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Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga – On January 26, The Department of Tourism (DOT) officially commenced the first day of the Philippine Education Tourism Conference (PETC). The conference was a three-day event that tackled topics such as the past, present and future of English as Second Language (ESL) Courses in the country. This includes rising industries such as Voluntourism and Aviation as alternative modes of ESL education in the country. In the inspiring and insightful welcoming address of Hon. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat stated, DOT’s goal is “To make the Philippines the multi-faceted education tourism destination in the region.”

The first day of the event could be summed up by the word ‘demand’, as the topics during this day were focused on providing the data and statistics for ESL internationally. The discussion pertained to the Asian, European and USA markets, and what the Philippines have provided and could provide moving forward. Although, as Ms. Soleil Tropicales of DOT-San Francisco stated the Philippines must invest in marketing and promotion in order to compete with other [gap year] programs being offered in Asia.

The second day, however, could be summed up by the word ‘supply’, as the exhibitors and topics during this day consisted of experts from the Philippines who discussed the history of ESL, and other courses such as Culinary Arts, Voluntourism, and last but not the least Aviation, which could provide and cater to the demands of the markets mentioned the day before. AAG’s very own Region Director for the Asia Pacific, Mr. Christopher Magdangal was invited to speak on the topic “Philippines: Asia’s Center of Aviation Education”, highlighting Alpha Aviation Group’s competency to cater to the international demand, and what AAG has done for the Philippine aviation market in general through its world class training philosophy and support infrastructure.

For the final day of the PETC, a Business to Business (B2B) Virtual Networking was held for businesses and attendees who would like to inquire and know more about the exhibitors during the three-day conference.

The conference was attended by over 500 virtual participants, which consisted of both international and local participants, which were composed of students, organizations, and government agencies.


Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga – Revenge travel is brought about by the “new normal” and is an occurrence that the hospitality industry is keeping an eye on, as people are eager to make up for the time they’ve “lost” during the pandemic. Hence, the objective of this year’s AAG Mentoring Hub was to inspire the cadets to continue their training passionately, and encourage current aviators to re-equip and update their licenses, preparing them for the bustling future of the tourism industry ahead.

The mentoring hub focused on promoting teamwork, communication and cooperation, with the incorporation of the theme of resilience, through group discussion and activities. The attendees were already divided into eight teams prior to the mentoring hub, namely: Neo, Phoenix, Team Titan, Mission Possible, Eagles, Skywalker, Achievers 7 and Palaban. Each group, composed of both mentors and mentees, had a lead mentor and deputy mentor that guided the mentees and helped in facilitating the activities held in the online environment, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Mentees were students of AAG and those who are having their recurrent training, while mentors were AAG’s flight instructors.

At the end of the day, the mentoring hub proved to be successful for both mentors and mentees, as they imparted great knowledge upon each other, and understanding that resilience isn’t about getting through problems on their own, it is about learning to accept help from others and leaning on them for support during difficult moments, because we are stronger together than we are alone. After all, flying and landing an aircraft isn’t a one man job, it takes a dedicated synergy from a great team of individuals.

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga – “Thank you for choosing AAG as your partner institution. Our ultimate goal, our common objective is clear- you are here to become no less than airline-ready pilots.” Inspiring and warm words of greeting from AAG’s Regional Director, Mr. Cristopher Magdangal, welcomed the first batch of APP cadets for Year 2022 during the first day of their Induction Program.

For the AAG Family, Year 2022 is still all about training and developing world-class pilots, and making AAG ready to support and sustain the industry’s recovery and growth. And it’s always a delight to the Family to welcome new members in the organization who share the same spirit of optimism, resilience, and commitment to contribute meaningfully to the community and the industry. This week, 6 aspiring pilots joined the AAG Family through the Airline Pilot Program (APP). Half of the batch was able to attend onsite, and the other half joined the program through online platform.

AICAT’s Head of Training, Capt. Robert Jake Ching, delivered the welcome address and imparted a motivating sentiment for the future pilots. “Innate talent is an advantage, but hard work and your positive attitude are more valuable in this journey that you are about to embark,” he said. This was then followed by a corporate briefing facilitated by Ms. Precious Joy Sunga, from the Corporate Affairs Team. And to conclude the first part of the 2-day Induction Program, Capt. Gaudencio Maniano, AICAT’s incoming Accountable Manager, relayed the closing remarks.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and AAG Safety Protocols, some participants and AAG staff joined the Induction Program through online platform instead of attending onsite. But nonetheless, each one’s participation, support, and warm welcome was no doubt felt in the room, making the Induction Program a meaningful and memorable one.

The APP Induction Program is an activity organized and spearheaded by the Student Affairs and Client Relations (SACRe) Department, supported by the Training Team, Operations, Safety, F&A Department, and IT, Admin, and Marketing & Sales Team.

Kudos to everyone who participated and took part in this program!