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Cebu Pacific Announces Zero Fare for 2014 Flights

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Pay no base fare in the latest Cebu Pacific promo for next year travel period. The largest airline in the country has just announced a Zero Fare promo.

The promo is valid for all destinations. Yes, it is open for both domestic and international destinations. The travel period is from June 1 to December 14, 2014.
Here's the promo poster. The promo is valid up to August 27, 2013 subject to seat availability.



List of Class and Work Suspensions for August 20, 2013

As of 6:55 AM, below is the list of suspended classes and work due to severe flooding in metro Manila as well as other areas in Luzon. The torrential monsoon rains that brought forth the floods is caused by Tropical Storm Maring.


Metro Manila
Caloocan City (all levels)
Las Piñas City (all levels)
Makati City (all levels)
Malabon City (all levels)
Mandaluyong City (all levels)
Manila City (all levels)
Marikina (preschool to high school)
Muntinlupa City (all levels)
Navotas City (all levels)
Parañaque City (all levels)
Pateros City (all levels)
Pasay City (all levels)
Pasig City (all levels)
Quezon City (all levels)
San Juan City (all levels)
Taguig City (all levels)
Valenzuela City (preschool to high school)

CAAP Suspends Zest Air [Breaking News]

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[Updated] Heard of the latest news? Well, my favorite airline Zest Air, now owned by Air Asia Philippines was suspended by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). Their violation? Safety, the primary concern of aviation authorities around the world.




[Read: CAAP suspends Zest Air for safety violations]

The news just came late this afternoon. Incidentally, Zest Air's website is down. Zest Air Facebook page explains that the website is undergoing maintenance and advised the customers to go to airaisia.com for booking flights.




English: Zest Air logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Comments from passengers with future flights booked at them swarmed their latest Facebook Page post. 
In their twitter account, Zest Air offered an apology to all affected passengers. Here's the official statement.
Zest Airways flights on August 17-19, 2013 will be cancelled due to a regulatory order. Affected guests holding bookings for flights on these dates will be offered a full refund.

We are workin…

Whale Sharks: Friendly Sea Monsters in Oslob, Cebu [Photo]

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In the warm waters separating the islands of Cebu and Bohol, these sea monsters (see picture below) can be found. These friendly whale sharks is one of the latest attraction in Oslob, Cebu. Come and visit them.


In the succeeding article(s), I will write more details about my visit in Oslob early this month.

Tigerair Offers Zero Fare

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Looking for cheap fares these upcoming months of September to December? If so, check this out.

Low-cost airline Tigerair announces a Zero Fare promo on all domestic and selected international destinations. The travel period is from September 1 to December 15, 2013. Promo period is from August 14 to 16 subject to seat availability.

Hiking Mt. Babag 2: The Steep Trail, Roble Family, RCPI Towers

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The two hours of walk from Brgy. Napo (see Part 1) led us to a creek. This is the point where we have to choose which trail to take: the "long and easy" or the "short but steep" one. In our first attempt to climb Mount Babag, we chose the short and steep trail. And indeed, it proved to be a difficult, uphill climb.

[Related: Climbing Mount Babag Part 1: Guadalupe to Napo to the Small Creek]
Crossing the creek, we turned right to a somewhat hidden trail (the obvious trail is on the left direction which is the "long and easy" one). It led us to a small house where we asked direction. They will pointed us to climb the rose plantation: a 60-degree steep rose fields. That is the beginning of a continuous, extremely steep slope that we have to climb. Our only chance of rest are the small flat portions with tree shades.


So What's New in Manila Domestic Terminal (NAIA 4)? Mister Donut!

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The first time I've been to NAIA Terminal 4 or more commonly known as Manila Domestic Terminal was back in 2008. That time, Cebu Pacific still operates there. My experience in the place was bad. It was crowded and the aircon cannot support it so everyone was perspiring, most of which are standing due to lack of seats.


Class Suspensions - August 12 - 13, 2013

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Update: Some classes are still suspended as of 9:48 AM. Please see more details below:

Pangasinan - from preschool to high school

Angeles City, Pampanga - preschool level

Malabon - preschool and kindergarten, public and private

Taguig City - preto high school levels

Valenzuela City - daycare and preschools, both public and private
Baliuag University, Bulacan - all levels suspended
Local Government Units (LGU's) in Luzon have independently suspended classes of certain level on Monday, August 12, 2013. This is due to the heavy rains brought by typhoon Labuyo.
As of writing, the following are the cities and towns that have announced suspensions.

ALL LEVELS Laguna
Manila
Pateros
Quezon City
San Juan
San Mateo, Rizal

It Seems Like Tigerair is Not Ready to Run

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Last month, Singaporean-brand low-cost airline Tigerair made its debut in the Philippines. Although their presence is already felt a few months before that (because local airline company SEAIR is marketing them), their full entry was set last month.

Google Hangouts for iOS Now Available for Download at the App Store

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After the long wait, Google's powerful chat application, Google Hangouts is now available for iOS devices. You can download it at the App Store for free.

Had Enough Holidays? August 21 and 26 are also Holidays!

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Most will really love this month! Not for the rainy season but because of the three national holidays being celebrated during the month of August. The first one, Eid'l Fitr will be celebrated this coming Friday. That holiday though is movable because it was based on Islamic lunar calendar. This year, it fell on August 9. Next year though, it would be around July 30.

August 21, 2013 Holiday The second holiday is on August 21, also known as Ninoy Aquino Day. This is an annual observance of the death of former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. Yes, he is the father of President Benigno "Pnoy" Aquino III. His assassination in 1983 is considered to be the trigger point that leads to 1986 EDSA Revolution. The revolution forced the end of the dictatorial regime of then President Ferdinand Marcos.


Introducing Technology News in Blogged Philippines

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Dear valued readers,
I started blogging in summer of 2009. Back then, this blog was more of a personal blog about all the ideas that I have in mind. I wrote about my interests such as movies music, books, food money and travel. The name of this blog back then was Ideas Digest and I have a subdomain using Google’s Blogspot.
Late that year, this blog started to focus on travel and flight information. Then I ventured into government news. I found it very noble to help disseminate information on such things as holiday announcement, class suspensions and the like.

BPI Capital is Selling Retail Treasury Bonds (RTB)

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BPI Capital, a subsidiary of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is selling Retail Treasury Bonds (RTB). This is another option for those who want to invest their money other than stocks, mutual funds, and time deposits.



Here are some Q&As about RTBs.

Bohol Tour: Loboc Floating Restaurant Entertainment [VIDEO]

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To date, I've had three Bohol Day Tours, each of them were memorable. Although the places are the same, the experience of being with different people each time makes the trip unique.

In those three tours, people always tell me that the experience in Loboc River Floating Restaurant is the best among the rest. I don't exactly know why but probably, the idea of a buffet meal while cruising in a river, on-board singers and stop-over dancing stations all lined up to create a unique experience that's really hard to forget.