My childhood dream of becoming a pilot faced financial hurdles when I learned how expensive it is to be one. Unable to afford pilot training, I pursued a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, intending to pursue flying later. The turning point came during my 5th year in college, coinciding with the Marawi Siege. Motivated to contribute, I joined the Philippine Air Force, momentarily setting aside my aviation dream. After years of training, fate intervened, and I achieved my childhood dream: this time as a military pilot, seamlessly combining my passion for flying with a sense of duty to serve my country. The surge of patriotism I felt while watching the Marawi Siege on television became the driving force behind my decision to pursue a career as a military pilot. Witnessing the challenges faced by my fellow countrymen during that critical period sparked a profound sense of duty and commitment to serve our nation. The most significant milestone in my military career was the day that I graduated from military pilot training. It marked the fulfillment of my childhood dream and paved the way for me to reach another achievement: flying over our own house. My Aerospace Engineering degree laid the essential groundwork for my current success. The knowledge and values acquired during my five years in college were crucial in navigating the demanding training that brought me to where I am today. I wouldn’t have chosen a different path, as my educational background has been instrumental in my personal and professional growth. Being a military pilot presents its unique set of challenges. As someone deeply devoted to cherishing moments spent with family, being away for long periods and missing special family occasions pose a genuine struggle. Despite the inherent difficulties, the knowledge that my family takes pride in my achievements instills a profound sense of purpose and resilience within me. To all Aerospacers, as you embark on this path, remember to stay focused on your goals, never lose sight of your dreams, and continue to push yourself beyond your limits. Strive to be a role model for aspiring aviators and uphold the values of integrity, discipline, and respect in everything you do.