Come Fly With Me: UAAP athletes-turned-aviation professionals
Philip Matel on Dec 26, 2017 05:25 PM
Being airborne in the court was not enough for these athletes-turned-aviation industry workers. (Photo courtesy of Southlyn Ramos' Instagram account).
2017 saw many former UAAP athletes trade their jerseys for more flattering and sleek uniforms.
While they still take flight in their new occupation, they now do it on the sky.
Following former UST, PBA, and ABL skipper's Jeric Fortuna's exit from the basketball court to pursue a dream in becoming a pilot, he now follows several athletes who also have decided to venture in the aviation industry.
The former Growling Tigers captain may soon be called captain twice, once he completes his training and required flight hours to become a licensed pilot, following former teammates Khasim Mirza and AC Marquez.
Much like Fortuna, Udoy Belmonte, a key member of the UST championship teams in the early 1990s and a former PBA player with San Miguel Beer, became a pilot for Philippine Airlines a few years back and had never thought twice since.
Former UP Lady Maroon Southlyn Ramos meanwhile took to the skies as a flight attendant for Philippine Airlines.
Ramos applied for the job in 2014, took a couple of months training as was already in the skies by 2015.
She said that she just decided to give the job a try, since she had already played her last volleyball game. Despite the arduous application process, she added that she was thankful she passed.
"I have been enjoying seeing new places and meeting new people everyday," Ramos said in an online interview.
One of the more recent entries to the aviation industry is former Lady Archer Cyd Demecillo who played with De La Salle from 2010-16. She now works as a flight attendant for Qatar Airways.
Demecillo was merely following the footsteps of Meriam Santiago-Abueva, and Erika Castillo, who were key players in Ramil de Jesus' first championship squad with the Lady Archers in Season 62.
Abueva works for the country's flag carrier, while Castillo serves Qatar Airways.
Special thanks to Myk Pulgar for helping make this article possible.