Reasons to visit Boracay

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Happy ‘World Tourism Day’ !


On behalf of the Philippines Department of Tourism, let me warmly wish everyone a happy and meaningful World Tourism Day. This year’s theme, “Tourism and Rural Development,” is particularly relevant to our country as many of our rural areas depend on tourism but have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

I am pleased to report that, in concurrence with our local government units, tourism stakeholders and local communities, we have slowly began reopening our destinations for domestic travel with health and safety protocols in place. This gradual revival of the industry will bring back jobs and livelihoods to the rural areas, where many of our tourism products, such as beach, diving, ecotourism, arts and culture, and farm sites are found.

In a recent United Nations Policy Brief, Secretary General Antonio Guterres has asserted that tourism has been a vehicle for integration, empowerment, and income generation for rural communities. This statement recognizes, at the highest level, the importance of tourism to a nation’s development. Our tourism industry in the Philippines has been promoting the inclusive development of the countryside, supporting our farmers, Indigenous Peoples, women, and other marginalized groups through sustainable programs that uplift and empower.

We have been given this time of tourism closure to transform the crisis into an opportunity; a chance to rebuild tourism on the foundation of safety, sustainability, inclusiveness, and resiliency. Let us remain steadfast in our commitment to pursue equitable and responsible growth as the legacy of our industry.

#ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines #TogetherInTravel #TravelTomorrow #WakeUpInPH #WeRecoverAsOne

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Panay Island, Philippines top destination 2020

Panay Island was the lone Philippine travel destination on the 2020 list at 20th place, ranking higher than Singapore, Seoul, and Taipei.

Tripadvisor’s 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards for Popular Destinations in Asia ranked Panay Island as the Philippines’ top destination.

Bali, Indonesia, bagged the top spot, followed by Phuket, Thailand, in second place, and Goa, India, in third place. Other popular locations were Bangkok, Hanoi, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Beijing.

This year’s rankings are based on feedback and interest of travelers based on Tripadvisor’s website data, particularly reviews, bookings, and searches.

Much of the data were gathered in the months prior to the pandemic when travel was stopped worldwide.

And based on the Travelers’ Choice Awards, Panay Island is a must-visit destination for 2021.

Panay Island is made up of four provinces that are known for their natural, manmade, and historical destinations – Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo.

Tripadvisor, Inc. is an American online travel company that operates a website and mobile app with user-generated content and a comparison shopping website. It also and offers online hotel reservations and bookings for transportation, lodging, travel experiences, and restaurants.

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PAL to resume CDO-Cebu flights on Monday, June 15

Philippine Airlines will be resuming flights between Cagayan de Oro and Cebu effective Monday, June 15, 2020. This was bared in its latest Flights Advisory as of June 12.

See the updated flight schedules below.

PR 2313/ 2314- Every Mon/Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun (Effective June 15)

PR 2521/2522 – Daily

Again, passengers are required to brig with them necessary travel documents in compliance to health protocols.

For more information, please see here:

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PAL cancels 8 international flights set for June 10-12

MANILA — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Tuesday announced the cancelation of eight international flights originally scheduled for June 10-12, as the carrier was not given the arrival slots at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In an advisory, PAL said authorities were not able to give the airline the slots, “because of unavoidable constraints in quarantine processing capacity in Manila”.

The canceled flights are:

June 10 – PR102/103 Manila-Los Angeles-Manila; PR104/105 Manila-San Franciso-Manila; and PR116/117 Manila-Vancouver-Manila
June 11 – PR126 Manila-New York
June 12 – PR127 New York-Manila

The carrier said it plans to operate flight PR102 Manila-Los Angeles on June 11 and is also working on mounting the PR103 flight from Los Angeles to Cebu instead of Manila, with arrival date on June 13. Arrangements are still being done for flight PR103 to land in Cebu.

If this would push through, passengers would undergo the mandatory testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Cebu and would need to undergo quarantine in a Department of Health-accredited hotel. The cost of hotel accommodation will be shouldered by the passenger.

Once passengers get a negative test result, PAL said it would fly them to Manila for free.

On Tuesday, meanwhile, PAL was able to mount two international flights via Manila.

PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said flight PR8102 Manila-Los Angeles-Bridgetown was a flight to pick up Filipino seafarers in Barbados; while flight PR8728 Manila-Goa, India was a repatriation flight for stranded Indian nationals.

Six PAL domestic flights were also mounted on Tuesday. These flights were between Cebu and Davao, Manila and Cagayan De Oro, and Manila and Pagadian.

Villaluna added that four sweeper flights between Manila and Cebu, and Bacolod, were also scheduled on Tuesday.

Sweeper flights are being carried out to ferry stranded individuals, not just foreign nationals.

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RedDoorz Launches HygienePass: An Industry-Wide Certification Programme to Promote Good Sanitation and Hygiene Practices in the Age of COVID-19  

  • RedDoorz’s “HygienePass” will be in collaboration with a public health expert and targets all of RedDoorz Philippines’ 250 hotels across the country to be certified. 
  • This certification programme aims to establish an industry-wide standard of cleanliness to tackle the realities of COVID-19 at a hotel level.   

Philippines, 9 June 2020 – RedDoorz, Southeast Asia’s largest and fastest-growing online hotel management and booking platform, today announced the launch of “HygienePass”, an industry-wide cleanliness & sanitation certification programme that follows the new set of health and safety guidelines for the hospitality industry.  

The programme aims to standardise the hygiene and sanitation measures hotel players need to implement as precautionary measures during COVID-19 in order to manage ongoing health risks. The “HygienePass” also builds the Filipino travellers’ confidence in RedDoorz hotels by enabling them to easily identify ‘safe’ hotels, and reassure them that they are staying in establishments which implement and maintain a set of robust hygiene and cleanliness measures independently supported by a medical professional. 

Starting with the Luzon region, RedDoorz Philippines will ensure all its 250 properties will undergo a comprehensive audit which is required to obtain the certification programme. This process will be in close coordination with one of the prominent public health physicians today who will also be RedDoorz’s trainer and consultant for the programme, Dr. Renzo Guinto, M.D., DrPH. 

“I’m very keen on supporting RedDoorz on this initiative for there’s now a great need to recognise public health and safety measures and I’m pleased to learn how committed RedDoorz is in implementing the programme for hotels given the ‘new normal’ requirements of the consumers. In fact, HygienePass is very much in line with current international and national guidelines on infection prevention and control for the accommodations sector. RedDoorz will initiate the development and implementation of the said tech-driven programme and we will both discern COVID19 response efforts, monitor quarantine and public health safety guidelines, and help these hotels prepare for the reopening of the economy. I’m thrilled to join forces with RedDoorz and combine our expertise to ensure the betterment of health and safety of our traveling Filipinos,” says Dr. Guinto. 

RedDoorz has developed a proprietary digital technology solution to help counter the virus spread and to enable key elements of the audit and certification process. It is to be implemented digitally in light of the recent people mobility restrictions enforced by governments across the Philippines. 

RedDoorz hotels will have to apply and maintain several rigorous sanitation and hygiene measures on a daily basis covering temperature checks of hotel staff employees & incoming guests, adoption of specific cleaning methodology, and anti-bacterial products and equipment used to disinfect rooms and public areas, and heightened general hygiene practices. A comprehensive audit process will be carried out and independently assessed by the expert before the certification is awarded and must be measured day-to-day for the certification to remain valid. 

Amit Saberwal, Founder & CEO RedDoorz, commented: “As one of the leading hotel brands in the Philippines, it is very important for us to plan ahead and ensure that we are implementing the appropriate cleanliness, hygiene, and sanitary measures across all our properties that travellers are confident we are committed to their health and safety. We are confident that with the seal of ‘HygienePass’, we will be able to quickly establish the new industry standards of  sanitation and hygiene, and these in turn will help bolster consumer confidence once recovery starts to happen.” 

RedDoorz has also launched the “HygienePass” certification programme in Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam by partnering with the relevant local medical health authorities. The certification will eventually be open for adoption by any hotel business that wants to meet the new industry standards for cleanliness and sanitation, ensuring to be the solution for a wide range of independent hotels who currently lack digitisation and sanitary validation processes. 

