For young and purpose-driven women like Nicole Kris Domalanta and Meryll Peralta, flying the skies symbolizes their determination in taking control of their destiny—of serving a deeper purpose and passion to make a difference.
Peralta, a WCC scholar/ cum laude, revealed that the idea of “flying” made quite an impression on her even as a child. “I discovered my love for the airline industry at an early age, I already knew that I wanted to become a cabin crew when I grow up. I always admire planes, pilots, and cabin crews. I see the airport as my happy place,” she said.
Brimming with the same enthusiasm, Domalanta expressed that her fascination also challenged her to set out on her goal. “Growing up from a poor family, I could only admire and dream of being in the different places that I see on social media. But being someone who wouldn’t give up easily on a dream, I really pushed aside these so-called boundaries to follow my purpose,” she said.
Armed with determination and with the encouragement of their families, both Domalanta and Peralta began to weave their careers at WCC Flight Attendant School where they took up the 45-day Flight Attendant Course Program, an airline-based curriculum that is accredited by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
To date, WCC FAS is the first and only Tesda-registered flight attendant school in the Philippines with Boeing 737 cabin door trainer, slide trainer, a Binalonan Airfield tour and jungle survival training. Designed to bring out the fullest potentials of their students, the program offers top-notch practical flight training for aspirants aiming to become part of the world’s best airline hospitality workforce.
WCC FAS ranks as a leading provider of highly-trained cabin crew who are now employed with international airlines like Saudia, Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines, Kuwait Air, Royal Brunei Air, Air Atlanta and Oman Air, as well as with the top domestic air carriers.
For a rewarding yet challenging career, one important virtue to muster, according to Domalanta, is perseverance.
“It is true that if you want something you really need to go through worst before achieving what you want in life. It is never easy to undergo this training. Sleepless nights, reviews, mixed emotions and most especially being home sick. But with patience and hard work, I was able to rise above the challenges. There is no easy way of getting the things you want but I assure you everything is possible if you put your heart and mind to it,” Domalanta said.
While dedication and motivational support from loved ones have been helpful, Peralta, who now works as cabin attendant for Qatar Airways, a big factor in her success is the quality education that she received from WCC.
“Though I never thought twice about being a flight stewardess, training is not that easy because you need to learn the different aircrafts, new terms and many more. I told myself not to give up because this is my dream, I have waited for this for so long and I am very lucky because out of thousands applicants I am here right now,” she said.
“WCC really prepared me well to land on my chosen career. The training itself made us feel that we are already part of a Cabin Crew because they really guided us well. From the instructors and admin staff, they are all approachable and welcoming. It was all worth it! We already had an edge in applying because we were already confident and we stood out from the rest,” Peralta said.
Proud of her accomplishments early on in her career with PAL Express, Domalanta remains steadfast in her commitment to the profession. “I’m so lucky that at age 22, I am starting to build my future together with my family. When I decided to become a stewardess, I already know that I need to embrace it fully. To achieve excellence and professionalism, you need to commit yourself to it,” she said.
Domalanta also advised aspiring FAs to “live, work for their dreams.”
“For me, once you applied all the things you’ve learned in WCC, it is your gateway to become successful. WCC not only teaches you everything to get started in your future career, they also train your inner self as well… that you have to be humble in everything you do,” she said.
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