Cebu Pacific honors Filipino Paralympians with free flights

Jeam Out of Town Blog Hub ( – Exactly one year after the Tokyo Paralympic Games saw the participation of six Filipino Paralympians, local athletes continue to relish their achievements as they strive to perfect their craft while enjoying the company of their families.

Cebu Pacific honors Filipino Paralympic athletes.

The Paralympic Games are an international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities. The games aim to create a more inclusive world through parasport and help Paralympians achieve sporting greatness. As the ultimate test of courage, determination, inspiration and equality, Paralympians are seen as champions when they cross the starting line.

Recognizing the level of commitment it takes to compete in international sporting competition, not least the highly sought-after Tokyo Games, which marked the Philippines’ first gold medal, Cebu Pacific (CEB) offered the Olympic delegation and Paralympic free flights they can use for themselves and their friends and family. Additionally, CEB is the only airline to have offered flight scholarships to show appreciation to athletes who proudly represented the Philippines at the Paralympic Games.

“Our Paralympic delegation did their best and proved they deserved to fly. We recognize their efforts and are grateful to them for representing our country loud and clear,” said Carmina Romero, Director of Corporate Communications at Cebu Pacific.

A total of 26 flights were given to each Paralympian, which they used for themselves and their loved ones, so they could fly across CEB’s domestic and international short-haul destinations.

One of the Paralympians, Filipino wheelchair racer Jerrold Mangliwan, who placed eighth in the men’s 100m T52 final, was able to use and share his free flights from Cebu Pacific with his family and friends immediately after their competition. “Participating in the games is always a challenge. It takes a lot of mental, physical and financial investment, which is why I consider it a blessing to reunite with friends and family after a tournament, especially after the Tokyo games. Through the flight grants, we felt the airline’s love and support for para-athletes,” says Mangliwan.

Filipino Paralympic athletes
Filipino Paralympic athletes

For para-athlete Angel Otom, she used the flight grants to be with her family while competing in the games. “We were able to see my child compete in swimming for the first time thanks to the free flights provided by Ernie Gawilan and Gary Bejino. I was thrilled to be able to see her in person during the competition. Apart from the fact that it was my first trip to Indonesia with my husband, it helped us a lot to save money because instead of paying for it with ours, we used it to pay for other expenses such as hotels and food during our stay. Indonesia. We are grateful for the free plane tickets. Cebu Pacific’s crew were friendly and made sure passengers had a comfortable and smooth flight,” says Mila Otom, Angel’s mother.

Similarly, Abner Alegarbes, the father of para-athlete Ariel Alegarbes, was also able to visit Indonesia and watch his son compete. “Coach, I am very grateful to Cebu Pacific to attend Indonesia to witness Child’s Play. Po talaga much appreciated. Sana maulit muli. Thank you talaga,” says Abner.

(Coach, I’m very grateful that Cebu Pacific made it possible for me to travel to Indonesia in time to see my son compete. It’s much appreciated and I hope it happens again. Thank you very much.)

Cebu Pacific honors Filipino Paralympians with free flights
Cebu Pacific honors Filipino Paralympic athletes with free flights

Other Paralympians like Ernie Gawilan, Allan Ganapin, Gary Bejino, Jeanette Acevedo and Achelle H. Guion have used flight grants to continue the love for the sport. The flight grant encouraged Paralympians to hone their skills by giving them a sense of value for all the effort they had put in to compete for their country. “The CEB flight scholarships came as a surprise to me. This allowed me to continue my training without having to worry about expensive flights,” says Ernie Gawilan.

True to the airline’s motto that “Everyjuan deserves to fly”, CEB granted flights to all Olympic and Paralympic delegates in Tokyo in 2021, as the airline also coincidentally celebrated its 25th year of democratization. air transport.

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