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PHILIPPINE AIRLINES Flight Schedule : List of Operational Flights for June 2020

Philippine Airlines has just announced that it will be resuming operations of selected international and domestic flights from June 1 to 30, 2020. The move was made after the government had stated the plan to place Metro Manila under General Community Quarantine (from stricter Enhanced Community Quarantine).

The list that PAL has released covers a limited number of international routes (mostly in the USA and East and Southeast Asia) and several domestic routes.

International Flights

Coverage: June 1-30, 2020


PR 102/103 – June 8 and 10

PR 102/103 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays (Effective June 11)

PR 102/103 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays (Effective June 15)


PR 104/105 – June 1 and 10

PR 104/105 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays (Effective June 11)


PR 126/127 – Thursdays, Sundays (Effective June 11)

PR 126/127 – Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays (Effective June 22)


PR 127 – Mondays, Fridays (Effective June 12)

PR 127 – Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays (Effective June 22)


PR 100/101 – Tuesdays, Saturdays (Effective June 13)


PR 110 – June 12

PR 110 – Fridays / Mondays (Effective June 15)


PR 111 – June 13

PR 111 – Saturdays, Tuesdays (Effective June 15)


PR 116/117 – June 10 and 14

PR 116/117 – Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays (Effective June 15)i


PR 118/119 – June 14, 17 and 21

PR 118/119 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Sundays (Effective June 22)


PR 507/508 – June 3

PR 507/508 – Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays (Effective June 12)


PR 330/331 – Wednesdays (Effective June 17)


PR 535 – Saturdays (Effective June 13)

PR 535 – Tuesdays, Saturdays (Effective June 16)


PR 536 – Sundays (Effective June 14)

PR 536 – Wednesdays, Sundays (Effective June 17)


PR 527/528 – Saturdays (Effective June 13)


PR 591/592 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays (Effective June 15)


PR 300/301 – Fridays, Sundays (Effective June 19)


PR 684/685 – Thursdays (Effective June 15)


PR 658/659 – Tuesdays (Effective June 15)


PR 682/683 – Saturdays (Effective June 15)


PR 654/655 – Mondays, Fridays (Effective June 15)


PR 890/891 – Mondays, Fridays (Effective June 16)


PR 422/421 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays (Effective June 22)


PR 412/411 – Mondays, Thursdays, Sundays (Effective June 22)


PR 438 – Thursdays, Sundays (Effective June 22)


PR 437 – Fridays, Mondays (Effective June 23)

PAL is still assessing whether or not they could operate flights to and from Sydney (Australia) and London (UK) this June. However, they have confirmed that they will NOT be flying to Auckland (New Zealand), Bali (Indonesia), Bangkok (Thailand), Beijing (China), Brisbane (Australia), Busan (South Korea), Fukuoka (Japan), Guangzhou (China), Hanoi (Vietnam), Macau, Melbourne (Australia), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Perth (Australia), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Quanzhou (Jinjiang, China), Sapporo (Japan), Seoul/Incheon (South Korea) and Shanghai (China).

Domestic Flights

Coverage: June 8-30, 2020


PR 2936/2937 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays (Effective June 08)


PR 2196/2197 – Tuesdays, Saturdays (Effective June 08)

PR 2198/2199 – Wednesdays, Sundays (Effective June 08)


PR 2921/2922 – Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays (Effective June 08)


PR 2785/2786 – Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays (Effective June 08)


PR 2961/2962 – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays (Effective June 15)

PR 2965/2966 – Sundays (Effective June 15)


PR 2131/2132 – Daily (Effective June 08)


PR 1845/1846 – Daily (Effective June 08)


PR 2545/2546 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (Effective June 08)


PR 2141/2142 – Daily (Effective June 08)


PR 2969/2970 – Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays (Effective June 08)


PR 2041/2042 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday, Sundays (Effective June 08)


PR 2203/2204 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays (Effective June 08)


PR 2985/2986 – Daily (Effective June 08)


PR 2773/2774 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (Effective June 08)


PR 2967/2968 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (Effective June 08)


PR 2959/2960 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays (Effective June 08)


