Philippine flights given go-ahead

Cebu Pacific Air, a Philippines-based airline, plans to begin direct flights between its home country and Cambodia in the spring of 2010, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said Tuesday.

Cebu Air is authorised to start flying to our country in March or April next year,” he said, citing a memorandum of understanding signed by Cambodia’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on September 16 to open the airways between the two countries.The agreement is the fourth Cambodia has made this year allowing direct flights. The SSCA has also inked deals with Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Under the terms of the agreement, up to seven flights a week originating from Cambodia are authorised to land at Manila, 14 in the Clark Freeport Zone and another 14 for any point in the Philippines outside the two aviation centres.

The Philippines is a major tourism hub in Southeast Asia, Thong Khon said, adding that the deal would draw more tourists directly from the Philippines as well as offer another transfer point for tourists travelling from other locations.

“I hope that tourism from the Philippines will increase further,” he said. “Moreover, with the new flights, we plan not only to attract Filipino tourists, but we also aim to draw tourists from other countries,” he said.

Filipinos do not require a visa to visit Cambodia; nor do Cambodians require a Philippine visa to travel there, Thong Khon said.

Air traffic at the two main Cambodian international airports, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, fell 12.96 percent in the first nine months of 2009 year-on-year, according to Tourism Ministry figures, but the number of tourists arriving from the Philippines bucked the trend. According to ministry’s numbers, 36,608 tourists arrived from the Philippines in the first nine months of 2009, 29.36 percent up from the same period a year earlier.

The Philippines ambassador in Phnom Penh could not be reached for comment, Tuesday.

SSCA Cabinet Chief Long Chheng said the two sides were currently working on ironing out the details of the flights. “I am not sure of the exact date the flights will commence because I have received no confirmation,” he said, adding that an Air Service Agreement (ASA) still must to be signed by both parties.

The SSCA is actively pursuing additional open-skies agreements to boost the tourism sector, Long Chheng said. “We welcome the direct flights from the Philippines and hope they start as soon as possible,” he said. “That will be very good for our tourism sector.

The SSCA and the CAAP had been working on the agreement since 2007.

WEDNESDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 2009 15:01 MAY KUNMAKARA | http://www.phnompenhpost.com

Looking forward to this.


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CEB allots 100,000 seats for sought-after P1 seat sale to all destinations

For travel June 15-September 30, 2010

The Philippines’ leading airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) offers a ‘Go Lite’ P1 seat sale to all international and domestic destinations from October 31 to November 2, 2009, or until the allotted 100,000 seats are sold out. Travel period is June 15-September 30, 2010.

CEB flies the most routes and destinations in the Philippines, including Siargao, Laoag, Roxas, Virac (Catanduanes), Naga (Camarines Sur), Busuanga (Palawan), Cauayan (Isabela) and Kalibo (Boracay).

The trademark P1 seat sale also covers all of CEB’s 14 international destinations namely: Kota Kinabalu, Taipei, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Busan, Shanghai, Incheon and Osaka.

CEB flies to Hong Kong and Singapore direct from Manila, Cebu and Clark.

Passengers with check-in luggage will just add P100 upon booking. The P1 fare is exclusive of government taxes and administration fees.

“CEB’s piso seat sale gives even more people an opportunity to fly. It is our early Christmas present, and our way of saying thank you to the overwhelming support from our passengers,” said Candice Iyog, CEB VP for marketing and distribution.

“We also hope to stimulate local tourism, since the seat sale is available from international markets as well. Now, international travelers can come to the Philippines and discover the many exciting destinations we can offer,” she added.

She encouraged everyone to act fast and book the P1 seats online. This promotion is only available via www.cebupacificair.com or through travel agents using the Amadeus global distribution system.

Passengers without credit cards can also book online and pay via Bancnet Online or over-the-counter transactions at Banco de Oro.

Gokongwei-owned CEB has a fleet of 21 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR72-500 aircraft. It is the youngest aircraft fleet in the Philippines and one of the youngest in Asia.


Burgos, Pangasinan Weekend (Part II)

Sangbay Falls

The next day, we woke up early and prepared ourselves to go to Sangbay Falls. We decided to rent a tricycle that would take us to the trail that would lead us to the Falls. It was about 10 minutes walk along the fields and probably another 10 minutes downhill to the stream that flows from the falls. Along the trail, our tricycle driver/ guide spotted a snake. A few minutes more we were on the stream that led to Sangbay Falls.


Apl.De.Ap's Take me to the Philippines

One of the Philippines' pride, Apl.De.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas promotes the Philippines with this video.

