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.
After graduating in College, I wasn't prepared to apply yet 'coz I wasn't confident about myself. My teeth were still crooked that time so I had to wear braces for 3 years. So decided to I apply in Spiglobal Iloilo, a Call Center in Iloilo City and worked there for 3 years. It is where I developed my self-confidence, communication and interpersonal skills. There came a moment when I almost gave up on my dream of becoming a Cabin Crew because I was already at the peak of my career, I became one of the youngest Supervisors and was awarded as the Top Coach. But my parents, and some of my friends would still keep on telling me to pursue my dream.
Last January 2017, a friend messaged me that there will be a Mass Hiring for PAL Express. So without any hesitation I booked a ticket the next day. I went to Manila alone and tried my luck to apply in PAL Express. Luckilly I passed the hiring and it is where I gained my very first wings. I became a Flight Steward of PAL Express flying Domestic routes for almost 2 years.
Even I was already flying across the Philippines, there is still this hope of becoming an International Flight Steward someday. So when they announced that there will be a hiring for the abridge class of Philippine Airlines, without a second thought I grabbed the oppurtunity to apply.
I can still remember Last Nov. 29, 2018 when we had our Final Interview at PNB Macapagal. I was very anxious yet manage to smile under pressure. No words can't express how happy I was when Ms. Sarah told me, Congratulations you passed the interview. I feel Iike I was in walking in the clouds.
Then it seems like it was only yesterday when we had our 1st day of training last March 11, 2019. Indeed the training was really tough. Instead of the usual 3 months Initial Cabin Crew Training, ours was compressed for ONLY 2 MONTHS. There is no room to be complacent even all of us have flying experiences. Mind-boggling memorization of Aircraft plotting, heart-stopping theoritical exams almost everyday, nerve-wracking emergency drills. There were also some days that we would have 3 exams and 1 emergency drills all in one day. But I'm the type of person who never easily gives up. My goal was to finish the training without using any lifeline, and fortunately I did.
There were days that some of us would breakdown and cry because of pressure. But we were able to overcome all those challenges because we have a strong support system. And we have Maam Alta Divina de Gracia as our adviser who would keep on motivating us to do better and keep going.
The most important thing is that we were able to accomplish and survive the training no matter how hard it was.
With these, let me thank some of the people who made my dreams possible. I might not be able to mention you by name but rest assured I am infinitely grateful for everyone who helped me spread my wings and fly.
First and foremost, I would like to thank God, without Him, none of these would have been possible. Next is to my family Toto, Edna, Helga, Hanna, Marc, Jullie, to Lola Helen and Uncle Ramil. thank you so much for always believing in me. This achievement is not only mine but also yours.
To all our instructors, all of you have contributed to who I am today. Even though I'm not perfect, I believe that I am now a much better person than I was during the 1st day of training.
And last but not the least to my batchmates, the Divine 30. Thank you for being my new brothers and sisters, for the support system and for all the laughters and tears. Especially to my fellow Villamor Commuters. Thank you for always believing in me even when I don't believe in myself.
To all aspiring Cabin Crew, never stop chasing your dreams. You'll doubt yourself. You'll be lost. You'll sacrifice a lot and many people will not support you. But you should not give up now because you are not far from success. I almost gave up on my dream, but now I'm already PAL Flight Steward. Everything will be worth it, trust me. One day you will tell yourself, "Lord, I prayed for this. Now, it's happening"