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Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, Clark, Pampanga
Part 12 of the Libotero Pampanga and Malolos Heritage Series
After having lunch at SM City Clark, I went back to the hotel to take a short nap. Just a few minutes after I zzzzed though, I was back to my senses as I overslept the previous night.
For that, I just decided to kill my time at MarQuee Mall, and ofcourse to buy ‘pasalubong’ as well. But before that, I had to ready my luggage, check out and leave my baggage at the hotel lobby. Luckily, as I stepped out of the hotel, a shuttle was parked just across the street so I was immediately transported to the mall.
Upon arrival at the mall, I headed straight to the cinemas hoping to watch a new movie but unfortunately, I already saw all the movies that were being shown. I was desperately looking for something to do and so I ended up at a skin clinic, Dermstrata! And that’s where I had my very first facial ever, LOL. I won’t elaborate on that.
Anyway, after the relaxing-grueling-fulfilling facial treatment, I then proceeded to Krispy Kreme to buy 2 dozens of donuts to bring home to my family and friends. Time flew so fast, it was already 6pm when I checked my watch. There were no shuttles back to Friendship Gate at that time so I had to make ‘pakyaw’ a tricycle for P70 to take me back to the hotel. But before I went back in, I took a quickie dinner at a fastfood, just beside the hotel.
As I arrived back at the hotel, the driver that would take me to the airport was already there. I do not know how one would commute to the airport, so when I checked-in the hotel two days ago, I already pre-arranged for hotel transport to bring me to the airport, with a price tag of P300! So off we were to the airport for my 8:30pm flight back to Cebu.
The airport was a good 10-15 minute ride from the hotel.
The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) is located at the heart of Central Luzon, making it the most viable and convenient airport of choice for travelers from North-Central Luzon and the northern Metro Manila area who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city streets. It is one of the biggest aviation complexes in Asia with two (2) runways in parallel configuration that can easily be extended to 4 kilometers to accommodate new generation wide-bodied aircrafts. The airport was envisioned by the previous president as the next premiere international gateway of the Philippines but as of the moment only low cost carriers are using the airport.
I really don’t have much to write about airports because they’re all basically the same. Initial security check -> check-in counter -> final security check -> pre-departure area. I have to mention the security check in DMIA though since it was really one-of-a-kind. If I recall correctly, the airport was lauded for excellence in security checking. Anyway, after I passed through the metal detector, I had to stand on a platform where the security officer “laid his hands on my body”. The hands moved all over my body as if a snake was crawling over me. Amazing LOL. The officer then noticed a bulge on my pocket and asked what that was. I quickly responded, “lip balm and eye drops”. The officer then flashed a smile and said thank you.
DMIA’s terminal fee for domestic flights is P150.
One of the things that I look for in airports are decent food outlets. Thankfully, there was Smokey’s Hotdog Bar at DMIA. As if my dinner wasn’t enough, I grabbed my favorite Chicago Dog, and then patiently waited for my boarding call.
I could feel that security was really tight and so I wasn’t able to take a lot of photos of the airport.
At exactly 8pm, all Cebu-bound passengers were called for boarding.
And that wraps up my Pampanga and Malolos Heritage series. Thank you for your continued support dearest readers! Stay tuned for the Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, and Iloilo posts!
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