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Local airline launches sweeper flights

SkyJet Airlines collaborates with government offices to mount charity rescue flights for stranded individuals.

Capt. John Jatico and his crew at Davao International Airport

Travel restrictions worldwide generate economic problems or unemployment on a larger scale, all being taken care of as we speak, but in micro cases we see the inconvenience among local and foreign nationals stranded indeterminately.

Can you imagine the risk of contracting Covid-19 in an unfamiliar place? The anxiety of being away from your family? Five months into quarantine and it’s sad to say there are still many locally stranded individuals (LSIs), mostly displaced workers in Metro Manila.

General Santos City

We need more than ever establishments that are aware of their purpose during the crisis, including domestic airlines shifting responsibilities to provide sweeper flights in efforts to help LSIs. Despite losing big revenues and subsidizing costly operations, one of the few to join the cause is premier boutique airline SkyJet, under the supervision of its chairman, Wilson Tieng. The airline has been working closely with the Office of the President, 250th Presidential Airlift Wing (PAW), OSAP, PMS, and Sen. Bong Go in mounting charity rescue flights for LSIs affected by the nationwide community quarantine.

LSI passengers returning to Iloilo

Just recently, SkyJet has deployed a 92-seater BAE 146-200 aircraft helmed by the chief pilot Capt. John Jatico and his crew—with Davao, General Santos, and Iloilo City as the main inbound destinations. The first rescue flight to Davao successfully departed on July 18, followed by another roundtrip flight to General Santos and Iloilo on July 19 and July 20, respectively.

SkyJet charity rescue flight crew at General Santos International Airport

Although SkyJet is looking to resume commercial operations in the next few months, the airline directs its full attention to corporate social responsibility advocacies meant to serve Filipinos and help the government in terms of aircraft provisions under circumstances that concern cross-province and inter-island travel. “While commercial passenger flights are currently halted due to the ongoing travel restrictions, we are steadfast in our commitment of to helping connect our stranded countrymen,” SkyJet Airlines’ commercial head Joseph Edward Alvarico says. He also acknowledged the assistance of Philippine Air Force, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police, Department of Health, DSWD, PMS RFUs 6, 11, and 12, and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines for making the operations possible.

Credit belongs to : Manila Bulletin


Miss traveling? Wander aimlessly through these movies.

Not so long ago, just five months ago, traveling was a thing.

People packed their bags, booked their flights, traded one week worth of work pay for memories of a lifetime, and live for planes and places just to appease the wanderlust gods. But with the pandemic hanging over our heads and the world’s borders remaining closed (can you imagine that forecast for travel to normalize will be in 2022?!), we have to find ways to satiate our longing for the great beyond.

Watching beautiful travel films is the closest we can get to traveling. It makes for the best virtual culture tripping and sightseeing and great storytelling all together. We’ve rounded up films with great sceneries and locations (no made-up backdrop and backlots), so you can be whisked away from the sofa as you click play.

Midnight in Paris (2003)

Gil (Owen Wilson), an esteemed Hollywood scriptwriter struggling to make ends meet, finds himself wandering the city in the 1920s after one too many bottles of wine. He gets to hold small, endearing conversations with different staple people of their time, from Fitzgerald, Stein, and Hemingway to Dali and Bunuel, and Adriana (Marion Cotillard), a beautiful flapper girl. 

An ode to the “Années folles (crazy years) or the Roaring Twenties in France, Woody Allen (sigh) does not only juxtapose Paris’ modern-day intricacies with its past elements and what makes it such a sight to see, but also delves deep into what comes between the people and the City of Love. 

Lost in Translation (2003)

Two separate characters, one a washed-up artist, the other a neglected wife, grapple with solitude at unfamiliar hotel rooms overlooking Tokyo. Veering away from a typical meet-cute, Bill (Bill Murray) and Charlotte’s (Scarlett Johannson) stories intertwine inside an elevator, a restaurant, a late-night arcade, a karaoke bar, and quiet spaces through lopsided grins and groggy eyes. 

Lost in Translation, a film directed by Sofia Coppola, portrays lives behind the windows and shared loneliness amid the glitzy, ever-glowing, neon-lit streets of Shibuya and Shinjuku, and the vast, vivid city that never sleeps.

Angels and Demons (2009)

Based on a book by Dan Brown, Ron Howard’s Angels and Demons explores every conspiracy theorist’s favorite antithesis—Christianity and the Illuminati. Symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) takes matters into his own hands by deciphering clues after being warned of the Illuminati’s plot to destroy the Vatican City using a stolen antimatter.

Italy has always been a great movie location eyed by filmmakers for its architecture and preserved history (Lombardy in Call Me by Your Name, Sicily in The Godfather, and Venice in The Tourist), but Angels and Demons elevates your tour around Rome and Italy with looming conspiracies and a fictional exposé of the Church’s dark truths. In this movie, you can see Saint Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’ Angelo, the Pantheon, and the   Sistine Chapel in a new light.

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

After being framed for a murder he did not commit, Monsieur Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), concierge of the prestigious Grand Budapest Hotel, befriends the newly hired bellhop Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori).

Shot on location at the Görlitzer Warenhaus Department Store in Görlitz, Germany, the film takes you from this fictional hotel to the very heart of a fictional spa town in the fictional Republic of Zubrowska. The movie’s aesthetically pleasing saturated color palette of pale pinks and reds bleeds against a backdrop of war-torn Germany in the ’30s, exploring friendship and loyalty in the wake of fascism and frantic chaos. 

The rule of thumb in the film industry is that, if a movie is directed by Wes Anderson, it’s eye candy. His films are more often than not social commentaries and dark comedies wrapped in obscure color theories, perfect symmetry, age-old kitsch, uncanny voice-overs, and a disregard for linear narratives