WATCH: Cebu Pacific pilot’s tearful message on his last flight before retirement


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MANILA, Philippines – A pilot became emotional as he shared a short tearful message to the passengers of his last flight in time for his retirement.

Amidst all the fiasco that happened at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as flights were cancelled, rerouted or delayed these past few days, a heartwarming video of a delayed flight have kept the netizens abuzz.

On Facebook, Kathrine Sheree Lobrigas Tandingan shared how she and the rest of the passengers of Cebu Pacific flight didn’t mind being delayed because of the captain’s message. She wrote, “Delayed flight? Yes, okay lang na okay kung ganito din naman ang mawiwitness namin sa buong buhay namin.”

Cebu Pacific pilot’s tearful message on his last flight before retirement
Capt. Rizalino Irizari was emotional on his last flight as pilot | Screengrab: Facebook/Kathrine Sheree Lobrigas Tandingan

Tandingan also gave a fair warning, “But first.. grab some tissues.”

Tandingan was aboard a plane for their flight from Davao bound to Cebu. While waiting for their take-off, the pilot, Captain Rizalino “Totoy” Irizari took the microphone to welcome the passengers. Capt. Irizari was emotional to share that it was his last and final flight before he retires. A visibly tearful captain said, “I would like to inform you that in my career (as a pilot), this is my last flight here.”

Capt. Irizari shared that he enjoyed a long and fruitful years, “My 48 years of flying in aviation (has been) a big thing for me.”

The tearful captain tried to hold back his tears as he expressed his plans for his retirement. He said, “Thank you. Tomorrow, I will be retired. I promise to spend my remaining years serving the Lord. You know I missed a lot of Sundays...Godbless everyone."

Capt. Irizari went on to thank the crew and his family who joined him on the memorable flight.

The passengers were clearly touched and appreciated the gesture. Capt. Irizari received cheers and applause from the passengers. Even on Facebook, some passengers continued to share their appreciation for the teary-eyed pilot.

On Tandingan’s viral video she wrote, “It's a privilege for us to witness this awesome and blessed moment on-board.”

Another passenger, Enolueno T. Barona shared a short message for Capt. Irizari saying, “It's an honor to be part of your journey Captain! We also enjoyed the water salute! Your family's presence in the plane brought joy and hope. It reminds us that no matter what we do and where we are, there is always a place called home."

The video had gone viral with over 124,000 reactions and 2.2 million views on Facebook. You can watch the full video:



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