Clark Airport Surprises Arriving Filipinos with Treats

Filipinos deserve to receive a warm welcome home.

Filipinos deserve to receive a very warm welcome home. That is especially true for arriving kababayans from abroad. 

Clark International Airport has decided to surprise arriving Filipinos by serenading them and giving them a taste of something they have never had in years: bibingka

On the first day of Simbang Gabi, LIPAD Corp., operator of Clark International Airport, surprised arriving passengers from Dubai with a Filipino Christmas experience complete with freshly cooked bibingka, Christmas songs and an overall holiday feel as they waited for the results of their Covid-19 tests.

Photo by LIPAD.
Photo by LIPAD.

LIPAD's CEO, Bi Yong Chungunco, Gives Bibingka to Arriving Passengers

Photo by LIPAD.

Christmas surprises have become a tradition for LIPAD, as last year, airport staff spent a part of their Christmas Eve giving away Noche Buena baskets to the delight of arriving OFWs.  Now on their second year, the team is not letting the pandemic dampen Christmas spirits by preparing this Simbang Gabi treats.

“Christmas is very important for Filipino families, and because of the pandemic, our kababayans abroad were uncertain if they will be able to spend this year’s Christmas at home," said Bi Yong Chungunco, CEO of LIPAD Corp.

According to Chungunco, Filipinos should receive a very warm welcome and feel the Filipino holiday spirit as soon as they set foot in the country.

Mindful of health and safety protocols, the bibingka were prepackaged in sanitized containers. Airport marshals were present to constantly remind passengers about physical distancing and to make sure that bus boarding procedure continues unhampered by the event.

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