Cebu Pacific Air, the Philippines’ leading airline, is gearing up to greet Guam hafa adai, which means hello in Chamorro. Starting March 25, 2016, the island-territory will be its first destination in the United States, and it will be the only low-cost carrier to operate flights between the Philippines and Guam, flying an Airbus 320 four times weekly at the onset. The opening of the route is seen to benefit not only tourism but also the 25% Filipino population of Guam.
The largest and southernmost island in the Mariana Island Arc, Guam lies on the northwestern portion of the Pacific Ocean and to the east of the Philippines. As such, like our country, it is blessed with pristine white beaches, turquoise waters, and a slew of natural wonders. Actually, the waters of Tumon and Tanguisson Beach are renowned for their rich, unspoiled marine life.
Another aspect the Philippines shares with Guam is history. Guam was also explored by Magellan, conquered by the Spaniards, handed over to the Japanese by the same treaty, and ravaged by the Japanese during World War II. Its long history and its hodgepodge of cultures make it interesting to explore, especially through its war and heritage sites.
Guam likewise offers much to shopaholics and foodies. Popular international and American brands can be found islandwide, especially at DFS Guam Galleria and Tumon Sands Plaza, and the best part is, shopping is duty free. Moreover, hineksa’ aga’ga, rice boiled in annatto water, and kelaguen, a local ceviche made of chicken or octupus, have enticed many a visitor.
Cebu Pacific Air allows Guam to be ticked off bucket lists easily, for the airline offers affordable fares to the island, with seat sales going for as low as 2,500 PHP. For bookings, log onto www.cebupacificair.com, while for promos, check out the airline’s Facebook and Twitter.