BORACAY REOPENS AFTER SIX MONTHS & HERE ARE THE DO’s & DON’Ts

Boracay Station 1 during the reopening on October 26, 2018 after 6 months of rehabilitation.
Boracay Station 1 during the reopening on October 26, 2018 after 6 months of rehabilitation.

Boracay, the country’s prime jewel, has finally reopened on October 26, 2018 for tourism after six months of rehabilitation. Fortunately, I got the opportunity to visit Boracay on its reopening day.

Click here for my blog entry regarding Boracay closure.

Thanks to my good old friend Jen for tagging me along. We were billeted at the Red Coconut Hotel from October 26 to 31 before moving to Frendz Hostel & Resort Boracay to join other friends from October 31 to November 5, 2018.

Now that this masterpiece of an island paradise has finally reopened, let us do our part and be good stewards. Let us stay on guard in keeping the environment clean and green.

Boracay Do’s and Don’ts

Below are the do’s and don’ts when visiting Boracay:

Boracay do's and don't's

  • Do dispose your garbage properly
  • Do smoke on the designated smoking areas
  • Do avoid using single use plastic bags instead use an eco bag
  • Do use public rest room, toilet or lavatory
  • Do all establishment maintain the cleanliness on their respective areas
  • Don’t litter on the beach and in other public areas
  • Don’t smoke on the beach and in other public areas
  • Don’t extract or collect sand and pebbles in the beach areas
  • Don’t carry or clutch glass bottles or any beverages in the beach areas
  • Don’t urinate or defecate in any public place

The above are Municipal Ordinances. Anyone caught doing what is not allowed by law will be dealt with accordingly by the authorities with corresponding fines and penalties. There are roving police officers and marshals. Hence, it is in your best interest to just follow the law while enjoying Boracay.

Drone flying is also prohibited unless authorization has been sought by the drone operator.

From the airport, go DIY and proceed to the tricycle queue just across Caticlan Airport. I shared a tricycle ride with Riczi Dio whom I just met at the queue. Tricycle fare is Php 50 per person. You can also rent the whole tricycle by your lonesome. You just need to pay Php 100.

Tricycle ride with a new friend from Caticlan Airport to the Caticlan Jetty Port
Tricycle ride with new friend Riczi Dio from Caticlan Airport to the Caticlan Jetty Port. Fare is Php 50 per person.
Boracay Tourist Verification Center, Caticlan Jetty Port
Boracay Tourist Verification Center, Caticlan Jetty Port

The number of tourists allowed to enter the island is limited and monitored. Ensure that you have your hotel voucher with you upon registration at the Caticlan Jetty Port. If you are traveling with family or friends who will be staying with you in your hotel room, make sure that their names are listed on the hotel voucher as well.

Boracay Tourist Verification Counter, Caticlan Jetty Port
Boracay Tourist Verification Counter, Caticlan Jetty Port
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Thanks to the Department of Tourism for welcoming me to Boracay with this necklace.

Once verified, proceed to the counter to pay the following:

  • Pump boat fare Php 25
  • Terminal fee Php 100
  • Environmental fee Php 75
Caticlan Jetty Port Pump Boat Fare, Terminal Fee and Environmental Fee
Once verified, proceed to the counter to pay the pump boat fare Php 25, terminal fee Php 100 and environmental fee Php 75.
Pump boat from Caticlan Jetty Port to Cagban Port
Pump boat from Caticlan Jetty Port to Cagban Port, Boracay.
Cagban Port
Cagban Port, Boracay

The boat ride from Caticlan Port to Cagban Port was smooth and only took twenty minutes. At the Cagban Port, Riczi and I shared another tricycle ride for Php 120 or Php 60 per person to bring us to Boracay D’Mall where we would go our separate ways. E-trikes are also available. Fare is Php 20 per head. The tricycle ride from Cagban Port to D’Mall took about thirty minutes versus the usual fifteen minutes because of slow traffic and ongoing road and drainage constructions.

The New Boracay

Borcay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.
Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

I stayed in Boracay for eleven days, probably the longest I have ever been on an island. Why? Well, simply because I fell in love with the place again. Despite the ongoing road construction and establishment repairs, it seemed that everything was in its proper place. It felt like the Boracay I first saw way back in the early days. But then again, this is me. Some like it wild and cluttered. I like it serene and clean.

