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Monday, December 24, 2012

SUMMARY OF THE RIGHTS OF AIR PASSENGERS


SUMMARY OF THE RIGHTS OF AIR PASSENGERS
Right to receive the full value of the service purchased.
Right to Sufficient Processing Time.
Right to Board Aircraft for the Purpose of Flight.
Right to Compensation.



 

 





Air Passenger Bill of Rights


Air Passenger Bill of Rights

Napapanahon! Yan ang sigaw ng sambayanan! Mga kapwa ko Pinoy, Know your rights laban sa mapang-abusong airline companies!

Sa wakas napakinggan na ang matagal ng hinaing ng mga pasahero na nagbabyahe sa himpapawid. The Air Passenger Bill of Rights was crafted by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Department of Trade and Industry in response to the increasing number of complaints against airlines. (It's about time!)

The recently released "Air Passenger Bill of Rights", took effect last December 21, 2012.

What is Air Passenger Bill of Rights?  

Air Passenger Bill of Rights is a measure which seeks to protect consumers from certain airline practices such as overbooking and "misleading" promo fares. I hope this new Passenger bill of rights will help make sure air travelers are treated with the respect that they deserve.
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya and Trade Secretary Gregory L. Domingo on Monday signed the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 1 or the Air Passenger Bill of Rights.

COVERAGE:

The order covers all Philippine-based carriers operating domestic and international flights, as well as foreign carriers operating flights from the Philippines.

Under the order, passengers affected by delayed or cancelled flights will receive compensation from the airline, such as free food, drinks and even hotel accommodations.

Flight cancellations, delays

In case of flight cancellation attributable to the airline, the passenger is entitled to the following rights:

(a) Be notified beforehand via public announcement, written/published notice and flight status update service (text);

(b) Be provided with the following, if he/she is already at the airport at the time of the announcement of the flight cancellation: sufficient refreshments or meals (e.g. snacks consisting of at least a bottle of water and a sandwich, or breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or a voucher for the same, as the case may be); hotel accommodation (conveniently accessible from the airport); transportation from the airport to the hotel, v.v.; free phone calls, text or emails, and first aid, if necessary; and (c) Reimbursement of the value of the fare, including taxes and surcharges, of the flight cancelled, or both in case the passenger decides not to fly;

(d) Be endorsed to another air carrier without paying any fare difference, at the option of the passenger, and provided that space permit such re-accommodation; or

(e) Rebook the ticket, without additional charge, to the next flight with available space, or, within 30 days, to a future trip within the period of validity of the ticket. However, for rebooking made over 30 days, fees and fare difference will paply.

In case the airline decides to cancel a flight at least 24 hours before departure, it will not be liable for any amenities except to notify the passenger, and to rebook or reimburse the passenger.

Passengers who are affected by flight delays or at least 3 hours, whether it is attributed to the airline or not, would be entitled to refreshments or meals; free phone calls, text or e-mails; first aid; and ticket rebooking or refund.

Overbooking
The order also addresses the airlines' practice of overbooking. "No passenger may be denied boarding without his/her consent," the order stated.

Any expense or inconvenience caused by overbooking to affected passengers must be borne by the airline:

The airline shall determine the number of passengers in excess of the actual seat capacity of the aircraft;

The carrier shall announce that the flight is overbooked, and that it is looking for volunteers willing to give up their seats in exchange for air carrier compensation.
It shall provide the interested passengers or volunteers a list of amenities and offers, which they can choose from, which list of amenities shall always include the option to be given priority booking in the next flight with available space or to be endorsed to another air carrier upon payment of any fare difference, and provided that space and other circumstances permit such accommodation, at the option of the passenger, and/or a cash incentive.

At present, airlines are allowed to overbook 10% of its seats per flight but the order removed the limit.

