CEB FLIGHT 5J 905, Cebu Pacific’s very first ‘Pride Flight,’ flew from Manila to Boracay on June 5, 2023, and was operated by a crew of LGBTQIA+ members and allies. Photo courtesy of CEBU PACIFIC

CEB launches 1st ‘Pride Flight’

June 7, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 352 views

CEBU Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ leading airline, kicked off its “Pride Month” celebration with the launch of its very first “Pride Flight” on June 5, highlighting the airline’s unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity for every Juan.

The CEB Flight 5J 905, which flew from Manila to Boracay, was operated by LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual) members and allies.

The team includes Captain Bensie Tan, Captain Bettina Mercado, First Officer Lorenz Montinola, First Officer Chezka Carandang, Christopher Ian Mau, Kevin Jason Baetiong, Kimberly Naval, Niña Marudo, and Mikee Vitug.

Passengers on board were treated to Pride-themed giveaways, fun games, and an exclusive chance to win a free roundtrip domestic flight ticket, among others.

“We take great pride in the diversity and inclusivity that define Cebu Pacific’s culture. Throughout the years, we have created a safe space for every Juan and have consistently progressed toward celebrating individuality. This year, we are thrilled to pay tribute to our moment makers from the Pride community by featuring them on a special flight – a truly remarkable way to kick off the celebration of Pride Month,” said Candice Iyog, CEB Chief Marketing, and Customer Experience Officer.

The Pride Flight is only the first installment of CEB’s lineup of events dedicated to Pride Month. Throughout June, CEB will host various training and online courses, all aimed at fostering equity and advocating for gender sensitivity in the workplace.

To further support the cause, several fundraising events have been planned to help the non-profit organization Golden Gays. The funds raised from these activities will be dedicated to extending assistance to the elderly members of the Golden Gays.

In 2019, CEB played a pivotal role in shaping Philippine aviation by employing the first transwomen cabin crew, Jess Labares and Mikee Vitug.

The milestone serves as a testament to the airline’s steadfast commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace environment. Join Cebu Pacific as it takes flight for Pride Month and celebrates diversity and inclusivity.

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