HELP ME REPLACE MY LOST DRONE

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Hi there. I am Joel Jaws Andrada and I am a Travel Blogger and Videographer. Here is a sample of my work.

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I lost my drone in Batanes, Philippines. I went to Batanes to cover the wonderful and amazing tourist spots in collaboration with a local travel agency. I went to Vayang Rolling Hills and took off. My first attempt failed as I chickened out and decided to land as soon as I felt the gustiness of the wind. I told myself, “next time, Jaws… next time.” And then in ten minutes, I took off for the second time. I struggled piloting my drone…. until I could no longer control it. I wanted it to return to me but the wind just won’t let it. I could feel my drone’s yearning to come home to me… I stared at the distance counter on my mobile go higher and higher as my drone went farther and farther away. I watched my drone as it grew smaller and smaller in the horizon until we lost contact.

To some, it was just a drone. To me, it was all the video projects and travel opportunities gone with the wind. One thing I learned in Batanes is to never give up especially when I went back to Vayang Hills on my last day. The wind was a little less gusty but still feisty as ever. Batanes taught me that life will always be tough and the only way to live is to be tougher and sway with the wind. I am not giving up. This is what I am good at.

I am asking help from you so I can replace my lost drone so I can start making travel videos again and fulfill my commitments. Click here to donate. I am a bit tight on resources but I will prevail.

If you are also in need of a video editor, I can work for you. Thank you for your time and for even reading this piece.

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MY DRONE FLEW AWAY IN BATANES

Here is how I lost my drone in Batanes.

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I went to Batanes to cover the wonderful and amazing tourist spots. I went to Vayang Rolling Hills and took off. My first attempt failed as I chickened out and decided to land as soon as I felt the gustiness of the wind. I told myself, “next time, Jaws… next time.”
And then in ten minutes, I took off for the second time. I struggled piloting my drone…. until I could no longer control it. I wanted it to return to me but the wind just won’t let it. I could feel my drone’s yearning to come home to me… I stared at the distance counter on my mobile go higher and higher as my drone went farther and farther away. I watched my drone as it grew smaller and smaller in the horizon until we lost contact.
Thanks to my fellow travel blogger Cai Dominguez of Travelosyo and Kuya Wilson for staying with me and helping me look for my drone. Special thanks, too, to Mark Lawrence B Lechuga of Safetravel Philippines and Mike Barcelona Acebes of Katuvang B&B for their concern.

I will never forget Batanes. Batanes will hold a special place in my heart not only because of this unfortunate experience but because of its sheer and mystical beauty. I am going down in history as the first person to lose his drone while in flight in Batanes.
I am not giving up. I am only on my second day in Batanes. I will come up with a beautiful travel video featuring Batanes with or without a drone. Not yet signing out… sorry. Peace!

SWIMMING WITH THE WHALE SHARKS OF OSLOB, CEBU, PHILIPPINES

I had the most unforgettable experience of swimming with whale sharks, considered the largest fish in the world, when I visited Oslob, Cebu.

Oslob is a municipality in the southern part of the province of Cebu.

This is the first travel video of most probably a three-part series of my solo travel do-it-yourself trip to Oslob, Cebu.

For the first part, I am featuring the whale sharks of Oslob with underwater and aerial footage. Note that flying of drone is not allowed in the whale shark watching/interaction area, Sumilon Island and Tumalog Falls unless the drone pilot has secured a proper permit from the authorities which I did. Rules and guidelines with respect to the local government’s policies on whale shark interaction must also be strictly observed. In the video, I made sure to keep my distance from the whale sharks and stayed to the boat as close as possible.

There were instances, however, when the whale sharks would go near me or the boat. Hence, I kept still and let them pass. I also did not wear sunscreen or any moisturizer which could affect the whale sharks. Special thanks to the Office of the Municipal Tourism of Oslob and to the Hon. Jose Tumulak, Jr, Mayor of Oslob.

I will be posting new entries on my blog featuring the back story of my trip to Oslob, Cebu and the amazing tourist spots like Baluarte, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Cuartel, Sumilon Island and Tumalog Falls.