Lost luggage
The bill of rights also addresses passengers' complaints about lost, delayed or damaged luggage. Airlines would now have to compensate passengers P2,000 for every 24 hours their baggage is missing. After 7 days, the baggage would be deemed lost.
No to misleading ads

The order also requires airlines to fully disclose restrictions on rebookability or refundability attached to certain promo fares.

Airlines are now required to disclose the following information on fare advertisements:
(a) Conditions and restrictions attached to the fare type;
(b) Refund and rebooking policies, if any;
(c) Baggage allowance policies;
(d) Government taxes and fuel surcharges;
(e) Other mandatory fees and charges;
(f) Contact details of the carrier (i.e. phone number, website, e-mail, etc.); and
(g) Other information necessary to apprise the passenger of the conditions and the full/total price of the ticket purchased.For promo fares such as the popular "piso fares" or "zero fares", airlines would now be required to also include the following information:
(h) Number of seats offered on a per sector basis;
(i) The duration of the promo; and
(j) The CAB Approval No. of Fares.

"Consistent with the declared policy of the State to protect the interests of the consumers, which includes protection from misleading and fraudulent sales promotion practices, all sales promotion campaigns and activities of air carriers shall be carried out with honesty, transparency and fairness, and in accordance with the requirements of the Consumer Act of the Philippines, and its IRR," the order stated.

Airlines are now required to provide the DTI with a copy of its promo materials, in addition to securing approval from the CAB.

This year, there has been a growing number of complaints against airline companies, ranging from delayed flights to overbooking to misleading promo fare ads. This has prompted the DOTC and DTI to take a closer look at the airlines' practices and craft the Air Passenger Bill of Rights.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

AN OPEN LETTER TO CITYBANK AND SHOPWISE


AN OPEN LETTER TO CITYBANK AND SHOPWISE

Yesterday, December 22, 2012, Citybank Credit Card holders who received a text message that they can now claim one Purefoods Jamon De Bola for only Php2 at participating Rustan's and Shopwise stores in the Metro had to endure the long lines and unsystematic process. The process took more than 4 hours to complete. Ay, sinabi mo pa, the lines are insane and HB na lahat ng tao sa lines. I thought  pandemonium would break loose any moment last night. Ha ha ha!

Here are some unsolicited advice to Citybank, Rustan's and Shopwise:
  1.  Please give out numbers, so the Citybank credit card holders can eat, pee, shop, and sit while waiting for their turn. ( See, you'll earn more by giving them a number because they'll shop and dine in your establishment while waiting.)
  2.  Please provide chairs or stools. Some of these people lining up are physically not capable to stand for 4 hours, such as the senior citizens and people with certain illnesses. Kayo din, isipin na lang ninyo nanay o lola o lolo ninyo na nakatayo ng apat na oras.
  3.  Please turn on the air conditioner. One new found friend in line said she can bear standing up for 4 hours but at least make it more comfortable by providing them cooler air.
  4. Please separate the lines of those credit card holders who will claim only one or two Jamon de Bola, it is unfair to line up for 4 hours and be delayed because some credit card holders claim up to 30 pieces of Purefoods Jamon De Bola each. 
  5. Please add some more staff that will process the Php2 transaction fee. Based on actual experience and observation, mag isa lang yun staff ng shopwise na nag pa punch ng lahat ng transactions last night.
Overall, your clients are happy with their Php 2 Purefoods Jamon De Bola but please do hear them out. Merry Christmas.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

TUTUBAN MALL: Dazzle your Christmas on a Budget!


TUTUBAN MALL: Dazzle your Christmas on a Budget!   

Hear ye, hear ye! Who says you can’t share the joy and be merry when you’re on a budget? Christmas is the joyous time of the year. Which means, shopaholics have a great excuse to splurged. For my fellow shopaholics who wants to save, where else can you shop on a budget? Yes! Divisoria Tutuban Mall is the place to shop this season.  Be dazzle at this fantastic place!
 
The hunt for great holiday presents live on and choosing items that won’t put a hole in your pocket is the smartest, merriest way to do your shopping.

