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Wake up Noynoy
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While you were sleeping last Wednesday, there was a huge traffic jam in your congested NAIA Terminal 1—you know, the airport that bears your father’s name? It took me 45 minutes to go through Immigration!

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We should be so lucky that foreigners even visit our country. But I can tell you what they’re all thinking when this picture was taken—I can’t wait to get out and I’m never going back. Take that, Secretary Lim.
Does anybody care about this airport? Why don’t you government officials just do away with all your VIP escorts and go through the airport just like regular passengers so you know what it’s like.
The airport is HORRENDOUS. If I were the President and my father’s name was on the airpot, it would not run like this and it would have Duravit toilets!
If my father were the Secretary of Tourism, I would bug him no end until something is done to rectify this horrible suffering called NAIA Terminal 1.
If I were Kris Aquino with senatorial ambitions, I would exercise Imeldific powers to fix this stupid airport.
Did you know that when you arrive you now have to fight for a trolley?
People have to wait in line now to get the next available trolley. What the hell is going on??

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If I were in charge, I would have decent airport shops, like Team Manila, Havaianas, Starbucks, Watson’s, Buffini, instead of those shops that sell freaking BOY BAWANG. No offence to Boy Bawang, it is a wonderful, addictive snack, but does no wonders to our tourism industry.
And so Mr. President, bigyan mo kami ng kahihiyan. Bigyan mo si Ninoy ng kahihiyan. Please do something about this horrendous shame that is NAIA Terminal 1. When the hell are you going to open Terminal 3???

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Gross

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I am happy to report that it is so refreshing to be flying ANA (All Nippon Airways) between Tokyo and Manila……aside from the airline being one of the best in terms of fleet and service, it also uses Terminal 3! Yey! As of now, since they are the only international airline operating at NAIA 3 (there seems to be another one coming in soon, but it is still building its lounge) the lines for immigration and airport tax are quite short. There is a National Bookstore kiosk there, and some nice coffee shops once inside, but they do price items… Read more »

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omnesia

There is actually someone I know in that random photo you posted! Hahaha

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you really think he’s gonna do something about it, eh we can barely feel his presence nga. and when he does make his presence felt, all he does is keep making those tirades against the previous administration. come to think of it, the only successful thing he has ever done as president is to demonize GMA and her cohorts. [Reply]Guester Reply:April 24th, 2011 at 7:19 AMTammy, maybe you haven’t been reading the news (and digesting the columns and editorials). While Noynoy is not a perfect president and has made a few regrettable mistakes, mostly in public relations, he has done… Read more »

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Guester

Tammy, maybe you haven’t been reading the news (and digesting the columns and editorials). While Noynoy is not a perfect president and has made a few regrettable mistakes, mostly in public relations, he has done a few things like work to fight corruption, explore options to stimulate the economy, etc. All this talk about ‘all he ever does is demonize GMA’ is reactionary and juvenile. Sexy girls, cars, etc? That’s his private life. C’mon people, this is the Chuvaness site. Can’t you see the irony here?

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guestie

do we really have a president? ahaha

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Gpeugpeu

this indeed is horrendous! i have had probably worse experience than this but this was last may 1996. get that! 1996! over 10 years and i think this airport never improved at all. from 1988 to 1996 i was in the US, until the family decided to come back and be once again based here. i was so excited to be in the philippines after being away for 8 years or so… the plane landed and was itching to get out (and i thought it won’t be any deal as the whole family was on World Business Class) and see… Read more »

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Jacq

Kung seksing babae lang sana ang airport, pinansin na sya ni Noynoy.

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omnesia Reply:

Maybe date her once or twice then complain of life in a fishbowl…

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omnesia

Maybe date her once or twice then complain of life in a fishbowl…

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Jielline

I totally AGREE!

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Toni

I will vote for the politician who can actually have this airport fixed/renovated. I think that will come first before solving Manila’s traffic

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Guest

gawd! i’ll be going to singapore pa naman sa june and sa terminal 1 pa yung airline. que horror!

