On the ground, Brooke Castillo is a classical pianist, a rock band manager, an elite sportswoman and a teacher, but it is high in the sky where she truly excels. Castillo is the Philippines’ first female commercial jet captain, and from the cockpit of Cebu Pacific airline’s Airbus A319s and A320s she says she has the best job in the world.
“I think I was destined to be here,” the tall and eloquent 41-year-old told AFP in an interview, explaining that she realised her many other talents would take a back seat immediately after she got into aviation school. “I just took up the challenge and I realised it was something that I would love to do, and that was it.”
Castillo grew up in a wealthy Manila household — her father was a banker and her mother managed a casino — alongside three brothers who helped instill in her a love for sports and competition. Many hours of her childhood were spent with her family in ten-pin bowling alleys, and she ended up representing the country’s junior team in the sport. She was also a member of the Philippines’ youth basketball team, and won a silver medal for her country as an adult at the Southeast Asian Tae Kwon Do championships.
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