By Harvey I. Barkin
BURLINGAME – Philippine Airlines (PAL) once again threw the mother of all Christmas parties at the Double Tree Hotel last December 14.
It was an event planner’s fantasy come true. The volume of raffle prizes happily cut into the program before it got too long, guest participation was a hundred percent at the line dancing and even in the talent showcase, and the banquet was definitely not just plain vanilla as is the rote for some hotels.
The overcast evening did not dampen the turn-out of travel agents, sub-agents, consolidators, industry partners, employees, members of the press and guests. There were also Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese guests. Also seen were Consul Jaime Ramon and wife Cecile Ascalon (who graced the evening with a song), newly elected Daly City Mayor Glen Sylvester, San Francisco Manila Sister City Committee President Carmen Colet, and SFPD Lt. Eric Quema with the Filipino-American Law Enforcement Officers (FALEO) members and their wives.
In fact, PAL could steal the old United promise line, Fly the friendly skies, and justify it. But that night, on the occasion of PAL’s 75th anniversary, they presented a brand-new promise line: The heart of the Filipino. When you have Sarah Geronimo sing it while PDOT’s Purificacion Molintas dances in it, you know it’s all heart.
The goodwill and good news continued to flow. According to Regional Manager, North America Allan Coo: PAL acquired three more Boeing 777s; flights have been added to Manila, Singapore, Taipei and Osaka; there will soon be a Singapore to Cebu flight; last December 16, the Cebu to Katiklan Airport (gateway to Boracay) flight, stopping at Clark flew was launched; the three times a week non-stop LA to Cebu flight will increase next year; soon there will be an LA to Cebu flight via Clark; flights out of Canada were also added; and by 2018, there will be more flights to the smaller islands when the Airbus 350s get delivered.
Everybody came home a winner after the evening’s revelry. But more so, the lucky ones who drew the Century Park Sheraton room certificates, the SF to Manila economy round-trip ticket, and the Manila to SF business class return ticket plus the option to pick any flight anywhere in the Philippines or any Asian region services by PAL.