Last year, Flyhigh Manila handed Philippine Airlines a coffee table book it made as a token of appreciation entitled "The Essence of a Cabin Crew". It is a compilation of photographer Gary Sato photos of PAL cabin crew in action with beautiful quotes that describes their essence. It also serves as an inspiration for our aspiring cabin crew to pursue their dreams to be a flight attendant.
Written by F/S Ken Ortega
That’s what I realized when I finally passed the screening to become a flight attendent. A lot of people don’t know this but it took me THREE tries before I got hired. So what went on during the interview? Let me share my experience.
Written by F/S Vincent San Juan
Four days ago, I celebrated my birthday and at the same time, God gave me another reason to celebrate, it was my graduation day. I thank Him for this opportunity and blessing he has given me. For someone who was raised in the simplest way of life in our quaint province, never did i imagine myself becoming a flight attendant one day.
Every flight attendant story is a beautiful one. Just last June 14, 25 new Philippine Airlines cabin crew received their wings, and each of them have their own beautiful story to tell. There is one flight attendant among the batch who carries a very beautiful story which revolves around the loss of a loved one, family, love, and rising back. It is a story worth sharing that will definitely make us all shed a tear, the story of Jam Marilao.
Written by F/S Bryan Garbo Gonzales
I was just a typical probinsyano from Roxas City, Capiz with big city dreams. I can still remember 9 years ago during our 1st day in College in Filamer Christian University. We were asked by our adviser Ma'am Bituin Lyn why we chose Tourism Management. I answered, "Because I want to be a Flight Steward so that I can travel the world." From that moment, I already knew what my goal was.
Written by F/A Paola Nadine Ubaldo
I can still remember the pain from the first time I applied for this job. It was for a local airline. I cued in the line under the heat of the sun with hundreds of applicants ended up being rejected because of my weight. It was heartbreaking, I don’t know how I will stand up from my very first rejection. But there’s one important person who told me that “You will never know if you don’t try again”. It made an impact to me.
Written and contributed by Disney Roz
Hey all, to all future cabin crew, goodluck on your upcoming impact interviews next week. Every airline has their own set of requirements, if you don't like them then don't apply. Don't go ranting about it, you're the one stepping into a company, you do the adjustments not the other way around. There will always be someone better than you, someone more goodlooking, someone who speaks better but these aren't the only things the airlines are looking for.
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.