I had a chance to talk to Tita Connie, owner of Red Coconut Hotel. She has been living on the island since 1982. She shared that after six months of closure, Boracay now looks like the Boracay of the 1990s. She feels sad though that the locals had to suffer the brunt of the closure. There was practically no business going on on the island for six months. But she believes that the closure was necessary to save Boracay from being a cesspool. I have spoken to a number of locals as well and they all feel the same thing. After six months of rest, they are now more than ready to welcome tourists on the island.

Yes! No more bed mats or umbrellas near the shore. No clutter. All beach front properties have to follow the 25+5-meter no-build zone. This means that there should be no private structures built within the 30-meter easement between the shore and the beachfront property.

Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.
Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.
Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.
Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.
Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.
Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

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Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

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Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

One afternoon, I went jogging from Station Two to Station One. It was only a day after typhoon #Rosita and I noticed that the strong waves brought by habagat (south wind) have pushed ashore a number of garbage.

On the beach of Station One, I found a big ziploc plastic bag. I picked it up. After a few steps, I saw candy and Rebisco wrappers. I picked them up and put them in the ziploc bag. Then, I saw one and yet another trash. Picked them up and placed them in the bag. Not soon enough, the big ziploc bag was already full of plastic trash I picked up from the shores of Station One.

Near Station Two, I saw an empty sack. I placed the already full ziploc bag inside and continued my way picking trash. By the time I reached the front of our hotel, my sack was already heavy and full of plastic garbage. I gave the sack of garbage to the hotel staff for disposal.

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By the time I reached the front of our hotel, my sack was already heavy and full of plastic garbage.
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A cement sack full of plastic garbage which I collected from the shores of Boracay Stations 1 and 2.

I felt proud of myself because I was able to contribute in my own little way in cleaning the newly reopened Boracay. So when you do get to visit Boracay or any of our beautiful islands, please be responsible and leave no trash behind. I was guilty of it in the past.

I also hope that more trash bins are installed in Stations One and Two like the ones donated by The Juan Effect of Cebu Pacific Air in Stations Two and Three.

The Juan Effect Trash Bins from Cebu Pacific Air
The Juan Effect Trash Bins from Cebu Pacific Air

Kudos also to the staff / volunteers of Department of Environment and Natural Resources for regularly collecting trash on the beautiful beach of Boracay.

Kudos also to the staff / volunteers of Department of Environment and Natural Resources for regularly collecting trash on the beautiful beach of Boracay.
Kudos also to the staff / volunteers of Department of Environment and Natural Resources for regularly collecting trash on the beautiful beach of Boracay.

I will be back very soon. Booked my tickets already for February 2019. I might be back even before that though. And when I do, I hope to see the same, if not better, Boracay.

Remember to never stop exploring the world one story at a time. Signing out for now. Peace!

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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.

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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

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!

AIR ASIA | WORLD’S BEST LOW COST CARRIER IS BOHOL’S AIRLINE PARTNER FOR SANDUGO FESTIVAL

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Being an Air Asia’s BIG Member has a lot of perks:

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

Sign up here:

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You may also download the official Air Asia Mobile App to conveniently search for

available flights, do online check-in, get passes and manage your bookings.

Download the Air Asia Mobile App now:

For Android users, click here.

For IOS users, click here.

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Screenshot of the Air Asia Mobile App. Download yours and be able to conveniently search available flights, check-in, get passes and manage your bookings.

Book from July 30 until August 5, 2018 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.

I already booked two flights for my upcoming travels this August!

Bohol's Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.
Bohol’s Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.

This is also the best time to book your flights to Bohol to celebrate the annual historical Sandugo Festival in Tagbilaran City. Sandugo or blood compact in English was performed between Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, Spanish explorer, and Datu Sikatuna, Chieftain of Bohol, on March 16, 1565 as a symbol of friendship.

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Bohol’s Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.

AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline for 10 straight years running, is Bohol’s official airline partner for the annual Sandugo Festival 2018. ThThis year’s festival theme is Legacy @ 30: A 30th year of Sandugo Festival.

AirAsia is a major and only airline sponsor for the festival composed of a string of events. One of which is the search for the Miss Bohol pageant.

