In spite of the fact that Cebu Pacific has a not-so-pleasant reputation given its continuous delayed flights, the recent in-flight incident will surely bring you to tears. No. It was not because of the airline’s yet another postponement, but because it was the last flight of the on-duty pilot, Captain Rizalino “Totoy” Irizari.
On Facebook, passenger Kathrine Sheree Lobrigas Tandingan shared the video and it instantly amassed over 1.9 million views and around 111,000 mixed reactions from online users in less than 24 hours. Her caption read:
“Delayed flight??? YES, okay lang na okay kung ganito din naman ang mawiwitness namin sa buong buhay namin. But first…grab some tissues. It’s a privilege for us to witness ths awesome and blessed moment on-board. This Captain would like to extend his heartfelt and wonderful blessed years in his Career as a Pilot. And we’re so lucky to be in his LAST FLIGHT for retirement.”
In the video, Captain Irizari turned emotional as he delivered his speech. A collective “awws” from passengers were heard after the pilot mentioned his retirement. It was indeed bittersweet given his decades of career in aviation.
“We would like to inform you that in my career, this is my last flight here.”
Passengers clapped and chanted “God bless you, sir” as he tearfully spoke at the front. Everyone else also didn’t want to miss documenting the heartfelt event. Moreover, as per Tandingan’s post, Captain Irizari’s family was also on-board, able to witness and experience the event.
Browsing through the comments field, one netizen said:
“That kind of person should be featured amazing years of hardwork and dedication. Salute you sir! After this video you left me with tears. I remember my Lolo! God bless you and long live.”
Watch the entire video of Captain Irizari’s speech bellow…and don’t forget to bring a bunch of tissues with you.