Blast from the Past: Visiting Leyte

PauTravels to Leyte Island

Like what I’ve posted last week about my trip to Bicol, here I’m going to share about my very first trip on board an airplane.  This was a trip back in June of 1999 to my father’s home province in the Visayas region on the island of Leyte.

My father along with his siblings were all born in the small town of Tabontabon in the province of Leyte in Eastern Visayas before they moved to Manila when they were older.  And since back in the 90’s, my father together with one of her sisters have been flying back to Tabontabon once every year during the town’s fiesta to check out the parcels of land left by my grandmother.   And in June 1999, my father tagged me to join them along with my cousin to fly over Leyte with them.

This was my first time to fly on an airplane.  We took a Cebu Pacific Air flight to Tacloban City, the only major airport on the island of Leyte.   Back then, Cebu Pacific was fairly new in the market where it only started it airline operations in 1996.  There was even a joke then that when you fly on Cebu Pacific, you fly out from Cebu and arrive in the Pacific.  The joke came out after some airplane crashes Cebu Pacific had in its early years along with the then Asian Spirit (renamed to Zest Air but now operated as AirAsia Zest under AirAsia) which got the joke of flying as an Asian and arriving as a Spirit.

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