Written by Mond Ortiz
Xiona Castillo is like any 6-year old girl. She is bubbly, happy, and already got dreams of what she wants to become when she is older. While many little girls would like to be a princess, Xiona wants to be a flight attendant. She clearly knows that to be a flight attendant, one must have good looks, and that is exactly what's holding her back. She has this some sort of rare syndrome that made her look different from the rest.
Remember that time when you first ambitioned to be a flight attendant? Was that when you were as a kid? Or maybe high school? Or maybe even college? For some, they had that flight attendant dream even way back they were in high school and would even put that time on their year book. Cebu Pacific flight attendant Shaine Buhat had that dream since high school and now that she is a cabin crew, she recalls those days when she once dreamt. She wrote a letter to her 'high school self' and here it is. Enjoy and be inspired! (Note: Letter written in Filipino language)
Written and contributed by F/A Margery Jeanne Aquino
I am Margery Jeanne Aquino, a former aspiring flight attendant before and now cabin crew. It was never been an easy journey for me to reach into this stage right now. I’ve tried so may times and there comes a time that I’m almost about to give up but I always believe that giving up is not the answer. I always believe that if it’s for me God will give it to me at the right time.
Written and Contributed by F/A Leira Arroyo
I want to travel the world (who doesnt want that?) Coming from a poor family, it seemed impossible to happen. When i was in high school, I didn't even have an idea of what a cabin crew does. I havent experienced flying until i reached 22 but nevertheless, I started applying since I graduated in college. I got rejected for so many times, from local to international airlines, and when I turned 24 I started to doubt myself.
They may miss Christmas, New Year, family reunions, and other special family occassions to answer their call of duty as flight attendants, working to reunite other families, ensuring that these family members reach their destinations safe to be with one another. Nevertheless, the parents and loved ones of these flight attendants never fail to support their daughter's or son's life as a cabin crew, especially during those grueling training days.
Written by Cebu Pacific batch 149
Last September 17, we received our wings and certificates as official cabin crew of Cebu Pacific. Our graduation moment was indeed surreal, our childhood dreams unfolding. We once aspired to be a cabin crew and now, here we are, officially one. Our journey though was never an easy one and this is what we want to share to everyone, our story as Cebu Pacific batch 149.
Written by F/A Chay Chay Bautista
I have long dreamed and prayed to become a flight attendant. I always said to my self that I am never meant for an office job with fixed hours of work because I get bored easily. I have this fernweh in me. But my journey to my wings was never easy.
It indeed touches our hearts when we see people go beyond their call of duty to help others. These are stories of people, love, care, and commitment. Same goes for our flight attendants, who are more than just safety professionals in the sky. They are also our flying nurses, those who takes care of every passenger at 40,000ft, and those who makes sure that everyone are comfortable and well.
Written and Contributed by F/A Liza Marie
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.
Written and contributed by Josef Randall Tolentino
For every flight attendant, the very first flight will always be the most exciting, the most terrifying, and the most memorable of all. It is a day when everything they’ve learned from day one of training until the day before the first competency checkride will be put to the test. It is that day when they first walk down the catwalk that is the aircraft cabin. It is the day when they show the glamour and the beauty of the career they chose as they walk pass the admiring eyes of passengers at the airport. It is the day they experience what being a cabin crew truly is.
Written and Contributed by Aileen Rose Madlangbayan
My sister was a former Cabin Senior of Etihad airways. Growing up, as all the usual baby sisters do, I copied every single thing my sister would do. Idol ko sya in everything eh. She was my greatest inspiration on my "ultimate" dream. I witnessed how she traveled to our dream destinations, went to places she'd never been before, enjoying the benefits of becoming a Cabin Crew.
Written and Contributed by Ronnela V. Manlulu
To be a flight attendant became my desired dream job even before entering college. Now, I am living that very dream as I am presently a Philippine Airlines cabin crew. I get to fly to places I only used to see in pictures like London, New York, and San Francisco. It is safe to say that I truly enjoy where I am now, but my journey didn't come easy as I faced years of rejection amounting to 22!
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.