THINGS are not back to where they were pre-Covid-19 pandemic and there’s no telling when they will normalize but life has to go on. Business establishments have adjusted to the “new normal” by re-thinking and re-inventing policies and practices.
Lapu-Lapu City recently launched its Balik Turismo program announcing to the world that the beautiful resort island is ready to welcome visitors to its shores. Mayor Junard Chan along with Department of Tourism 7 Director Shahlimar Tamano and the Cultural, Historical and Tourism chairperson Cindi Chan presided over the activity at the city’s Hoops Dome.
Philippine Airlines (PAL), through its senior assistant vice president Harry Inoferio and his sales team, gave all-out support and introduced the PAL promo for the weekend dubbed PALmazing Weekend. Fares as low as P588, one way economy base fare for domestic flights and US$599 for round trip economy base fare to Los Angeles were up for grabs. PAL has also added flights between Cebu and Manila, and will soon resume other domestic flights.
From the Cebu Pacific end... the airline has disclosed the deployment of 21 self bag tag kiosks at its check-in area at NAIA 3 to minimize physical interaction between passengers and staff. For its promo, there’s the Juan Love campaign—one million seats at giveaway prices to promote and support Philippine tourism and the travel sectors.
On the other hand, most hotel kitchens have come up with tempting set menus for dine in and “to go” food packages.
Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino has a new food outlet called Heritage, a virtual restaurant for food-to-go where ordering can be done online (WAHC Facebook) or through the phone. The menu features the heritage recipes of executive chef Tristan Encarnacion.
Misto, the restaurant at Seda Hotel in Cebu IT Park, is open for business from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. with safety protocols in place. It offers executive lunch sets daily for P499 and also accepts “food-to-go” orders. Another feature is its “work from Misto” offer which means seamless Wi-Fi connection and unlimited coffee or tea with light snacks for the very affordable price of P299.
Over at Golden Prince Hotel, its Kabilin Heritage Lounge is gradually re-opening (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) with a new come-on, the “Pamahaw Tibuok Adlaw” pre-Christmas promo of buy two, take one. Breakfast favorites like Chorizong bungkag and Arroz ala Cubana are on the menu for dine-in and take-out. Also available at Kabilin are the Pangbusog Meals featuring Beef Salpicao, Humba Cebuana, Orange Country Ribs, etc. along with Spinach rice. On top of these appetizing offerings are the hotel’s Heritage ambassador Louella Alix and head chef Melo Lopez.