I also extended my trip to visit Allegria for canyoneering and Moal Boal. I got to swim with sea turtles and sardines in Moal Boal.

Do follow my Facebook Page and Instagram to stay updated. Signing out for now. Peace!

DISCOVER BATAAN THRU THESE BEHOLD BATAAN ESCAPADE PACKAGES

I have lived most of my life in Metro Manila and every time there is an opportunity to escape the city, Bataan rarely comes to mind. Bataan, dubbed as the country’s historical hub, has been an underrated tourist destination despite the fact that it is only approximately three hours away from Metro Manila by bus. A number of bus companies service this province. Among them are Genesis, Bataan Transit, and Victory Liner.

Bataan is a province located in Central Luzon, a peninsula facing the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). It is so close to Manila that it actually encloses the Manila Bay. In fact, there is a ferry (via the 1Bataan Integrated Transport System) that services the Bataan-Manila route. A one-way ferry ride takes only about one hour.

Below are the ferry fares:

  • Php 450 per way per head for online bookings
    • With bus drop off from Port of Capinpin to Mariveles and Dinalupihan routes
    • Senior Citizen discounts are not applicable
  • Php 799 per way per head for walk-in
    • With bus drop off points to various bus stations in Bataan
    • Senior Citizen discounts are applicable
    • Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booths located at the Port of Orion, Bataan and SM MOA Esplanade Seaside Terminal, Pasay City

Click here to book online.

From August 2 to 3, I had the opportunity to discover the richness in history, culture, beauty and resources of Bataan when I got invited to witness the launch of the Behold Bataan Escapade Tour Packages by the Bataan Provincial Tourism Office. Instead of traveling to Bataan by sea, I took a land trip together with the other travel bloggers because of inclement weather. Darn.

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We arrived at the Bataan Tourism Center in Balanga City safe and sound. Thanks to the exceptional driving skills (naks!) of Roberto Manabat, more popularly known as Vandolph among his peers at the Bataan Tourism Center. Special thanks to Paula Erika Gayeta for seamlessly arranging everything.

We joined other travel bloggers, members of the media and representatives of the different travel agency associations in Central Luzon.

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We were welcomed by the Honorable Governor Alberto S. Garcia himself no less. He briefly shared to us Bataan’s progress as the province having the lowest poverty incidence of 1.16% in the country! Note that the country average is ~22%. During my short visit, I witnessed the people’s enthusiasm to succeed and the provincial government’s dedication to service. There is no doubt that Bataan will be soaring to new heights in business and tourism in the coming years, if not months, to come.

After the short but sweet launch of the Behold Bataan Escapade Packages, we boarded the bus to know, see and experience what Bataan has to offer. We visited the following places of interest in Bataan:

  • Bataan Tourism Center, Balanga
  • Sinagtala Farm Resort, Orani
  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church, Orani
  • Museo ni Maria, Orani
  • Mt. Samat, Shrine of Valor, Pilar
  • Imas Pamangan, Pilar
  • The Oriental Hotel, Mariveles
  • Camaya Coast Beach Resort, Mariveles
  • Bataan World War 2 Museum and Surrender Site Monument, Balanga
  • Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga and Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph, Balanga

Bataan Tourism Center, Balanga

 

Sinagtala Farm Resort, Orani

 

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church, Orani

 

Museo ni Maria, Orani

Museo ni Maria, Orani
Museo ni Maria, Orani

 

Mt. Samat, Shrine of Valor, Pilar

Mt. Samat, Shrine of Valor, Pilar
Mt. Samat, Shrine of Valor, Pilar

 

Imas Pamangan, Pilar

 

The Oriental Hotel, Mariveles

 

Camaya Coast Beach Resort, Mariveles

 

Bataan World War 2 Museum and Surrender Site Monument, Balanga

 

Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga and Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph, Balanga

 

Below are the exciting Behold Bataan Escapade Tours:

