inquiries, log-on to www.philippineairlines.com or call PAL Reservations at 1-800-I-FLY-PAL (1-800-4-359-725) or your travel agent in Canada.

Conditions of Travel:

  • Valid for round trip travel on fiesta (economy) class
  • Minimum 3 days and maximum 1 month stay
  • Tickets must be issued on/after 15 September and on/before 06 October 2009
  • Confirmed reservations are required for all sectors
  • Tickets must be issued within 72 hours after reservations are made
  • Changes not permitted. Rebooking, rerouting, reissuance, endorsement are not permitted
  • Tickets and surcharges are non-refundable
  • No child/infant discount
  • Mileage accrual: 25% miles

Red Arrow Book and buy your tickets now!!

New Boeing 777s to boost PAL's long-haul service

Philippine Airlines will soon have the capability of flying farther, while consuming less fuel, when the Boeing 777-300ER – the most technologically advanced aircraft – joins the PAL fleet starting this November.

Randy J. Tinseth, Boeing vice president for Marketing, gave media a presentation today (September 11) on the advanced features of the B777-300ER (extended range) that PAL is acquiring, including the unique fuel cost efficiency of the only twin-engine airplane capable of flying long-haul.

With the B777-300ER, PAL can fly across the Pacific or to Australia with lesser fuel than the four-engine B747-400 or Airbus A340-300 which PAL currently deploys on these routes. "Fuel burn is considerably lower when compared to the A340-500 and A340-600," said Tinseth.

This is due to two large General Electric GE90-115BL engines that can provide as much as 115,000 pounds of thrust each.

Tagged as the largest long-range twin-engine jetliner, the B777-300ER incorporates several performance enhancements that extend its range and payload capabilities. It can carry 365 passengers to a distance of 14,685 kilometers – that's equivalent to flying to Los Angeles and back to Manila non-stop without refueling.

Tinseth said, "The jetliner's technologically advanced design includes raked wingtips that extend the wing by 6.5 feet and improve overall aerodynamic and fuel efficiency. The raked wingtips help reduce takeoff field length, increase climb performance and reduce fuel burn."

Another high-tech feature is a tail-strike protection software that helps prevent inadvertent scraping of the tail on the runway at takeoff or landing by commanding elevator movement if the airplane’s attitude exceeds preset limits.

The B777s also feature "the most spacious passenger cabin in its class, offering wider seats, wider aisles, more headroom and more seating flexibility," said Tinseth. The cabin is so spacious that a six-foot-two-inch passenger can pass easily under the center stowage cabin bins.

The cabin of PAL's B777-300ER is configured bi-class: 42 seats in Mabuhay Class and 328 in Fiesta Class, for a total of 370 seats. Business-class seats are 20 inches (50 cm) wide —the same width as the A340’s first-class seats. In economy class, 18.5-inch-wide (47 cm) seats — the widest in the industry — are standard compared to 17.2-inch-wide (44 cm) seats on the A340.

The aircraft features a unique overhead crew rest area (for pilots and cabin crew during long-haul flights) located above the passenger cabin, freeing up space for four to seven more seats in the cabin.

Entry Credit: http://www.philippineairlines.com/news/newboeing.jsp

PAL’s Airbus fleet uses FAA-mandated airspeed sensors

The entire Airbus fleet of Philippine Airlines (PAL) is equipped with airspeed sensors that are fully compliant with regulations set by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

PAL vice president Arnulfo Agan made the disclosure following a September 3 FAA order mandating all US carriers operating Airbus A340 and A330 aircraft to replace their planes’ airspeed sensors manufactured by Thales, a European electronics firm. The FAA issued the directive amidst suspicions that Thales sensors played a role in the fatal crash of Air France flight AF447 that killed 228 passengers and crew.

“Our passengers can rest assured that the suspected faulty type of airspeed sensors – also known as pitot probe – is not installed in any A330/340 aircraft in the PAL fleet,” said Agan, head of PAL’s Aircraft Engineering Department which oversees the operations of Lufthansa Technik Philippines, PAL’s maintenance service provider.

The flag carrier operates four 264-seater A340-300 and eight 302-seater A330-300. The four-engine A340s are deployed on PAL’s long-haul routes, while the twin-engine A330s serve regional flights. PAL’s Airbus fleet also includes 18 A320s and four A319s.

Entry Credit: http://www.philippineairlines.com/news/

Buy One PAL Ticket, Get One Award Ticket at 50% OFF Miles

For Mabuhay Miles members!!!


Purchase your tickets at www.philippineairlines.com, PAL Ticket Office or your preferred Travel Agent and redeem an Award Ticket at 50% OFF Miles. Ticket holders must travel together in the outbound (first segment) and have the same routing.

Sales and Ticketing Period: 04 September - 05 October 2009
Travel Period: 15 September - 10 December 2009

Redemption Mechanics:

  • Present original and photocopies of Mabuhay Miles membership card (optional), valid photo ID with signature (if member/travel coordinator) and purchased Philippine Airlines ticket upon ticket issuance
  • Miles debited from my account for this request are non-refundable
  • BOGO Award Ticket shall not earn Miles and is subject to the full terms and conditions of Mabuhay Miles

Terms and Conditions:

  • Applicable to selected booking class
  • Ticket holders must travel together in the outbound. Return flight of Purchased Ticket may be different from the BOGO Award Ticket
  • Confirmed reservations are required
  • Subject to seats availability
  • Travel must be completed by 10 December 2009
  • Reissuance/rerouting is not allowed
  • Open-dated booking is not allowed on BOGO Award Ticket
  • Rush processing fee applies if BOGO Award ticket is claimed less than 10 calendar days prior to flight date. USD30 (4-9 days prior to flight date) and USD50 (1-3 days prior to flight date).
  • Rebooking of BOGO Award Ticket is allowed subject to applicable fee. Rebooking must have the same routing/travel date with Purchased Ticket on the outbound
  • Rebooking to a new travel date is subject to seat availability
  • Changes in the Purchased Ticket are subject to fare rules, penalties and restrictions as stated in the ticket

Read more about this Exciting Promo.

