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PAL uses dialects for inflight messages

Philippine Airlines has started making inflight announcements in five different dialects to give passengers to 14 domestic points an added “touch of home” while still enroute. Flights to Cebu, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Tagbilaran, Dipolog and General Santos have Cebuano announcements.


Other dialects being tried (on selected routes) this holiday season are: Ilonggo (Bacolod, Iloilo, Roxas City); Ilocano (Laoag); Bicolano (Legaspi, Naga); and Chavacano (Zamboanga).

The added inflight treat has drawn smiles and praises from home-bound balikbayans and OFWs.

“We were delighted to hear holiday greetings in Cebuano over the inflight public address system. It evoked feelings of familiarity even before we touched ground,” according to a Cebu-based passenger.

Sylvia Hermosisima, head of PAL Cabin Services, said final touches are being done to make the project a permanent feature of the carrier’s domestic inflight service. “It is one way of making our passengers feel a touch of home whenever they fly with us.”

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