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    Pacquiao pride soars to new heights as AirAsia unveils planes bearing champ's image

    Apr 28, 2015
    Air Asia has two Airbus A320 planes with the Manny Pacquiao design. Jaime Campos

    THE Manny Pacquiao fever continues to soar and AirAsia Philippines joined the frenzy days before the Filipino boxing icon’s anticipated bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday, Manila time).

    AirAsia on Tuesday surprised Manila-bound guests on board flight Z2782 from Cebu - an Airbus A320 bearing the Pacquiao livery - by giving away passes to the viewing party for the fight aside from souvenir items.

    Two passengers, Catherine Cabardo and 11-year-old son James Christian, also received free roundtrip tickets.

    “Sobrang masaya kami,” said the 42-year-old Catherine, who works part-time at a rattan factory in Talisay.

    “Masaya rin na makakapanood kami ng fight,” said James, an incoming Grade 6 student who looks up to Pacquiao and is aspiring to be a mechanical engineer someday. “Go, Manny. Wag ka magpapatalo.”

    Both will watch the fight at New Cebu Coliseum, one of the venues that are part of the nationwide viewing party.

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    “We try to make dreams come true for them,” AirAsia Philippines chair Maan Hontiveros said on Tuesday.

    On top of the free tickets, AirAsia PH has been offering promotional fares for as low as P399 for one way (base fare only) to/from Manila, Cebu, Kalibo (Boracay), Tagbilaran (Bohol), Tacloban, Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Davao, Cagayan de Oro, and to international destinations Hong Kong, Macau, Incheon (Seoul), Kuala Lumpur, and Kota Kinabalu for guests traveling from June 15 to October 15 this year.

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    Booking period is until Sunday or on fight day.

    “In his (Pacquiao) honor, we have painted our aircraft with his name and face, offer promotional low fares, and we are giving away free viewing party passes to his much-awaited match,” AirAsia Philippines CEO Joy Cañeba said.

    Catherine Cabardo and son James Christian join AirAsia crew members. Jaime Campos

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