AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24(Surabaya LT) this morning. The flight took off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 0535hours.


The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were two pilots, four flight attendants and one engineer on board.

The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours.

There were 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew.

Nationalities of passengers and crew onboard are as below:

  • 1 Singaporean
  • 1 Malaysian
  • 3 South Korean
  • 157 Indonesian

At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to enroute weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC).

The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on 16 November 2014.

AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft. The number is: +622129850801.

AirAsia will release further information as soon as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the AirAsia website,

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CDO Beauty Bags Miss Global 2014 2nd Runner Up

Kagay-anon beauty Catherine Marie  Almirante represented the country in the recently concluded Miss Global 2014 in a Crown Princess Cruise sailing from Los Angeles to Mexico and took home the Miss Global 2nd Runner Up title  two months after she was hailed as Miss Global Philippines last October 2014. miss global 2014(Photo Credits: Ms. Global FB Page) Miss Global 2014 Royal Court

Miss Global 2014: Ela Mino – Canada
1st Runner up: Elise Duncan – Australia
2nd Runner up: Catherine Almirante – Philippines
3rd Runner up: Aizhan Lighg – Kazakhstan
4th Runner up: Benazir Thaha – Sri Lanka

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Catherine also got the Miss Fashion, Best in Evening Gown and Best in National Costume awards.

Miss Global is an extravagant and prestigious competition beyond just the physical beauty of women from all over the world. The contestants are encouraged to express their individuality with poise, grace, and wits. Being the Winner of Miss Global, a beauty and cultural pageant, is being a sponsor of goodwill, a trendsetter for leadership, and an ambassador for beauty and cultural diversity. The launching of the official Miss Global beauty pageant will set the new standards for a wider age range and a more diverse selection of qualified female participants between the ages of 18-35. Although the reign of Miss Global is a year long, this remarkable Queen will travel throughout the world to participate in charitable fundraisers while promoting the beauty, intelligence, and charm of women throughout the world. She will have a once in a life time opportunity to gain innumerable contacts, lifelong friendship, and endless support from diverse communities that will advance her status beyond imaginable outlooks.

Congratulations Ms. Catherine Marie Almirante! Cagayan de Oro is so proud of you.

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Globe Opens its Generation 3 Flagship Store in Cagayan de Oro

Setting a new global standard in retail experience, Globe Telecom unveiled its Generation 3 Store simultaneously in SM North Edsa, Quezon City, Manila and in Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro.

The Globe Gen 3 stores will further engage and delight customers by fueling their passion in the areas of music, entertainment, productivity, and life. With the opening of the Gen 3 stores, Globe has topped some of the iconic stores in the US and around the world.

The unveiling of the Globe Generation 3 Store in Limketkai Cagayan de Oro hosted by Matteo Guidicelli and Maxine Monasterio
The unveiling of the Globe Generation 3 Store in Limketkai Cagayan de Oro hosted by Matteo Guidicelli and Maxine Monasterio
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Globe Gen3 Store in Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City (Photo Credits to:

Globe President and CEO, Ernest Cu said “Globe is proud to bring the Filipino consumers another world-standard differentiated experience. Our passion for our customers inspires us to end the year on a high note by bringing innovation a notch higher in our stores, one of our key customer touch points, allowing us to truly empower our customers’ digital lifestyles.”

The Globe Gen3 stores are home to various lifestyle zones with stories and exciting features for customers to experience and enjoy. These zones feature latest trends in product, people and even in business. Various lifestyle vignettes illustrate mobile and broadband technologies as connected solutions — featuring the latest devices, apps, digital connectors gadgets and services that contribute to the total interactive customer experience.

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The lifestyle zones will also highlight the stories of brand ambassadors every quarter. The store is a platform for the introduction of must-watch personalities who are blazing new trails in their respective Art, Community and Technology spaces. For the first quarter of 2015, with Music as the main theme, Globe Gen3 will feature four of the coolest DJs of this generation: DJ Badkiss, Callum David, Mars Miranda, and Eric Capili – who all have inspiring success story of JD Dela Paz, a Globe my Business ambassador and owner of fast-rising restaurant chain Size Matters.

The Globe Gen3 Store will also serve as a venue to introduce the LATEST products, devices, and services offered by Globe. To start, it is the first retailer in Asia to introduce and carry Google Cardboard, the fold-your-own virtual reality headset. Consumers can definitely expect more exciting products rolling out in the next quarters.

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Apart from reconfigured store displays, customers can also check out the Play Bar explore the different featured apps and sit through one-on-one service consultations. Self-service tolls are available that allow better interaction with customer representatives through a video hotline.

“Exciting, unexpected, and experiential are the words to describe our Gen3 Stores. The concept and design of the Gen3 Stores have undergone intense research and consultation with the world’s top-notch designers and architecture experts. We are inviting customers to explore and be inspired by the stores’ four zones – music, entertainment, productivity, and life so they can fully enjoy a wonderful world,” said Joe Caliro, Glove Head of Retail Transformation and Management.

The Globe Gen3 stores are designed by Tim Kobe, founder and CEO of Eight, Inc. His most famous work is the Apple Store in New York. On his design plan for Gen3 plan for Gen3, Tim Kobe shared, “The space is dynamic. It changes with new stories and experiences that support different events and moments. We have elements that move and reconfigure, the way entertainment venues support great concerts or shows.”

Tim Kobe also shared the importance of functionality in the Globe GEN3 Stores, saying “Retail is one touch point where brands build relationships and sell products and services. It is important today to have a place to demonstrate what you stand for. More than 50% of the reason why someone engages with a brand comes from word of mouth. Interestingly, 80% of word of mouth comes from direct experience. Designing the experience is critical to building brand advocates.”

Leading up to the launch of the GEN3 Stores, Globe, collaborated with homegrown Philippine artists who took part in one of the telco’s biggest transformation projects to better serve its customers. Led by multi-awarded artist Ross Capili the artists turned their design inspirations into live art galleries, showcasing murals exhibiting Globe’s brilliant vision, complementing the look, feel, and experience of its GEN3 Stores.

By 2015, Globe is set to convert more of its existing stores into GEN3 Stores to bring the world-class telco retail experience to more Filipinos.

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