Asian Spirit Airlines is now ZestAir

Asian Spirit Airlines used to be the only airline serving the province of Northern Samar for years (or is it a decade already) since Philippine Airlines booted it off its list of destinations because of cost cutting and a new business model. Asian Spirit Airlines flourished, and had several flights to the capital, Catarman. Recently, Philippine Airlines, via its budget airline, PAL Express, inaugurated a three flights weekly schedule to Catarman at Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This forced Asian Spirit Airlines to reduce its flight frequency to Catarman to just two flights a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

In a new and i hope better development, Asian Spirit Airlines has been acquired by the business magnate, Alfred Yao, of Export Bank and Zesto Corp. hence the new name of Asian Spirit Airlines, ZestAir. Oh and BTW, ZestAir's tagline is Asia's Most Refreshing Airline. I just hope they lived up to that, i had horrible memories riding Asian Spirit Airlines..in law school, i remember our professor, MLQU Law Dean Abraham Espejo (Borgy Manotoc's lawyer!), cracking a joke that goes something like this, riding Asian Spirit is like flying as an Asian and landing as a "Spirit!" LOL.

Historical Landmarks of Northern Samar

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Northern Samar, presided by Vice Governor Atty. Antonio P. Lucero, recently passed an ordinance authored by 2nd Dist. Board Member Albert A. Lucero, declaring seven churches and two lighthouses as historical landmarks of the Province of Northern Samar.

The historical landmarks are the Roman Catholic Churches of Bobon, Catarman, Catubig, Capul, Laoang, Pambujan and the ruins of the Palapag Church. While the Lighthouse of Batag in Laoang and the Lighthouse in San Luis, in Capul Island were also declared as Provincial Historical Landmarks.

On the island of Batag, in Laoang town sits an old American-era lighthouse, which was an important beacon for ships coming in from the open Pacific and moving towards the San Bernardino Strait. Capul Island is also topped by a Spanish lighthouse and the sea surrounding the island is littered with dozens of sunken Spanish galleons, some laden with silver and treasure.

Provincial Board Member Lucero noted that the province of Northern Samar is rich in culture and heritage and that it has historical landmarks as the evidenced by the centuries old churches and lighthouses.

In passing the ordinance the legislators of Northern Samar cited Section 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991 which provides that "every local government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate, or incidental of its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare. Within their respective territorial jurisdictions, local government units shall ensure and support among others, the preservation and enrichment of culture x x x and preserve the comfort and convenience of the inhabitants."

Dolphin killed in Allen

A Dolphin was killed by dynamite fishing in Allen. Mayor Laureana Suan confirmed that last week she has received a report about an endangered specie of dolphin that was slaughtered by some unscrupulous fishermen in a coastal barangay of Guinarawayan, about six kilometers away from the poblacion of Allen.

The dolphin was caught by the unidentified fishermen in San Bernardino Strait using dynamite. The dolphin was reportedly still alive when brought to the shore by the fishermen. The dolphin was also reportedly yelling or crying while it was being stabbed/slaughtered. What a horrible thing to do by this ignoramus!! With this, they have done a double whammy. They were not only fishing using dynamites, which is criminally illegal, but also have killed a protected specie, which is also criminal.

Mayor Suan who's residence faces the San Bernardino Strait, nostalgically recalled that she used to see dolphins along the San Bernardino Strait while crossing it aboard a ferryboat.

The Mayor has tasked the police to investigate and apprehended the culprit fisherfolks.


DC Job Opportunity

If you are in the medical profession, e.i. medical doctor, nurse, occupational therapist, anaesthesiologists, medical technologist, among others, you may want to check out this great opportunity to work in the US Capital home state of the District Of Columbia, or simply called Washington D.C. As you all know Filipino medical workers are the most in demand because of their professionalism and competence. These Medical Jobs in DC are one of the highest paying and also has the best working condition for foreigners. Why? the Philippine Embassy is located in Washington DC, what could top such a good psychological blanket than that.

If you want to get a good job opportunity in the United States, do your homework. That is, that one should first make a research on everything most especially their desired destinations culture and the areas medical hospitals and health facilities. They could also sharpen their English skills, it would help a lot since Filipinos are generally taught in Neutral English.

They should also probably not just jump at any chance that there is a job offer for them. Learn to study the nitty-gritty of the contract of employment, reading between the lines sometimes and using common sense in interpreting its provisions. If you don't you are stuck with an unfair contract and an unhappy disposition that could very well affect your demeanor and eventually your job. Think of future employment after the one you're in, will you get a god recommendation if you did not perform well in a previous job? In the US, they value a previous employer's recommendations as an important component in choosing an applicant for a job.

So, if you think working in the US is a breeze, think again. But if you've set your mind to work in the US, learn to do some research first and try to always be aware that you are when abroad representing your country as well.