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When children ‘freeze out’ their parents

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It is Autumn Down Under. I arrived in Sydney on the last few days of summer and we had blue skies and cool breezes. But the weekend turned from nice to nasty. From comfortable mid-70s we dropped to unseasonal 50s and 60s, making us reach for sweaters and shawls. Monday the sun was out. But the rains have returned and now we’re back to dreary.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Ramon Ang: ‘When you’re young, go to far-off places!’

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It’s common knowledge by now that Ramon Ang, top honcho of both San Miguel Corporation and Philippine Airlines, got his start by working as an auto mechanic, fixing cars that he then sold for a profit.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

‘I have five (landing) slots, but I want two more’–how Ramon Ang brought PAL back to London and Europe

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It’s still a 14-hour ride, but the flight is now direct, with no extra hours for layovers or the risk of missing connecting flights, not to mention having to haul carry-on baggage while sprinting toward far-off boarding gates.

Posted: November 16th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

PAL London flights showcase of PH pride at WTM

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The return of Philippine Airlines (PAL) to London starting November 4 will be the centerpiece of the country’s participation at the World Travel Market (WTM), the biggest global event for the travel industry which opens on the same day PAL arrives at the British capital. The resumption of non-stop flights to the United Kingdom will [...]

Posted: October 25th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PAL glams up Mabuhay Lounge

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Spacious dining space

Philippine Airlines passengers with access to the Mabuhay Lounge at Terminal 2 will be glad to know that the arroz caldo they have come to love is still on the menu. The piping-hot rice porridge flavored with ginger and flecks of garlic is still there to warm their tummies before their flights.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

PAL welcomes Airbus A321

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BLESSING of PAL’s newest aircraft. PHOTO BY PJ ENRIQUEZ

With the recent lifting of the ban to fly to Europe, Philippine Airlines (PAL) is making up for lost time. After announcing the move to transfer all but three of its domestic routes to sister company PAL Express, the country’s flag carrier immediately expanded its fleet.

Posted: August 17th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

The allure of nearby Asia


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“THAT’S IT... No More
Long Flights!,”
by Vergel Santos

We may have the time, and some resources—but alas, not the energy. Our last trip to the United States seems to have taken as much out of us to prepare for it as to recover from it. But, I suppose, five years is reasonable enough time to start us thinking of intercontinental travel again.

Posted: May 5th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

PAL revs up expansion, kicks off 12 new routes

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced the launch of 12 new routes in Australia, China, Malaysia and the Middle East, including a new domestic service to Northern Luzon, as part of the flag carrier’s expansion program.

Posted: May 4th, 2013 in Headlines,Travel | Read More »

The miss with the four Bs–that’s me these days


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WITH Azealia Banks (fourth from left) are Magnum Pleasure ambassadors Rajo Laurel, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Raymond Gutierrez, Georgina Wilson, Solenn Heussaff, Liz Uy and Erwan Heussaff.

It’s been a week-long blast! But first, let me talk about Breeze. The return of the classic laundry detergent has been brewing since last year, and when recently relaunched by Unilever, Breeze is bigger than ever.

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Watching life’s departures and arrivals


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Unfolding before my nest in the south are two images that remind me of the departures and arrivals that are constant in our lives. One is a view of the glorious Manila sunset that never fails to inspire and awe every late afternoon; and second, the graceful dance of planes gliding slowly to land on NAIA’s runway at various points in the day, almost simultaneously with other planes taking off and disappearing into the skies.

Posted: February 17th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Philippine Airlines ranked among Asia-Pacific’s most stylish cabin crew

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As New York, London, Milan and Paris prepare to kick off 2013 Fashion Week this February, travellers across Asia-Pacific have spoken out in their own style survey, with Philippine Airlines coming in the top 10 ranking.

Posted: February 9th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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