Escape to Paradise


LEAVE it to the Philippines’ flag carrier to celebrate a milestone in style.

At 75, Philippine Airlines is aging with grace and in style. Bannering its new campaign that lets the “heart of the Filipinos shine,” PAL will surely win the hearts of many more travelers.

As part of the celebration, PAL launched another exciting service.


PAL- the heart of the Filipino
The Heart of the Filipino- Philippine Airlines.


“You and a select few will be the first to experience an industry game-changer,” I was told thru an invitation from PAL .

Who would decline an invitation like that?

PAL promised an “Escape to Paradise” and that was what I and three other Dabawenyos experienced.

We flew on Premium Economy class to the Queen City of the South to join other social media influencers from Manila and the host city.


PAL contingent off to Cebu
We’re off to Cebu for PAL’s Escape to Paradise invitation.


We were shuttled to the posh Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa which will serve as our official residence for a couple of days.


Warm welcome to Shangri-La Mactan Cebu
Mabuhay from the Shangri-La’s Mactan.

Upon arrival, we were handed our very own Mabuhay Miles Travel Card.


PAL ladies delivering gifts
They came bearing gifts


The Mabuhay Miles Travel Card is the industry’s first membership and prepaid card all in one.

Each mile earned with the Travel Card will bring me a step closer to earn a free flight with Philippine Airlines.


Escape to paradise in Cebu via PAL's MMTC
It was an invitation to Escape to Paradise in the Queen City of the South with a game-changer & an industry first- the Mabuhay Miles Travel Card.


I can also enjoy free hotel accommodations, meals at my favorite restaurants, and other perks from PAL’s participating Program Partners.

Being a traveler, what got excited me is that the card can load it up ten different currencies, including Philippine Peso, US Dollars, Euro, British Pound, Canadian, Australian, Singapore and Hong Kong dollars, Chinese Yuan and Japanese Yen.


The new MMTC card of PAL
The Mabuhay Miles Travel Card is a membership card & a pre-paid card in one that allows its members to fly, dine, shop, drive and unwind.


This makes it more convenient to travel since I don’t have to bring a load of cash with me when traveling or worry about the fluctuating exchange rates.

The Mabuhay Miles Travel Card may be used in establishments both online and offline, as well as thru Bancnet ATMs and ATMs in over 150 countries where UnionPay International is accepted.

To totally get the feel of the new product, my Mabuhay Miles Travel Card was loaded with 20,000 miles plus P10,000 cash. For the coming days, I will be discovering the world within the travel Card, and experience friendly accommodations, gastronomical delights, leisure shopping, pampering and re-discovering Cebu.

Shangri-La Mactan is a partner of the Travel Card and this was where our journey began.


One night in this room at Shangri-La Mactan
Home for night- Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa.


Room with a view
Shades of blue. The view from our Shangri-La Mactan room balcony.


Kenneth and I stayed in a well-appointed room with the view of the expansive garden and the sea beyond it. It was a good way to start our journey.

Second order of the day: an hour of bliss.


Chi Pa's pathway
Making my way to Chi Spa


Reception area of Chi Spa
The Chi Spa’s reception hall


Chi spa escape
Finding my chi at Chi Spa.

At the Chi Spa, I experienced a rejuvenating therapy that I needed for a long night of celebration ahead. The Mabuhay Miles Travel Card is set to be formally launched in a couple of hours.


Sinulog on our doorstep
How to launch an industry-changer in Cebu- bring the Sinulog to the doorstep.


Day two was the appointed day for shopping using the Travel Card. For that we went to the SM’s third largest mall in the country, the SM Seaside City.


SM Seaside shopping with MMTC
Day 2 was shopping with the Mabuahy Miles Travel Card at SM’s 3rd largest mall in the country, the SM Seaside City


Social media influencers from across the country
Bloggers from Davao, Manila & Bacolod ready to shop.


MMTC shopping at SM Seaside
Yup, I’m ready to shop & swipe


SM Seaside interior
Interior of the SM Seaside City


Spiral staircase are color coded at SM seaside
Down to the lower floor through one of 4 color coded spiral staircases in the mall


At the nautilus-inspired architectural landmark by the Mactan Channel, the Travel Card was my shopping spree buddy. First swipe was at a favorite clothing brand UNIQLO, where the Mabuhay Miles Travel Card transaction via Union Pay was quick.


MMTC is a debit card
Swipe this, please.


First shopping loot c/o MMTC
Transaction done.


UNIQLO is one of my favorite brands
My shopping spree started at one of my preferred Japanese brands.


After a day of shopping we headed back to Marco Polo Plaza, a partner hotel of PAL’s new Travel Card, and our home on the journey’s second night.


Escape to Paradise 2nd night is at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
An address so familiar. Night 2 was at my favorite city hotel, the Marco Polo Plaza.


MMTC holders are welcomed at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is a program partner of Mabuhay Miles Travel Card.


This was where our miles got us a free room. For 13,000 miles (I shared my room with Ken, so we paid 6,500 miles each) from our Mabuhay Miles Travel Card, we got a fabulous room.


A night at Marco Polo via MMTC card
Davao bloggers handing their Travel Cards to avail of a free night using their miles.


Marco Polo Plaza for a night via PAL's MMTC
Home for the second night at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu using MMTC points.


Like what I do in any fabulous hotels, I prefer spending it indoors and enjoying the hotel’s food and amenities.


City view of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Cebu City seen from Nivel Hills, where Marco Polo Plaza stands.


But all good things come to an end. Three days living in paradise in the Queen City of the South flew by too swiftly.


PAL's famous arroz caldo
Heading back home. But first a bowl of the famous Arroz Caldo at the Mabuhay Lounge.


On board the PAL heading back home to Davao enjoying the spacious comforts of the Premium Economy section, thoughts of reliving every minute of this “escape to paradise” trip were already running through my head.


Business Class seat at PAL
Wide seats, spacious legroom, Premium Economy or Business Class is always the best way to fly.


Yes, with several trips planned this year to several destinations with Philippine Airlines, I need to have my Mabuhay Miles Travel Card with me, I think I will.

Believe me when I say that with Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay Travel Miles Card, life gets more rewarding.


PAL above the clouds
Fly above the cotton candies in the sky with PAL.


To know more and apply for a Mabuhay Miles Travel Card, visit the website


Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 05, 2016.

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