For more information and assistance, call the Mabuhay Miles Service Center at (632) 817-8000 - Manila, (032) 340-8000 - Cebu, or PAL Reservations at (632) 855-8888, (632) 855-7888 (Mabuhay Class, Mabuhay Miles Elite and Premier Elite).

PAL Board and Senior Officers

The following were elected to the Board of Directors of Philippine Airlines during today’s annual stockholders meeting:

Independent Directors
ANTONINO L. ALINDOGAN, JR.
ENRIQUE CHENG

Regular Directors
JAIME J. BAUTISTA
CHARLES C. CHANTE
JOSEPH T. CHUA
GLORIA TAN-CLIMACO
ESTELITO P. MENDOZA
EDGARDO C. OREDINA
CESAR N. SANTOS
HENRY SO UY
WASHINGTON SYCIP
HARRY C. TAN
LUCIO C. TAN
LUCIO K. TAN, JR.
MICHAEL G. TAN

During the organizational meeting of the Board, the following were elected key corporate officers:

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer – LUCIO C. TAN
Vice Chairman & Treasurer – HARRY C. TAN
Deputy Chief Executive Officer – HENRY SO UY
President & Chief Operating Officer – JAIME J. BAUTISTA
Corporate Secretary- EDUARDO R. CENIZA

At the annual meeting, PAL shareholders approved a quasi-reorganization plan, reducing the par value of PAL shares to P0.20 from P0.80 per share. It will also increase its authorized capital stock from P16 billion to P20 billion divided into 100 billion shares at P0.20 per share.

Entry Credit: www.philippineairlines.com

PAL cuts costs to survive global recession

August 27, 2009

Following a US$301.4 million loss for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, Philippine Airlines (PAL) today (August 27, 2009) said it will take decisive steps like rationalizing its workforce, realigning operations to match demand and other cost-cutting measures to survive the crisis currently plaguing airlines worldwide.

During today’s annual stockholders meeting, PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime J. Bautista said the airline management will offer early retirement packages for its employees as a way of enhancing productivity and reducing costs.

“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures,” Bautista said, noting that PAL – as a global business – shares the same predicament as the giant airlines severely hit by the slowdown in passenger traffic.

“We are currently reviewing our entire organizational set-up. We want to make PAL lean and mean so it will be agile and flexible enough to adapt to the new economic climate. Clearly, the crisis has changed the face of the airline industry which is among the sectors hardest hit by the recession,” Bautista stressed.

As a purely private enterprise, he said PAL relies on the strength and backing of its principal shareholders, unlike state-owned airlines which enjoy support from their respective governments in times of crisis. “PAL must not always rely on its stockholders; it must do its part and look internally to overcome this new challenge,” he added.

As this developed, PAL shareholders approved a quasi-reorganization plan, reducing the par value of PAL shares to P0.20 from P0.80 per share. It will also increase its authorized capital stock from P16 billion to P20 billion divided into 100 billion shares at P0.20 per share.

PAL’s annual report showed an increase in revenues to US$1.634 billion, from US$1.504 billion the previous year, after carrying 17% more passengers due to acquisition of additional aircraft and growth in the domestic market.

However, the cost of operating more flights, which involved higher maintenance expense and compounded by record-high fuel prices, raised expenses to US$1.9 billion, from US$1.539 billion the previous year. Fuel comprised 44% of PAL's operating expenses.

When the global crisis led to a travel slump in the latter part of the year, PAL’s passenger load factor fell to an average of 76.2%, three points lower than the previous year.

PAL also reported paying US$165.4 million in principal and interest to its creditors, bringing to US$2.4 billion the total paid from March 1999 to March 2009. Total assets decreased by US$60.6 million to US$1.971 billion, while total liabilities rose by US$239.5 million over the previous year.

Bautista said PAL will continue to realign capacity to match demand especially in the domestic front due to increasing traffic. However, this is tempered by the weakness in PAL’s long-haul sector particularly the US market where the subprime crisis began.

“We must stress, however, that our cost-cutting measures will in no way infringe on our safety compliance and standards. We are eyeing new destinations either through charters or regular scheduled operations. We also expect to take delivery of our brand new and fuel-efficient Boeing 777-300ERs and we are in the final stages of refurbishing our current fleet of wide-bodied aircraft to feature a bi-class configuration, new seats and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. All these are being done to better serve our customers," he added.

With the protracted recession, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said its member-airlines are bracing for US$9 billion in total combined losses by the end of the current fiscal year.

Entry Credit: www.philippineairlines.com

PAL 3-Day Advance Purchase Promo Fares

NEW ALL-IN 3 DAYS ADVANCE PURCHASE PROMO ONE WAY FARES (WAP) ON PAL DOMESTIC FLIGHTS. Exclusive of Aviation Security fee

Selling Period: 18 August Until Further Notice
Travelling Period: 16 October 2009 Until Further Notice

LUZON

Flights between MANILA and LAOAG for PHP 1,488
Flights between MANILA and LEGAZPI for PHP 1,198
Flights between MANILA and PUERTO PRINCESA for PHP 2,088

VISAYAS

Flights between MANILA and ROXAS for PHP 1,488

Flights between MANILA and BACOLOD, CEBU, DUMAGUETE, ILOILO, KALIBO
TACLOBAN and TAGBILARAN for PHP 1,698

MINDANAO

Flights between MANILA and BUTUAN, CAGAYAN DE ORO, COTABATO, DAVAO
DIPOLOG, GENERAL SANTOS, OZAMIZ and ZAMBOANGA for PHP 2,688

New promo fare!

Flights between Cebu and Davao for PHP1,488. Effective for sale and ticketing 22 August 2009 and for travel effective 01 September 2009

Because you deserve a better deal! Promo applies to PAL services only.

