Charmaine Elima for Bragais Brides (Photo credit: Ahleks Fusilero)
When Charmaine Elima came out of nowhere (out of her cabin crew uniform, if you will), everyone got excited. Here is the lady everyone was anticipating to make her Bb. Pilipinas comeback. Thanks to my favorite shoemaker, Jojo Bragais, for signing her up as one of the models – along witn Christi McGarry and Hillarie Parungao – for Bragais Brides. And while we all saw her in that group photo with the Aces & Queens ladies being trained for Miss World Philippines, I received hints that she is being groomed for Bb. Pilipinas 2017 instead – which is what we all want to her.
So what else is left to say?
Get ready for Charmaine Elima’s second wind. It’s going to blow you away!
Beautiful Charmaine by Ahleks Fusilero
Christi McGarry, Hillarie Parungao and Charmaine Elima for Bragais Brides as styled by Domz Ramos and photographed by Ahleks Fusilero
Before anything else, let me congratulate my favorite shoemaker and “anak” Jojo Bragais for the formal reveal of his Bragais Brides
Collection which comes at just the right time of the year.
What is a little more interesting is the set of models he got for the promotional shoot of the same. There is Miss World Philippines 2015 Hillarie Parungao. And then there is Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2015 Christi Lynn McGarry. And finally, there is the sparkling Charmaine Elima.
What could this endorsement be saying to local pageant fans? Will she hang up the Cabin Crew uniform within the year to start training for her anticipated comeback in the nationals? Is this a hint of her appearance in Bb. Pilipinas 2017?
Well, your guess is as good as mine, dear readers!
A BTS shot of Jojo Bragais with Maine, Christi and Hillarie
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?
courtesy of fafsamadeeasy
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)
courtesy of sirenfilmshk
So, Binibini or non-Binibini, are you ready to book a career as a Flight Attendant? Consider your country’s flag carrier first.
courtesy of FlyPAL
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.😉