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#212 Philippine Airlines

Although it went through turbulent times with a sullied reputation in the 1980s, the Philippine Airlines is one of the iconic brands of the Philippines being the oldest airline company in Asian that is still in operation.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) was officially founded on February 26, 1941, but its license to operate as an airliner was derived from the merged Philippine Aerial Taxi Company (PATCO) established by mining magnate Emmanuel N. Bachrach in December 3, 1930, making it as Asia’s oldest scheduled carrier still in operation. PAL’s commercial air service started three weeks later from Manila to Baguio, making it Asia’s first airline route. Bachrach’s death in 1937 paved the way for its eventual merger with Philippine Airlines in March 1941 and made it Asia’s oldest airline. It is also the oldest airline in Asia still operating under its current name.

Bachrach’s majority share in PATCO was bought by beer magnate Andres  Soriano in 1939 upon the advice of General Douglas McArthur and later merged with newly formed Philippine Airlines with PAL as the surviving entity. PAL restarted service on March 15, 1941 with a single Beech Model 18 NPC-54 aircraft, which started its daily services between Manila (from Nielson Field) and Baguio.

On July 31, 1946, 64 years ago to this day, chartered PAL DC-4 ferried 40 American servicemen to Oakland, California from Nielson Airport in Makati City with stops in Guam, Wake Island, Johnston Atoll and Honolulu, Hawaii, making PAL the first Asian airline to cross the Pacific Ocean. A regular service between Manila and San Francisco was started in December 1946,  the same year that the airline was designated as the flag carrier of Philippines. (From: Wikipedia).

Mabuhay ang Philippine Airlines!

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#119 Katibawasan Falls

Katibawasan Falls is located some four kilometres from Mambajao in Camiguin Island, Mindanao in southern Philippines.

The falls is a popular tourist destination in Camiguin with its clear waters and the waterfall that measures about 250 feet high. The water cascades 70 meters into a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders.

Visitors enjoy the cold waters provide, particularly during the hot summer months when picnikers and bathers splash in the pool to cool off. Giant ferns and lush vegetation grow in the surrounding landscape where huge, old trees can be found. Adventurous visitors can rappel down the waterfall and plunge into the pool below. The park has rock picnic tables, seats and cookout facilities available for use.

Mabuhay ang Katibawasan Falls!

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