For bookings, call PAL Reservations in Manila: (02) 855-8888, Cebu: (032) 340-0191, Davao: (082) 222-0366 or your travel agent or book and buy through www.philippineairlines.com

Conditions for travel:

Valid for one way or roundtrip travel on economy class
Limited seats only on this fare
Go show/Open dated is not allowed
Reservations and Ticketing must be made at least 3 days before departure. Confirmed booking is required
Rebooking-PHP600 per coupon. Any change in booking need to comply with 3 days advance purchase requirements
Refund-PHP600 per transaction
No Mileage Accruals
Valid only for sale in the Philippines

PAL-Hilton Cebu Promo

Avail of our irresistible package promo in Cebu and stay at world-renowned Hilton Cebu Resort and Spa.

Also enjoy Philippine Airlines' world class terminal. Relax in our spacious seats. And experience our renowned in-flight service and on-board entertainment.

Package Price For As Low As PHP 8,888

For booking and inquiries, call PAL Tours Hotline in Manila at (632) 855-7777 and Cebu (032) 340-0191.


Package Inclusions:

Round Trip Airfare on Fiesta (Economy) class
3D/2N stay in Hilton Cebu Resort and Spa
Free buffet breakfast on the second day onwards
Free one (1) wine bottle
Free airport-hotel-airport transfers
Free Shuttle Service between Hotel and Cebu City*
20% Discount on Food & Beverage and Spa
Package Price is inclusive of VAT but exclusive of Terminal Fee and Aviation Security Fee (ASF)
*From Hotel to SM Mall & Ayala Mall - 10:00am; 2:00pm; 5:30pm
SM to Hotel - 10:45am; 2:45pm; 6:30pm
Ayala to Hotel - 11:15am; 3:15pm; 7:00pm

Conditions for travel

Application:

This promotion is valid for sale and travel from 08 August 2009 until 07 August 2010
Purchase of PAL-Hilton Package is limited to PAL Philippine-based ticket offices only
Hotel segment cannot be sold separately
This package is valid only with a Manila-Cebu-Manila itinerary

Reservations, Payment and Ticketing:

Passenger may secure booking through PAL Reservations Office or Ticket Office
Confirmed reservation is required
Valid for sale in the Philippines only
The package price is non-refundable
Change in hotel segment is permitted at least six (6) days before departure date
Changes in flight schedule are permitted subject to applicable rules and conditions. Penalties apply
If passenger is unable to check-in on day one, the airport-hotel transfer shall be provided and the remaining days are reserved
Passenger may still avail of the promo one to five days before departure date subject to flight and hotel availability. Bookings made within this period are final

Hotel Details:

Maximum occupancy in a room without extra bed:

two (2) adults and one (1) child or
two (2) adults
Maximum occupancy in a room with extra bed:

three (3) adults or
two (2) adults and two (2) children or
one (1) adult and three (3) children
First child (below 12yrs old) sharing with two (2) adults requiring no extra bed is free of charge. Extra bed charges apply for second child sharing with two (2) adults
A child sharing with one (1) adult in the same room will be charged corresponding adult hotel rate
Check-in time: 1400H; check-out time: 1200H

Blackout Dates (subject to change without prior notice)
HOTEL
From 28 December 2009 to 02 January 2010, 14 to 17 February 2010, 01-03 April 2010
FLIGHT Manila to Cebu
From 18 to 25 December 2009, 13 to 17 January 2010
FLIGHT Cebu to Manila
From 02 to 09 January, 17 to 21 January 2010
Miscellaneous Provision:
Earning of Mabuhay Miles is subject to the fare condition

Entry Credit: http://www.philippineairlines.com

USA to Manila Promo

From Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas to Manila USD788 (ALL-IN) Fare. Exclusive of Government taxes

Sale and Ticketing: 20 August to 02 September 2009 only
Travel: 16 September to 30 November 2009 (outbound travel)

Hurry Book now! Limited seats only! For booking and inquiries, log-on to www.philippineairlines.com or call your travel agent in the USA.

Conditions of Travel:


Valid for round trip travel on fiesta (economy) class
Minimum 3 days and maximum 1 month stay
Tickets must be issued on/after 20 August and on/before 02 September 2009
Confirmed reservations are required for all sectors
Tickets must be issued within 72 hours after reservations are made

Rebooking permitted at a charge of USD 200 per segment. Rerouting and endorsement are not permitted

Refund is permitted at a charge of USD 300
Government taxes are refundable subject to standard refund service fee
No child/infant discount
Mileage accrual: 25% miles

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PAL to cut workforce and flights amid losses

MANILA - After incurring a $301.4-million loss at end-March, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will take drastic measures of right-sizing its workforce and reducing flight capacity to match demand in order to survive the crisis plaguing the global aviation industry.

In a statement, PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista said the company will offer early retirement packages for its employees to reduce costs.

“We are currently reviewing our entire organizational set-up. We want to make PAL lean and mean so it will be agile and flexible enough to adapt to the new economic climate," he said, noting that "extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures."

At present, manpower accounts for 18% of PAL's total expenses and the company wants to reduce this to close to single-digit level, according to Bautista.

Bautista refused to say how many of PAL's over 8,000 employees will be retired, noting that they will be able to come up with a number in about 2 weeks.

Apart from cutting workforce, Bautista said PAL will also realign its capacity in favor of the domestic market due to the weakness in its long-haul operations, particularly to the US, where the financial crisis began.

He said they will cut total capacity by 7% starting this month until March 2010, effectively reducing flights to the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.

For instance, he said flights to Los Angeles are now down to 7 from 9 a week while flights to Australia have been reduced to 5 from 7 a week.

But he stressed that such moves "will no way infringe on our safety compliance and standards."

"We are eyeing new destinations either through charters or regular scheduled operations. We also expect to take delivery of our brand new and fuel-efficient Boeing 777-300ERs and we are in the final stages of refurbishing our current fleet of widebodied aircraft to feature a bi-class configuration, new seats and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. All these being done to better serve our customers,” he added.

