By: AirTravellerPH Staff
He was that former GMA news anchor who would end his report with the familiar "Steeeeeeeeeeeeeve Dailisan...". Yes, we are referring to Steve Dailisan, a former GMA news anchor who left the world of media to pursue his long time dream to be a pilot, and today, he is now living his dream as a first officer pilot of Cebu Pacific's Airbus A320 fleet. Even before he left his job as a GMA news anchor, we knew already that he was bound to fly.
During a PAL Express cabin crew graduation last 2018 where Steve Dailisan was a guest speaker, he shared that his heart belongs to the world of aviation, where his dream was really to be a pilot. Months later, Steve resigned from GMA to really pursue this aspiration to fly. Many of his familiar followers felt sad that they would no longer hear the familiar "Steeeeeeeeeeve Dailisan..." ending, but they were more happy that he followed his heart.
In his Facebook post yesterday, Steve shared his journey in becoming a pilot:
"In the beginning, I have clearly defined my goal- to become an airline pilot. However, getting there, I had to let go of many things. People closest to me had to sacrifice as well. The road has never been easy since day one. It always felt like you’re racing against time and battling a never ending obstacle.When the opportunity to work with Cebu Pacific- the country's largest carrier- came in, my heart shouted for joy. Colleagues in the industry know how difficult it is to snitch that chance to fly and if it comes to you, you have to embrace it and feel extremely blessed."
"Weeks before completing my Airbus 320 rating in Alpha Aviation Group Philippines, I already farmed out my resume to the local airline companies. Thereafter, I wasted no time and fulfilled all the licensing requirements.
Passing the exam, reaching the technical interview, and eventually making it to the simulator evaluation for airline acceptance were coupled with great levels of difficulties. To be honest, I was far from good nor exceptional. Along the way, the only thing that saved me was accepting the fact that there's so much to learn and I'm very much committed to do it.
During training , I have already entertained the thought of failing and giving up. Many times I feel, I'm not at my best or wasn't just good enough. Exams, literally piles of reading materials to devour, skill tests and physically and mentally demanding days have been my daily routine. Most times you just wish to live another day to get through it."
Steve Dailisan ends with an advice to everyone who are finding it difficult to pursue their dreams:
"And to you, who keeps on doubting your capabilities, BELIEVE that you are LIMITLESS. Believe that GOD is GREAT and with HIM all things are possible.
Take it from a financially challenged guy who never dreamt of flying because it's expensive and his family can't simply afford it. Take it from someone who, up to now, continues to work hard to realize his vision for his loved ones. YOU, TOO can MAKE IT HAPPEN!
May mga bagay na mahirap pangarapin noon pero kakayanin nating abutin basta't magsisikap at magtitiyaga. Laban lang!"
So in order to hear that familiar "Steeeeeeeve Dailisan...", just board a Cebu Pacific flight and take that chance that he may be your pilot. Who knows, you may hear a "Together with Captain Dela Cruz, this is your first officer Steeeeeeeeeeve Dailisan, thanking you for flying Cebu Pacific."
Congratulations Steeeeeeeve, and may your story our future aviators to really pursue this dream to fly.