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Catherine

i’d still rather deal with this airport than fly PAL.

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CVS Reply:

ako din

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Jenina

Hi! I’m a lurker here but I don’t know if you’ve read this article yet. The PI voted with the worst ariport in Asia and 5th worst in the world. Cool, huh?

http://ph.news.yahoo.com/naia-voted-worst-airport-asia-5th-worst-worldwide-20110413-021300-856.html

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Hsuson

Join MOVEMENT TO IMPROVE PHIL AIRPORTS AT FB, if you love your country.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Movement-to-improve-Philippine-airports/187554867936057

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mas madalas ako mag domestic trips kesa international, so when i went to Singapore last month ayun, NAIA1 ako and i experienced nga what everyone is saying here. aside from the airport being bulok i had to deal with rude employees. madami nga doon kasing tanda na rin ata ng airport na yun. most of them are old and grumpy! yes, im a hater!;p nagccontemplate tuloy ako on my next intl flight, kung PAL na lang or Cebu Pac just to avoid NAIA1 so wala nang hassle. [Reply]CVS Reply:April 16th, 2011 at 3:05 PMi agree! get the grumpy old people… Read more »

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kero

I think All Nippon Airlines has check-in counters in NAIA 3…Yes, clean toilets are a must! And as for the low-tech cathode-ray TV displays, they could be replaced with LCD/LED displays – surely, one of those big TV companies would sponsor (it’s good advertisement anyway) and donate LCD/LED TV displays – NAIA management just has to send a good solicitation letter [or writing that would take time too? 🙁 ]

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Everything about this airport is outdated, even the floor. If it were up to me, I’d demolish it and start anew instead of renovating. I know NAIA 1 is some kind of historical landmark, but really in the name of airport efficiency I’d demolish it. I’d gladly wait 2-3 years for construction to finish than to endure inconvenience with this airport. Imagine if we have an airport constructed by the country’s best architects, diba? [Reply]Cherilyn Ngo Reply:April 16th, 2011 at 12:29 PMHistorical nga yung NAIA 1, pero kung pangit, ganun din, nakakahiya. Xiamen airport much much better, ano lang yun… Read more »

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Guest

Historical nga yung NAIA 1, pero kung pangit, ganun din, nakakahiya. Xiamen airport much much better, ano lang yun ha, not the capital of China pa :/

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Guest

I have watched it in tv, the govt dont have enough fund daw para ipaayos ang NAIA 1 (just informing)

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Texan Mom

There is this profile in Facebook for the Movement of betterment of our Philippine airports. I think it has reached the airport authorities and they even sent a document of some sort/an accounting of all the terminal fees,expenses and the what have yous. I think it is “doctored” and the digits they gave is bullshit. Hindi kapanipaniwala. Dapat they sould computerize na all the terminal fees. Sa panahon ngayon, bulok system pa din tayo. Kung ung election na gawang computerized/automated, what more ung simpleng airports? Ilan lang naman yan o kahit ung NINOY Aquino Int’l Airport lang. Utang na loob!… Read more »

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Guest

So funny and yet true that’s why I haven’t gone back to Manila in 15 years!

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Guest

So funny and yet true that’s why I haven’t gone back to Manila in 15 years!

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Guest

..I wonder why the Immigration officials take too much time doing the exit stamp in the passport eh palabas na naman ng ‘pinas.
Dito rin yata ako nag exit going back to Abu Dhabi… tsk!

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demoiselle

Small airports in france are better than NAIA 1.Not necessary to be huge but it just has to be well organized and clean.

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CVS Reply:

yes! NAIA 2 is not big but pretty. lacks decent stores though and things to pass time.

