A special Philippine Airlines cabin crew batch received their wings last Friday, June 29, at the PAL Learning Center. This batch may seem like any cabin crew batch that graduates from the PLC but actually they are a special batch. They are the pioneering batch to be domiciled in Cebu, all of them. This is Philippine Airlines ICCT1802 and we are deeply honored to witness their "Havana Stars" themed graduation rites.
Philippine Airlines and PAL Express are expanding their services from Cebu. With the opening of the new Mactan City International Airport terminal 2, we expect that there will be more travellers to the queen city of the south as the new terminal can accomodate more international flights. It is also a move for both airlines to decongest the NAIA so people from the Visayas and Mindanao regions taking international flights need not connecting through Manila, they can just go to Cebu.
Usually, Philippine Airlines would fly their cabin crew to Cebu to take on the flights originating from there. Now, the airlines are directly basing some of their cabin crew in Cebu so there would no longer be any need to 'deadhead' crew members to and from. For Philippine Airlines, ICCT1802 will be the pioneering batch where each and everyone of them are now based and domiciled there.
ICCT1802 are a mix of 25 individuals from different backgrounds and experiences. Some have flown for another airlines before joining Philippine Airlines, there are two beauty queens, in fact, one of them is Miss World Philippines 2015, Hillarie Parungao! The other beauty queen joined Miss Earth, you'll see her in the video. We also have a first rider, meaning, she had never ridden nor even gotten close an aircraft until today. There are a few who are also actually from Cebu, hence, it was a perfect opportunity for them.
Noteable that night was the speech of the special guest speaker, Mr. Wesley Calfoforo, General Manager of Sky Kitchen Philippines. Sky Kitchen is the company incharge of taking care of the preparation and loading of all the food and beverage of every flight.
Wesley shared his story where he was a former cabin crew of Philippine Airlines way back. He went from a regular cabin crew to a purser and slowly went up the corporate ladder of Philippines until one day, he found himself taking charge of the whole Sky Kitchen Philippines. If you think that there is no growth being a cabin crew, think again.
The most important part and highlight of any flight attendant graduation is the pinning of wings. We are very happy to be staying infront so we can clearly witness this very important event in the lives of each cabin crew that walks up that stage.
Of course, the top performers of the class didn't go unrecognized! In fact, their valedictorian is a first rider!
We only met most of them that day and they seemed so easy to talk to. Honestly, we cannot wait to visit them and the upcoming new batches to be based in Cebu! We are glad also that Flyhigh Manila has team members based in the Queen City of the South. Anytime these new crew members need help or need someone to tour them around or any assistance for that matter, they may always contact our team members in Cebu.
So to Philippine Airlines cabin crew ICCT1802, we are deeply honored to witness your graduation rites. Thank you for having us around! Thank you also to Trainers-in-charge Oz, Migs, Inflight Training Department Manager Ferdie Legaspi, the rest of the IFST team, Vice-President for Inflight Services Bud Britanico and the rest of the Philippine Airlines family, thank you for always welcoming us to your family. We are forever greatful.
To all our aspiring cabin crew, each of them you see in these pictures were once dreamers like you, aspiring to have their own wings. May of them are also followers of Flyhigh Manila, taking inspiration from our write-ups, articles, pictures, and videos. We will always do our best to inspire you so we can also witness your pinning of wings.
And to Philippine Airlines cabin crew batches ICCT1803 and 1804, we are excited to witness yours!