  1. Fun-Filled Histo-Cultural Tour – perfect for history buffs
  • Duration: 2 days and 1 night
  • Package Prices:
    • From Bataan: Php 4,035
    • With round trip ferry: Php 4,935
  • Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
    • With one-hour guided heritage tour
    • Calesa Ride
    • River Cruise
    • Hotel de Oriente Tour
    • Php 500 dining credit in any available dining outlet
  • Includes visit to the following places of interest:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga
    • Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph
    • Surrender Site Memorial
    • Bataan World War 2 Museum
    • Rolling Tour at Flaming Sword
    • Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor
    • Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
    • 00 Km Death March Marker (Bagac)
    • Bataan Technology Park

 

  1. Amazing Island Tour – perfect for beachcombers
  • Duration: 2 days and 1 night
  • Package Prices:
    • From Bataan: Php 3,855
    • With round trip ferry: Php 4,755
  • Playa la Caleta
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    • Beach Tent (1 to 3 persons)
    • Waterfalls Trekking or Miguelito Island
    • Slip N Slide
    • Kayak or Stand Up Paddle
    • Bonfire
  • Includes visit to the following places of interest:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor
    • Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower

 

  1. Adrenaline Rushing Water and Adventure Tour – perfect for water-lovers
  • Duration: 2 days and 1 night
  • Package Prices:
    • From Bataan: Php 2,855
    • With round trip ferry: Php 3,755
  • Camaya Coast
    • Inflatable Island
    • Banana Boat
    • Kayak ( 1 hour)
  • Includes visit to the following places of interest:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga
    • Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph
    • Surrender Site Memorial
    • Bataan World War 2 Museum
    • Rolling Tour at Flaming Sword
    • Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor
    • Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
    • 00 Km Death March Marker (Bagac)
    • Bataan Technology Park

 

  1. Thrilling Outdoor Adventure Tour – perfect for adventurers
  • Duration: 2 days and 1 night
  • Package Prices:
    • From Bataan: Php 2,885
    • With round trip ferry: Php 3,785
  • Sinagtala Farm Resort and Adventure Park
    • Sky Bridge
    • Sky Bike
    • Sky Swing
    • Zipline
  • Includes visit to the following places of interest:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga
    • Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph
    • Surrender Site Memorial
    • Bataan World War 2 Museum
    • Rolling Tour at Flaming Sword
    • Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor
    • Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
    • 00 Km Death March Marker (Bagac)
    • Bataan Technology Park

 

  1. Journey To Historical Churches Tour – perfect for the faithful
  • Duration: 2 days and 1 night
  • Package Prices:
    • From Bataan: Php 2,115
    • With round trip ferry: Php 3,015
  • Via Dominicana
    • St. Peter of Verona Church (Hermosa)
    • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church (Orani)
    • St. Catherine of Siena Church (Samal)
    • St. Dominic De Guzman Church (Abucay)
    • Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph (Balanga)
    • Our Lady of Pillar Church (Pilar)
    • St. Michael de Arcangel Church (Orion)
  • Via Sagrada Familia
    • Sto. Cristo Chapel
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel Residencia Sacerdotal
    • Divine Mercy Shrine
    • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Chapel Bahay Puso
  • Includes visit to the following places of interest:
    • Bataan Tourism Center

 

  1. Special Tours
  • Educational Tour
  • Bataan-Corregidor Tour
    • with DOT Accredited Tour Guide
    • includes all entrance fees
    • Morning and Afternoon Snacks
    • Lunch with Bottled Water
    • Transfer during the whole tour via an air-conditioned van
  • Rate applies to a group of ten persons or shared tour
  • Private tours will have varying rates depending on the number of guests
  • Accommodation may also be arranged upon request
  • Additional rate during Holy Week, Christmas, New Year and other holidays
  • Pick up areas will be within Balanga City or nearby towns; additional charges for long distance travels
  • Price may change without prior notice

 

Bataan Day Tour Packages

1. Historical Tour

  • Rate Per Person: Php 1,250
  • Includes visit to:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga
    • Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph
    • Surrender Site Memorial
    • Bataan World War 2 Museum
    • Rolling Tour at Flaming Sword
    • Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor
    • Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
    • 00 Km Death March Marker (Bagac)
    • Bataan Technology Park

 

2. Historical + Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar Day Tour

  • Rate Per Person: Php 2,710
  • Includes visit to:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga
    • Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph
    • Surrender Site Memorial
    • Bataan World War 2 Museum
    • Rolling Tour at Flaming Sword
    • Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor
    • Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
    • 00 Km Death March Marker (Bagac)