Recently, abs-cbnNEWS.com received a letter from one of its readers about PAL's cost-cutting measures. The reader, who claimed to be an employee of the airline's Network Management and Telecommunication Services department, said they were being urged to take a one-week leave per month without pay starting August 17.

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PROMOTIONAL FARES FOR SELECTED PAL EXPRESS FLIGHTS

PAL PROMO

Limited seats only. Airline fares may change without prior notice.


DOMESTIC ONE WAY ALL-IN FARES valid for sale, ticketing and travel until 15 June 2009 (Inclusive of surcharges and VAT but exclusive of Aviation Security Fee (ASF) and airport terminal fee )

Below are the applicable routes and one way fare (PPR and PPRWEB) in PHP
For as low as PHP 788
Between MANILA and BUSUANGA/SAN JOSE/TUGUEGARAO

For as low as PHP1,088
Between MANILA and CALBAYOG/CATICLAN/CATARMAN/VIRAC

For as low as PHP788
Between CEBU and BACOLOD/BUTUAN/CAGAYAN DE ORO/TACLOBAN

For as low as PHP1,088
Between CEBU and CATICLAN/DIPOLOG/GENERAL SANTOS/KALIBO/
OZAMIZ/PUERTO PRINCESA/ZAMBOANGA

For as low as PHP1,088
Between DAVAO and ZAMBOANGA

Because you deserve a better deal!

Promo applies to PAL Express flights only.

For bookings, call PAL Reservations in Manila: (02) 855-8888, Cebu: (032) 340-0191, Davao:(082) 222-0366 or your travel agent.

Conditions for travel:

PPR FARE

Fare Conditions
Valid for one way and roundtrip travel on economy class
Restricted for sale and ticketing in the Philippines
Confirmed booking is required
Go-show / Open-dated not allowed
Refund is allowed at PHP400 penalty per transaction
Re-Issuance is allowed for PHP400 penalty per transaction
No Show surcharge is PHP400 per transaction
Rebooking is PHP400 per coupon
Limited seats only on this fare
No Mileage accrual
Free Baggage allowance should not exceed 10 kgs
Excess baggage rate is PHP100 per kilo plus VAT
PAL Express flights operate at the new Manila NAIA Terminal 3

PPRWEB FARE

Fare Conditions
Valid for one way and roundtrip travel on economy class
Fares only apply to web transactions or online booking
Confirmed booking is required
Go-show / Open-dated not allowed
Refund is allowed at PHP400 penalty per transaction
Re-Issuance is allowed for PHP400 penalty per transaction
No Show surcharge is PHP400 per transaction
Rebooking is PHP400 per coupon
Limited seats only on this fare
No Mileage accrual
Free Baggage allowance should not exceed 10 kgs
Excess baggage rate is PHP100 per kilo plus VAT
PAL Express flights operate at the new Manila NAIA Terminal 3

For Tickets serviced outside the Philippines

Rebooking Penalty - USD 15
Reissuance fee - USD 15


Source: http://www.philippineairlines.com

PAL flies daily to Vancouver; boosts US, domestic services


MANILA
– Philippine Airlines will ramp up services to major international and domestic destinations during the upcoming peak summer travel period, highlighted by the upgrading of its Vancouver service to a daily frequency and the addition of flights to local tourist hotspots Boracay and Busuanga.

From March 23, PAL will operate a direct flight to Vancouver every Monday and Wednesday, filling the only two days of the week when the service does not operate.
Unlike the other five days, however, the new service will not continue on to Las Vegas and will operate simply on a turnaround basis.

It injects much-needed capacity into PAL’s Vancouver route, the only direct link between Canada and the Philippines, and has long been sought by the sizeable Filipino migrant community in Canada as well as by the business and leisure segments of the market.
PR 116 departs Manila every Monday and Wednesday at 1:05 p.m., arriving in Vancouver at 10:20 a.m. the same day. The return service, PR 117, departs Vancouver at 1:00 p.m. and arrives in Manila at 5:50 p.m. the next day.

Widebody Airbus A340-300 aircraft, which seats 264 passengers in a bi-class layout, will continued to be deployed on the route.

The existing five-times-a-week service from Manila to Vancouver, onward to Las Vegas and vice-versa, operated every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will be maintained.

Meanwhile, PAL will add one weekly flight each to its popular trans-Pacific services to the U.S. West Coast gateways of Los Angeles and San Francisco for the duration of the summer.
An extra Airbus A340-300 flight will operate to Los Angeles every Friday from April 10 to June 19 while another A340-300 flight will serve San Francisco every Sunday from April 12 to June 21.

The additional flights increase total frequency to Los Angeles to ten times weekly and to San Francisco to eight times weekly for the summer.
In the domestic sector, the flag carrier’s low-fares, turbo-propeller unit PAL Express will mount more flights across its network of secondary domestic routes, particularly to island destinations that are huge tourist draws during the summer months.
From March 20, PAL Express will add one daily flight between Manila and Caticlan, gateway to the resort island of Boracay, boosting total frequency on the busy route to 11 flights daily.
On the same day, PAL Express will operate a second daily frequency between Manila and Busuanga, the largest of the Calamian group of islands in northern Palawan that host the country’s most exclusive beach resorts.

The new frequency is an afternoon service that complements the current morning flight. PR 033 departs Manila at 1:00 p.m. and arrives in Busuanga at 2:05 p.m. Return flight PR 034 departs Busuanga at 2:30 p.m. and arrives in Manila at 3:35 p.m.
PAL Express will also add two weekly flights between Cebu and Cagayan de Oro to increase total frequency to five times weekly.

Likewise, PAL will augment its regular jet services between Manila and Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa and Tacloban with additional flights of varying frequency throughout the summer season.


Source: http://www.philippineairlines.com

Canlubang’s young ones take center stage

 

DAVAO CITY – After the Canlubang Golf and Country Club’s young once accomplished half of their mission, the young ones take over in their first-ever double four-peat bid in the Philippine Airlines Interclub championships here.
Luigi Yulo, the Canlubang team manager, is expected to announce tomorrow members of his troop who will start as the 62 nd men’s regular tournament reels off at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country.

