SCENE CITY| Chasing Wonders with AirAsia

OUR favorite airline for years now hosted another flight on the last week of April, a mid-summer treat to bring us to Baguio via Clark as it launched its reconnection flight which has recently resumed. Flights from Davao to Clark officially recommenced April 23, 2017 providing Davaoenos access to the Northern Part of the Philippines via Clark International Airport in Pampanga. We noticed that the airport has widely expanded as it prepares for more international flights to service.

Clark is the gateway to Baguio, which we reached using the TPLEX, (Tarlac/Pangasinan/La Union Expressway) in three hours passing through Kennon Road.

AirAsia served us their in-flight meals featuring Asean flavors like Thai Green Curry, Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice and Chicken Adobo.

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WIDUS Hotel and Casino in Clark, Pampanga

We checked in to Widus Hotel and Casino in Clark, classified by the Department of Tourism as De Luxe or five-star –the only property in the Clark Freeport Zone and throughout the Province of Pampanga to receive this premium rating. Widus is only a five minute drive from the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport inside Clark and 10 minutes from the central land transport terminal that makes Widus accessible to Manila, Subic and other cities in Central and Northern Luzon.

On our itinerary was a visit to Mexico, Pampanga to take a food trip in a quaint, ancestral house of the Borromeos and were served original Kapampangan recipes, which were prepared by the lady of the house herself, Mrs. Lilia Borromeo. She also demonstrated how to make the San Nicolas Cookies, showing the different wooden molds used by the families who ordered these cookies. She even had a wooden mold with the image of Pope Francis who visited the Philippines recently.

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MEDIA guests on board AirAsia Flight launch reconnecting Davao to Clark- Kenneth Irving Ong, Marilyn Roque and Ben Tesiorna

Motoring the next morning to Baguio on the smooth and wide expressway, we learned that Manoag was only an hour and a half away from Clark. Davao City residents are known to go on annual pilgrimage to the Our Lady of Manaog Shrine in Pangasinan and have taken the flight via Manila. This time, the trip is much shorter when taking the AirAsia flight to Clark.

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GENEFER Bugarin-Tan of AirAsia at the Widus Hotel and Casino Clark poses at the Salad Bar

With us on this visit to Clark and Baguio was our friend Genefer Bugarin-Tan, who was also with us on a visit to Singapore on a flight from Davao via Clark to Singapore a few years back.

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