 

3. Eco-Tour

  • Rate Per Person: Php 1,405
  • Includes visit to:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Lumutan Falls
    • Ambon-Ambon Falls
    • Pawikan Conservation Center or City of Balanga Wetland and Nature Park

 

You may also watch the short video posted on the Bataan Tourism Facebook Page:

For inquiries and bookings, contact the following DOT accredited agencies:

  • Aura Mosca Travel Co.
    Manelle Sison
    +63917 – 535 – 3198 / +63998 – 588 – 7715
    sales@auramosca.com

 

  • Punto Travel and Tours
    Esmie Punto
    +63916 – 761 – 6716 / +63995 – 203 – 0680
    puntotravelandtour@gmail.com

 

  • Zseanne Travel and Tours
    Anetthe Montefalco
    +63920 – 967 – 6676 / +63917 – 583 – 2484
    zseannetravelandtours@gmail.com

 

So what are you waiting for? Book that spectacular Behold Bataan Escapade Tour now and discover Bataan’s rich heritage and captivating beauty. I am preparing a travel video featuring my 2-day visit in Bataan and will publish it soon. Stay tuned!

Signing out for now. Peace!

IMUS, CAVITE TO BE FEATURED ON ME AND MY TOWN- GMA NEWS TV’S NEWEST TRAVEL SHOW

Me and My Town, the newest Magazine and Travel TV Show, is premiering this August 12, 2018, Sunday, at 9:30 AM on GMA News TV Channel 11. On its pilot episode, Me and My Town will feature the modern and historic city of Imus, Cavite. Me and My Town will also feature the thriving city’s modern plants and factories.

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Me and My Town aims to promote the unique charm of cities and towns in the Philippines. Hosted by veteran broadcast journalist and long time friend Kathy San Gabriel, Me & My Town will feature tourist attractions, food, culture and the arts one town at a time.

Hosted by veteran broadcast journalist and long time friend, Kathy San Gabriel, Me & My Town will feature tourist attractions, food, culture and the arts one town at a time.
Hosted by veteran broadcast journalist and long time friend Kathy San Gabriel, Me & My Town will feature tourist attractions, food, culture and the arts one town at a time.

On each episode, the show will invite a prominent personality who is a native of the place to bring the viewers around and introduce what makes the town different from other towns.

For the pilot episode, Congressman Alex “AA” Advincula, an Imuseno, will be co-hosting and will bring Kathy and the viewers to the historic site of “Battle of Imus” and to the newly constructed hospital and schools. Further, Congressman AA will share the city’s vision, projects and infrastructure programs.

Each thirty-minute episode is also packed with valuable travel tips.

I was invited to the launch yesterday, August 8, 2018, at the Xing Oriental Bistro in San Juan, Metro Manila. I joined other Travel Bloggers and members of the media.

Invitation for Me and My Town Launch Party

The show’s executives promise that Me and My Town will not be the usual magazine and travel show. It aims to ignite the Filipino’s love for one’s town.

Me and My Town Launch
(From left to right) Dianne Sta. Ana, Sales and Marketing Manager; Jonathan Espina, Associate Producer; Kathy San Gabriel, host; and, Joanne Cristobal, Executive Producer.

Me and My Town is produced by The Concept Workshop and airs every Sunday, 9:30 AM on GMA News TV channel 11.

Me and My Town Launch
Me with (from left to right) Safrein Arellano, event’s host; Eric Go, Managing Director of The Concept Workshop; Kathy San Gabriel, Program Host; and, Joanne Cristobal, Executive Producer.

Signing out for now. Peace!