But Freddie Mendoza, Yulo’s opposite number, said yesterday The Country Club team will celebrate its debut in what is considered as the national team championship with Anthony Fernando, Dante Beciera, Jobim Carlos, Tonlits Asistio and Joey Huerva.

A Canlubang victory will give the Sugar Barons from Laguna their fourth consecutive men’s regular championship division trophy to go with their fourth straight title in the seniors division last week.

“I know no team has ever won both divisions four years straight,” said Yulo yesterday. “But like we did last week, we will be giving our best shots to do that against a new set of rivals.”

What Yulo’s troop did last Sunday was to shoot a final round 146 at Apo for 581 to beat Luisita Golf and Country Club by eight to capture the Seniors championship.
A The Country Club victory will equal Cangolf’s feat of winning in its debut in 1977 in the series that began in 1948.

“It will be an interesting tournament,” Mendoza said yesterday as he and coach Bong Lopez treated their chargers to a catfish lunch downtown. “Canlubang has the stronger team based on its 10 players, but we have a stronger team based on five.”

Completing the Country Club’s team are Ferdie Aunzo, Rufino Bayron, Art Arbole, Peter Villaber and J.R. Tanpinco.

Carrying the Canlubang colors are Jonel Aba, Mario Labajo, Joseph Labajo, Zanie Boy Gialon, Paul Echaves, Jessie Balasabas, Alvin Engino and Mark Fernando.

Another team expected to provide another serious challenge is Manila Southwoods with Erwin Vinluan, Jong Min-kim, Jun Jun Plana, Miko Yee, Miggy Yee, Justin Limjap, Park Jung-Soo, Joseph Tambunting, Allan Guy and playing skipper Jeric Hechanova.

In the men’s regular competition, a team is allowed to have 10 players and five for each round with the best four scores to be counted.

The tournament’s platinum sponsors are ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports.
Action Asia , Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 are the major sponsors while PAGCOR, Rajah Broadcasting Network, Century Park Hotel.

Honda Cars Davao and Honda Megamotors Corp. are the holes-in-one sponsors.

Source:  http://www.philippineairlines.com

Canlubang-Luisita cliff-hanger windup on

DAVAO CITY – Canlubang Golf and Country Club shot 153 yesterday and boosted its chances for a fourth straight Philippine Airlines Interclub senior championship.
Dave Hernandez, Jose Mari Hechanova and Tony Olives all toured the par 72 Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club course with 75s to power Cangolf with 153 points to finally dislodge Luisita Golf and Country Club at the top in the race for the premier division trophy with 435.

Luisita, which sparkled with an opening day 158, struggled with 148 and had to settle for second place on the 50 points Francis Gaston and Richie Garcia each and Bong de Guzman’s 46.
Together with its second round 129 points, Luisita goes back to the Apo Golf and Country Club with Canlubang- for today’s final round at at 434 – with just a measly point separating them.
The format requires each team to field four players a round but only the best three players would count. Freddie Mendoza made 41 for Luisita and Philip Brodett shot 47 for Canlubang.
With another display of dramatic performances both fierce rivals made dramatic assessments of what to expect in the final day.

Said Wigberto “Iggy” Clavecilla of Luisita: “We’ve never been in this kind of position in the past so we don’t to squander it. We have no choice but to give our best shots tomorrow to win. ”

Said Tommy Manotoc, Clavecilla’s opposite number as Cangolf’s top gun: “On paper, Luisita will be fielding a stronger lineup tomorrow. They should win if we play their best. If they don’t, we would.”

Despite another nerve-frazzling duel, the sweet swingers from Laguna and San Miguel, Tarlac have to share the spotlight with Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club’s Rene Silos who scored the event’s first hole-in-on.

Silos, 56, bucked 10,000 to one odds to ace Apo’s par three 147-yard fourth hole with a Callaway Fusion eight iron and a Noodle No. 1 ball to finally make his 30-year-old dream a reality.

He became the first player in this annual championship to nail down an ace while playing with Villamor’s Roberto Sabularse, Manila Southwoods’ Mar Naval and Ed Gador of Aguinaldo.
And for his effort, Silos was amply rewarded with a motorcycle from Honda Megamotors Corp. and a business class ticket to the US from PAL.

Players totaling 1,500 from 151 teams around the world are competing in the tournament including in the men’s regular next week with ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports as platinum sponsors.

Action Asia, Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 are the major sponsors with PAGCOR, Rajah Broadcasting Network and Century Park Hotel are the other supporters.

Honda Cars Davao and Honda Megamotors Corp. are the hole-in-one sponsors.

Valley Golf and Country Club carded 122 to go with its earlier rounds of 135 and 125 to retain the Founders Division lead with 384. Orchard made 120 to keep second place with 377.

Camp John Hay came up with 128 to vault to third place with 374, followed by Cebu Country Club 117-371, Wack Wack 120-364, Manila Southwoods 112-362, Del Monte 108-360, Negros 113-358 and Aguinaldo 119-341.

Mactan Island combined with 136 to keep the Sportswriters Division lead 393. Apo remained in second spot with 131 and 375, followed by Riviera 121-363, Davao 118-349, PGA British Columbia 115-341 and Philippine Navy 117-340.

Source: http://www.philippineairlines.com

Canlubang’s strong homestretch finish keys its fourth straight senior crown

 

DAVAO CITY – Tommy Manotoc, Luigi Yulo and Rolando Viray came up with a blazing homestretch finish with 146 points yesterday to key Canlubang Golf and Country’s most nerve-frazzling victory in the Philippine Airlines Interclub Seniors’ championship.

Once again, Manotoc played the hero’s hole after he birdied three of the last five holes to shoot a four over par 76 or 50 points at the Apo Golf and Country Club course to give the Laguna sweet swingers their fourth straight crown and 12 th since 1987.

