Because of the Covid pandemic, my flight from San Francisco to Manila was cancelled 4 times. Finally Philippine Airlines advised my July 3 flight was moved to July 4 & redirected to Cebu Province instead of Manila. Testing for Covid & hotel Quarantine would be in Lapu Lapu City, Cebu Province. At first I was hesitant due to the rise of Covid infections in Cebu City. I was scared but decided to push through. Having had 4 previous cancellations, my return flight was long overdue.
God be praised! My odyssey went very well. San Francisco Airport was eerily empty except for PAL counters. I landed safely at 4:30AM July 6 in Mactan Airport, Lapu Lapu City. Deplaned at 4:40 & was done with all - immigration & Covid testing by 5:10 a record 30 minutes! Mactan Airport had their systems in place; the airport Bureau of Quarantine & Covid testing personnel were efficient.
Hotel liaison staff fetched me at 5:15AM & I was in Plantation Bay Resort & Spa in 20 min. The reservations desk gave me a gorgeous suite with a beautiful view of the lagoon. An ante room with powder room, bedroom with beautifully appointed bathroom with tub & top all these with a wonderful view of the lagoon! Everything was spotless & very clean. I will enjoy my quarantine here I thought to myself; the ambience is so relaxing. I had breakfast outside in the lanai with birds chirping, the warm sun to boost my immune system & a cool breeze.
I was pleasantly surprised as the Covid test result was released after 1 day, at 9AM July 7! The hotel front desk took care of printing my negative test result & my Quarantine Medical Clearance. July 8 noon flight to Manila left on time. My stay in Plantation Bay Resort & Spa was not only pleasant during this time of Covid, it was comforting as I knew the hotel passed all health & quarantine safety regulations.