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.
Diana Torres is a soft hearted person, a very loving sister to her four sibblings and daughter to her parents. She has been a flight attendant for Philippine Airlines for more than 10 years which was actually her first job. She loves flying and travelling, discovering new places, and trying new things. She was very happy where she was until one night of September 2016, tragedy struck.
Diana figured in a major accident which caused traumatic brain injury. She had to undergo two brain surgeries. Such case can be fatal. Chances of survival from such accidents are usually slim. There are quite a number of people who do not survive after sustaining similar traumatic injuries. Apparently, God had other plans for Diana. It seemed to only be the beginning of Diana's life mission, and that is to breathe hope into others who feels crushed by life's adversity.
Diana woke up from unconsciousness after two days. It was a celebration for her family and loved ones. It was the beginning of Diana's new life.
Every beautiful house we see around were once an ugly sight. Unpainted walls, hammering, noise, dust, poundings, trusses, and so on. To build a beautiful house though, we all have to take everything step by step, we just do not jump into a perfectly done house. Just like all beautiful houses, Diana had to undergo a reconstruction stage. She had to undergo physical rehabilitation, she faced emotional challenges and stress. It was actually challenging for her, but again just like any house, it was all part of her reconstruction. Diana read books to sharpen again her memory, she had to workout, she had to play the drums again to correct her coordination, and so on. Her unmitigated determination pushed her to fight all challenges that hampered her from living normally after the accident. She wanted to win.
After a few months of challenges, Diana triumphed as she was given clearance by her doctors to continue her job as a Philippine Airlines flight attendant.
Diana was back, better, stronger, with a new outlook in life. God merely reconstructed Diana. His mission for her was far from over, it was just beginning.
After that tragic accident, Diana learned to live life to the fullest, to appreciate life, to see the beauty in everything, and to share the gift of life to others.
If we would ask any person about "what's in your bucketlist", we normally get the answers like to travel to a certain place, to reach a certain career level, to earn a certain amount of money, to be able to buy a house in a dream village, and so on. For Diana though, one of those in her bucketlist is to create a cabin crew music jam which will serve as a fundraising event for cabin crew members who are battling cancer or are terminally ill. A crew jam is an event where cabin crew talents gather in a venue to showcase their musical talents. This involves bands, dance numbers, DJs, and more.
Diana's purpose for this event is to share the gift of life through music and talent. It is to breathe hope in cabin crew members facing the deadly disease, cancer. It is also to deliver God's message of hope, that He is behind and in control of everything that happens in our lives.
Her vision and dream of a fundraising crewjam has become a reality.
BREATHE A Jam for a Cause is happening on November 15, 8pm, at Prohibition Lounge at Greenbelt III. This event will be for the benefit of Eljei Sales Corpuz, Benj Cruz, Jojo Falguerra, and Ingrid Tuano, all cabin crew members who are battling and had battled cancer. This crewjam will feature cabin crew talents Reb and Eljei herself, Inflight Band and Flight Skool. The event will also highlight guest bands Mayonnaise and Philia. The night will also not be complete without a DJ, hence, Flyhigh Manila DJ Gabe will be on decks too!
Ticket is sold for only Php 500.00 which includes one free drink. Revenue from ticket and door sales will be donated to all beneficiaries.
BREATHE is a project of FA Diana Torres in collaboration with Flyhigh Manila.
Everything that happens to us is actually a dot in our life page. If we just seem them as dots, all we will see are scattered dots on a page, but if we will all connect the dots according to sequences, we will be able to see the picture of our life, a beautifully drawn picture by God.
Diana's life is also far from perfect just like any human being, but if we are to connect her life dots all together, we will be able to draw the picture of a beautiful individual.
The true beauty of a woman is seen in her character, her strength, her upbringing, her love for others, and her fear in the Lord. Diana was already beautiful, but God reconstructed her to who she is now, a better version of herself before, to serve His purpose, and to be an instrument of His love for all. She is His instrument of hope.
Please do support BREATHE! Tickets are available for Php 500.00. Please do send us a message for ticket inquiries and purchase. One ticket sale will go a long long way! One ticket sale is a breath of hope for our four cabin crew beneficiaries.