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Guest

hay… last CNY i went home to the philippines for a quick visit. airport pa lang, i wanted to cancel my trip na! when we got there at 4 freaking am, there were only 2 lines open. tas i don’t know what happened biglang ang daming nag datingan na flights. there was a queue for all passports then a queue for OFWs only. since i am no longer an OFW, i queued sa all passports. in the meantime, i saw several foreigners queue sa OFW lane. when they got to the front, the IO said, “this line is for OFWs… Read more »

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oohlala

OMG you story is appalling. Grabe lang kung sa akin nangyari yan…sorry nalang, didilim paningin ko hahahaha

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hindi nakikita ni Kris ang ganitong scenario kasi direso siya sa lounge and we must admit may special treament talaga for them… NAIA is really embarrassing para sa ating lahat…

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Louise

Terminal 3 has been operational for some time now. Cebu Pac flights fly in & out through Terminal 3.

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CVS Reply:

we know that

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Hsuson

Join MOVEMENT TO IMPROVE PHILIPPINE AIRPORTS at FB if you love your country.

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CVS Reply:

link please

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Sun_fun_freak Reply:

here you go

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Movement-to-improve-Philippine-airports/187554867936057

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CVS Reply:

thanks!

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omg.im scared to go home tuloy.im flying cathay pacific and im buntis.

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CVS Reply:

naku just go to the airport three hours before your flight. you’ll be fine. Cathay’s the best!

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browneyedgirl

15 minutes to boarding time before our trip to hk, i suddenly realized i’d left ALL OUR DOLLARS (as in all our cash pocket money) at home. stupid noh? i almost had a heart attack. anyways, i was running like a madman trying to search for an atm. thankfully, the guards i asked readily volunteered where the atm was, and from our boarding area, the inspection and immigration people all allowed me to run out into the front of the airport where there was a perfectly operation (hallelujah! not offline) atm. (i doubt if other airports will even allow you… Read more »

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Guest

I totally agree with you! Nakakahiya yung airport natin. And to think it’s supposed to be the first impression of our country to a foreigner. How can we expect people to invest in our country and feel confident to do business here? Kainis!

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CVS Reply:

first and LAST impression. nakakahiya talaga

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Guest

I totally agree with you! Nakakahiya yung airport natin. And to think it’s supposed to be the first impression of our country to a foreigner. How can we expect people to invest in our country and feel confident to do business here? Kainis!

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Grace

i travel a lot. and in my opinion, our airport is really one of the worst. as in next to pakistan and syria!! i don’t understand why we can’t use terminal 3. do you know why? [Reply]CVS Reply:April 15th, 2011 at 7:07 PMwait. have you been to Pakistan and Syria? [Reply]Cherry Reply:April 15th, 2011 at 7:53 PMi went to Pakistan before, and their airport is A LOT better than NAIA 1. [Reply]Grace Reply:April 16th, 2011 at 1:50 AMyes! 🙂 and i swear, comparable ang airports natin sa kanila! the only reason why lahore airport is worse than ours is because… Read more »

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Anonymous

Two weeks ago I flew to Bali using NAIA 3. The airport is new and pretty well controlled (still) but what really worried me is that all the spaces above the busy check-in counters of Cebu pac have billboards of SMDC featuring Ms. Curtis all gleaming with lights. While on the far end which is sometimes being used by the Japanese airline have billboards of beautiful tourist attractions of the Philippines but no lights that you can barely notice. Seriously, it is the airport and entry point to the rest of the country and not of SMDC condos. I will… Read more »

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DD

this is why I’d rather endure PAL than go through NAIA 1

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Catherine

I don’t even know if he saw the Article where NAIA Terminal 1 was named as the 5th worst airport for passengers who sleep. It was mentioned in the review that NAIA1 toilets are stinky. Add to that the really rude immigration personnel. When will this ever change? I think this is just a simple problem they can fix instantly.

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yes. i know it’s unfair to compare but our airport is a mess. imagine HK’s. sobrang gandaaaaa.:) sana naman unahin nila ang repair ng NAIA. even the comfort rooms!