About the The Concept Workshop
The Concept Workshop, under iFortyOne13 Productions, Inc. started as an idea. A dream from a humble heart, made a reality with nimble yet able hands. Through countless efforts, obstacles and hurdles stood no chance at hindering the company from coming into fruition.
Specializing in audio-visual presentations, advertising, and related areas, the company whose pillars are seasoned and well-trained professionals in the field of communications and the media arts strives to provide nothing less of excellence in terms of visual entertainment, e.g., short films, television commercials, product launches, documentaries, and television shows.
Today, The Concept Workshop stands as a company that aims to not only get with the times in terms of the media and its branches, but to be a pioneer in its ever-innovating field. The Concept Workshop is a team constantly moving towards bigger and bolder scopes of media-related projects.
As a prime example of its continuous effort, The Concept Workshop is currently turning its gears, producing a television show with GMA News TV called, “Me & My Town.” Through this endeavour, the company aims to present the country’s towns not only in terms of tourism, but of each place’s exemplary governance, its culture, and the people that make each destination colourful and worth a visit.
As with all of its undertakings and steadfast movement towards eminence, The Concept Workshop is the company that will, indeed, take the media world by storm, One Town at a Time!

HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK A FLIGHT NOW VIA AIRASIA TO VISIT CAGAYAN DE ORO

Why Book A Flight Via AirAsia Now?

  • Promo fares from as low as P490, all-in seat sale are now available!
  • Booking Period: August 8, 2018 until August 12, 2018
  • Travel Period: October 28, 2018 to March 30, 2019

Book here NOW!

SMPost_AirAsia now flies to Cagayan De Oro

Starting October 28, 2018, AirAsia, the world’s best low cost carrier, is expanding its domestic network in Mindanao with the addition of new flights from Cagayan De Oro City to Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and Clark.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “AirAsia is committed to connect communities in the Philippines. Our newest routes connecting Northern Mindanao to Cebu and Iloilo in Visayas and to Manila and Clark in Luzon will provide the much-needed domestic connections as there are definitely great tourism and business potentials here. Let’s paint Cagayan de Oro City skies red and make air travel more affordable, convenient and reliable.”

To celebrate the launch of AirAsia’s newest Cagayan de Oro City routes, promo fares from as low as P490, all-in seat sale are now available for booking at www.airasia.com from August 8, 2018 until August 12, 2018 for travel period between October 28, 2018 to March 30, 2019.

AirAsia’s Cagayan de Oro – Manila route will operate twice daily, Cagayan de Oro – Cebu route with flights daily while Cagayan de Oro – Iloilo three times weekly and Cagayan de Oro – Clark at four times weekly.

Air Asia Schedule of Flight to CDO
AirAsia’s Cagayan de Oro – Manila route will operate twice daily, Cagayan de Oro – Cebu route with flights daily while Cagayan de Oro – Iloilo three times weekly and Cagayan de Oro – Clark at four times weekly.

AirAsia offers several domestic and international flights from the airline’s hub in Manila, Cebu and Clark. Book your flights here NOW!

Stay updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

Why Visit Cagayan De Oro?

Cagayan De Oro is what the Department of Tourism Region 10 refers to as the regional center of Northern Mindanao.  Located along the central coast of Mindanao, Cagayan De Oro is one of the largest regional economies of the second-largest island in the Philippine archipelago. With a total land area of 488.86 square kilometers, Cagayan De Oro City serves as the hub of business, trade, information technology and adventure tourism of the region.

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Cagayan De Oro is referred to as the Whitewater Rafting Capital of the Philippines.

 

Top Three Places To Visit In Cagayan De Oro

Malasag Eco-Tourism Village

See amazing replicas of the houses of the tribes of Bukidnon while enjoying a spectacular view of the Macajalar Bay.

Malasag Eco-Tourism Village
Photo by: Jay Valmonte of #EatsGoodtobeinCDO
Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro

Mapawa Nature Park

Go nature tripping and bird watching in the 2,500-hectare Mapawa Nature Park where a unique forest flora and fauna abound. It used to be a ranch owned by the former Philippine Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez. For adventure seekers, exciting activities await such as taking a river trek complete with a  natural water slide and conquering a 70-foot water rappel. Ziplines and horseback riding are also available.

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Photo by: Jay Valmonte of #EatsGoodtobeinCDO Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro

 

St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral

Visit the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral which houses the 400-year-old image of the Birhen Sa Kota and the beautiful 19th-century stained glass windows donated by the Sacred Heart Sisters of New York during its reconstruction in 1942.

