DALAWANG transwomen ang pasok ngayon bilang mga flight attendant ng Cebu Pacific.
Sila ang pinapaniwalaang the first ever transwomen to be accepted as an FA here in the Philippines.
Sa isang mahabang post, ikinuwento ni Mikee Vitug ang naging pagsubok at proseso nang mag-aplay siya bilang flight attendant.
“Nag umpisa lang talaga sa random idea na mag apply ako as Flight attendant but I know it’s impossible here in the Philippines for a transwoman na maging flight attendant and sa pagkakaalam ko wala pa talaga na official na Pinay transwoman na naging cabin crew dito sa Pilipinas (Sa US meron sa American airlines ata) Lalo na mejo conservative ang bansa natin aminin natin o hindi talagang hindi gaanong ka open ang karamihan sa kagaya ko. Pero inencourage ako ng partner ko na subukan ko mag apply he said “stop resisting because there’s no harm in trying”. So I did what I needed to do, i prepared myself by reading articles and watching videos on how to do well on an interview from proper attire, makeup and how to give a good inpact. The day of the interview came and screening palang sobrang kaba ko na kasi di ko sure kung pasok ba height ko, complexion ko and smile ko sa standard nila, and hindi na ako nag expect pero pinag stay pa ako for an impact interview and sobrang nagulat ako na naka lagpas ako sa screening.. I also passed the impact interview and pinabalik ako for final interview.. Hanggang sa sinabi na nila na “Congratulations!” soooobrang saya at di ako makapaniwala na pumasa ako!” she wrote in an FB post.
Ayon naman kay Jess Labares, sa loob ng 57 na araw ay sobrang hirap naman ang dinanas nila para sa training.
“Becoming a cabin crew was never a childhood dream. It was more like a challenge, a challenge to myself to know what Im capable of. To try something new. Sometimes you have to go out from your comfort zone to know yourself more and to know your capabilities. Now that Im officially a cabin crew, I can now say I made it. I surpassed the most difficult training I ever had. This job has always been glamorous to look at, but they dont know the battlethat weve fought. Its not all about looking pretty, its been all about the comfort and SAFETY of our passengers.” says Jess in her post.
They both felt honored bilang kauna-unahang mga transwomen cabin crew dito sa Pilipinas.
“As a trans woman, the first post op transgender woman flight attendant in the Philippines. A history has been made. I will forever cherish this opportunity given by Cebu Pacific. Id like to extend my deepest gratitude to Cebgo and Cebu Pacific for their acceptance. In behalf of the LGBTQ community, thank you. This means that we are now slowly accepting and respecting individuality, uniqueness and expression.” dagdag pa nya.