Written by F/A Cherry Ann Cordero
Nothing in my story went according to my plan. Last 2018, I graduated from the University of San Agustin with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree. My dream of becoming a lawyer has always been in my mind since time immemorial. But that plan came to a halt because of some circumstances.
By: Lud Barrica
Few days ago, I saw a 5-second video clip of passengers applauding at the airport while a set of cabin crew and pilots walked by. I’ve never seen anyone at an airport so happy! Passengers are usually sleepy or bored at the gate and would not even acknowledge crewmembers when they arrive. (If at all, they would have a sigh of relief, having waited so patiently and say to themselves, “At long last, we’re leaving.”)
By: Guia Katrina R. C.
Two minutes left and I will be late for briefing. Worried at the bus; thinking of what transpired minutes earlier just to keep me busy and not notice the time. 45-minute preparation for flight. I wonder why Crew Control calls me and gives me a very tight preparation time. Well, that's fine! Coz why not, pulled for London flight? Geez! Excited to fly, though.
By: F/A Vanessa Valera Peronilla, CGSP, MBA
The airline industry has been hit hard several times in modern history, but nothing quite as severe as the recent string of events. COVID-19 has spread to 209 countries and territories worldwide. This is an undeniable fact and reality check. Travel Bans and International Trade on hold means empty seats and parked planes.
By: Joel Olivier Tisseyre with Vanessa Kimberly Ganser
You'd be surprised how much you can have in common with someone completely different from you. This might sound cliché but even though Van and I have different interests in life, we both share the same dream of becoming flight attendants. Basically, Van is half- German, while I am half- French. She's a Med Tech grad, while I, loved Biology.
Flight attendant requested anonymity
Flight attendants are brave but at the same time, they have their personal fears. We are human also. We get sick, we are susceptible to diseases and viruses. But I am a flight attendant, and I have the sworn duty that regardless of the situation, I have to ensure my passengers that they will arrive safe and in one-piece. A day ago, I was one of the flight attendants of a mainland China flight from Manila.
By: Len Serrano
“It’s a dead end after being a flight attendant!” This one misconception, discourages parents of FA aspirants in taking the flying career. They think that flight attendants will eventually face a blank wall after being “boxed in the skies”. Even those who are already flying are pessimistic on what comes next after their flying years. I have met ex-colleagues who were in this situation.
By: Mans Garcia
I wasn’t privileged to have graduated at any of the top universities in Manila, but that didn’t hinder me from seeking greener pasture in this competitive era. Subconsciously, I have always aspired to be a Cabin Crew and to wear that symbolic scarf of Philippine Airlines. I guess I was just too timid to admit it for I felt I was inadequate. Right after I graduated from college, I can feel the urge as it lingered in my mind.
Written by F/A Margiger R. Permejo
This morning, Mom and Dad thought I'd be flying to Macau. Little did they know that I'd be attending to their flight as one of the Cabin crew assigned going to Tacloban. As the plane took off, I couldn’t help but feel emotional because it suddenly came to me all the sacrifices my parents did for me; from the day they sent me to school up to this point that I am now living my dreams. Everything just felt surreal.
Written by F/A Ariejane Tolentino
Actually, I was one of them. I wanted to walk to the history, discover new coffee shops, try different pastas, collect fridge magnets, learn the greetings of other languages, taste McDonald’s in different countries, own Starbucks mugs of all other cities and take home hotel slippers.