World-class Filipino workforce lauded in New York biz forum

NEW YORK CITY – The recent Philippine Business and Investment Forum (PBIF) here highlighted the premium qualities of Filipino workers, apart from providing a platform for a wide-ranging discussion of the Philippines’ economic transformation and issues on the sustainability of the current growth.

The forum showed up the Philippines’ vital demographic advantage with its predominantly young, working-age population that can be leveraged with proper investments in education and infrastructure, according to a report by the Philippine Embassy.

Fil-Am community welcomes new tourism director to LA

MEMBERS of the Filipino-American community in Los Angeles officially welcomed Richmond Jimenez as the new tourism director at the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) office in this city.

Jimenez, who will serve in the position for the next three years, said that the department is seeking new ways to creatively attracted Filipinos and non-Filipinos living abroad to visit the Philippines.

Philippines, Mexico agree to promote tourism

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines and Mexico signed bilateral agreements during the recently-concluded Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit promoting active tourism between the two countries.

On the sidelines of the unveiling of APEC sculptures, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. noted Mexico would become a future source of business for Philippine tourism.

PAL plans to add new US routes

Los Angeles, California — Philippine Airlines (PAL) plans to add new routes in the United States to service not only the Filipino-Americans (Fil-Ams) but also other travelers planning to visit the Philippines.

In a press conference here this weekend, PAL President Jaime J. Bautista said the incremental routes are currently in the drawing board and “it is a just a matter of time” that they are realized.

“We have been receiving a lot of requests (to fly in other parts of the US). It is part of our plan and we are studying it,” Bautista said.


PAL’s 75th anniversary bash in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, California — Last Friday evening, we joined the international presscon to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Philippine Airlines (PAL) in Los Angeles. PAL officials went out of their way to bring Cebu and Manila media to the SLS Boutique Hotel in La Cienega Blvd in Beverly Grove. At the same time, media people from Los Angeles were doing the same thing in Cebu as PAL’s 75th year started with a bang with the first ever direct flight from Cebu to Los Angeles and back.

PAL opens Cebu-Los Angeles flights California dreaming from Cebu

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) opened its newest international service between Cebu and Los Angeles on March 15.

The thrice-weekly service, which coincides with PAL’s 75th founding anniversary, further expands the flag carrier’s international flight route network to the US. This latest offering is part of the airline’s ongoing route expansion in response to market demand.

‘Twas more fun on PAL’s inaugural Los Angeles-Cebu direct flight

LOS ANGELES — With a lot of “fun fare” PAL, Asia’s first airline, marked its 75th year in business by opening its 40th route – the Cebu-Los Angeles-Cebu direct flight, flying in Fil-Am and U.S. media reps on a familiarization tour of Cebu and Los Angeles and a press conference and gala on March 18 at a premier hotel, the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.
On March 15 at six in the evening, the first direct Cebu-Los Angeles route touched down at the Tom Bradley International Airport. On board were Philippine media, and PAL senior officers led by Harry Inoferio.

DOT-6 eyes more North American tourists for Western Visayas

Iloilo City — As home to global beach destination Boracay Island, Western Visayas is eyeing more tourists from North America flocking into the region.

Atty. Helen Catalbas, regional director of Department of Tourism (DOT-6), said there is a big possibility that tourism arrivals from North America would be boosted with the country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) offering flights from Cebu to Los Angeles, California, United States and vice versa since March 15, 2016.