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Photo by: Jay Valmonte of #EatsGoodtobeinCDO
Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro

 

The Laguindingan Airport, located 46 kilometers from Cagayan De Oro and 57 kilometers from Iligan, serves as a gateway of Region 10. It serves the cities of Cagayan De Oro and Iligan, as well as the provinces of Lanao Del Norte, Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon.

 

Notable Places To Visit In Region 10

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Abaga Falls, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental. Photo by: Jay Valmonte of Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro
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Divine Mercy Shrine, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental. Photo by: Jay Valmonte of Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro
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Mantigue Island, Camiguin. Photo by: Jay Valmonte of Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro
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Tuasan Falls, Camiguin. Photo by: Jay Valmonte of Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro

 

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Monastery of Transfiguration, Malaybalay, Bukidnon. Photo by: Jay Valmonte of Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro

So what are you waiting for? There is so much to see, love and experience in Region 10. Book your flights here NOW!

Special shout out to my friend and fellow blogger Jay Valmonte for contributing to this blog entry. Signing out for now. Peace!

 

About AirAsia Philippines:
AirAsia Philippines is a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia Inc. which is a joint venture company among Filipino investors Antonio O. Cojuangco, former Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, Michael L. Romero, Marianne B. Hontiveros, and Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad.
AAP operates a fleet of 21 aircraft with domestic and international flights out of hubs in Manila, Cebu, and Clark. The airline operates several flights to/from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Kalibo, Caticlan (Boracay), Tacloban, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Clark, Cagayan de Oro* and Iloilo in the Philippines with international flights to/from Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Taipei, Incheon (Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta and Bali.
AAP is part of the AirAsia Group that has been awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for ten consecutive years running by Skytrax since 2009 to 2018.
*starts October 28, 2018

HOW TO GET TO MAKATI FROM CALOOCAN IN 37 MINUTES FOR ONLY P15

Based on reports, Metro Manila’s night-time population of 12.9 million rises to 15 million during daytime as people from the outskirts find their way to Metropolitan Manila for work. Living in congested Metro Manila that is made up of 16 cities and 1 municipality can be stressful especially for commuters.

Having an efficient mass transit system such as city buses, trolleybuses, trams, passenger trains, rapid transit and ferries similar to more developed countries is a must. Further, having a high-speed rail network connecting the different provinces to the center of commerce will certainly ease congestion and traffic in Metro Manila.

I have been to several countries where majority of the people use an efficient mass transit system primarily because it is available and convenient. In Nagoya, Japan, for example, from my hotel window, what I thought was a main thoroughfare like EDSA (Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue) was actually a complex system of multiple railways from as far as the eye could see.

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When I visited Seoul, South Korea, I did not see so many pedestrians walking the city streets. I thought it was just because of the cold weather. On my second day, I went for a stroll to explore. I discovered that the buildings were interconnected underground by tunnels and that there was a complex subway system servicing the city. People shuttled in and out of the city using subways. There was even a subway station connected to my hotel that could take me straight to the airport.

Dubai also has a metro. When I visited Dubai, I preferred using it when I traveled to and fro Sharjah.

When I visited Malaysia this year, I took the KLIA Express from the international airport to Kuala Lumpur. It was more expensive than taking the bus but certainly faster and more convenient. Click here for my blog and vlog entry when I visited Malaysia.

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The Philippine National Railways (PNR) is government-owned. Based on my research, it began its operations on November 24, 1892. Then, it was called Ferrocarril de Manila-Dagupan and then later adapted the name Manila Railroad Company when the Americans took over from the Spaniards. It was officially inaugurated as the Philippine National Railways on June 20, 1964.

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PNR used to service the La Union-Bicol route with a track stretching 1,100 kilometers. Over the years, truth be told, PNR became inefficient with the neglect of previous administrations coupled by damage caused by informal settlers and super typhoons. Currently, the Manila-Bicol Services are suspended.

PNR Route Map

Fast forward to 2018, after more than 20 years, the Caloocan-Dela Rosa Line has finally reopened. This is certainly a big help in providing commuters a faster and better alternative to get from North to South and vice versa in Metropolitan Manila.

