Filipino personalities share storied journeys via Cathay Pacific
Liz Uy is one of the most successful fashion stylists in the country having dressed some of the most famous celebrities and high profile personalities of this generation. She recently launched her very own book StyLIZed, which was an instant bestseller.
Chris Tiu is a professional basketball player for the Philippine Basketball Association’s Rain or Shine team. When not on the hard court, he is also a noted TV host, a commercial model and businessman.
Amina Aranaz-Alunan is the woman behind the accessories and handbag brand Aranaz, known for modernizing traditional Filipino handcraft. She is also a member of the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines, and co-founder of SoFa Design Institute.
These are three very prominent Filipino personalities who, despite differing industries and interests share something in common—they all choose to travel with Cathay Pacific, and fittingly so embody the Hong Kong-based airline’s new, global campaign, “Life Well Traveled.”
This month, the good looking and accomplished trio joined the campaign’s Philippine launch led by country manager Alan Lui at The Peninsula Manila.
“We spend most of our time thinking of ways to create wonderful experiences for each and every person who flies with us, because we know that travel is as much the journey as the destination,” said Lui.
“With our latest campaign ‘Life Well Traveled,’ we are conveying how travelling well is a vital part of living well through the rich and wonderful stories of passengers,” he added.
On the go
Uy, Tiu and Aranaz-Alunan are the perfect examples of people who live well travelled lives. As seasoned travelers, they revealed they had long flown with Cathay Pacific since they were very young. To this day, they declare that the airline has remained their preferred partner whenever they travel outside the country whether on vacation or on business.
And there are many reasons why. For Tiu, it’s the entire travel process. He explained, “It’s from the booking to the check in, to the lounge experience—the entire service. Just like what Allan said earlier, it’s not just the transport service. It’s about the whole experience.”
Besides this, the athlete cum entrepreneur also highlighted that fact that he could truly rest while flying. “The inflight experience is so relaxing that you can actually rest. Since I have very busy schedules in Manila, I need to be sure I will rested before I arrive in my destination,” he adde
Tiu shared with The Manila Times that so far in his young life, he counts two trips as the most important.
“The first of these is the most memorable. It was on September 7, 2013 because it was the day that I got married in Canada. The next is our honeymoon in South Africa. We went on safari and went to Cape Town. At first, my wife didn’t want to go there, but after the whole trip, she fell in love with place. She was thankful that I actually forced her to go. And on both occasions, we flew with Cathay Pacific.”
As a mother, the most important thing for Aranaz-Alunan are her children, and with Cathay Pacific, she feels secured high above the clouds. “Traveling really for me is a big part of my family life. . . And traveling with my kids via Cathay Pacific is very comfortable and reassuring as everything is child-friendly,” she shared.
On her latest family trip to Japan, the designer was proud to relate that her children sat together for the first time in a separate row from her and her husband. Moreover, it was also the family’s first to travel without a nanny.
“At first we were nervous if we could do it. But we were surprised to see how the kids were so independent,” she related. “It was so nice to see my children being exposed to different cultures, different food. They were so carefree ad it was a really rewarding experience. That’s why my husband and I decided that we should always find time and save for trips like this.”
Meanwhile, Uy’s most recent travel to a foreign country—Russia—was also with family. She shared that it was very inspiring to see how beautiful the famed destination is, especially Moscow’s Kremlin. She also learned so much about the country’s history that it almost gave her a headache.
“But really, the most memorable part of it all was the moment that we arrived—it was snowing,” she shared.
Each asked to define what to them is a “life well traveled,” Uy began by saying, “A life well traveled for me is to be able to view the natural and human wonders of the world . . . The inspiration that you take with you [upon seeing all that].”
For Tiu, he replied, “When you travel, you get to experience different cultures, you get to see the natural beauty that the world has to offer. It gives you a new perspective so you appreciate life even more and God’s greatness.”
“It’s an entire life lesson,” was Aranaz-Alunan’s response. “It’s not just about seeing the city, the physical surrounding, or trying the food, or shopping. It’s really about the experience of planning the trip, deciding where to go, budgeting, preparing an itinerary, and choosing where to stay.”
Cathay Pacific flies to over 150 destinations. This year, it will launch flights to Zurich, Boston, and Düsseldorf.