To Fly and Fly Again comic series

With the warm reception of our first web comic, “The Man in the Frame,” we are now proud to bring you the second installment of our project: the web comic series entitled, “To Fly and Fly Again.”

In this part of the story, we focused on how the hero of the web comic series – my father – showed his foresight, his pioneering entrepreneurial spirit and his strong drive to see the development of his country.  Did you know that he founded the first Filipino airline? No, not Philippine Airlines but Iloilo Negros Air Express Company or INAEC, preceding Philippine Airlines (PAL) by eight years. He saw aviation as an important ingredient to developing and uniting our country … an archipelago.

We will also see how the war years blew up his dreams in smoke as the invading Japanese bombed all his planes, but only after his Sykorski seaplane was able to rescue Geny and I in Batangas after we came down from Baguio where we were studying, to Manila and finally to Batangas in the space of 3 days to meet the plane.

In the meantime, Geny and I saw our first series of Japanese bombing in Baguio on the morning of December 8, and then in Manila, and finally in Iloilo the day after we arrived in our house in La Paz, Iloilo.  This was the same day all the INAEC planes were destroyed by Japanese planes. To Fly and Fly Again

He will show his resilience and determination to follow his dream as he weathered the massive blows of war and resurrected his airline, now named Far East Aviation Transport Inc. or FEATI. It had domestic and international routes including a transpacific flight to San Francisco.

My father gave the nation the power to fly and he fulfilled his promise to do everything to see the Philippine rise again. Eugenio Lopez, the visionary that he is, lived by the values that are now enshrined in the Lopez Group values today.

The next comic series, “To Fly and Fly Again” is an adventure that inspires.

OSCAR M. LOPEZ

2 comments

  1. ricrecede says:

    Our Phil Gov’t should recognized Filipinos with exemplary contribution to the nation’s progress. The Lopezes have done a lot in the tri-media and even more and nobody can deny that. The gov’t should even help a company built to magnifence by a Filipino, not a chinese, not an american, not a spanish. I am not against them, but I’m really proud to be working with a world-class company owned by a Filipino.

    Bayan could have been great as well, sad to say, we’re not on top in terms of financial growth since this company, like the others, was hit
    by the dollar tsunami back then ! Bayan could have bounced back if we were able to have our own celco but sadly the Supreme Court of the PHils ruled in favor of then Extelcom which to my mind should not be the case! I knew the 2 celco players then were apprehensive with Bayan’s entry in the cell market. It was a very ripe moment for Bayan but maybe it was not for us ! The great EL-2 was already sick that time too. The Lopezes were even branded as oligarch during that time. After waiting for a year or more, hoping that the sc ruling will be reversed, the patience of Telenor, the supposed partner of Bayan for the mobile roll-out had come to an end. Despite that, Bayan still holds on until this day. Bayan may not be that big as the other telecoms in the phils but when it comes to
    giving service bayan, I believe, is at the forefront making it resilient and indomitable. Giving the best customer service second is what Bayan had learned from the Lopezes. As EL-2 puts it, in giving the best service, profit will just follow. Thanks to the Lopezes for the opportunity to work with them. To EL-3, Sir thank you for being with us, for holding us and for getting us through the years. Globe’s entry to Bayan is just but timely, Bayan had already exhausted its capacities and it need to expand in order to continue. As the famous adage goes -”If you can beat them, join them. And so they us !

  2. ricrecede says:

    Our Phil Gov’t should recognized Filipinos with exemplary contribution to the nation’s progress. The Lopezes have done a lot in the tri-media and even more and nobody can deny that. The gov’t should even help a company built to magnifence by a Filipino, not a chinese, not an american, not a spanish. I am not against them, but I’m really proud to be working with a world-class company owned by a Filipino.

    Bayan could have been great as well, sad to say, we’re not on top in terms of financial growth since this company, like the others, was hit
    by the dollar tsunami back then ! Bayan could have bounced back if we were able to have our own celco but sadly the Supreme Court of the PHils ruled in favor of then Extelcom which to my mind should not be the case! I knew the 2 celco players then were apprehensive with Bayan’s entry in the cell market. It was a very ripe moment for Bayan but maybe it was not for us ! The great EL-2 was already sick that time too. The Lopezes were even branded as oligarch during that time. After waiting for a year or more, hoping that the sc ruling will be reversed, the patience of Telenor, the supposed partner of Bayan for the mobile roll-out had come to an end. Despite that, Bayan still holds on until this day. Bayan may not be that big as the other telecoms in the phils but when it comes to
    giving service bayan, I believe, is at the forefront making it resilient and indomitable. Giving the best customer service second is what Bayan had learned from the Lopezes. As EL-2 puts it, in giving the best service, profit will just follow. Thanks to the Lopezes for the opportunity to work with them. To EL-3, Sir thank you for being with us, for holding us and for getting us through the years. Globe’s entry to Bayan is just but timely, Bayan had already exhausted its capacities and it need to expand in order to continue. As the famous adage goes -”If you can beat them, join them. And so they buy us !

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