Two trans women made history as they were the first transsexuals to be hired as flight attendants in the country under Cebu Pacific’s CebGo.
Recently, Jess Labares and Mikee Vitug received their wings after joining the airline’s 11th batch of flight attendants.
According to Labares, she decided to be a cabin crew to go out of her comfort zone and to know herself and capabilities even more.
“Becoming a cabin crew was never a childhood dream. It was more like a challenge, a challenge to myself to know what I’m capable of — to try something new,” Labares stated.
Labares extended her gratitude to Cebu Pacific Air for giving her the opportunity of serving the company amidst her sexuality and gender identity.
“This means that we are now slowly accepting and respecting individuality, uniqueness and expression. It is another milestone in the country that shows that Cebu Pacific is diverse and multicultural company. This wouldn’t be possible not because of the pillars, bosses and supervisors of the company,” she added.
The flight attendant cited perseverance, positivity, determination, and passion as the characteristics that one must posses to achieve success and happiness.
“I hope this will be an inspiration not just to the LGBTQ community but to everyone who dreams and has goals in life to never give up on something you really want,” she furthered.
Meanwhile, in another Facebook post, Vitug revealed the hardships she had to go through after passing the interview and screening of flight attendant aspirants.
“I feel honored and humbled that I am one of the first trans women Cabin crew dito sa Philippines, this is something new and I hope it will spark a change sa kung paano ang pag tingin ng mga tao sa mga trans women na hindi kami i-box or i-stereotype kasi tao din naman kami,” she stated.
She also thanked Cebu Pacific Air for initiating a change in the airline industry of accepting applicants who are members of the LGBTQ community.
“Nakakatuwa at nakakataba ng puso na Cebu Pacific started this change sa aviation industry sa Pilipinas. They promote diversity and professional growth regardless of race, religion, sex, gender identity and individuality.”