Cebu Pacific now accepts applications for pilots

A Cebu Pacific Airbus A330
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(From Cebu Pacific)

MANILA — The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific is now accepting applications for the second batch of cadet-pilots.

CEB will be recruiting 16 candidates to join its corps of pilots, after completing a 56-week training program, including 52 weeks at Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) in Australia, in a “study now, pay later” scheme.

The Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilot Program is a 56-week program that recruits candidates from ab initio, and puts them on a 56-week integrated flying training; flight theory and education course to become licensed Commercial Pilots.

After completion of the program, the cadet-pilots become First Officers at CEB, and join the corps of aviators at Cebu Pacific, flying domestic and international routes.

The program is open to all Filipinos who are college graduates, proficient in English and hold passports valid for at least two years prior to the start of the program. (Full Story Here)


Xiamen Airlines launches more direct Cebu-China flights

(By Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon, The Freeman)

CEBU, Philippines — Business and tourism opportunities await Cebu as two more direct flights this month from China are launched.

Xiamen Airlines launched its Cebu- Jinjiang and Cebu – Fuzhou routes, which are seen to strengthen air linkages between China and Cebu.

China-based Xiamen Airlines launched its first scheduled service to Cebu last March 2016 with Cebu – Xiamen flight three times weekly.

Cebu City, Philippines
Photo: Lucky Malicay

The two additional routes begin just a little after a year from the airlines first-ever operations to Cebu.

Xiamen Airlines Flight MF8001 flies from Jinjiang to Cebu, departing at 11:30 am and arriving at 2:15 pm every Monday and Friday.

Flight MF8002 flies Cebu back to Jinjiang, departing 3:15 pm and arriving at 6:00 pm on the same days. The route started April 10.

The company operating and managing the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) welcomed the latest development.

Aines Librodo, marketing head at GMR-MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation, said Cebuanos and people from central and southern Philippines now have many options to reach United States of America and Europe. – (Full Story Here)

Singapore schools helping boost Philippine tourism

By (Rene H. Martel) 



At least two schools in Singapore have partnered with the Philippines’ Cebu province and the Department of Tourism (DOT) for a 36-month “Tourism and Hospitality Capability Development Program.”

Temasik Polytechnic (TP) and Republic Polytechnic (RP) will provide instructors for a training program involving the sharing of best practices and strategies to stakeholders and partners in Cebu’s tourism and hospitality sector.

RP is “the first educational institution in Singapore to leverage problem-based learning approach for all its diploma programmes,” while TP is one of the leading higher learning institutions in Singapore that “infused global realities into its programmes and develop a mindset on campus that embraces socio-cultural diversity.”

The program comes at a time when the DOT projected that between 2015 and 2022 “Cebu will experience the highest growth with tourist terminal capacity and international tourist traffic projected to increase from 4.5 million to 15 million (3 times) and 1.7million to 8.80 million (5 times) respectively.”

With the program, “Singapore’s tourism experiences in M.I.C.E. (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions), Cultural and Heritage, and Eco-tourism can be a source for mutual sharing on best practices and emerging trends.”

Made for 120 participants, the program has three phases divided into seven workshops. Workshop 1 under Phase 1 took place last September 25-29 at the University of San Carlos. Workshop participants included representatives from the local government units, hotels, museums, travel and tour service providers, and the academe.

The instructors, who came all the way from Singapore, discussed their country’s “Best Practices in Tourism Development.”

“I think it is a very fruitful workshop. We are getting inputs from a leading global tourism industry. These (speakers) are the same people who worked with the Singapore Tourism Board. We all know Singapore is one of the best in the world. We are learning a lot and I cannot wait to apply what we are learning here,” said Casa Gorordo Musuem curator Florencio Moreño, in an interview before Workshop 1 ended. Full Story Here