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Ethiopian Airlines launched its service to Manila this month, hoping to introduce the country—as well as the entire continent of Africa—to more Filipino travelers.

Known as the birthplace of coffee, and home to several World Heritage Sites, Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in the continent, and is second largest in terms of population.

Its capital, Addis Ababa, houses some of the oldest mosques as well as Catholic cathedrals owing to Italy's brief occupation of the country. Also in Ethiopia is the supposed location of the Ark of the Covenant, which may interest religious pilgrims, while the remains of Lucy, the oldest known hominid, is in the capital as well.
Nigerian Ambassador to the Philippines Akinyemi Farounbi, Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewoldi Gebremarian, DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon and Ethiopian Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Dibaba Abdetta cut the ceremonial ribbon signifying the start of regular flights by Ethiopian Airlines to and from Manila three times a week, on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Ninoy International Airport Terminal 1. Photo by Danny Pata

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Ethiopian Airlines also hopes to be the Philippines' alternative gateway to Europe, as it offers Addis Ababa as a jump-off point to London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, and Vienna. Those who want to explore Africa can also continue on to Johannesburg, while others can go to South America with its Brazil route.

To encourage Filipino travelers, the airline currently offers a free two-night stopover in Addis Ababa en route to its European and African destinations for just $988. The offer includes a two-night stay at an Addis Ababa hotel, along with a city tour and airport transfers.

Flights from Manila to Addis Ababa through Bangkok are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Boeing 767-300 aircraft.


Nigerian Ambassador to the Philippines Akinyemi Farounbi, Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewoldi Gebremarian, DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon and Ethiopian Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Dibaba Abdetta cut the ceremonial ribbon signifying the start of regular flights by Ethiopian Airlines to and from Manila three times a week, on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Ninoy International Airport Terminal 1. Photo by Danny Pata
AirAsia seeks best Filipino travel photographer

Four regular office workers were chosen to embark on a journey around Asia, learning from some of the most seasoned photographers in the region for the title of "Best Travel Photographer."

The contest is organized by AirAsia and ThinkDharma Inc., the exclusive distributor of Nikon in the Philippines. Chosen to compete are BPO executive Marie Velvet Macasaet, hotel front office agent Sarah Garcia, barista Paul Vincent Delfin, and car salesman TJ Nepomuceno .

The four will be traveling to some of the most exotic places in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong to capture photographs for different categories including food, landscape, portrait, architecture and travel.

On board to mentor the four are Filipino photographers George Tapan, Philip Anthonie Cruz, Christian Raymond Cruz, and Malaysian Adam Lee.

The contestants started their week-long journey on Monday. Winners will be chosen through online voting, and the public is encouraged to cast their votes through www.airasiatravelphotographer.com from August 20 to September 5. The winner will be announced on September 11.

The duo of Macasaet and coach Lee will travel to Yogjakarta, Indonesia, while Garcia and Tapan will head on over to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nepomuceno and Raymond Cruz will travel to Bangkok, Thailand, as Delfin and Philip Anthonie Cruz go to Hong Kong. — BM, GMA News

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Ethiopian Airlines also hopes to be the Philippines' alternative gateway to Europe, as it offers Addis Ababa as a jump-off point to London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, and Vienna. Those who want to explore Africa can also continue on to Johannesburg, while others can go to South America with its Brazil route.

To encourage Filipino travelers, the airline currently offers a free two-night stopover in Addis Ababa en route to its European and African destinations for just $988. The offer includes a two-night stay at an Addis Ababa hotel, along with a city tour and airport transfers.

Flights from Manila to Addis Ababa through Bangkok are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Boeing 767-300 aircraft.


Nigerian Ambassador to the Philippines Akinyemi Farounbi, Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewoldi Gebremarian, DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon and Ethiopian Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Dibaba Abdetta cut the ceremonial ribbon signifying the start of regular flights by Ethiopian Airlines to and from Manila three times a week, on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Ninoy International Airport Terminal 1. Photo by Danny Pata
AirAsia seeks best Filipino travel photographer

Four regular office workers were chosen to embark on a journey around Asia, learning from some of the most seasoned photographers in the region for the title of "Best Travel Photographer."

The contest is organized by AirAsia and ThinkDharma Inc., the exclusive distributor of Nikon in the Philippines. Chosen to compete are BPO executive Marie Velvet Macasaet, hotel front office agent Sarah Garcia, barista Paul Vincent Delfin, and car salesman TJ Nepomuceno .

The four will be traveling to some of the most exotic places in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong to capture photographs for different categories including food, landscape, portrait, architecture and travel.

On board to mentor the four are Filipino photographers George Tapan, Philip Anthonie Cruz, Christian Raymond Cruz, and Malaysian Adam Lee.

The contestants started their week-long journey on Monday. Winners will be chosen through online voting, and the public is encouraged to cast their votes through www.airasiatravelphotographer.com from August 20 to September 5. The winner will be announced on September 11.

The duo of Macasaet and coach Lee will travel to Yogjakarta, Indonesia, while Garcia and Tapan will head on over to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nepomuceno and Raymond Cruz will travel to Bangkok, Thailand, as Delfin and Philip Anthonie Cruz go to Hong Kong. — BM, GMA News

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