Last July 30, we were fortunate to be invited to two cabin crew graduation rites beginning with Cebu Pacific batch 148! It has been quite a while since we attended a Cebu Pacific event, last was batch 141 as 142 until 147 were upgrades from CebGo. This was held at the Cebu Pacific headquarters, Domestic Rd. in Pasay. The theme for this batch is "The Greatest Showman" or should we say, "The Greatest Cabin Crew". Their lead trainers were Gracie Periquet and Macky Castillo.
You may be wondering why making it through training needs graduation ceremonies, unlike other jobs. Well first of all, cabin crew graduation ceremonies began way back in the 1940s where Pan Am and United Airlines flight attendants would hold such ceremonies due to the pinning of their wings, a symbol that one is officially a flight attendant. Cabin crew training is like attending a whole academy, there are tough exams, drills, and lectures, before one officially receives his or her wings.
Fast forward to Cebu Pacific batch 148. Their chosen theme of "The Greatest Showman" is a very symbolic theme, perhaps, symbolizing everyone's journey to be a cabin crew. They had triumphant moments and they too went through pitfalls, but they never gave up to turn their dream into a reality.
The greatest showman is also about how each cabin crew in 148 had become the better version of themselves before, and upon bursting from their bubble, they saw their power from deep within to turn their dreams to reality by not allowing hurdles to stop them. The song "This is Me" made popularized at the movie "The Greatest Showman" was sang by the batch and the lyrics of the song symbolized the sacrifices, the tears, the sleepless nights, and the drills they went through to earn their wings. Training is never easy, and we have mentioned that countless times.
There is no doubt that batch 148 trainers Gracey and Macky did train them very well. According to them, each one from the beach started out like a caterpillar. Slow and nimble, and then all of a sudden, each hatched out from their cocoons as a beautiful butterfly flying freely! It was not easy for batch 148 according to Gracey. Many cried during the drills, and many failed during the aircraft exams. Well, crying is nothing new in training, but then again, only the toughest are meant to fly.
Despite all the challenges each went through, the class valedictorian scored an overall average of 99.5%! Yes, a flight steward from the batch was just off by .5% to make it perfect!
Tears are also a common thing during graduations. Aside from the fact that batch 148 will miss the classroom, their seatmates, basically, their classmates, they did cry tears of joy as their dream of being a flight attendant finally unfolded in front of them.
Not only did tears fall from the eyes of the graduates, but the trainers as well! This is Gracey's very first time to be a lead trainer and Macky's very first time to be an initial class trainer! They did see the results of their dedication to bring out the best in each of these 29 individuals.
Indeed, all 29 cabin crew from batch 148 are indeed "The Greatest Showman" in their own capacity as the newest set of flight attendants of Cebu Pacific. They are ready and well equipped to ensure the safety, security, and comfort of each passenger that boards the aircraft. They are ready to put the lives of others first before their own during an emergency situation.
Each of these flight attendants do have a story to tell, a story of hope, sacrifice, determination, hard work, and triumph. This is the reason why we love witnessing graduation rites, because from here, we can all be our own "Greatest Showman" to the best of our abilities.
Our warmest congratulations to you Cebu Pacific batch 148! Make not only your trainers Gracey and Macky proud, but every Juan else around you too!
We hope to fly with you soon!