ByThe Manila TimesDecember 3, 2019
Pop balladeer Ronnie Liang is one celebrity who puts a premium on education. From being a fastfood server, he broke into showbiz with his singing voice but never let go of his lofty dream, which happily he just achieved.
“When I was a kid, palagi kong nakikita yung eroplano na lumilipad sa ere. I told myself, sa tamang panahon, makakapaglipad din ako. Here I am now, fulfilling my greatest dream. Tuwing nagpapalipad ako, bilang parte ng pag-aaral ko as a pilot, minsan nagiging emotional ako, mixed feelings. What a moment like that,” the singer-actor-pilot expressed.
Rejected multiple times, the Viva artist did not lose his drive to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot. After his sold out “Love x Romance” concert with Sarah Geronimo at the Music Museum on November 8, he finally got his pin from APG International Aviation Academy in Subic as a solo pilot on November 26.
He was joined by Capt. Christian Atanacio, Capt. John Corda, and school owner Capt. Arnel Miguel during the ceremony.
Formally starting his pilot course in October 2018, he finished the required hours for skills training in July. He is thankful that his mentors have been supportive of his endeavor as he was able to manage his time as an artist and aviation student.
Three of the main requirements before taken into the academy were good eyesight, attentiveness and a bachelor’s degree. Good that Liang has a Bachelor of Education Major in Science degree from the Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Pampanga.
“You have to pass the physical, mental and psychological exam. Napakahalaga ng mga ito kasi dapat physically, mentally and psychologically capable ka. Then yung time mo. Kailangan mo ng time and budget. Ang pagpa-pilot is very expensive. You really have to prepare,” he shared.
Liang believes there really is no deadline when it comes to achieving one’s dreams.
“I believe that you can pursue your dreams at any point in your life. You have to listen to yourself. Maraming mga magsasabi na hindi mo kaya, pero ikaw pa rin ang piloto ng buhay mo, ang magdadala sa sarili mo sa tamang direksyon. Of course with the help of prayers and family and friends who are always there to support you.”
After passing solo test, he’s preparing now for a private license that requires him to complete 40 hours of flying, he can apply for commercial license.
“I’m now preparing myself para mag-private and siyempre going to commercial na rin. I feel na ito ang calling ko. I am 100 percent fully myself kapag nagpapalipad ako,” he said.
He clarified that he’s not leaving showbiz. He will continue singing and acting. His collab song with Sarah G called “Liwanag” is available on Spotify and other digital music platforms.
In time for the holidays, another new song Ronnie did is “Sa Paskong Darating,” a touching Christmas ditty destined to be a future Yuletide favorite.
“Nakakatuwa na people are calling me The Singing Pilot. I hope marami pa akong ma-inspire na kabataan,” he ended.