I'll take you to the Philippines (Whoa)

I'll take you to the Philippines (Hey)

I'll take you to the Philippines

(Take it back, Take it back, Take it back)

(We can go there... We can go there)

Jump on a plane, pro'ly jump on a train

Just you and me yeah just you and me

I can take you where I come from right

Where the water's so warm with the sunlight

Shine all day, Really shine all night

Ma I like you, Yeah I like you

She shine al day all night too

I could be your boyfriend, I could wife you

Let me take you to the place where I come from

Take you to my hometown cause i wantcha

Where it rains all day no thunda

Let me take to my land Pampanga

I'll take you to the Philippines

I'll take you to the Philippines

I'll take you to the Philippines

(Take it back, Take it back, Take it back)

(We can go there... We can go there)

From the hut to the villa

We can get illa', In Manila

Straight to the island

Water so warm, You can just dive in

Take you all the places I've been

Jeepney roller, You can just ride in

Everybody's workin', They survivin'

They want peace, No more fightin'

Wanna see the world

Don't be surprised when...

I'll take you to the Philippines I'll take you to the Philippines

I'll take you to the Philippines

(Take it back, Take it back, Take it back)

(We can go there... We can go there)

Cebu Pacific Int'l Seat Sale for as low as P999

For travel this November 15-January 31, 2010

Asia’s third-largest low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) gives Asian destinations a boost with an all-international seat sale from October 15-19, 2009, for travel from November 15, 2009-January 31, 2010.For ‘Go Lite’ P999, passengers can book and buy flights from Clark to Bangkok, Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong, and from Manila to Kota Kinabalu and Taipei.

For ‘Go Lite’ P1499, passengers can book and buy flights from Manila to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai, as well as from Cebu to Hong Kong and Singapore.

For ‘Go Lite’ P2499, passengers can book and buy flights from Manila to Incheon and Jakarta, and from Cebu to Incheon and Pusan. Those with check-in luggage will just add P100 upon booking. Osaka seats are also available for the ‘Go’ fare of P2599.

“We also have an ongoing promotion for 30 kilos free baggage allowance (FBA) for international flights out of Clark. Through these flights and promos, we hope to stimulate air travel to the Philippines and to key Asian cities,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

The Clark FBA promo is for Clark-Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau flights for travel from October 15 to December 31, 2009 only.

“CEB is also offering an P888 seat sale to all Visayas destinations from Manila, as well as for its Cebu-Clark service. We hope our passengers can take advantage of CEB’s trademark low fares in their travels,” Iyog added.

Passengers can book and buy flights online at www.cebupacificair.com or through the reservation hotlines (02) 7020-888 or (032) 230-8888. Those without credit cards can also book online and pay through CEB partner banks and payment centers.


Churches in Lomo

I used a Fisheye 2 camera, a type of Lomo camera that uses a 35mm film negative and create this effect. I submitted these photos for the album - Churches in the Phillippine of a facebook group called Definitely Filipino. Check other Churches in the Philippines through this link.


Burgos, Pangasinan Weekend (Part I)

Jun27-28, 2009

I was lucky to be invited by a friend to visit his hometown of Burgos, Pangasinan around the last week of June. I already had plans of visiting Burgos after I saw his multiply album feauturing Cabongaoan Beach, a local unspoiled white sand beach. Then one Friday evening, he just invited to me to visit Burgos the coming weekend and we will be leaving at around 2am the following day, Saturday. I made my decision to go with him just two hours before we left Manila.
We decided to meet in a convenience store in Cubao at around 1:30am.

We then proceeded to Victory Liner and boarded the bus headed to Alaminos City. The bus to be used for the trip was an ordinary bus but I had no problems with that since it was early morning and the weather wouldn't be that of a hassle. I had a hard time sleeping during this trip because I was really curious to the route that we would take since this would be my first time to visit Pangasinan's western part. There were a few naps but eventually I would wake up and just view the unfamiliar landscapes. The view became more interesting and got me more excited when I saw the sea. We just caught a glimpse of Lingayen Gulf as we passed through the town of Sual Pangasinan. It was around 7am when we arrived in Alaminos City. Atlast, I set foot on Western Pangasinan's soil. From the bus terminal, we had a short walk towards a waiting jeepney that would take us to Burgos. It took us another 30minutes or so to get to the quiet town of Burgos.

Here is a slideshow of our weekend trip in Burgos, Pangasinan.

Part II of my Burgos, Pangasinan Weekend in my next post.Ü


My Lakbayan Grade

Still alot of provinces to visit.

My Lakbayan grade is C+!

How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan!

Created by Eugene Villar.


