URBANISSIMO: Talk about travel on social media: AirAsia launches RedTalks

urbanissmo by kenneth irving ongTravel is about finding unforgettable experiences and meaningful connections and AirAsia, the world’s best low cost carrier, has teamed up yet again with multi-awarded TV host, producer, entrepreneur, blogger, and UNICEF Special Advocate, Daphne Osena-Paez, for the second season of RedTalks, a series of travel webisodes (web episodes) that premiered in AirAsia’s Facebook page last year.

The season two of AirAsia’s RedTalks with Daphne was officially launched at a press gathering held at the Twilight Roof Deck of Bai Hotel in Cebu with AirAsia Philippines Chairperson Maan Hontiveros, AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador and AirAsia Foundation’s Executive Director Mun Ching Yap.

“AirAsia is a sociable and innovative brand and we embrace social media not only to engage our fans but also to inspire and connect with our guests. With RedTalks, we are bringing back the era of talk TV and magazine shows to online audience with a refreshing approach using a platform that has become so effective and popular” shared AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador.

AirAsia RedTalks host Daphne Oseria-Paez said, “The quality of stories and the online engagement we got last year when RedTalks was launched have been overwhelming. For this new season, we aim to raise the level of discussion and cover a wide range of topics to engage our audience and inspire them to have meaningful connections.”

Media and bloggers from Cebu, Davao and Manila got an exclusive peek of the show’s pilot episode titled “Sweet Connections” at the press launch. Daphne travels to Davao with Chef JP Anglo who has been regarded as one of the new generation “rock star chefs” because of his flair for creating edgy dishes with strong local Filipino identity. They talked about creating something fresh and new using the award-winning Malagos chocolates. The new dish, which I am excited to taste in the near future, will be included it in AirAsia’s Santan in-flight menu.

The second episode is about empowering women, a subject matter that AirAsia has been championing through the airline’s former CEO and now serving as chairperson, Maan Hontiveros. Before Maan assumed the responsibility of establishing AirAsia operation in the Philippines in 2011, she was a staunch advocate of performing arts and the environment, a broadcast journalist, and a civic leader who has been hailed by the Filipina Women’s Network as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World (Global FWN100)TM – Builder award category in 2014.

Maan’s story of disrupting the ordinary to create value in the lives of women and marginalized groups was presented in a lively discussion during the press launch hosted by radio DJ Tracy Abad-Prado.

The third episode of RedTalks will feature David Foster and AirAsia’s collaboration to find the best and tap into a diverse pool of talented, skilled, and creative individuals in the Asean region. Human Trafficking being a serious global issue has reached the Asean shores at an alarming rate. In episode four of RedTalks, AirAsia Foundation tackles the issue head on in raising awareness and training airline personnel across the region and beyond to combat trafficking.

In the fifth episode, Daphne goes to Bali, Indonesia to take part in the much celebrated food festival in Ubud and interacts with farmpreneurs to learn about upscaling farmers through innovation. Economic Officer of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia A. Arief Adnan was also at the event to promote the Bali experience.

Cambodian Living Arts (CLA), a non-profit organisation based in Phnom Penh, has been facilitating the transformation of Cambodia through the arts by providing arts education, capacity building of arts leaders, and opportunities for emerging artists to generate income and create a sustainable environment for the arts. CLA’s success story takes the center stage in the sixth and final episode of RedTalks. Daphne delves into the partnership between the AirAsia Foundation and CLA and how their collaboration brings life and breath to a dying art form.

The latest season of AirAsia’s RedTalks aired last February 27 at 7:00 PM on AirAsia’s Facebook page watch out for the upcoming episodes by liking AirAsia’s Facebook page.

AirAsia’s RedTalks is brought to you by AirAsia Foundation, AirAsia Big Loyalty, and Rokki.

Follow Daphne’s journey using #AirAsiaRedTalks. Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotion and activities via twitter (@AirAsiaFilipino), Facebook (tacebook.com/AirAsiaPH) and on Instagram (@AirAsiaFilipino).