14 Mar 2021

Philippine Airlines welcomed the flag carrier's 80th anniversary at the break of dawn with an open air eucharistic celebration led by Fr. Jose Winston Margate at the NAIA Terminal 2 grounds.

In his anniversary remarks, PAL President and COO Gilbert Santa Maria assured the flying public of the airline’s staunch commitment to service as the PAL team continues to work towards the full recovery of the airline and the tourism and travel sector that is a vital component of the Philippine economy.

"Our message to our country and the world: Buhay pa tayo. Andito pa tayo. At hindi tayo aalis. (PAL is alive, we’re still here, and we’re here to stay.) This great lady - Philippine Airlines - will stay aloft while she is in our care," said Mr. Santa Maria.

The mass and simple ceremony, with a backdrop of PAL aircraft on the tarmac, welcomed the brand new day as symbol of the airline’s renewal amid the pandemic. As Santa Maria pointed out, "It's nice to see the sun light up the sky and the flag that has been an indelible part of our fleet for eight decades."

Despite great challenges, 'Asia's First' is still the airline with a lot of heart. No less than 310,000 of 420,000 displaced Overseas Filipinos came home via PAL from March 2020 up to the present. Within the same period, tens of thousands of foreign nationals flew back to their home countries via PAL. At present, vaccines are being airlifted on PAL’s fleet around the Philippines, as part of the national effort to keep our country safe.

Mr. Santa Maria cited divine intervention and divine inspiration as blessings that enabled the airline's continued survival, along with the support of PAL’s partners and stakeholders and the intense efforts and dedication of PAL’s personnel. "We must remain bold and fearless. We will continue to work to earn PAL's future."

To cap his message, the PAL President read the Knights Templar motto: "Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed Nomini tuo da gloriam (Not for us, My Lord, not for us, but to your Name give the glory).

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