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.
One summer of 2015, while I was having an afternoon wine buzz with my sister and my Auntie, I received my first phone interview for the said position inviting me to join the “mass hiring” as they call it. It was a long queue of hopefuls along Andrews Avenue in Nichols aspiring for that one “cliché dream” in the aviation industry, to be a flight attendant. I can vividly recall how tiny of a speck I felt at that line, seeing all those wonderful people, well dressed, chins up, armored to conquer the battle. Gladly I have my angels softly whispering at my ear, encouraging me to just give it a go. And so, I encountered my first rejection.
However, I couldn’t just let it end there. So after a year, I re-applied with humble confidence, a more hopeful heart, and a firm dedication to being of service. Only 3 out of a hundred aspirants were left that time and I was one of them. I had my turn to stand with my quivering knees and sweaty palms, in front of the panel to speak my piece and convince them why I deserved to have the position. I can say that it didn’t require me much effort to be fluid in expressing why I desired it despite how tensed I was. I can even recollect saying, “I’m well aware that this job is not all glamorous and fancy, though for me, the highest form of purpose is to be of service, and I believe to be in an encapsulated work space with the people you have to care for, life and death, is such a noble job. And if I happen to be rejected today, I hope you won’t get tired of seeing my face, for I will re-apply again.”
That was how I got my bittersweet second rejection. You’d find it odd and funny how I left the vicinity with a big smile. That turn down somehow fueled me to work extra harder on myself until I become worthy of the position. As the saying goes, “You got to trust His timing.”. And so, the third time’s charm worked its magic and voila, the rest is a nostalgic history!
As I celebrate my second anniversary with Philippine Airlines, I would like to express my overwhelming gratefulness to God, the company, the people and events, He had used as instruments for me to pursue my once illusion turned into a cherished aspiration, and now my reality.