Tutuban Center and its popular year-long Tutuban Night Market offers numerous suggestions that range from holiday party outfits to unique Christmas gift suggestions. Take your pick on home accents, kitchenware, colourful accessories, gadgets, clothes and adorable knick knacks that will definitely lighten up your holiday spree.


Can you believe this? You can grab these My Phone gadgets for as low as Php 200.00 to Php700.00 at Tutuban Mall.
                                         
Gowns, suits and dresses prices starts at  Php250.00 to Php1,500.00. Suit up! Men’s formal wear for only Php5,000.00 for a set.
Home sweet home with curtains ranging from Php250.00 and up per panel and pillows from Php50.00 and up. 

Light up the room with these stylish lamps at Php50.00 and up. 
So spring up a step to Tutuban Center and its festive Night Market where holiday on a budget means shopping galore!
When you get hungry, dine at the newly renovated Tutuban Center’s Food Street where you can find a wide variety of fresh grilled meat and seafood that are cooked to perfection.


Friday, December 21, 2012

CHOOKS TO GO: Win a Trip to Thailand Promo


CHOOKS TO GO: Win a Trip to Thailand Promo


OMG! I learned about this promo just now, the last day of the world errr last day of the contest. No purchase necessary wooooooooooot! Yes, everybody is free to join this promo. Ready ka na bang manalo ng Christmas getaway sa Thailand? Hurry and join now!

 
Prize:


Bangkok, Thailand Getaway for 6 people (3 days, 2 nights)
- Includes Free hotel accommodation at My Hotel with daily breakfast, half city tour and free air fare.


Mechanics:
  •   Must be 18 years old and above
  •   Must be a resident of the Philippines 
  •   Promo Period: 2012-Dec-13 to 2012-Dec-21

How to Join:
  •   Step 1: Like Chooks To Go on Facebook.
  •   Step 2: Register your details (name, birthday, email, telephone number, password) via the   link below then tag five friends.
You can invite as many sets of 5 friends as long as you invite different people each time!

The winner will be announced on Christmas eve!

 
Travel period for the prize: January 18 to February 10, 2013

Link to the promo

Good luck!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

MISS UNIVERSE 2012:Miss USA Wins


MISS UNIVERSE 2012: Miss USA Wins
Thank you Jory Rivera for the pictures. From left to Right, Miss Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon, Venus Raj and Jory Rivera in Las Vegas, Nevada right after the pageant.
 Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Miss Janine Tugonon with Jory Rivera.                           
Our very own Miss Philippines Janine Mari Tugonon placed first runner up in the Miss Universe pageant held Wednesday (US time) in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States of America. Miss USA Olivia Culpo won the title of Miss Universe 2012.

Top Five were: Philippines, Australia, Brazil, United States, and Venezuela.

During the Question and Answer portion, renowned photographer Nigel Barker asked Tugonon a question from Twitter: "As a global ambassador, do you think speaking English should be a prerequisite to being Miss Universe?"

Tugonon answered, "Language isn't the only important thing. As long as you can influence and inspire other people, as long as you have a strong mind, spirit, you can be Miss Universe." 

Janine Tugonon called Miss Universe "a battle of a lifetime," noting that Filipinos are inherently fond of beauty pageants. "If I make it here, I feel that I can give them hope, and it's an early Christmas gift to them," she said. 

Congratulations Janine!
Photo Source : OPMB


ADVISORY: EDSA Bus Segregation Scheme


ADVISORY: EDSA Bus Segregation Scheme started last Tuesday, December 18, 2012.  It causes a lot of confusion not only among the commuters but also among confused bus drivers. With the new scheme there are designated bus stops for every bus, depending on their classification whether Bus A, B or C. Don't fret it is really as easy as ABC. So read on....

We'll make this simple. Let's check first the picture/ illustration below. Copy of which is plastered on each bus. If you are in a hurry, say for example, coming from Kamuning, you're going to POEA then you better ride at Bus B, because in just 3 stops you'll be at POEA na.