Viray backed up Manotoc with 49 points and Yulo contributed 47. Together with their first round 140 at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club, 142 at Apo and 153 back at Palos Verdes, Cangolf wound up with 581.
Luisita Golf and Country Club closed out with 139 on Jose “Pepot” Inigo’s 50, Bong Sison’s 45 and the 44 of Iggy Clavecilla to become victim of the tournament’s most exciting duel in 23 years.

San Miguel, Tarlac’s own sweet swingers staged a blazing start with 158 at Palos Verdes to erect a seemingly insurmountable 18-point lead. But they struggled with 129, 147 and 139 yesterday to settle for second place with 573.
“So far, this is our most satisfying win,” said team owner Yulo. “Coming from 18 points down after the first round, five after day two and finally wresting the lead by a point with 18 holes left is tough.: “This is our biggest win.”
Asked to describe the drama that enveloped the four-day duel, Clavecilla answered: “It’s one sh… of a tournament. We played very good but those guys just played better. They deserved to win.”
So did Inigo, who calls Davao City home sweet home, Apo his home course and now on his 34 th year as PAL international flight purser. Together with his earlier effort of 53, he wound up with 153 to capture the 36-hole individual title.
Manotoc could have won it with rounds of 55 and 50 both at Apo . But since rules call for players to play both courses, he was not eligible.
“It’s all right,” he said. “In the tournament, the important thing is to win the team honors not the individual trophy. “See you Tuesday.”
He was referring to the 62 nd Men’s Regular championship which starts Wednesday also at Apo and Palos Verdes.
If Cangolf comes out on top again, it will become the first team ever to win the men’s regular and senior team titles four straight.
Alabang Country Club closed out with 139 to capture third place with 535 while the Manila Golf and Country Club came up with 120 and 504 to settle for fourth place.
Texas Golf Club made131 to take the next slot with 504, followed by Chamorro 90-416, Team Brookside 95-415, Mercedes Plantation 112-398, Fil-Am Golf of Florida 95-367, Pinoy Vancouver 79-273 and San Francisco Heritage 187.

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Manotoc comes to the rescue for Canlubang

 

DAVAO CITY – The Canlubang Golf and Country Club, showing once again that it has the determination to come back, shot an ego-inflating 142 points yesterday (Feb. 20, 2009) and it’s back in business with its rivalry with the Luisita Golf and Country Club in the Philippine Airlines Interclub’s 23 rd seniors championship.

And just when the sweet swingers from San Miguel, Tarlac threatened to run away with their 14 th championship since 1987 after a sparkling 158 at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club on opening day, Tommy Manotoc came to the rescue for the sweet swingers from Laguna.

Manotoc, whose game improves just like wine through over four decades of playing, sizzled with a one over par 71 to conquer the tree-lined Apo Golf and Country Club course to lead the Canlubang charge with the equivalent of 55 points.

Team owner Luigi Yulo backed up Manotoc with 44 points and Bing Bunye contributed 43 for 142. Together with its 140 at Rancho Palos Verdes , Cangolf has 282 to come back as Luisita’s most serious rival – again.

Luisita had a struggling round of 129 at Apo on Francis Gaston’s 46, the 42 of King Sumulong and the 41 of Freddie Mendoza to retain the lead from 18 to only five going to the third day today with 287.

“Now, we’re back in contention,” said team owner Yulo after congratulating Manotoc. “From 18 to five is something for our team.”

Echoed Manotoc, who started his golf as a teenager at Wack Wack: “The rivalry is on – again. We showed we can come back from disaster.”

Uh, Tommy, how did you do it?

“ Apo is a first class golf course, a natural. And I always enjoy playing this kind of a course. And today was no different.”

Actually, Manotoc scored four birdies against three bogeys as he showed his consistence from tee to green.

“Let’s just say my teammates and I played as a team. After all, the PAL Interclub is a team event.”

Alabang Country Club carded 127 to with a first-day 137 to place third in the championship division, followed by Manila Golf and Country Club with 120-250, Texas Golf 106-245 and Chamorro 106-212.
The Valley Golf and Country Club could only score 125 on club president Bonifacio Sumbilla’s 45 and the 40 each of Robert Alarilla and Rafael Estanislao but it was enough to retain the Founders Division lead with 260.

The Orchard Golf and Country Club came up with 138 on Louie Garcia’s 50 points, the 45 of Joe Gonzales and Mel Malabanan 43 to gain precious ground on Valley at 257. Cebu Country Club shot 138 to go with its earlier 119 to be next at 254, followed by Del Monte 129-252.

Wack Wack scored 123 to share the next place with Camp John Hay at 244, followed byVillamor 112-220, South Cotabato 94-182, EZ Par Golf 75-166, Zamboanga 83-160, SFO Alliance of Golfers 71-153 and Pittsburg 80-138.

In this event which has ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports as platinum sponsors.

Action Asia , Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 are the major backers with PAGCOR, Rajay Broadcasting Network, Century Park Hotel as the other sponsors. Honda Cars Davao is the hole-in-one sponsor.

Promoting tourism in ASEAN - PAL wins best tourism photo

An award-winning image of a flock of migratory birds crammed on an islet at the Tubbataha Reef was recently judged Best ASEAN Tourism Photo by the ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) during the 23rd ASEANTA Awards for Excellence in Tourism 2009 held recently at Hanoi, Vietnam.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) submitted the photo as an entry to the ASEANTA Excellence Awards after it appeared in PAL's inflight magazine, Mabuhay.

Erwin T. Lim, a 38-year-old dentist-photographer from Cebu City, captured the image while on a four-day live-aboard dive safari to the Tubbataha Reef. Erwin recounts, "The scene was so picturesque that I almost didn't feel my skin burning under the heat of the sun. Lying flat on the sand, I slowly crawled my way toward the birds."

Erwin's photo, taken with a Nikon D200 camera using a 70-200 mm f2.8 VR lens, was one of the 10 finalists (landscape division, professional category) in the first PAL Photo Contest held June to September 2007. Mabuhay magazine featured the finalists in its April 2008 issue.

This time, the photo was picked among 40 entries that vied for seven awards recognizing excellence in tourism promotion in ASEAN.

