Charmaine Elima, Shan Apuad and Kate Enriquez became PAL Flight Attendants after their Bb. Pilipinas stints
Bianca Manalo did the reverse. She was a PAL FA first before becoming Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2009
Becoming a Flight Attendant has always been an option for Binibinis after joining Bb. Pilipinas. After all, travelling is such a tempting career for any beautiful young lady who wants to fly in search of her dreams. Charmaine Elima, Shan Apuad and Kate Enriquez are just some of those who took that route, and with some nice stories to tell. Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2009 Bianca Manalo went the other way around. She was a PAL Flight Attendant first before winning the nationals and representing our country in Miss Universe 2009 held in the Bahamas.
So you’ve got the looks, the height and the willingness to undergo a most demanding training to become one. But do you really have the right prior knowledge in entering their world?
Watch the videos below first. ;-)
So you really want to be a Flight Attendant?
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The video below is an exclusive look at the Flight Attendant Training of Emirates
courtesy of Emirates 24/7 on Dubai One
The video below is a typical day in the life of a Flight Attendant (Cathay Pacific)
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So, Binibini or non-Binibini, are you ready to book a career as a Flight Attendant? Consider your country’s flag carrier first.
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Former Binibini Charmaine Elima for Philippine Airlines
A selfie from Maine
Consider this post as shooting two birds with one stone. While the image above promotes the upcoming Travel Fair of Philippine Airlines happening at its PNB Financial Center Branch two days from now and into the whole weekend, it also updates everyone on what’s eating the beautiful Charmaine Elima nowadays. The former Official Candidate of Bb. Pilipinas Gold continues to fly with the country’s flag carrier, and is still quite happy with how things are moving along, career-wise.
Of course, if I ask Maine if she is still interested in re-joining Bb. Pilipinas, she will just give me a charming smile plus a non-committal answer that can be whispered to the wind as “pass muna“.
She knows, however, that should plans change, the doors are open for her possible return. Soon, I hope. :-)
Bb. Pilipinas Gold alumna Charmaine Elima enjoys travelling and working with PAL. Above photos were taken in Canada. (Photo credit: Larry Elima)
Maine sightseeing in London on a rest day from PAL
Charmaine “Maine” Elima is really where her heart is right now – travelling that is . After giving beauty pageants a good try in 2013, she took the opportunity of joining the job pooling of Philippine Airlines among the Bb. Pilipinas Gold Official Candidates and was effectively recruited by the nation’s flag carrier. From there, she underwent the intensive training and finished Valedictorian in her class. As a result, she is now flying the international long-haul flights and has already visited Vancouver and London as a result, apart from the usual Asian routes. And as you can see in the photos here, the former KF-trained beauty is quite happy and fulfilled.
Maine (2nd from right) on the job with fellow PAL Flight Attendants
I am now reminded of the story her Vancouver-based Uncle Larry shared a couple of days back. During their sightseeing visit to English Bay, a female TV & Broadcasting student at the British Columbia Institute of Technology approached the beautiful Maine if she is cool with appearing in a 20-second video for her school project. The former explained that she looked like a beauty queen (not knowing that she really is) and loved her smile. To make the long story short, the quick shoot took place. Nice little anecdote, huh?
Anyways, I’m happy that Maine is happy. Let’s hope she has not totally closed her doors on joining another beauty competition. After all, she still has a few good years to seriously mull about it. ;-)
The proof is in the official name tag for Grace Yann Apuad.
Shan was Binibini 31 during last year’s 50th edition.
First there was Charmaine Elima.
Then Katherine Anne Enriquez followed.
Now, Grace Yann Apuad comes forward as the 3rd recruit of Philippine Airlines from the batch of candidates of Bb. Pilipinas Gold.
From hereon, you will see her flying the friendly skies with the country’s flag carrier. Her Bb. Pilipinas participation will remain a dream of the past. Not that Shan has completely given up on the same, but she is more focused on moving on.
Best of luck in your career and see you in one of my future trips! ;-)
Binibini 9 of 2013 is now a Philippine Airlines FA.
Okay, this is not one of those posts about Bb. Pilipinas 2014 potential applicants, but an update on one of the ladies who took part in Bb. Pilipinas 2013.
Just like Charmaine Elima who is now a Flight Attendant, Katherine Anne Enriquez (Binibini #9 of BBP2013 and an Aces & Queens entry) is now a full-pledged Stewardess with the country’s flag carrier. Right after participating in last summer’s national finals, she went straight to training with Philippine Airlines and is now pinned and garbed with dignity in the royal blue colors of the same.
I wish you fulfillment in your chosen career path, Kate! May you bring joy and comfort to the people you will serve, and may your sunny smile bring forth the warm hospitality the Filipinas are known for all over. ;-)
My level of admiration for Charmaine Elima has increased even more. Now that she is a full-pledged Flight Attendant of Philippine Airlines, we won’t be seeing her donning a two-piece swimwear or evening gown for a beauty pageant. Well, at least not for the next few years if she is dead-serious about her new career.
I reckon that the girl has given up on her beauty queen aspirations for now and finds more importance in sustaining a stable source of income that will allow her to travel abroad and technically represent us in various destinations. For the past number of months, she went through a rigorous training program that prepared her for the nitty gritty of the job. And I bet she is just as satisfied with what she has achieved. What she lost in Bb. Pilipinas 2013 is now being served by the country’s flag carrier.
Best of luck in your new profession. I’m sure you will bring joy and warmth to all passengers leaving from and arriving in the country. Hopefully, I will encounter you in one of my future flights with Philippine Airlines. ;-)
Charmaine in her most relaxed state
It ain’t easy being Charmaine Elima.
Just consider the pot-boiling pressures this 20 year-old went through in the recently-concluded Bb. Pilipinas 2013 and you will agree that she had the weightiest block of expectations on her shoulders during finals night.
Almost everyone placed a bet on her (including this blogger). The few who didn’t keenly fixed their eyes on her every move, waiting for that one crucial moment that will spell disaster in her bid. And the unthinkable happened. Going into the Top 15, all ears awaited for the Q&A. With judge Gabby Lopez asking her a simple but tricky question on what should be kept in private amidst the techie-ridden world of social networking, she caved in to her nerves and dished out a reply that was anything but confident. ‘Personal intentions’ (to effortlessly win a crown) got in the way and the road just got rockier with every word she spoke. Victory turned into a slippery eel from that point.
As the reigning Miss Mandaluyong, Maine can fulfill her responsibilities as the city's ambassadress for now.
I could hazard a guess that Charmaine herself was no longer expecting a win after the answer she gave. Two things could be running in her head during the announcement of winners. Either the pressure is starting to ease off her back knowing that she is not going to get a crown anymore or the even bigger pressure has already started sinking in on how to face her family, friends and supporters without one.
One way or the other, I still salute this girl for keeping her head held high in the dying minutes of the fray. Being young and promising as she is, joining the same competition next year is something she should seriously consider. Otherwise, she can take stock of her limitless options for growth. Having earned her college degree Hotel & Restaurant Management with distinction, she can embark on a non-pageant career and use her charm/beauty to net a job that can invite more successful achievements in the near future.
After all the highs and lows of Bb. Pilipinas 2013, she deserves a restful break for now. Whatever Charmaine ends up doing, I sincerely wish her the best of luck. ;-)