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Tourism booster

After six years of waiting, the Philippines was upgraded to Category-1 status by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), meaning Philippine carriers may now expand their operations in the United States and, eventually, boost tourism and businesses between the two countries. The announcement, first made on Twitter by US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, came as a surprise as it had been expected to be made by US President Barack Obama during his state visit later this month.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Frailty

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I came into it from the other side of the world. I was one of those who flew with Philippine Airlines on its inaugural flight to Europe, which happened to be the United Kingdom. Or its inaugural flight after a hiatus of a decade and a half. A wondrous occasion, and something of tremendous value to Filipinos, particularly the OFWs, easing as it does their transition to new, and often alien, if not alienating, cultures. But that’s another story, best left for another day.

Posted: November 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Live and learn

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Shortly after I wrote about the PAL flight attendants’ shock and awe at the Court of Appeals’ decision to roll back their retirement ages to 60 for men and 55 for women, I remembered a movie I had seen a couple of years ago that dwelled on this theme. That movie was “Made in Dagenham.” [...]

Posted: July 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

But of course it’s discrimination

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Who says the courts are deaf to entreaties? They’re not. They’re just deaf to the entreaties of the aggrieved, not of those that make them so.

Posted: July 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Private red tape

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Right before New Year’s, a physician-friend sent me a long text about new procedures pertaining to sending and claiming air cargo, which make it an ordeal. Here’s an edited version of the text:   “If you want to send a box of fruit from Manila to Davao using PAL cargo, you have to go to [...]

Posted: January 15th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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