"There were many good entries, but we could only give awards to the best-of-the-best," said Felix J. Cruz, president of ASEANTA who is also Vice President for Marketing of Philippine Airlines.

Awards were also given to the best tourism article ("Penang Past & Present" from Silver Kris, Singapore), best tour package ("Intrepid: South East Asia" by Intrepid Ltd. of Thailand), best new tourist attraction ("Singapore Flyer"), best cultural preservation effort ("Cua Van Floating Cultural Center – Ha Long Bay Eco-Museum" from Vietnam) and best conservation effort ("A Journey to Keep the World Beautiful with Thai" by Thai Airways).

Through the awards, ASEANTA encourages tourism development and promotion among companies, organizations and individuals coming from ASEAN.

ASEANTA was formed in 1981 as the “umbrella” organization of national airlines and national travel agencies and hotel associations of the 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam).

Clavecilla’s 70 paces Luisita in PAL Seniors Interclub

DAVAO CITY – Luisita Golf and Country Club combined for 158 points to stun pre-tournament favorite Canlubang Golf and Country Club at the start of the 23rd Philippine Airlines Seniors’ championship.

Former national seniors champion Wigberto “Iggy” Clavecilla humbled the 585-yard Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club course with an eagle-aided two under par 70 to blaze the trail for the sweet swingers from San Miguel, Tarlac.

Based on the modified PAL scoring system that awards a point for a double bogey, two bogeys, three par and so on, Clavecilla earned 56 points. Together with Pepot Inigo’s 53 and Richie Garcia’s 49, Luisita came up with 158 – and a commanding 18-point spread in the championship division.

In the tournament among players who are 55 or older, each team is allowed to have eight players. It can only use four players each round but only best three scorers would count. Bong de Guzman was Luisita’s fourth man with 44.

Luisita’s sparkling start humbled the star-studded opposition headed by Canlubang Golf and Country Club which is seeking its fourth consecutive team championship.

Tony Olives came up with a four over par 76 – or 50 points – to pace the sweet swingers from Laguna province in Luzon. Together with Dave Hernandez’s 46 and the 44 of either Rollie Viray or Phillip Brodett, Canlubang is a far second with 140.

Clavecilla, the ebullient campaigner from Luisita, nailed down his eagle at the par five, 496-yard Rancho Palos Verdes with a seven iron on his third shot from 160 yards.

Bacolod City’s Nene Tanpingco shared the opening day spotlight with Clavecilla when he sank his seven-iron second shot Apo’s par four, 323-yard 16th hole to register also for an eagle.

He didn’t win a price for his deuce but his Guinhalaran teammates Manny Parroco, Lito Jison, Joey Laurel, Raul Gamban, Boy Jalandoni, Paquito Infante and Ferdie Maranon swapped fives with him for it.
He went on to shoot 33 points via the modified PAL scoring system that awards a point for a double bogey, two bogeys. His round, which was 11 over par, was so-so, but his feat was memorable nevertheless.

“It’s a good shot,” said the father of national champion Anya and noted player J.R. “I don’t want to sound boastful but it’s my eighth eagle in my 50 years playing golf.”

PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime J. Bautista said other team crowns being contested are in the Sportswriters, Founders and Friendship divisions in the event launched in 1987 to continue providing the tournament for golfers who are 55 and older to go with the Men’s regular championship.

Texas Golf Club shot 139 on Samuel Lardizabal’s 48, the 46 of Miguel Asero and Emiliano Acuna’s 45 to power Texas Golf Club to third place in the championship division with 139.

Alabang Country Club combined for 137 to take fourth place while Manila Golf and Country Club made 130 to be at 130. Completing the top 10 are Fil-Am Golf of Florida 110, Team Brookside 109, Mercees Plantation 107, Chamorro Golf Club 106, San Francisco Heritage 87 and Pinoy Vancouver Golf 63.

This year’s event has ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports as platinum sponsors.

The major backers are Action Asia, Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 with PAGCOR, Rajah Broadcasting Network, Century Park Hotel are the other supporters. Honda Cars Davao is the hole-in-one sponsor.

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PAL again lowers its fuel surcharge

MANILA – Philippine Airlines again reduced its fuel surcharge by as much as USD38 on selected international flights originating from Manila in response to the past months’ improvement in world oil prices.

Passengers on some international flights started enjoying the lower fuel surcharge since last February 14. The last in a week-long series of surcharge reductions takes effect on February 20.

The latest surcharge reduction is being applied on each one-way ticket from Manila to selected international destinations.

PAL will continue to pass on to each customer the effects of lower oil prices in the world market.

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PAL Interclub lures 151 teams from six countries

DAVAO CITY - The Philippine Airlines Interclub Golf Tournament, which for the last two decades has distinguished itself as the country's national team golf championship, reels off February 19 at two challenging courses here.

An international field of 151 teams from the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Saudi Arabia and host Philippines is lined up at the annual tournament involving senior players and men's regular golfers.

Kicking off this year's tournament, that had its auspicious beginnings in 1948, is the 23rd Senior's contest starting February 19. Then, the 62nd men's regular tournament takes center stage February 25.

Hosts of the action are Apo Golf and Country Club and Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club.
"Once again, our tournament has lured a big number of golfers from around the world," said PAL president Jaime J. Bautista yesterday. "And this early, we wish all our guests in both divisions good luck."

On behalf of PAL, we would also like to express our gratitude to all our sponsors this year which has for its theme – 'You're No. 1'," said tournament committee chairman Domingo Duerme, PAL's senior assistant vice president for Mindanao sales.

The platinum sponsors are ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports.

Action Asia, Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1 People Asia Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 are the major backers. Completing the list are Inquirer.net, PAGCOR, Rajah Broadcasting Network and Century Park Hotel. The hole-in-one sponsor is Honda Cars Davao.

Highlighting the start of the 23rd Seniors event is the hitting of the traditional ceremonial drives at Rancho Palos Verdes. Special guests invited to do the honors are Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Gen. Andy Caro, directorate for integrated operations-Eastern Mindanao; and Mindanao Business Council chairman Vic Lao.

