Yesterday, I witnessed two graduations, Cebu Pacific cabin crew batch 148 at the Cebu Pacific head office and followed by Philippine Airlines batch ICCT1804 at the PAL Learning Center later in the afternoon. I would say it was a very fulfilling day and definitely an honor to witness everyone's dreams turn into a reality right in front of their eyes. Therefore, allow me to send this message to the two newest cabin crew batches in the Philippines.
First and foremost, congratulations to both Philippine Airlines ICCT1804 and Cebu Pacific B148! It was definitely an honor to witness your special day and to document them through pictures and videos which we shall be posting on this website soon at the "wings day" section.
You see, I am always excited to attend your graduations, just like the very first time we attended one which was that of PAL batch ICCT1512. We have so far attended 52 graduation rites from Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Cebu Pacific and CebGo and to be honest, the excitement of attending one is always the same as the very first one. I have made friends amongst many of them including you, thanks to Facebook and social media where we can just find each other using the tips of our fingers. More than the friendship I made with many of you, are very important life lessons I learn from each of your stories.
Though you both fly different airlines, you both have a lot in common. Your training was a very tough one, that I am very sure. Passing grade is above 90%. To many of you, becoming a cabin crew was a childhood dream which now has become a reality. Moreso, the many of you were crying, shedding tears of joy. Yes definitely you will miss training, your trainors, and the bond you built with your batchmates, but yet, very happy and overwhelmded that you are finally a flight attendant and steward at your respective carriers.
Instead of giving you another inspiring message because I believe that your trainors and airline officials have inspired you enough, allow me to just share some lessons I have learned just by witnessing both your graduation and perhaps, a short inspirational message to from me personally and in behalf of Flyhigh Manila, a company that loves you all.
First, we all have our own time to shine. Many of you waited years to become a cabin crew and many also faced numerous rejections along the way where hope must have dimmed at some point in your lives. Despite that, there you are, all smiles, receiving your wings, and wearing your airline's uniforms, all looking so dignified. During the process though, I am sure some were already thinking "is this for me? Why are others becoming flight attendants and me, here I am, still not yet one", but you definitely got what you wished for with your hard work and dedication. Always remember that just like the moon and sun, we will have our own time to shine.
Second, the hardest climbs always have the best view. Your climb towards being a cabin crew was never an easy one. You all shared how you struggled just to pass those exams and to make it through the drills like ditching and all. Many cried and some failed but you all prevailed. I recall way back in college where I had to study like 5 to 20 pages of some of our text books within a week. What more with you all where you did 5 to 20 pages in a day with an exam the following day and you have to make a 90% score and up. Despite that, look at where you will be, 40,000ft above, definitely higher than any mountain view.
Third, your trainors did a great job by not just being your trainors but they were also like your second parents. They were not just your higher-ups, they were your leaders. At the end during your graduation, you all coined your trainors, Purser Marsha Monfort and Pat De Leon of Philippine Airlines, Gracey Periquet and Macky of Cebu Pacific, as your new "mom" and "dad", those people who you know will guide you beyond your CCOMs and drills, and those who will be very proud of you for always being better than who you were before.
So as you go forth and take to the skies in the next coming days, allow me to share you some short inspirational thoughts.
First, be leaders and role models, just the same way how your trainors were to you. As you take to the skies, aspiring cabin crew or those who have dreams of being a flight attendant will look up to you. Be an inspiration to them and a role model of what a cabin crew should be. Do you best to inspire them and perhaps, help them become like you one day. You were once a cabin crew dreamer, and now that you have your wings, be a source of inspiration to other dreamers and those who are doing their best to become a flight attendant.
Second, there might be a time in your career that you may feel that you are not enjoying anymore or being a flight attendant is not for you. When such happens, always think about your "why". Why did you wait for two years? Why did you endure sleepless nights? Why did you sacrifice time out from family just to study your CCOM? Why did you endure the long lines and the recruitment process? Why did you get in and others didn't? Just think about your "why" and you will realize that you were indeed destined and designed from the ground up by God to be a cabin crew and to take on the responsibility of saving lives, and providing utmost comfort to all passengers travelling.
Last but not least, continue to always be the best cabin crew you can by upholding your airlines's safety standards and procedures, providing comfort and ensuring your passengers a memorable flight, and to be ready to put the lives of others above your own in the event of an emergency situation. I do know that some won't still understand what you are doing, but nevertheless, for as long as you are doing your job of ensuring the safety and security of passengers and you are acting in accordance to your airlines's policies and procedures, don't worry, Flyhigh Manila is here to always back you up.
Today, I noticed how you are all changing your Facebook and Instagram profile pictures to your pictures in cabin crew uniform. Some of you are now sharing your stories with short messages. Know that I am very proud of each one of you, especially now that you are indeed living your dreams.
So to Philippine Airlines ICCT1804 and Cebu Pacific 148, congratulations again for a job well done! Always pray for safe skies, continue learning from your trainors and more senior cabin crew, and I look forward to be your passenger one of these days.
Do not forget that you have a friend in me and you could always message me anytime if you need anything or you just need someone to talk to.
Flying with you soon!
PS: We will soon be posting pictures, a full write-up, and a video about your graduations at the Wings Day secion of this website.