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.
Suddenly, things started to twist and turn unexpectedly.
While I was browsing the Internet, a post caught my attention; a notice from Cebu Pacific that they were looking for flight attendants for hiring. The work of a flight attendant/cabin crew has always been familiar to me because of my sister. She has been working as one for 7 years already. Out of nowhere, she asked me to give it a try since I fit all qualifications.
Training days came. It wasn’t easy as I thought it would be . We had to go through stressful nights to pass examinations. We had to overcome our anxiety to execute lifeline drills properly. We even had to deal with being homesick most of the time since we were nowhere near our families – no one can personally hug us when we desperately needed comfort and warmth as we face our battles every day. These and many more made me respect the work of flight attendants. They are more than just being the people who offer coffee, tea, or snacks during our flights. They are our guardian angels that make sure that we reach our respective destinations safely and comfortably. They help us carry the weight of our worries and fears. Often times, we fail to see that they are on guard ready to protect us and save our lives when something goes wrong.
Honestly, it wasn’t easy for me since this was primarily not my craft. But when the day came when I received my wings, it felt like it was God-given…that it was in God’s perfect timing. It was my unexpected arrival in this course of career.
I enjoyed my journey as a flight attendant given all the perks the job offers especially where I get to travel to a lot of places for free. I was also fortunate enough to work with the warmest and most hard working people who have become my mentors in this journey. It was a job unlike any other.
Today, the whole world is currently fighting its greatest battle to date with an invisible enemy. The COVID-19 Pandemic has greatly affected the lives of many. We, flight attendants and people in the flying industry, are no exemption to this.
It took me a great amount of courage to write this letter as I get ready for departure … an unexpected departure from this career. Nevertheless, I am grateful for everything my company has done for me. Rest assured, it will always be treasured as I hop on another journey in finding a new set of wings. I will always look back to the members of the Cebu Pacific family who were the ones who taught me how to fly so that I may soar. Thank you and I will pray that every JUAN flies again soon and paint the skies yellow.
As my journey comes to an end, I hope that the people I have worked with would continue to aspire and persevere to reach their dreams. I hope that despite all the challenges, they may overcome it so that in the future, when everything is back in its place, people may bring their smiles again in places where you would take them. I hope that they become their best version of themselves and inspire other people to enter in this wonderful profession.
Will be resting my wings
And now signing Off.
Thank you 5J