 
Bus A Designated Bus Stops: Southbound
( Coming from (for example) Trinoma to Makati)
  • Ermin Garcia
  • Arayat Cubao
  • VV Soliven
  • Connecticut 
  • Shaw/ Starmall
  • Guadalupe
  • Buendia
  • Magallanes
Bus A Designated Bus Stops: Northbound 
( Coming from Magallanes to Cubao)  
  •  Magallanes
  •  Buendia
  •  Guadalupe 
  •  Shaw Blvd.
  •  SM Megamall
  •  Boni Serrano 
  •  Cubao Farmers
  •  Ermin Garcia
Bus B Designated Bus Stops: Southbound
( Coming from Trinoma to Makati)
  • Kamuning
  • Monte De Piedad
  • Main Avenue
  • POEA Ortigas
  • Pioneer/Boni
  • Estrella
  • Ayala Avenue
Bus B Designated Bus Stops: Northbound
( Coming from Magallanes to Cubao) 
  • Ayala Avenue
  • Estrella
  • Pioneer/Boni
  • SM Megamall
  • Ortigas Avenue
  • Main Avenue
  • Baliwag/ 5 Star
Bus C Stop on all Designated Bus Stops: Southbound 
  • Kamuning
  • Ermin Garcia
  • Monte De Piedad
  • Arayat Cubao
  • Main Avenue
  • VV Soliven
  • Connecticut 
  • POEA Ortigas
  • Shaw/ Starmall
  • Pioneer/Boni
  • Guadalupe
  • Estrella
  • Buendia
  • Ayala Avenue
  • Magallanes
Bus C Stop on all Designated Bus Stops:Northbound
  •  Magallanes
  •  Ayala Avenue
  •  Buendia Avenue
  •  Estrella
  •  Guadalupe 
  •  Pioneer/Boni
  •  Shaw Blvd.
  •  SM Megamall
  •  Ortigas Avenue
  •  Boni Serrano 
  •  Main Avenue
  •  Cubao Farmers
  •  Baliwag/5 Star
  •  Ermin Garcia
Tip: Bus A stop only at Bus A designated bus stops. Bus B stop at designated bus B stops. Bus C that stop on all designated Bus stops. Because if you get confused, it might take you longer before you reach your destination, so I think it is better if you check the chart before hopping on the next bus. Be Wa-is! Have a merry Christmas people!


Si Agimat si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako: Showing on December 25, 2012


Si Agimat si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako: Showing on December 25, 2012


Last Monday, I was invited by Faye and Melai to the blogger's conference of SI AGIMAT, SI ENTENG KABISOTE AT AKO. Bossing Vic Sotto gamely answered all the questions thrown at him by the bloggers. Well, he had no choice he's the only one present among the stars of the movie during the Blogger's conference.( Lol! ) He is truly an adorable person. He confirmed that for the float alone, the producers spent 1 million, so you can just imagine, how much is the budget for the movie. So, don't you miss the float parade scheduled on December 23, 2012. And the movie itself which will be shown on December 25, 2012. 


The story begins with the establishment of the three different worlds apart, bound to meet for an adventure like no other – the humble family-oriented story of ENTENG KABISOTE played by top comedian VIC SOTTO
Enteng Kabisote is a low-profile technician married to the beautiful Fairy Princess of Encantasia, FAYE (GWEN ZAMORA).
 
