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Philippine Airlines shares heartfelt story of Tes and Gabbi Garcia in Mother’s Day tribute

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) commitment to its employees shines through in the inspiring story of Tes, a flight attendant since 1994 and the mother of actress Gabbi Garcia. In a touching Mother’s Day video released on PAL’s social media pages, Tes and Gabbi take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, reminiscing about their journey together.

Tes began her aviation career with a rigorous three-month training program. She also built a beautiful family as she explored the world and assisted Filipino and international travelers. In the video, Gabbi expresses her deep appreciation for her ever-present mom.

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Throughout the years, Tes has been a super mom to her daughters while balancing work and family time

“‘Cause you [Tes] wanted to be present on every single occasion, hindi nakakaka-miss ng important events si mommy. And I feel like that was very vital for me growing up kasi parang naging role model ka sa’kin, na kapag gusto mo, magagawan mo talaga siya ng paraan.”

(“Cause you wanted to be present on every single occasion, you never missed any important events. And I feel like that was very vital for me growing up because you served as my role model, showing me that if there’s a will, there’s a way.”)

Tes’ commitment went beyond scheduling flexibility. Even when her flight schedule clashed with major holidays, Tes found creative ways to celebrate. For instance, she mentioned that whenever she has a flight on Christmas day, Tes and her family will instead celebrate Christmas the day before the flight and still do all their holiday traditions.

Gabbi fondly remembers witnessing her mother in action as a flight attendant, even when young. Tes, in turn, cherished the ability to spend time with her family despite her work schedule through the flexibility offered by PAL.

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Tes with her daughters in one of her flights.

Tes beautifully blends her role as a mother with her work as a Purser, the highest-ranking flight attendant. “Pag lumilipad ako, marami akong kasama na kalipad, na parang ka-age nyo nga, na parang anak ko na,” she explained “Kasi they ask for advice. I guide them. So, basically, parang the same [as being a mother].”

(On flights, I have many crew members who feel like my own children,” she explains. “They ask for advice, and I guide them. So, basically, it’s the same as being a mother.)

This nurturing spirit extends beyond her family. Tes finds immense satisfaction in being a flight attendant, wearing her uniform with great pride.

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Tes and her family bonding together and enjoying the snow

“Every day, mothers should be celebrated. Lahat ng ginagawa mo is really for us,” Gabbi said. “This Mother’s Day, I just want to tell you that I love you, and I can’t imagine life without you. All those sacrifices are definitely worth it because we are okay because of you.”

Tes and Gabbi’s story embodies the boundless power of a mother’s love, the love that grants wings, allowing individuals to soar high and achieve their dreams. Through Tes and Gabbi’s journey, the airline hopes to shed light on the lesser-known side of flight attendants – their unwavering commitment to providing safe flights while being devoted and loving mothers willing to give their families the world, even the skies.

PAL gave gifts to three lucky followers this Mother’s Day for an unforgettable travel experience. The airline asked, and they answered — heartwarming stories were shared via the @flypal Instagram Stories, where PAL and Mabuhay Miles followers expressed their love for their moms by sharing where they want to travel together.

Follow Philippine Airlines’ social pages to learn more, and follow the hashtag #MilesForMom.

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