Salamat at Paalam Tita Cory

Dalawang araw na ang nakakalipas nang sumakabilang buhay na ang dating Pangulo ng Pilipinas na si Cory Aquino. May lampas isang taon niyang nilabanan ang sakit na colon cancer bago siya magapi nito noong Sabado ng madaling araw, Agosto 1, taong 2009. Totoo nga ang kasabihang natututuhan mo lang lalong pahalagahan ang isang tao kapag wala na ito. Nakilala ko lang si Presidente Aquino bilang lola ng dating kong kaklaseng si Jiggy (panganay na apo ni Cory). Sinasabing siya ang nagbalik ng demokrasya sa Pilipinas nang siya ang maging Presidente mula sa ating mga guro’t mga aklat. At sa lahat ng pagpaparangal at pagkilala sa kanya sa mga programa sa telebisyon noong mga nakaraang araw, lalo kong naintindihan ang kahalagahan ng isang Cory Aquino sa bansang Pilipinas.

Siya ang tumayo at lumaban sa diktaturya. Isipin mo na lang kung ano ang mangyayari kung hindi sya tumakbo bilang presidente laban kay Marcos. At pagkatapos nyang maluklok bilang pangulo, nasa kanya na ang lahat ng kapangyarihan at gawin ang mga gusto niyang gawin dahil sa kasalukuyan noong 1973 Constitution ngunit sinimulan na niyang baguhin ang Konstitusyon ng Pilipinas na gamit natin hanggang ngayon. At nang magtatapos ang termino niya noong 1992, malugod siyang bumaba sa pagka-pangulo sa kabila ng pag-uudyok ng ilan na tumakbo ulit dahil naluklok naman siya sa pagka-pangulo dahil sa People Power Revolution. Dalawa ito sa konkretong bagay na nalaman ko noong mga nakaraang araw na nagpatunay kung bakit siya kinikilala bilang Ina ng Demokrasya sa Pilipinas.

Bahagi ako ng bagong henerasyon ng mga Pilipinong tumatamasa sa kalayaan at demokrasya. Utang ko at utang nating lahat ito unang babaeng president ng Pilipinas at Asya. Ang naging Ina sa buong bansa.

Salamat sa paalala. Hindi kami makakalimot.

Salamat at Paalam Tita Cory.


originally posted from http://newemj.blogspot.com


Boracay Sunset

Boracay Sunset, originally uploaded by emjglaz.

One of the things you shouldn't miss when visiting the island paradise of Boracay. Just hpynotic.

-shot using an analog camera Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim


Cyberprotest, Blog Action Day vs. #con-ass tomorrow July 26

Let us show to GMA and her cohorts what power can the Modern Filipino bring online.
Repost from my personal blog

Got a travel book. The Skecthing Backpacker.

At long last. I got the chance to visit ROX earlier at Bonifacio High Street because I was also there for Yahoo's Purple Hunt Finale. Though unlucky in entering the Top 40 of Purple Hunters, I was very much happy to finally get a copy of Robert Alejandro's The Sketching Backpacker: Backpacking Southeast Asia, Parts of China from ROX. I've been reading a lot of blogs and forum posts about this about a year ago and now I got to chance to get my own copy. This is just the start and I hope it would inspire me to start my own backpacking trip around Southeast Asia.Ü
My friend and I really enjoyed seeing all the stuff at ROX. It's like going to National Bookstore or a local hardware shop in malls that you get to see really interesting things. Hope to visit ROX again when I'll have my dream backpacking trip come true.


A jeep in a jeep

A jeep in a jeep, originally uploaded by emjglaz.

in a typical Marikina street. shot using Fisheye 2


Hidalgo Street, Quiapo, Manila

Hidalgo, originally uploaded by emjglaz.

A photographer's paradise in one of Manila's busiest and chaotic districts. This is where most Filipino photography enthusiasts get and process their stuffs.


Christmas Eve Dusk

Christmas Dusk of 08, originally uploaded by emjglaz.

This shot didn't get my attention when I first saw it. But looking at it now, it reminded me when was the time I took this. It was on the day before Christmas of 2008 when me and my mom went to SM Marikina to bus some stuff for Christmas Eve.

Never imagined that I would be this addictive to this photo.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.


Metro Lomo

Manila - Quezon City - Marikina
in Fisheye 2 and in Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim

Rizal Monument
Manila Bay Sunset
SM North Edsa Sky Garden
Marikina Market Signages
Roxas Blvd Signages
KM 0
SM NoE Sky Garden
Rizal Monument
Manila Bay
Marikina Jeep in a Jeep

Marikina City Hall


Roxas - Boracay in Lomo

Here are the lomo shots of our trip to Roxas in Oriental Mindoro and in Boracay, Aklan. Shot using Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim and Fisheye 2

Visit Philippines

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

See beyond.  Understand sincerely.