The battles of the AGIMAT (RAMON “BONG” REVILLA, JR.), the brave village Warrior Hero of Amuleto;

And the last but not the least high tech-yuppie Kingdom of Diwatara ruled by Princess ANGELINA KALINISAN-ORTEZA (JUDY ANN SANTOS), also known in the human world as “AKO,” where she leads an environmental advocacy organization. Uhu, yun pala ang meaning ng AKO lol.
                                                         
From the initial installment “Si Agimat at Si Enteng Kabisote” in 2010, the friendship and partnership of Enteng and Agimat continues. From an ‘eligible bachelor’ Hero, Agimat now strives to apply all his learning from Enteng and Faye as he himself tries to start his own family with wife, also an Amuleto warrior, SAMARA (SAM PINTO). The fun levels up as Aiza brings Angelina and her comic modern Fairy sidekicks Pink Kapre CHE (John Lapus), Winged Horse SOL (Yassi Pressman) and Computer-wiz Dwarf CHICHAY (Ryzza Mae Dizon), into the lives of the Kabisote’s and the Amuleto couple.

As the fun triples, so as the adventure and thrill as they are confronted with high-tech and primitive villains from somewhere totally out of their worlds: cannibal tribes of the Tokatoks and filthy alien monsters from other planet. Witness unparalleled battle stunts set in the Philippines’ never-before-seen destinations as Agimat, equipped with his one-of-a-kind swordsmanship, Enteng and his iconic comic fighting style and Princess Angelina, in her Mystical Bird alter ego wins the battle of good over evil.

Enteng movie as it has always been known, values family, marriage, friendship, responsibility, forgiveness, love and respect and the protection of the one and only Mother Earth. Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Ako, is a rollercoaster ride of drama, action, magic, visual effects, production design, cinematography and an unlimited fun and laughter for everyone.

You can also check out this links for updates.
www.siagimatsientengkabisoteatsiako.com
twitter account : @agimatentengako
instagram account : siagimatsientengatsiako

CAST OF CHARACTERS


VIC SOTTO as ENTENG KABISOTE
RAMON “BONG” REVILLA JR. as AGIMAT
JUDY ANN SANTOS as ANGELINA / AKO
JOSE MANALO as JOSE
WALLY BAYOLA as BOGART
AMY PEREZ  as INA MAGENTA
GWEN ZAMORA as FAYE KABISOTE
AIZA SEGUERRA  as AIZA KABISOTE
MIKYLLA RAMIREZ as ADA KABISOTE
OYO SOTTO as BENOK KABISOTE
JOLO REVILLA as MAKISIG
JIMMY SANTOS as JIMBOY
RYZZA MAE DIZON as CHICHAY/DUWENDE
JOHN LAPUS as TITA CHE/PINK HULK
SAM PINTO as SAMARA
RUBY RODRIGUEZ as AMY
BARBIE FORTEZA as BARBIE
JOYCE CHING as JOYCE
YASSI PRESSMAN as SOL/WINGED HORSE
ALDEN RICHARDS as AL
DERRICK MONASTERIO
GENRIE PARK
ROBBIE SY
JILLIAN WARD as BEBENG
DIANE MEDINA as DIANE
GIAN SOTTO as GIAN
WAHOO SOTTO as WAHOO
VAL SOTTO as COACH MEG-B
MARK PINGRIS
RABEH AHUSSAINI
JERWIN GACO
RONALD TUBID
JUN CABATU
LITO REYES as SHALALA
IC MENDOZA as IC
KIRAY CELIS as KIRAY
IGGY BOY FLORES as IGGY
ROBERT “BUBOY” VILLAR as AGUY
NICA PERALEJO as NICA
PRINCESS VELASCO as QUEENIE
RAYA PANGANIBAN as RAYA
ANTON REVILLA as ANTON
THOU REYES as BATOKTOK
KING GUTIERREZ as UPAW

This movie is jointly produced by the following:
  • IMUS PRODUCTION
  • OCTOARTS FILM
  • MZET TV 
  • APT ENTERTAINMENT 
  • GMA FILMS
The movie is one of the OFFICIAL ENTRY TO THE 2012 METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL.STORY IDEA BY: ANTONIO Y. REYES & ANTONIO P TUVIERA. SCREENPLAY BY: BIBETH ORTEZA & JERMYN AVEN JACOB and DIRECTED BY: TONY Y. REYES, DGPI. 


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