After joining several competitions on television, Mann Ed Demalata is now living his best life as an influencer and pilot. Despite rejections in life, he managed to continue his dreams.

“Marami akong sinalihan nung teenager ako. When I was studying nun, I was also modeling, doing fashion shows, and small time TVC. Those were the days. I still remember those memories dahil ‘yun ang nagbibigay sa akin ng inspirasyon to do better,” Mann Ed said. 

One of the most remarkable moments in his career was when he joined StarStruck Batch 2 in 2005 and it opened his eyes and discovered who he truly was.

After joining StarStruck, he appeared in some GMA shows like Magpakailanman, <ulawin, and Kakaba-Kaboo. He was managed then by popular GMA writer, Dinno Erece. 

“Grabe, ganon pala ang feeling na mag-audition sa isang malaking TV competition. All contestants were different. I remember wearing my “pangmalakasang” clothes kasi s’yempre I wanted na mapansin. But experiences naman doing TV shows were fun and s’yempre nakatulong sa akin. Hanggang sa na-realize ko, it wasn’t for me talaga,” he shared.

Though he did not become an artist, he earns huge followers on Instagram as he uses it to promote flight crew members and how it is like for them being on air. With his almost 230,000 followers on IG, he knows how to use it well and he knows how to be a responsible influencer.

“I post a lot of stories and photos on Instagram, featuring and showcasing my flying experiences as a pilot. Then last year, so honored, maraming sikat na Instagram accounts na nag-feature sa akin because of my content—which is pilot stuff nga. 

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“I guess people are interested din na malaman, ano ba talaga ang buhay naming mga piloto, na nasa himpapawid. I know, that time, kaya ako nag-post nang ganun, para i-share ang journey ng isang pilot. Our job is not an easy job. Some of flying crew members lost their jobs dahil sa pandemic, dahil walang flights.”

That started his journey as an influencer-pilot who uses his platform to share pilot stories and show them to the world in his own lens.

The 33 year old influencer-pilot added, “I always think before I post. Hindi lang dapat ang masasarap na pagkain o mamahaling suot. It’s really your message. I also use my platform to encourage the youth to be up to date to relevant social issues like to register and vote for the upcoming elections next year. 

Mann Ed completed his flying hours at Masters Flying School and Alpha Aviation and became one of the youngest captains at One of the most prestigious airline in 2016. He set the bar high in that year, making him an inspiration for young pilots that time.

“Considered kami as next generation of young pilots. Nakasanayan kasi na super strict and old school ang airline pilots because of the vast majority military background. But If I were to describe myself as a pilot, I would say chill lang and light sa flight. Gsto ko masaya lang palage sa flight. Kasi mahirap na ginagawa namin e so I really do my best to lighten up the mood palagi ng flight crew ko s’yempre without sacrificing the safety of the flight.”

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Mann Ed ended, “I also share my flying journey on Instagram kasi I have followers na mga student pilot and future pilots who say that they look up to me. Ang sarap ng feeling to be a source of inspiration and motivation to them amidst the pandemic. I tell them to continue doing what they love to do. Be a good citizen first and everything will follow na. Matutupad din nila ang pangarap nilang maging piloto sa kabila ng pandemya. And to all flight crew members who lost their jobs ngayong pandemic, this is just a temporary stop, rough turbulence, and minor diversions. But it’ll only be a matter of time before everyone flies back up in the air in Smooth sailing flights. Kaya never lose your passion for aviation,and always remember why you started in the first place. Always keep praying, and soon everyone will be flying again.”

Mann Ed is also an entrepreneur. He launched his t-shirt company last year where he sells pilot uniforms. Check @pilotoncall_shirt on Instagram. He’s also part of @oddliv.ph.

For inspiring pilot stories, follow him on IG: @pilotoncall.