(Center)The reigning Miss Bohol 2018 Raclaire Stephan Dinsay Cesar Trigo happily poses for a photo together with her court on the AirAsia float.
(Center)The reigning Miss Bohol 2018 Raclaire Stephan Dinsay Cesar Trigo happily poses for a photo together with her court on the AirAsia float.

As a major sponsor, AirAsia is involved in the Festival’s brand advertising, promotional activities and campaigns, familiarization trips for consumer and trade associations, media, travel agencies, greater tourism development and route network synergy, joint roadshows to trade partners, and many more.

Bohol's Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.
Bohol’s Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.

The partnership was signed in February by Bohol Provincial Governor Edgar Chatto and the airline’s CEO Captain Dexter Comendador.

“It brings us so much pride to be your official carrier. Boholanos are known for their excellent service culture which is also one of the hallmarks of AirAsia’s brand of service. It’s going to be an exciting time for all of us and we look forward to working even more closely with the provincial government and the various hotel and tourism stakeholders not only for this festival but throughout the year, ” AAP CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said. AirAsia awarded this year’s winner of Miss Bohol, Ms. Raclaire Stephan Dinsay Cesar Trigo who hailed from the City of Tagbilaran with free flights and the title Miss AirAsia 2018 while offering special fares to encourage tourists to travel to Bohol.

So what are you guys waiting for? Book your flights now here! Sign up as a BIG Member here and enjoy the perks exclusive to BIG Members and so much more!
Stay updated with AirAsia’s latest promotion and activities via:

Twitter (@AirAsiaFilipino)

Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsiaPH)

Instagram (@AirAsiaFilipino).

About AirAsia Philippines

AirAsia Philippines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Philippines 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. PAA operates a fleet of 20 aircraft with domestic and international flights out of hubs in Manila, Clark, Cebu and Kalibo. The airline operates several flights to/from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Kalibo(Boracay), Tacloban, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan) and Iloilo in the Philippines with international flights to/from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Taipei, Incheon (Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok, Bali, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh and Singapore. PAA also flies to Taipei via Manila and Cebu. AAP is part of the AirAsia Group that has been awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for 10 consecutive years running by Skytrax since 2009 to 2018.

BORACAY CLOSURE TRAVEL ADVISORIES FROM PAL, CEBU PAC & AIR ASIA

Last April 4, President Rodrigo Duterte approved the proposal to close down the country’s top tourist destination Boracay for six months starting on April 26, 2018 to allow the island’s rehabilitation. The recommendation came from an interagency task force from the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Tourism (DOT) and Interior and Local Government (DILG).

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Boracay, the country’s top tourist destination, will close down for six months starting on April 26, 2018 to allow the island’s rehabilitation

So where does this leave travelers who have already booked their flights to Boracay, specifically Caticlan and Kalibo, within the shutdown period? I have compiled below the travel advisories from the country’s three major airlines for ease of reference:

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Philippine Airlines Travel Advisory

Options available to affected passengers going to Kalibo and Caticlan:

  • Rebook
  • Reroute
  • Refund with penalties and charges waived

“Passengers of the affected Kalibo and Caticlan flights have the option to rebook / reroute / refund with penalties and charges waived. Rerouting options cover both domestic and international routes. Passengers may contact PAL Hotline ((+632) (02) 855 – 8888, log on to www.philippineairlines.com or visit the nearest PAL ticketing office or partner travel agent for the rebooking/ rerouting/ refunding of their tickets.”

Philippine Airlines will scale down its services to Caticlan and Kalibo airports for six months and scale up flights to other Philippine tourist destinations.

Click here for the full advisory from Philippine Airlines.

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Cebu Pacific Travel Advisory

Options available to affected passengers going to Kalibo and Caticlan:

  • Rebook, subject to seat availability
  • Reroute to any domestic destination, subject to seat availability
  • Refund
  • Place full value of ticket in a travel fund for future use

For rebooking or refund, visit www.cebupacificair.com and go to “Manage Booking” section.

GetGo members who redeemed flights during the period covered by the flight suspension may avail of the following options:

  • Rebook up to 30 days from original travel date, subject to seat availability
  • Reroute to any domestic destination within 30 days from original travel date, subject to seat availability.
  • Credit back points to member’s GetGo account by calling +632 714 3846″

“Guests who booked through a travel agent or any other third party are encouraged to provide us with their own contact details so they are directly advised about any flight changes.”

