Cebu Pacific Air just carried its 100 millionth passenger—as many as the entire population of the Philippines flown in a span of 18 years. That got me thinking how many times was I counted in that milestone, and I was betting maybe a hundred or so. Over the years, I’ve been flying with the airline and their signature Piso Fare, and a lot of the trips and flights came with Juan of a Kind stories. I dug through my e-tickets and remembered the stories behind them. Read more…
December 2008. I book my first-ever Piso Fare tickets. I’ve always dreamt of seeing places in the Philippines, and it was my chance to do so. Cost of the ticket was only 56 PHP for a round trip.
February 2009. I took my first-ever domestic solo trip at 18 with the Piso Fare I bought a little over a month prior. Although inexperienced in traveling alone, I took a risk and relied on my street smarts to survive Cebu. I did, and as they say, the rest was history.
March 2009. I was able to reach Mindanao for the first time in my life—and again, because of a Piso Fare ticket. I went to Cagayan de Oro and did whitewater rafting. I remember being bewildered seeing and doing things I’ve only read about over the internet and in textbooks.
October 2010. I flew Clark to Cebu on a Friday night and flew back to Manila early morning Saturday. Though the idea of simply having coffee and going partying in Cebu for a few hours seems crazy, it was actually doable back then because promo tickets only cost 180 PHP round trip. Besides, I wanted to escape heartbreak back then, so any chance to leave Manila was welcomed.
January 2011. After having explored the country’s biggest cities, such as Iloilo, Bacolod, Davao, and Puerto Princesa, among others, I got so addicted to traveling that I continued to travel to more cities and provinces like General Santos and Dipolog—all thanks to Piso Fare tickets.
March 2011. Although I’ve traveled out of the country prior, our first trip abroad as a family was memorable. My parents were glad that we were able to fly to Hong Kong and Macau at only 2400 PHP per person with Cebu Pacific Air when international flights cost so much more years back.
January 2012. I attended my first ever Sinulog Festival in Cebu, thanks to a promo months back. However, because of availability, I didn’t fly direct to Cebu—I had to fly first to Tacloban from Manila then to Cebu. I was really getting the hang of flying back then!
Three years and more than a hundred international and domestic flights flown corresponding to thousand of miles later, Cebu Pacific Air has largely been part of my traveling life—like it has been to millions of Filipinos who now have access to the rest of the archipelago and beyond. Truly, the airline has contributed in building our nation and shaping the lives and stories of our fellowmen.
And recently, a passenger from Cebu to Manila named Yelen Bontuyan had an extraordinary Juan of a Kind story with Cebu Pacific Air. As its 100 millionth guest, she was surprised onboard through the airline’s Fun Games with 100,000 PHP and 100 tickets to any domestic or international destination. Even more, everyone aboard the flight were each given a round trip domestic ticket.
The Philippines’ largest airline has revolutionized and liberalized air travel in the country, whilst introducing innovations like Piso Fare, Fun Games, e-ticketing, and online booking and check-in. With approximately 90 domestic and international routes, Cebu Pacific Air, together with Tigerair Philippines, currently operates the most extensive network of destinations across the Philippines, and it reaches 28 international cities in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.