SCENE CITY| AirAsia Philippines reconnects Manila- Davao

ON A SUNNY Friday morning, March 27, 2015, Manila-Davao maiden flight Z2611 breezed in at the Davao International Francisco Bangoy Airport. Meant to celebrate Women’s Month, the aircraft was flown by Captain Giselle Bendong with First Officer Iya Halaguena as the Co-Pilot.The Cabin crew was led by Senior Flight Attendant Blanche Garcia, with Angeline Garchitorena, Jana Trajano, Christine Shane Dinong, Marah Gaa and Mayumi Arima. Women make up 40% of all Air Asia Philippines staff.

AirAsia Philippines Chief Executive Officer Joy Caneba says “Davao City is an important gateway to Mindanao. We are partnering with Local Government Units and various stakeholders in the region to develop products and services to further boost tourism and promote Davao as a major tourist destination to local and foreign visitors.

More than just a center of trade and commerce for Mindanao, Davao is host to a myriad of tourist attractions. Nature lovers can hike their way up to Mount Apo to enjoy the lush scenery from atop the nation’s highest peak or indulge in various activities at Eden Nature and Eco-adventure Park. The Island Garden City of Samal offers a chance for sun-seekers to go beach-hopping arouond the many pristine shores surrounding the resort island.

At Malagos, Davao City, one can meet the Philippine Eagle or find the Philippines’ National Flower, the Waling-waling at Puentespina Orchids and Tropical plants. The famous Malagos Cheese and Malagos Chocolate are also produced in this farm.

Davao does not lack the city amenities when it comes to malling and night life with its hotels and restaurants offering Mindanao cuisine as well.


AIR ASIA Philippines CEO Josephine Joy D. Caneba (3rd from right) with Capt. Giselle Bendong (3rd from left), joined by Benjie Lizada, DOT XI Regional Director Roberto Alabado, Malaysia’s Consul General Abdullah Zawawi Tahir and AirAsia’s women crew members


DOT XI REGIONAL Director Roberto Alabado receives a model AirAsia airplane as symbolic token of the Davao-Manila flights from AirAsia CEO Josephine ‘Joy’ Caneba.


AIR ASIA flight crew with Capt. Giselle Bendong and Times writer Marilyn C. Roque

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