Touring around Downtown Toronto

Aside from taking us to Toronto, Philippine Airlines also took us around to see the attractions around the city. First stop was just in the neighborhood: the old and new City Hall.

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Toronto’s Old City Hall

The Old City Hall on the corner of Queen and Bay streets is actually the third city hall, and was designed by architect Edward James Lennox. Done in the Romanesque Revival style, it was a huge building with a towering clock uh, tower.
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PAL’s inaugural Manila-Toronto flight

While the Philippines honors Andres Bonifacio’s birthday last November 30, a different celebration was happening at the Centennial Terminal. It was the inaugural flight of PR118, Philippine Airlines‘ direct service from Manila to Toronto, Canada. Aside from passengers flying to Toronto for business, holiday, or to migrate, passengers of this flight also included PAL executives, members of the media, and of course, the ubiquitous bloggers. That’s us.

PR118 Inaugural Flight
Cute bag tag, specially made for the trip!

We were sent off by no less than PAL’s President, Ramon S. Ang. After a short ceremony, we were led into PAL’s latest Boeing 777-300 ER plane, which arrived in the country just three weeks prior. The mood inside the plane was festive, and you can sense the excitement of each passenger in the cabin.
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Wandering in Toronto

I find myself happiest when I’m walking in a new place. No map to follow, just walking to my heart’s content, eager to see what kinds of treasures I’ll stumble upon.

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Walking in sub-zero temperature can be brutal, but when you’re walking with good company, it makes the experience fun, instead of a chore. You walk farther, you discover more. Except for the convenience store you set out to find in the first place.

This trip was made possible by Philippine Airlines. We took the inaugural flight of the Manila-Toronto route.