“For any other concerns, passengers may also message the official Cebu Pacific Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cebupacificair) or Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) accounts. They may also try the CEB hotline at +632 702 0888, however due to the heavy volume of calls, the fastest way to rebook or refund affected flights is via the ”Manage Booking” section in the Cebu Pacific website.”

Cebu Pacific will cancel flights to and from Caticlan and Kalibo, in Aklan from April 26 to October 27, 2018.

Click here for the full travel advisory from Cebu Pacific.

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Air Asia Travel Advisory 

Options available to affected passengers going to Kalibo and Caticlan:

  • Change destination, on any flights operated by AirAsia Philippines (carrier code Z2) for the same country pair within 30 days of the original travel date at no extra cost, subject to seat availability and government mandated taxes. Fare difference shall apply for international flights operated by other AirAsia Group carriers and changes to travel date beyond 30 calendar days
  • Move flight date: Change to a new travel date on the same route without additional cost, subject to seat availability
  • Credit account: Retain the value of fare in your AirAsia BIG Loyalty account for future travel with AirAsia. The online credit account is valid for booking within 180 calendar days from the date of issue
  • Full refund: Obtain a full refund to your original payment method for the amount equivalent to your booking.

To move flight date / change destination / credit account, fill in an e-Form available on support.airasia.com and do the following:

  1. Click on the Email Us tab on the right panel
  2. Select Enquiry/Request under Type of Feedback
  3. Select Booking under Sub Category 1
  4. Select Boracay Closure for Sub Category 2
  5. Type in your option under Subject: “Boracay – Move Flight” OR ”Boracay – Change
  6. Destination” OR “Boracay – Credit Account”
  7. Complete the remaining form fields and click Submit to proceed
  • For move flight, provide new flight details (date and time) and passenger name(s)
  • For change of destination, provide new destination, flight details (date and time) and passenger(s)
  • For credit account, provide your AirAsia BIG Loyalty member ID

To get full refund, fill in an e-Form available on support.airasia.com and do the following:

  1. Click on the Email Us tab on the right panel
  2. Select Refund under Type of Feedback
  3. Select Flight Cancellation under Sub Category 1
  4. Type in Subject field: “Boracay – Refund”
  5. Complete the remaining form fields and click Submit to proceed

Click here for the full travel advisory from Air Asia.

Good luck!

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Throwback: Boracay 2007

Joel Jaws Andrada, Boracay, September 2007
Boracay, September 2007

 

AIR ASIA’S THE RED HUB CONVENTION: CONNECTING DIGITAL NOMADS ACROSS ASIA & BEYOND

Yesterday, March 17, 2018, I had the most wonderful opportunity to attend and cover Air Asia’s Red Hub Convention at The Axon at Green Sun in Makati City, Philippines. Thank you Air Asia. As a BIG Member, it was a privilege and an honor to be covering this event.

Me attending Air Asia's The Red Hub Convention at The Axon, Green Sun, Makati City, Philippines
Me attending Air Asia’s The Red Hub Convention at The Axon, Green Sun, Makati City, Philippines

AirAsia, the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier, held a digital convention for digital nomads and entrepreneurs at the The Axon at Green Sun. The convention focused on the culture of digital nomads and how AirAsia connects them across Asia.

Air Asia Red Hub Convention Media Kit
Air Asia Red Hub Convention Media Kit

Who or what are Digital Nomads? They can vary from self-employed freelancers or full-time employees, often of start-ups. Digital nomads are internet-savvy individuals who earn their living from a distance. They usually move from one place to another from co-working spaces to coffee shops to beaches, both in Manila and in other parts of the world.

Me with fellow digital nomads: self-employed freelancers, full-time employees who move from one place to another locally and abroad.
Me with fellow digital nomads: self-employed freelancers, full-time employees who move from one place to another locally and abroad.

Yes, I am a digital nomad.

You see, I have been self-employed after leaving the corporate environment in 2016. With the lack of a better term then, I would call myself an online nomad, working outside cubicles and the usual working hours as an online content producer/creator.

