BY AKINA CHARGUALAF

For the Journal

 

March marked the first quarter of operation for iTravel, an authorized and bonded wholesaler for Cebu Pacific on Guam.

The 1,000-square-foot office, outfitted by BBR Micronesia Corp., is located on Route 16, inside the MBM building, which is owned by Mark Markham.

The Philippines-based low-cost carrier launched a four-times weekly service between Guam and Manila on March 15 — its first service to a U.S. destination. It is the third carrier to serve the route directly, providing an additional option for Guam’s approximately 26% Filipino population.

“Cebu Pacific’s performance since the maiden flight has met all expectations, and we look forward to continuing what we have started in terms of service, punctuality and affordability,” Shelly V. Calvo, CEO of iTravel, told the Journal.

She said the response from customers has been strong considering the company’s infancy. Eventually Calvo said the company hopes to see Cebu Pacific’s activity expand to other destinations in Micronesia.

“It is a very exciting time for travelers who now have options to avail of affordable airfare all year-round,” Calvo said. “It is great to offer access to conveniently connect travelers to areas in the Philippines that are currently not being serviced by other airlines.”

Other than Cebu Pacific, iTravel represents other airlines through its sister company, iExplorer.

The office has three employees in Guam, including General Manager Edgardo “Gary” Cruz, who previously served as a manager for 21 years with Philippines Airlines and 14 years with Cebu Pacific. The Guam team works in conjunction with a support team in the Philippines. Calvo said she hopes to quickly expand and be able to hire more individuals.

Calvo’s partners in iTravel include Hermogenes “Junie” Tantoco Jr. and Marissa Puyat-Tantoco, a husband and wife with a business background in the Philippines. The latter is the granddaughter of former Philippines Senate President Gil Puyat, and her family owns Supersonic, which has been an award-winning agent for Cebu Pacific since 1997.

Another partner in iTravel is Reynaldo Garcia, owner of Louis Maclean Far East Inc., an import and export company and supplier of Philippine food products to Pay-Less Supermarkets, Market Wholesale Distributors and MidPacific Distributors.

Calvo is also president of Bella Vita LLC, CEO of Solutions Venture Co. and board director with the Guam Visitors Bureau. Mbj

iTravel - iTRAVEL Partners from L-R Tessie Garcia, Marisa Tantoco, Shelly Calvo , Paul Calvo, Rey Garcia, Junie Tantoco

(From left) Tessie Garcia; Marissa Puyat-Tantoco, partner; Shelly V. Calvo, CEO, both with iTravel; Paul A. Calvo, vice president and general manager, Calvo’s Insurance Underwriters Inc., and husband of Shelly; Reynaldo Garcia, general manager; and Hermogenes “Junie” Tantoco Jr., husband of Marissa and partner, both with iTravel.

Photo courtesy of iTravel