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Cebu Pacific gives Filipino Olympians 25 flights each for free

Aika Rey
Cebu Pacific gives Filipino Olympians 25 flights each for free

TEAM PHILIPPINES. Flag bearers Kiyomi Watanabe and Eumir Marcial of the Philippines lead their contingent during the athletes parade at the opening ceremony.

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Cebu Pacific says the 19 Filipino athletes have the option to use the flights for any domestic and short-haul destination

Philippine athletes who participated in the Tokyo Olympics will receive 25 flights each for free from budget carrier Cebu Pacific.

Cebu Pacific said it is “beyond proud of all 19 athletes who represented the country and recognizes their efforts by awarding them with free flights.”

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“All our athletes have uplifted the country’s spirits amid this challenging time. We are grateful to them for going above and beyond, and we know they all have respective support teams behind them – this is why we want to have them and their loved ones enjoy free flights from us,” said Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and customer experience Candice Iyog.

The budget carrier said that the athletes have the option to use the flights for any domestic and short-haul destination in the Cebu Pacific network.

The athletes also may choose to share the free flights with their family and friends.

“We know it takes a village, and all those behind our athletes also poured their efforts into this. Each and every Juan of you deserve to fly,” said Iyog.

The Philippines is seen to bring home multiple medals from Tokyo – a first since the Los Angeles 1932 Olympics.

Weightlifting wonder Hidilyn Diaz has brought home a gold medal while boxer Nesthy Petecio already has a guaranteed bronze medal. But more Filipino athletes are still awaiting competition in their events. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.