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If one lives in Caloocan and works in Makati, there is now a more convenient means of shuttling to and fro. For only a flat fare of P15.00, one can get to Makati from Caloocan in merely 37 minutes in an air-conditioned coach (P12.00 for regular).

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The Caloocan-Dela Rosa Shuttle Train Service has three coaches. Aside from the train conductor, there are at least two roving marshals on board to ensure the safety and security of the passengers.

The Caloocan-Dela Rosa Line stops ONLY at the following stations:

  • Asistio Station
  • 5th Avenue Station
  • Solis Station
  • Blumentritt Station
  • Espana Station
  • Sta. Mesa Station
  • Dela Rosa Station

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Watch the short vlog below posted on my Facebook Page:

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Below are the train schedules of the Caloocan-Dela Rosa Shuttle Train Service.

Below are the Train Schedules for C3/5th Avenue and Solis Stations.

I also met new friends at the Asistio Train Station while doing my vlog.

Bomb jokes are not allowed while on board and at the stations. It is punishable by law with five (5) years imprisonment or P 40,000 or both.

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I left Asistio Station at 3:45 PM and arrived at the Dela Rosa Station at 4:23 PM as scheduled. The train left and arrived on time. I said 4:25 on the vlog because that was the time that I saw on my wrist watch after taking some footage upon arrival.

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PNR Dela Rosa Makati Train Staion
PNR Dela Rosa Makati Train Staion
PNR Dela Rosa Makati Train Staion

From what I have read, the reopening of the Caloocan-Dela Rosa Line of the PNR is just
the beginning of better things to come. Rehabilitation of the North and South Rails is already underway. Expected completion of the North Rail that will connect Metro Manila to Bulacan and Pampanga via the Tutuban-Clark Line is 2021. Pre-construction started in January 2018.

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I look forward to the day when there are less cars on the road and more people taking mass transportation because it is more convenient.

Stay updated by liking my Page and subscribing to this blog. Special thanks to the official Facebook Page of the Philippine National Railways for sharing my vlog. For more information about the ongoing and upcoming projects of PNR, visit their website by clicking here.

Signing out for now. Peace!

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ONGOING PROMO FARES FOR AUGUST FROM AIRASIA & PHILIPPINE AIRLINES

August is no ghost month for travelers! As they say, never stop exploring! This August, avail of ongoing promo fares from your favorite airlines! Be sure to subscribe to this website and Facebook Page to get the latest travel and lifestyle updates.

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Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines’ Three-Day Sale starts today, from August 1 to  August 3, 2018!

Avail of promo seats at Php 999, all-in one-way economy fare for domestic destinations. Click here to book.

Where to go? Why not Siargao? Check out this 60-second teaser of my latest travel video featuring Siargao.

 

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AirAsia

From July 30 until August 5, 2018, book and avail of Air Asia’s promo fares.

BIG Members may avail of AirAsia’s promo fares from as low as Php 1,190, all in, one-way. Non-Members may avail of promo fares from as low as Php 1,258. Travel period should be between July 20, 2018 and January 31, 2019.

Book your flights now here!

Sign up here to be an AirAsia BIG Member and enjoy the following perks:

  • Redeem trips to over 130 AirAsia destinations
  • Save up to 90% on AirAsia flights
  • Receive exclusive offers and free gifts

Check out AirAsia’s latest partnership with Bohol for the Sandugo Festival here.

Before you go, watch my latest travel video featuring the amazing island of Siargao.

Watch this on Youtube for better definition:

Happy travels! Signing out for now. Peace!

ENTERTAINMENT | TALENTS WITH ACTING SKILLS WANTED FOR A TVC

Joel Jaws Andrada. Photography by Chris Dela Cruz
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A good friend of mine from the Entertainment Industry is looking for talents preferably with acting skills for  a television commercial. Scheduled shoot is this August 2018.

Requirements:

  • 1 male in his early 40’s to play as father
  • 1 female in her early 40’s to play as mother
  • 1 male teenager, to play as son
  • 1 female teenager, to play as daughter

If you have got what it takes, please send composite cards to joynyu@yahoo.com and include corresponding talent fee/s. Deadline of submission is August 4, 2018.

Good luck! Signing out for now. Peace!