We all have our perfect time. A time to shine, a time to learn, a time to discover, and a time to achieve great heights. A perfect time does not come in a snap of a finger, it comes when you worked hard for it. For new flight steward Jerald Mendoza, this moment of becoming a part of Philippine Airlines was his perfect time, and his graduation rites last July 30 was his perfect moment.
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.
Written by F/A Kathleen Sanggalang
From Saint Louis University Baguio graduation last January 2018 to March 2018 Qatar Airways Wings day. Hello to all aspiring cabin cew, call me Kathleen and walk with me on my journey from being a fresh college graduate to being a cabin crew. Are you ready? Go get your coffee, sit back, and relax.
Just a few days ago, many people especially flight attendants were moved by the story of a Saudia flight attendant named Man. As she says, "My name is Man but I'm a woman." She is one of those rare stories we get to read about someone who went through the toughest of times in her life, ending up to be a flight attendant travelling the world. The whole story of F/A Man can be found here.
Written and contributed by F/A Crisher Saldariega
To all aspiring cabin crew, allow me to share my story. I was speechless when I finally graduated and received my wings. I can’t believe I got through everything. Promise! With sheer prayers and hard work, nothing is impossible. Of course, a lot of preparation was needed and that's what I want to exactly share to you, my story!
Dear Future FAs and FSs,
Yes, you read it right. You are a future cabin crew. I claim that one day, I see you don your wings with so much pride and joy. As you see, all the pictures of the flight attendants and stewards we post here were just like you, dreamers, and aspirants. Each endured a different journey but at the end, they shared one destiny, and that is to be the unsung heroes of the sky.
Written by F/A Keena Dacubor
My father is already 60 years old but ye,t he never looked like it. He never forgets to post his "OOTD" everyday because he’s really into fashion.. He shops for my clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories which is really unusual because some fathers don’t do things like that. Everytime I’m in Davao, my parents would always surprised me with new stuff .
Written by Aeyah Ruth Mones
I have always wanted to be a flight attendant since I was 7 years old. The guys in our family are all seamen and I do not know of any relatives of ours who works for the airline. So here I am who wants to for the airline, despite my clan who are mostly in the medical field and some relatives who are overseas Filipino workers. Even if I graduated from a nursing couse, I did not pursue a nurse career as I really did not see myself in it.
Written by Marianne Nonan
I just graduated last September 19, 2017 as a Qatar Airways cabin crew and until now, I still can't believe that I am here. I got used to a simple life with mama, papa, my nephews and nieces doing charity works in the barangay. I never considered to be a flight attentand as my sister is one already. I am not as smart and pretty as my sister. We are always being compared and I admit that she's really smart. So it's a big no no for me to even try to be a flight attendant.
Writen by Tim De Asis
7 years in. Was all that flying worth it? That is the question I’m asking myself right now.
As I’m writing this. I’m sitting beside my 84 year old grandmother who’s battling dementia, as she stares at me blankly wondering who I was. A lot of emotions was triggered inside of me when my grandfather passed away a week ago. Regrets, if maybe I could have spent a lil' (or probably a lot) more quality time with him before he passed. An opportunity I really didn't have at hand since our lifestyle consists of a lot of flying.
Writen by Paris Adele Silva
“It only takes a person 12seconds to look at your whole image once you come into a room.” is one of the best tips I got during my Personality Development class a few years back. Once someone walks in a room, it will only take you 12 seconds to “check him/her out”.
Writen by Ronald Recio
Mother. Mama. First Teacher. Inspiration. Old Lady. Inay. Ina. Mudra. Mudrabelles. Mudrakels. Inangshiwa. Whatever you wish to call this person, the essence stays the same. A popular English saying is that it takes the whole village to raise a child. True, we all owe our upbringing to our parents and other significant individuals (and events) which shaped us. Today, we turn the spotlight to our mothers.
Writen by F/A Sheerah Robas
Before giving up on your current job, you might want to consider these things.
Don’t quit just because you’re tired.
Remember: all other jobs in the world can make you exhausted.
Go get some good sleep, good food, and stretch out a little in the gym or do some simple exercises to energize yourself. (Not unless it’s something serious concerning your health but still consider it as the last option for you would need financial assistance in this case)
Also, just try to look back and recall what you’ve been through just to be where you are now. Imagine the struggles of those who would want to be in your place now.
