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Not exactly a light packer? PAL’s Carry Over Checked In Baggage Got You Covered

On the tail end of 2016, I had the pleasure of having a 2 day, 1 night trip in Anilao, Batangas to witness the 2016 Anilao Underwater Shootout, courtesy of the good people of Philippine Airlines (PAL). The event was the biggest underwater macro photography of its kind in the world and featured some of the world’s best divers and underwater photography enthusiasts. 

PAL was in its capacity as the event partner and as a purveyor and avid promoter of Philippine tourism

Celebrating its 75th year of flying Philippine (and the international) skies, the country’s flag carrier was also on hand to promote its latest product, the Carry Over Checked In Baggage which is a lifesaver for diving enthusiasts who usually lugs with them an average of 30 kilos per travel.

With the country’s status as the destination of choice for divers due to pristine waters and the best collection of corals anywhere in the world, divers worldwide are more than encouraged to visit the Philippines’ premium dive sites including Anilao (in Luzon), Cebu, Dumaguete, Bohol, Siquijor, Davao and General Santos. The abundance of coral reef can be credited with the Philippines being part of the coral triangle where the world’s best collection of corals are located. Also, the Philippines has the richest marine biodiversity anywhere in the world.

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The announcement of the launch of the Carry Over Checked In Baggage made by PAL’s Hazel dela Cruz was met with a hearty and enthusiastic applause by participating divers during the awarding ceremony. It was a move that will help out the community, who would love to see more of the country’s many beaches but are often prohibited by baggage restrictions.

Here’s how Carry Over Checked In Baggage (yes, it’s a mouthful) works:

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From the PAL Website

You can avail of the Carry Over Checked In Baggage as long as it’s covered by one itinerary and one ticket. At the time of the event, this feature can be availed when you book via PAL-authorized travel agencies.

The feature does not only apply to divers; as long as you have one ticket from your international flight going to your domestic destinations and vice versa, this feature applies to you. And even if you have a stop over anywhere in Manila, this feature still applies as long as your international or domestic flights are in one ticket.

 

Event Download: The Anilao Underwater Shoot Out 

Organized and sponsored by the Philippine Department of Tourism, the yearly event was held in Anilao, Batangas which is quickly gaining popularity as one of the premiere macro destinations in the world. 

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On its fourth year, The Anilao Underwater Shootout attracted more than 172 participants from all over the world including Brazil, Turkey, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and more. These experienced underwater photography aficionados battled it out for prizes spread out in four categories which included General Macro, Behavior,  Creative Photo and Portfolio.

Competition judges are multi-awarded photographers from around the world including Takaji Ochi (Japan), Takako Uno (Japan), Stephen Wong (HK), and Greg Lecouer (France).
The bad weather and the inclement rain did not deter participating divers to get their best shot. Aided by dive experts, divers brave the deep waters of Anilao see some of the most fascinating sea creatures and photograph them.
Here are some photos of winners from Anilao Underwater Shootout’s FB page:
For a complete list of winners, go to http://anilaoshootout.ph/

Anilao Underwater Shootout Photos from: https://www.facebook.com/pg/anilaounderwatershootout

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Source: From the Anilao ShootOut FB Page

For PAL, it is only natural to throw in their hundred percent support to the recently-concluded event. As the country’s national carrier, PAL brings a commitment in supporting and promoting local tourism. During my short discussion with company representatives, we all agreed that the Philippines is a rich country, so diverse in eco-tourism that it is a shame if this will remain unseen by foreign and local tourists.

PAL’s many destinations allows travelers to visit and discover more of the archipelago. It’s many innovations also highlight its continuing quest to better understand–and serve–its passengers.

 

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PAL: The First 75 Years in the Sky (Philippines’ Flag Carrier launches Coffee Table Book Celebrating its History) 

There is something about Philippine Airlines that resonates the warmth and heart of the Filipino – from the warm smiles of the flight attendants onboard, to the familiar livery as it cruises 30,000 feet above, to the role that the airline company played in various points in the history of the Philippines.

Amidst the triumphs, the heartaches and the glory of the nation, Philippine Airlines (PAL) was there.

It is only fitting that the nation’s Flag Carrier celebrates 75 years of this storied history with the launch of its coffee table book dubbed, “75 Years of Celebrating the Heart of the Filipino.

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Having my copy signed by PAL President Mr. Jaime J. Bautista, together with the lovely PAL Flight Attendants wearing variations of their uniform, from 1960s to present. (Photo Credit: Mark Conrad Maramag)

The history of PAL is unparalleled as it runs alongside the history of aviation in the country. The hard-cover tome features more than the airline’s history – the many pages pay tribute to the hundreds of employees whose lives have interwoven already with the airline’s.

Starting from its humble beginnings as a small airline company operating out of the Nielsen Airfield located in what is known now as the Central Business District; its role in carrying the many presidents and statesman and women of the Philippines; playing host to celebrities, VIP and beauty queens; and to its more blessed role playing as Sheperd One, carrying not only one but two pontiffs during its 75 years – first flying for the beloved Pope/St. John Paul II and recently, with the popular and also admired Pope Francis during his visit to Manila and Tacloban.

I was honored to be one of the invitees during the launch of the coffeetable book in an event well-attended not only by members of the tri-media, but more importantly, by also the people who’s been part of the PAL family for a long time. These include former Pursers, flight attendants and employees who look back with fondness when reminiscing about their years at PAL.

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PAL President Jaime J.Bautista presents the content of the PAL coffee table book to their Chaiman and CEO, Dr. Lucio C.Tan

The book also played tribute to the airline’s “El Kapitan,” Dr. Lucio C. Tan, who serves as PAL’s Chairman and CEO, and who is credited for “saving” the airline company during its challenging years in the 90s.

Also a noteworthy read are special features on flight stewardess training and PAL’s women pilots.

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Encased in a beautifully-designed case and published in hard-cover, the book also showcases amazing photography and imagery sourced from PAL’s very own archives.

As a big fan of the PAL brand, I now consider my signed copy as the perfect addition to my collection of travel-related literature.

The book retails for only PHP1,975 and is a good addition to the library of any aviation or travel buff. Get your copies at the PAL Boutique, PAL Head Office, PNB Building, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, CCP Complex, Pasay City.