PR 2521/2522 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays (Effective June 01)


PR 2557/2558 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays (Effective June 08)


PR 2813/2814 – Daily (Effective June 08)


PR 453/454 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays (Effective June 08)


PR 2889/2890 – Fridays, Sundays (Effective June 01)

PR 2889/2890 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays (Effective June 08)


PR 2783/2784 – Tuesdays, Saturdays (Effective June 01)

PR 2783/2784 – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays (Effective June 08)


PR 2997/2998 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (Effective June 08)


PR 2363/2364 – Daily (Effective June 08)

PAL also shares that they plan to add more routes and flights in the next months, if they will be permitted by aviation authorities.

Updates Log

2020 May 30 – PAL added JFK-MNL flights, changed the schedule of MNL-YYZ-MNL (June 10/14 to 14/17/21), revised the coverage of list of domestic flights (June 1-30 to June 8-30), and removed all previously announced domestic flights scheduled on June 1-7.


Before booking, check with the local government of your origin or destination for possible travel documents that may be required.

Because the status of flights changes quickly especially during these uncertain times, before making any move, always double check with PAL first to get the latest flight status. You may check their official website or Facebook page.

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) plans to resume selected international flights in June

Philippine Airlines (PAL) plans to fly a reduced number of weekly flights on “most” domestic routes and “selected” international routes starting June 1.

PAL has suspended all domestic and international flights to and from its hubs in Manila, Cebu and Clark until May 31.

PAL will announce the list of operating flights and routes for June “once the details are finalised”. It added that the resumptions of flights in June depends on “Covid-19 conditions” as well as “community quarantine restrictions”, travel bans imposed by various governments and “their impact on passenger demand”, and the “safety situation” in the destinations PAL is offering flights to.

In March, the Philippines imposed an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon, which is a total lockdown that restricts movement except for necessity, work, and health circumstances, in response to the coronavirus crisis. On May 12, the government announced that only Metro Manila and Laguna in Luzon would be under a modified ECQ from May 16 to May 31, according to Bloomberg.

The Philippines, like a number of governments worldwide, has issued entry restrictions and quarantine requirements in light of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Currently, Philippine citizens and their foreign spouse/children are permitted to enter, but must undergo a 14-day home quarantine on arrival. Passengers travelling on a diplomatic passport can also travel to the country, but they will also be subject to a 14-day quarantine on arrival.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Philippines has 14,669 confirmed coronavirus cases, among those 886 deaths as of May 27.

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Philippine Airlines to require COVID-19 test, quarantine for international arrivals

MANILA – International visitors to the Philippines will need to undergo a COVID-19 test and subsequent quarantine, Philippine Airlines said Monday, as it looked to resume a limited number of flights on June 1.

While waiting for their swab test test results, passengers must stay either in a government-designated stringent quarantine facility or in a Bureau of Quarantine-approved hotel, PAL said. 

Metro Manila, Laguna province and large parts of Central Luzon are on modified enhanced community quarantine until May 31. The 2-month old lockdown in the capital was eased for the first time on May 16.

For land-based OFWs, the cost of the stay will be shouldered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. The Maritime Industry Authority or the local manning agency will shoulder the cost for sea-based OFWs, PAL said.

All other travelers, regardless of nationality, will pay for the cost of quarantine accommodation, it said. Travelers who wish to stay in quarantine hotels will shoulder the cost of the stay, regardless if they are OFWs or not.

Travelers who are positive for the new coronavirus will be transferred to a designated hospital for further medical management, the airline said.

Travelers whose test results are negative will be allowed to move out and undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or at an appropriate local monitoring facility, PAL said. 

Earlier this month, local airlines notified passengers of “new normal” procedures as they prepared to fly again from a 2-month stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cebu Pacific, AirAsia and Philippine Airlines have all suspended operations until the end of May, in keeping with travel restrictions.

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Experts say Tourism industry will recover

MANILA – The tourism industry will recover amid the uncertainty brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. 

This is the consensus of tourism experts tapped by the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) in partnership with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in a webinar Tuesday.