Working on my laptop in my little nook at Air Asia's #Redhub Convention
Working on my laptop in my little nook at Air Asia’s #Redhub Convention

I first learned about the term digital nomad two years ago and how digital nomads, mostly foreigners, have crowded the internet cafes and coffee shops in Bali, Indonesia, sharing work spaces while waiting for the next wave to surf.

The term digital nomad or diginomad was all too foreign then.  It amazes me how fast it has become popular locally in just a span of two years. Now there are more virtual offices and co-work spaces and more jobs offering  flexible work schedules and work-from-home options.

Me with Aileen Dreyfuss, Air Asia Philippines' Communications Executive at the Red Hub Convention
Me with Aileen Dreyfuss, Air Asia Philippines’ Communications Executive at the Red Hub Convention

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador welcomed everyone by how AirAsia supports the growing needs of these digital nomads in the workplace.

Air Asia Philippines CEO
AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said “AirAsia aims to continuously provide better connection to our guests, not only through our massive network in Asia and beyond but also through innovative, digital, and mobile solutions so they can grow and expand their experiences and network on a regional scale. There is a lot of talent in the region which, to date, has lacked the access and opportunities that are readily available to budding entrepreneurs in the West. Through AirAsia Red Hub Convention, we aim to provide the platform and the environment to encourage, validate, and ultimately implement new exciting ideas.”

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The prominent speakers who graced the event were:

  • Pete Chareonwongsak – Regional Chief Operations Officer, AirAsia
  • Norhizam Kadir – VP, Growth Ecosystems Development, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  • Johannes Jaeger –Co-founder, Hack Horizon
  • Shahab Shabibi – CEO & Co-founder, Machine Ventures
  • Steve Munroe – CEO & Co-founder, Hubud
  • Mikko Barranda – CEO & Co-founder, Acceler8
  • Aarom Sarma – CEO, Touristly
  • Trisha Velarmino – P.S. I’m On My Way, Travel Blogger
Me and Kenneth Surat with fellow Travel Blogger and Red Hub Convention Speaker Trisha Velarmino who told us that being a Travel Blogger is a profession. Be proud. You worked and should continue to work for it.
Me and Kenneth Surat with fellow Travel Blogger and Red Hub Convention Speaker Trisha Velarmino who told us that being a Travel Blogger is a profession. Be proud. You worked and should continue to work for it.

The Red Hub Convention Speakers focused on 3 topics:

  • The Future of Work-  about the growth and expansion of the startup industry
  • Venture Adventures- focused on how the way we work is changing with the emergence of new, innovative economic models and how mobility has evolved to bring new opportunities for the workforce of tomorrow
  • Borderless Business- highlighted the opportunities and ease of doing business across borders, particularly for entrepreneurs in key startup economies such as Manila, Jakarta, Bali, Hong Kong, China
Facebook remains to be the biggest "nation" in the world with 2 billion active users.
Facebook remains to be the biggest “nation” in the world with 2 billion active users.

The Red Hub Convention came at a perfect time for Filipinos, especially with more people venturing into their own businesses. Manila is fast becoming one of Southeast Asia’s growing startup hubs.

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Fellow Travel Blogger Rona Beltran striking a pose.

Although the startup scene in the country may be young, it has a lot of potential for innovation and the recent convention encouraged our fellow Filipinos to step up and step out of their comfort zones.

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Red Hub Convention attendees doing an interactive activity after lunch

Through AirAsia, Filipinos now have the opportunity to explore business beyond borders while continuing to thrive in entrepreneurial pursuits. With Air Asia’s low-cost and efficient flying options, digital nomads can now easily travel across different cities in Asia and look for business opportunities. The Red Hub Convention was perfect for whether you’re a digital nomad, industry expert or social entrepreneur.

The convention ended at four in the afternoon. I had a grand time connecting with other digital nomads from different segments of the online world. I believe I gained enough confidence after learning that there is indeed a bright future for me as an Online Content Creator and a Travel Blogger. I just need to be authentic, consistent and persevering in publishing relevant online content for the 3.6 billion people who are online. Got to go! Every minute counts. I need to finish stuff here in the Philippines before I board a plane to Jakarta (of course, via Air Asia) tomorrow morning. Signing out for now. Peace!

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There are 3.6 billion people who are online per minute.

 

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