The way alliances work, a member would need to help sponsor PR.
If you ask me, PR is more likely to find a strategic/equity partner from a NE Asian airline like JL or KE than end up going through the whole alliance process.
Rumor has it that NH was likely going to be a strategic equity partner and
PR's sponsor into Star, so let's see what happens. PR does have a codeshare relationship with NH both on MNL-HND and on onward domestic service from FUK, KIX, NGO and HND/NRT to other points in Japan.
Not sure what PR brings anyone?
OW - Cathay only few hundred miles away and probably largest foreign airline to MNL.
ST - Lots of nearby players - CI, VN, all the Chinese airlines, a bit further GA
*A - BR, TG, NH, SQ, CA, OZ, etc has region pretty well covered.
Imo they are probably more than a decade late to the game.
I doubt OW would take PR given CX, and I personally would not want PR in OW for precisely that reason (the concern being that PR would be reduced to merely being a feeder for CX).
PR's value is less in its coverage of Southeast Asia and more in its ability to connect the region with other parts of the world. As mentioned earlier in the thread, PR is the strongest SE Asian carrier to North America, with service to six destinations in the U.S. and Canada (LAX, SFO, JFK, YYZ, YVR, HNL) and bound to grow more. I know ORD is supposed to be a target for future PR service, for one.
VN and GA currently have no service to the Philippines, instead choosing to codeshare with PR, so I see more benefit and less competition from PR's presence in SkyTeam despite the presence of MF, MU, CZ and CI (of the four, only CZ and CI have multiple daily flights to MNL, and MF codeshares with PR on MNL-JJN and vice-versa). Certainly more than TG and SQ in Star, given that both airlines have multiple daily flights to and from MNL and are favored carriers for onward connections to Europe, although I think there may be room.
We can debate the merits of how long PR took to take alliance membership seriously, but if you ask me they stand a better chance in an alliance than entirely outside it.
Judging from this tidbit, I think we can sort of deduce which alliance Jaime Bautista may be talking about:
"The alliance membership will help give Philippine Airlines access to more interior points in Europe and North America, as well as the continents of Africa and South America where we can tap new sources of traffic,” he said.
If the focus is on access to Europe and North America, all three alliances can definitely help there. But if we're looking at Africa and South America, that's a whole different ballgame. OW is likely out due to the lack of African connectivity, but the deck is in favor of Star if we're looking at only onward connectivity for Africa and South America ex-MNL.