In the virtual talk titled “The Future of Travel: A World Travel and Tourism Council Exclusive Panel,” DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat expressed confidence in rebuilding the local tourism industry with the help of WTTC, whose primary initiative is crisis preparedness, management and recovery in the travel and tourism industry.

“The WTTC has worked with the World Economic Forum, the World Health Organization and key stakeholders in coming up with recommendations to minimize the impact of past pandemics in the industry. Acknowledging this fact, we are definitely certain that their insights will be greatly beneficial to our local tourism players,” she said.

WTTC president and chief executive officer Gloria Guevara Manzo focused on discussing a global coordinated approach to re-establish effective operations, remove travel barriers and re-open borders.

Manzo underscored the need to add health components and combine the latest technology, and necessary protections and protocols to enhance a seamless traveler journey experience.

She said global protocols or standards defined by the travel and tourism private sector, health experts, and public sector can help gain back travelers’ confidence.

Craig Smith, president and managing director of Asia Pacific Marriott International, shared optimism the industry will “certainly recover” and that Asia will recover faster than any part of the world, though one can expect that it will happen in different segments and geographies.
Smith has lauded the bullish travel and tourism industry in Philippines for the past five years, citing the construction of at least 21 projects in the country undertaken by Marriott International, 
“Travel will change and there will be a new normal, we have to be ready for that,” he said.

Foreseeing major uncertainties in global capital flows, Shirley Tan, chief executive officer of Rajawali Property Group, reminds investors of the importance of securing new investments, while putting in effort in asset management, capital preservation, and liquidity management at the same time.

She also cited increased collaboration among the private sector and government as one of the keys to tourism industry recovery.

Tan also encouraged Philippine tourism industry players to explore and take advantage of the latest technologies in offering novel and more creative on-site experiences that can attract the younger travel demographic.

Gary Chapman, president of the Group Services and DNATA Emirates Group, forecasts a three- to four-year recovery period for the airline industry. 

He underscored the necessity of setting “consistent and clear standards,” adding it will be a “different world, a different tourism industry in general”.

Meanwhile, Puyat enjoined the support of all sectors to ensure that health and safety protocols are in place to regain travelers’ confidence.
“There is more to tourism than just counting the numbers of arriving tourists. We are in the business of selling destinations so communities will thrive; we market adventure so our people will be employed; we promote culture as a way of preserving our heritage.

The concept of tourism is deeply embedded in our consciousness, and I would like to believe that this is what makes our industry resilient from all the challenges, even the toughest one that we are about to overcome,” she said.

Since April, the DOT has successfully organized a handful of online learning courses that aim to help local tourism players become more competitive, with new knowledge, technological advances, and ways to innovate and to be able to cater to a new breed of travelers.

“The challenges brought about by the current health crisis that we are experiencing should not deter us from fulfilling our mission to ensure that the industry is seamless, secure, safe, inclusive and sustainable,” Puyat added.

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NAIA to resume international arrivals starting May 11

MANILA, Philippines — Inbound international flights landing in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila will be allowed but will have to follow assigned days, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Saturday.

“Starting on May 11, inbound international charter and commercial flights landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will have assigned days,” read the advisory.

CAAP released its Notice to Airman (NOTAM) which allows inbound international chartered flights to land at NAIA on Mondays and Thursdays, but they must secure “clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and CAAP for slotting purposes.”

Inbound international commercial flights are allowed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends but they must secure approval from CAAP 48 hours before their scheduled departure from the airport for the
“necessary slotting and rescheduling of flights in order to subscribe to the 400 passengers per day capacity of NAIA.”

The restrictions will be enforced from May 11 to June 10, CAAP said.

“The restrictions, which will last a month, from May 11 to June 10, is going to be implemented in NAIA only, with other international airports in the country having their separate restrictions,” read the statement.

Meanwhile, emergency flights, ferry flights, cargo flights, air ambulance, and medical supplies flights, government, military flights, weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights, and outbound ferry flights, cargo flights with passengers are not covered in the restrictions under the NOTAM.

To recall, the government susoended incoming international flights landing in NAIA to decongest quarantine facilities in the country starting May 2.

Upon entering the country, Filipino migrant workers are required to undertake a 14-day mandatory quarantine as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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