Every cabin crew today was a dreamer before. They were like you, who had that dream to be a flight attendant. They were like you who wanted to turn their dreams into reality. Moreso, they were once like you, an aspirant who went through many directions and challenges. We understand many of you our readers also want to become cabin crew members one day and we are here to help you out realize that dream.
We usually receive inspiring stories from cabin crew members about their journey to earn their much coveted wings. This time, a proud father shares his unica hija's journey as she celebrates her birthday today, April 21. Dr. Bernardito L. Dacubor shares us that his daughter, Keena, has always wanted to be a flight attendant since the tender age of 4 and now, she is indeed living her dream.
Written by Jean Junneth Rubios
I have plans for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
This is what I have been holding on to during the days that I keep on having nothing but rejections from the airlines that I have applied at. Six rejections to be exact. I was about to give up but God keeps on reminding me of the plans that He had promised so I continued dreaming. One day, this open day hiring came and of all the applications I had, this is the one where I didn't feel any pressure of getting in.
Written by Mirjan Hipolito
I was 3. My mama told us a story of a plane crash in our neighborhood that took place many years before I was born. The story keeps repeating in my mind. I started to fear airplanes.
Contributed by Hannah Louise Aliazas
“Use the pain as fuel as a reminder of your strength"
This photo with my sister was taken 2 years ago on her graduation day. Mind you, she’s my younger sister but she's 5' 6" tall and I’m only 5 ft. flat tall. Life is unfair, huh? That day marks the start of her career as a flight attendant of Philippine Airlines. I felt so proud of her. I should be. Right? At least one of us achieved what we have been praying for. She’ll be able to see my mom we haven’t seen for 8 years in London, see the world and live her dream. I thought that was enough. It should be enough. Shouldn't it? Amidst my sister’s achievement, behind my smile was a hurting heart. Deep inside my sinful heart bore bitter feelings of resentment toward my countless rejections and failures in life.
Contributed by Lady April Nunez
"You can call me Man, but I'm a woman," that's how she would introduce herself. She is funny, happy, outgoing and classy. You would never guess what's behind her fresh smile and graceful bearing. This is her story.
Contributed by Rose Anne Marie
For every ending there is always a new beginning. Something that has ended in my past has allowed me to have new opportunities and challenges in my life. It wasn’t easy; but, I realized there is always a reason why things happen in the way they happened.
Contributed by Mary Clare Inonog
I had always dreamt of riding on a plane, going to my dream destinations, seeing the places I only see in the movies, while reaching my dream job and having a successful career for my family and my future. I never experienced riding one until I got accepted as a flight attendant. Needless to say, I never knew that I will face tons of depressing moments in those 6 years of chasing my dream. Please be ready folks with the story of my journey towards my dream, a dream that started when I was 18.
Contributed by Angel Cipat
I waited seven years to become a cabin crew! From years of waiting, 20+ rejected applications and multiple airline entry attempts, to that golden email, to the most awaited date of joining, to intense trainings, sleepless nights, everyday exams, tough practicals and up to the last day which is our wings day!
Contributed by Raymond J. Ortiz
"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others." - Audrey Hepburn
Life is like a "connect the dots" activity. If we do not connect each dot, all we would see are scattered dots in a page, but, if you connect them all one by one according to its sequence, we see a clear picture. Meet Diana Torres, a Philippine Airlines flight attendant. She may just seem like just any flight attendant we meet out there. She will greet you as you board the aircraft, check if you are following safety procedures, serving you food, drinks, a blanket, basically making sure you have a comfortable flight. Guess what, Diana is more than just your typical flight attendant. She met an accident, almost lost her life, defeated death when it was imminent, and she is now helping those flight attendants facing cancer.
Contributed by FA Sheerah Robas
I'm Sheerah, 24 – from a licensed English Teacher to a Cabin Crew real quick. But don't get me wrong, it wasn't easy at all, not even fast.
We are posting this for all flight attendants to know that they have to be very proud of their job. Regardless if people calls them “glorified servers in the air” or the likes, these flight attendants should be proud that their primary role inside an aircraft is to ensure the safety of the passengers and this does not come easy. It takes tremendous training and sleepless nights just to be able to be a certified cabin crew.