By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
Another first in the history of Philippine commercial aviation as the very first transgender/transwoman flight attendant takes her wings and flies for Cebu Pacific! Just recently, Jess Labares finally received her wings as a full-fledge CebGo flight attendant just last week, belonging to the airlines's 11th batch of flight attendants. This indeed is a very proud and momentous event for the LGBTQ community.
In her Facebook account, Jess shares her story:
"57 days of hardship, tears, laughters and sacrifice.
Becoming a cabin crew was never a childhood dream. It was more like a challenge, a challenge to myself to know what Im capable of. To try something new. Sometimes you have to go out from your comfort zone to know yourself more and to know your capabilities. Now that Im officially a cabin crew, I can now say I made it. I surpassed the most difficult training I ever had. This job has always been glamorous to look at, but they dont know the battlethat weve fought. Its not all about looking pretty, its been all about your comfort and your SAFETY.
As a trans woman, the first post op transgender woman flight attendant in the Philippines. A history has been made. I will forever cherish this opportunity given by Cebu Pacific. Id like to extend my deepest gratitude to Cebgo and Cebu Pacific for their acceptance. In behalf of the LGBTQ community, thank you. This means that we are now slowly accepting and respecting individuality, uniqueness and expression. It is another milestone in the country that shows that Cebu Pacific is diverse and multicultural company. This wouldnt be possible not because of the pillars, bosses and supervisors of the company.
I hope this will be an inspiration not just to the LGBTQ community but to everyone who dreams and has goals in life to never give up on something you really want. Perseverance, positivity, determination and loving what you are doing are some of the perfect formula to achieve your goal and will definitely lead you the way to success and happiness. Now I can finally say, this is by far the greatest crown I have ever achieved.
This would not be possible without my support system. My family and friends, you are all my inspiration and motivation that keeps me going. To my papa in heaven, I know you are so proud of what I have achieved and for what I have become. Sorry if I was not there beside you when you left I know you would understand. Thank you and we love you."
Congratulations Jess and may your story serve as an inspiration to our future generation cabin crew who want to be in your shoes one day. Congratulations also to Cebu Pacific and CebGo for making history once again for being the first Philippine-based airline to have the very first transwoman cabin crew! Truly a defining moment in Philippine commercial aviation!