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My dad (an OFW) went back to Taiwan last year. Thinking that he has no need for the peso, he left all the Phil money he had back home. He forgot about the terminal fee he needed to pay and had to go back and change his Taiwan dollars to pay. So, I just have to ask, where does that stupid terminal fee – which almost made my dad miss his flight and cost his job – go?????? [Reply]Chara Ocampo Reply:April 15th, 2011 at 7:23 PMand they dont even have credit card terminals for those fees! It’s obvious they’re pocketing… Read more »

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and they dont even have credit card terminals for those fees! It’s obvious they’re pocketing it at the end of the day.

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and they dont even have credit card terminals for those fees! It’s obvious they’re pocketing it at the end of the day.

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Andre

why does your dad had to pay for terminal fee eh, he’s an OFW diba? i never paid terminal fees before when I used to work in Saudi Arabia.

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http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view/20110412-330747/NAIA-voted-worst-airport-in-Asia-ranks-5th-in-world

and id like to quote:“We are aware of the deficiencies. We really appreciate the comments and we’re trying to correct these things. But please understand that this will take time,” –maybe it would take 3-5 yrs to fix the toilet at NAIA1 because..it will take time!

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Drewcurtis

What is also very disturbing is that NAIA 2 and 3 are used by local carriers who also fly internationally and that all international airlines arrive in the most crappy terminal ever NAIA 1. How come it is not possible to switch all international carriers to NAIA 2 and 3 and squeeze all PAL – PAC flights into NAIA 1. Are local carriers that power full and that important to bring down tourism and have the country put in a bad light again?? It is also known that the airport authority do not want to computerize the airport fee collection… Read more »

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Flizbee

Did PAL pay for the construction of NAIA 2 or 3? bakit sila lang puede gumamit ng airport na yun?

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demoiselle

Of course they want it cash so that it’s easier to put in the pocket.

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Guest

This is sad.

But Terminal 3 IS open – for Budget Airlines nga lang.

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A modern Imelda would’ve made our airport comparable to Hong Kong, Bangkok or Tokyo. They should also switch the carriers using NAIA3 to NAIA1, really embarrassing for foreigners visiting. [Reply]labidoygoy Reply:April 19th, 2011 at 3:20 PMi’m sorry, i understand (and share) your sentiment here but i must insist that “a modern Imelda” would also have buried a couple hundred hapless workers in the cement of our new HKIA-comparable airport! [Reply]CVS Reply:April 20th, 2011 at 12:22 AMwag naman [Reply]Mau Dayacap Reply:April 24th, 2011 at 8:55 PMHopefully she won’t rush this new airport project of hers. 🙂 Haha But still who wouldn’t… Read more »

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Guest

i’m sorry, i understand (and share) your sentiment here but i must insist that “a modern Imelda” would also have buried a couple hundred hapless workers in the cement of our new HKIA-comparable airport!

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Guest

Hopefully she won’t rush this new airport project of hers. 🙂 Haha But still who wouldn’t want an airport as nice as the one in Hong Kong ?

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i’m an ofw and every time i go back home, i kept on contemplating on where do our fees go 🙁 how sad that hard earned money just goes to the pocket of some alligators [Reply]rich Reply:April 16th, 2011 at 2:33 AMTrue… how much na ang airport tax sa NAIA? It’s around 700 na right? Imagine if they have at least 10,000 travelers a day that’s a very huge amount na enough to start renovating kahit the toilets muna. They can open Terminal 3 as well so they can renovate Terminal 1 para they can still accommodate people. Nakakahiya that… Read more »

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True… how much na ang airport tax sa NAIA? It’s around 700 na right? Imagine if they have at least 10,000 travelers a day that’s a very huge amount na enough to start renovating kahit the toilets muna. They can open Terminal 3 as well so they can renovate Terminal 1 para they can still accommodate people.

Nakakahiya that our main airport is currently one of the worst around the world when obvious naman na we can do something about it. 🙁

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I hope he realizes that this freaking airport (one of the worst in the WORLD) is named after his father.

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