Not all beauty queens become celebrities, some become flight attendants! We had seen this happen over and over again, from Bb. Pilipinas to Miss Earth candidates, many of them believes that their heart belongs at 30,000ft. Flight attendant Monique Teruelle Manuel is one of them.
Monique Manuel was a former Miss Earth Philippines Eco Tourism candidate and at the same time, a commercial / print-ad model. Little do we know that this beauty queen has had her eyes and heart set on being a flight attendant. Monique now shares her story.
7 years ago, I tried my luck as a Flight Attendant, kasi nung bata ako gusto ko talaga maging FA, pag may eroplano akong nakikita sa langit, isa ako sa nagtatatalon at sumisigaw ng "Babye, ba bye!" tapos gusto ko din maging beauty queen at artista, bata pa ko noon so I dont know how I can do everything, so sumunod nalang ak sa indayog ng pagkakataon.
When I graduated from Assumption College, I joined pageants, the first national pageant was Binibining Pilipinas way back 2011. I did not make it. I tried my luck as an FA, but God has other plans that time. Di ako nakapasa nun, sa sobrang down ko I tried doing VTR and since then, He has blessed me with a modeling career, gracing on commercials.
I got 10 Lead Tv Commercials some print and other modeling gigs, it became my bread and butter. I also got a travel show in Pinoy Destinations on TFC, ABS CBN global.
On 2014, I decided to aim for a national title, the crown I was dying to have came at the right time! I joined Miss Earth Philippines and God entrusted me to become an Ambassadress as Miss Earth Philippines Eco Tourism. For a year and half of my reign I traveled to Eco Tourism sites, met wonderful people advocating for the environment, teaching kids how to plant and care for Mother Earth, gracing on events and on T.V. for the environment.
After my reign, I became part of the upcoming roster for Starmagic, doing workshops for introductory artist training by Direk Rahyan Carlos. I love acting, and the opportunity was really big, but then reality sunk in. My dad, who is an OFW was nearing on his retirement and I need to take charge. Masakit man sa loob, nagpaalam ako. Then there goes my dream, once again... sabi ko kung magtratrabaho ako dun sa talagang original na gusto ko, yung mag Flight Attendant, gusto ko sa Pilipinas, and there is no airline that I can be proud to be part of except Philippine Airlines.
So I started my journey. Akala ko nung una, madali lang, pero grabe, hindi siya madali, from impact interviews to the actual Basic Training! I told my loved ones that I never studied the way I studied before... the passing rate is really high, truly there could never be errors when you are in flight. At the end of the day, it all boils down on you being a better person, realizing that you need to learn these things for your people.
"Napakataas ng respeto ko sa trabaho namin, sa trabahong ito, we are not just the one that serves passenger chicken beef or pork but we are those individuals capable of providing safety and security in flight." -Monique Teruelle Manuel
As a Cabin Crew, you are in charge of the safety of the passengers. In whatever type of emergency, a cabin Crew should always be ready and knowledgeable, so I took the training very seriously. Napakataas ng respeto ko sa trabaho namin, sa trabahong ito, we are not just the one that serves passenger chicken beef or pork but we are those individuals capable of providing safety and security in flight. Having those amazing memories as I look back, all I can say is they are the best memories kept in my heart. I am still and will always be what I am in the past, my first love and my passion. God still surprises me and amazes me everyday, as He has given me this gift of becoming what I have prayed for Him a long time ago, to be a Flight Attendant. I waited for 7 years! God has His own perfect timing.
Of course, lahat ng ito hindi ko narating ng mag isa, nandiyan ang family ko, my friends, my batchmates, my mentors in life and my mentors that I had in flight, in training... and today, I take pride on being part of those independent, courageous individuals thriving at 30,000ft.
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Thank you Monique for sharing your story! And may your WINGS take you further to more destinations!