Those invited to do the honors in the Men's regular tournament at Apo are Mayor Duterte, North Cotabato Vice Gov. Manny Pinol and Davao City Chamber of Commerce president Simeon Marfori.

The Canlubang Golf and Country Club heads the championship field. Other teams seeing action are Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Del Monte Golf Club, Luisita Golf and Country Club and Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

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PAL Interclub lures RP's past, present and future champs

If one goes over the list of players who have participated in the Philippine Airlines Interclub Golf Tournament, it would be safe to conclude that the annual golfing event that had its auspicious beginnings in 1948 has lured the country’s past, present and future champions.

Here’s why: in the inaugural tournament, Wack Wack Golf and Country Club played host to five other teams: Manila Golf Club, Buayas Link, Negros Occidental, Cebu Country Club and the United States Army.

What highlighted the event was the presence of four men who conceptualized and then launched what is now generally considered as the country’s national team championship: PAL senior vice president Buenaventura Veloso, Col. Ramon Zosa, Ben Gaston and Leopoldo Rovira.

Since then, the list of the player was virtually an RP golf who’s who, starting with pioneers Johnny Cuadrado, Stewart Barnett, Sol Alcantara, Carlos Coscolluela, Mervyn Simpson, Benny Laperal and Pedro Lopez.

After that, the list just keeps on improving like wine: Luis “Golem” Silverio, Agustin Coscolluela, Jr., Manuel Rodriguez, Alex Prieto, Manuel Nieto, Alex Montelibano, Jose “Tetu” Santos, Steve Cuenca, Francis Gaston, Tommy Monotoc and Alan Gaston.

After that came Frankie Minoza, Howie Hagedorn, Felix de Leon, Emilio Tuason, Cassius Casas, Gil Ababa, Mario Manibay, Antolin Fernando, Norman Sto. Domingo, Delano Bangay, Rudy Basak, Jr., Robert Pactolerin and Nestor “Jun Jun” Plana, Jr.

The list goes on: Panchito Garcia, Jose Cedo, Jr., Dave Hernandez, Rolando Viray, Cesar Ababa, Danny Zarate, Bong Lopez, Jake Tan, Ruben Sasutil, Wigberto “Iggy” Clavecilla, Richard Singueo, Juan Miguel Rocha, Angelo Que, Jonel Ababa, Mark Fernando and Erwin Vinluan.

This year’s action starts February 19 with the staging of the 22nd Senior's championship, followed by the 62nd Men’s regular tournament February 25. The Apo Golf and Country Club and Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club of Davao are the hosts.

This year’s platinum sponsors are Solar Sports, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror, Lifestyle (ABS-CBN cable network), Airbus and Boeing.

The major backers are XFM 92.3, Crossover 105.5, Bombo Radyo, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and Crown Asia, with Inquirer.net and PAGCOR as corporate supporters.

Completing the sponsor’s list are Century Park Hotel and Rajah Broadcasting Network.

The traditional hitting of ceremonial drives will highlight both events on February 18 in the Senior's event at Rancho Palos Verdes and February 25 at Apo for the Men’s regular.

PAL Assistant Senior VP for Mindanao Domingo Duerme is tournament chairman.

Seventy seven international teams from the United States, Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Asia and the Philippines are competing in the Senior's event and 76 in the Men’s regular. To be contested are team and individual trophies in the Championship, Founders, Sportswriters and Friendship divisions.

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PAL Interclub tees off at Davao

The Philippine Airlines Interclub tournament, the annual gathering of the country’s leading golfers and their opposite numbers in many parts of the world, reel off later this month in two championship courses in Davao City.

The golfing elders first take center stage with the holding of the 22nd Seniors championship February 19 to 22. Then the 62nd Men’s regular event picks it up from there February 25 to 28.

“Hosting both championships are the Apo Golf and Country Club and the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club,” tournament committee chairman Domingo Duerme said yesterday. Duerme is also PAL senior assistant vice president for Mindanao.

“This early, I would like to welcome the participants and other guests from all over the world and wish them all the luck,” he said, adding: “On behalf of PAL, I would also like to express our thanks to officials of both clubs for graciously hosting them as well as all our sponsors.”

Duerme also said the ceremonial tee off to officially start the tournament will be on February 18 for the Seniors at Rancho Palos Verdes and February 24 for Men’s regular at Apo. “We will announce our special guests who will do the honors later on,” he said.

Solar Sports, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror, Lifestyle (ABS-CBN cable network), Airbus and Boeing are this year’s platinum sponsors of the event that has for its theme, “You’re No. 1.”

XFM 92.3, Crossover 105.5, Bombo Radyo, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and Action Asia are the major backers. The corporate sponsors are Inquirer.net and PAGCOR. Other supporters are Century Park Hotel and Rajah Broadcasting Network.

Seventy-six teams – 32 from abroad including those from the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Australia, 19 from Luzon, 12 Visayas and 13 Mindanao – are taking part in the Men’s regular championship and 77 squads in the Seniors.

Up for grabs in both tournaments are team and individual trophies in the Championship, Founders, Sportswriters and Friendship divisions. The PAL scoring system will be used.

All eyes will be on the parbusters of Canlubang Golf and Country Club. They produced the biggest numbers in last year’s tournament in Bacolod to capture their third consecutive Men’s regular and Seniors championship trophies.

The tournament has its humble beginning in 1947 right after the Second World War when PAL was just two years old. PAL senior vice president Buenaventura M. Veloso, Col. Ramon Zosa, Ben Gaston and Leopoldo Rovira were having coffee at the office when one of them suggested: “Why not hold a club tournament with participants from different PAL destinations.”

After consuming their brew, the PAL Interclub was born with Wack Wack Golf and Country Club hosting the event from January 31 to February 1, 1947 with 100 players from six clubs – Wack Wack, Manila Golf Club, Buayas Links, Negros, Cebu and the US Army.