Cebu Pacific

Here’s something to SMILE about

With all the hassles and poor customer service (not to mention headache) that Cebu Pacific is giving its passengers lately (delayed and cancelled flights, getting bumped off, etc.),  here’s something good about this airline that Filipinos can really be proud of.

CNN Go, CNN’s travel guide website, recently released its World’s 12 best airline magazines and our very own Cebu Pacific‘s in-flight magazine SMILE bagged the seventh spot.

Now that’s something that to SMILE about, don’t you think? ^_^


7. Smile (Cebu Pacific, Philippines)

If only we looked this fresh a week into our Vietnam trip.

Basics: What? Who? We didn’t see this chipper little underdog coming either, but Smile’s youthful (and authentically Filipino) charm won us over.

Perfect reader: A fresh-faced backpacker as excited about checking out Kalibo by tricycle as s/he is about navigating the markets of Saigon.

Words: No great prose, but zest for adventure prevails. In a recent issue, a phrase-based Vietnam guide, a two-woman Southeast Asia travelogue and an alluring snapshot of Cebuano cuisine all had us reaching for our passports.

Look: Nothing special, but frequent portraits of ordinary people having a good time echo the magazine’s spontaneous, low-key voice.

Gold star: Capsule guides to every city on the airline’s network include slang and breakfast tips from locals.

Black mark: The layout smacks of a U.S. teen magazine.

Final verdict: Smile proves in-flights don’t need to pretend to be Esquire or The Economist — just to capture the spirit of the places they serve.


Read the complete list of the World’s 12 best airline magazines



Cebu Pacific cancels flights

GMA news is reporting that Cebu Pacific has canceled flights:

  • 5J-513 and 514: Manila-San Jose (Mindoro)-Manila
  • 5J-136 and 135: Cebu-Caticlan-Cebu
  • 5J-331 and 332: Manila-Kalibo-Manila
  • 5J-333 and 334: Manila-Kalibo-Manila
  • 5J-335 and 336: Manila-Kalibo-Manila
  • 5J-337 and 338: Manila-Kalibo-Manila
  • 5J-343 and 344: Manila-Kalibo-Manila
  • 5J-351 and 352: Manila-Kalibo-Manila
  • 5J-353 and 354: Manila-Kalibo-Manila
  • 5J-416 and 417: Cebu-Kalibo-Cebu
  • The airline said they will have extra flights to accommodate all affected Caticlan passengers.  Affected passengers may reach Cebu Pacific at these numbers for details on their re-accommodation: (02) 70-20-888 / (032) 230-88-88.

    Rotarians eye suit vs. Cebu Pacific

    Rotarians are planning to file charges against Cebu Pacific for breach of the contract of carriage, Juliana Carbon, former Rotary Club of Bacolod Central president, said yesterday.

    “The District 3850 Rotarians are contemplating to file a class suit against Cebu Pacific for the shabby treatment  they got from the ground employees and agents” of  Cebu Pacific, Carbon, who is also a lawyer and the  general manager of the Bacolod City Water District, said at a press conference.

    The DAILY STAR tried to get Cebu Pacific’s side through its public relations people but as of press time they had no reply.

    Read more at the Visayan Daily Star