How committed you are to achieving your dreams in life? Would you still listen to your heart in the midst of the noises of the world and in front of the mess of your life? Would you still believe that one day all things will fall in their proper places?
If so, I’d like to share with you this inspiring story of Bro. Makoi Calipusan Dalagan, married, and a native of Loboc, Bohol, Philippines.
Read on and be inspired.
The Failed Studies
Ever since when I was a child, I dreamed of becoming a pilot and a singer someday but my mother was against the idea because going to flying school was so expensive and becoming a singer was not acceptable for her. She then wanted me to study nursing instead.
I enrolled nursing at University of Bohol (UB) without any motivation to study because first and foremost it’s not even my dream. When the class began, I didn’t go to school, I skipped classes and I only managed to finish the first semester. They gave me another chance. From nursing, I enrolled BS Pharmacy hoping that I would correct the mistakes I’ve done before. Yet they’re wrong. I again made the same habits as before.
From UB, I transferred to Bohol Institute of Technology (BIT) taking BS Nursing again for the second time. But still, I failed them. I didn’t pass. So my family decided to send me to Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental with the hope that I would realize my mistakes. I enrolled BS Computer Science in a school there but still I failed them. Again I didn’t pass because instead of going to school, I instead went to musical bands. I spent most of my time singing with the band.
The Last Chance
Knowing what happened to me, my aunt talked to me and made a deal. The deal was that she will give me the last chance to go to school. If I missed it, I would be responsible for that loss. She asked me what course I really wanted to take. I insisted that I wanted to become a pilot. She declined because it’s just too expensive. I then agreed and decided to take Aircraft Maintenance instead. My first decision was to study in Cebu but they decided to send me to Manila. So I studied Aircraft Maintenance in Manila.
When I was there, I studied hard. I got serious with my studies but still I couldn’t give up my vices. I stayed alone in the apartment and every once in a while, I got bored. My girlfriend in Ozamis went to Manila to work. We met regularly until one day I got her pregnant. When her family knew about the situation, they wanted me to marry her at the earliest time possible. I still have reservations because I’m not yet ready that time. I asked them if we can postpone the wedding for few months just to prepare it. But they declined. They want us to get married as soon as possible. I had no choice but to give in to their demand. We got married without my family’s knowledge. In other words, we did “secret marriage”.
The Messy Life
Despite what happened, I was able to finish college and after graduation, I went to Ozamis and stayed with my wife’s family. Realizing my responsibilities with my family, I went for training in Cebu. However, I still couldn’t give up my vices. I continued drinking, smoking and even using drugs. When my wife knew the things I’m doing, she requested me to come home again. So I went home. While staying at home, I can feel the coldness of her father towards me. He still couldn’t accept that I became the husband of their daughter.
In order to avoid them, I decided to go home with my mother in Bohol. I stayed there for few months but my mother requested me to go to Manila because I haven’t done anything in the house. So I went back to Manila to look for work but as months passed by, I just stayed in the house. I didn’t apply for work. I spent most of my time with my vices. I stayed in a squatter area. My health deteriorated.
The Slight Change
When my wife knew about my situation, he called me to go home in Ozamis which I immediately followed. Despite our religion differences, my wife accompanied me almost every day to the church. We prayed together. And while praying I cried because I am worried about the future of my twin son and daughter. After few months, I again decided to go back to Manila to really correct my mistakes that time. Unlike before, I applied for some job openings here and there including jobs overseas. But still, I went back to my old habits and started my vices again. However, despite my vices, that time I am waiting for a call from an agency in charge of our application abroad. The agency assured to call us on the last week of September. Sensing that there would be no chance of receiving a call because that time it’s already October, I decided to go home in Ozamis.
The Missed Opportunities
While in the airport, I got a call from my cousin informing me that they had an interview scheduled by the agency. I missed the interview since I am already in the airport. So I went home to celebrate my twin’s birthday. While celebrating, my cousin called me again to inform me that they got the job offer. That time I was so down and frustrated. It’s a lost opportunity for me. Good thing my wife exhorted me that maybe that job wasn’t really meant for me. Instead of drowning myself to frustrations, I poured my energy through singing and my cousin uploaded my mashed-up videos in social media particularly Facebook and Youtube. Having the courage and determination to sing, I joined the audition for The Voice Philippines Season 1 in Cagayan De Oro City but I wasn’t able to make it though I managed to fight until the final one-on-one interview where only less than 10 participants remained.
Hitting Two Birds With One Stone
Moved by frustrations and disappointments and still hoping for a brighter future ahead, I decided to go back to Manila to apply for the same company which I applied before since I heard that they were hiring again. And thanks, God I got the job this time. So I went abroad and worked in a leading airline company in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
And two months after, my officemate told me that my mashed-up video which my cousin uploaded on Youtube when I was still at home celebrating my twin’s birthday got viral. This time I received a call from The Voice Philippines Season 2, requesting me to join again but this time, there’s no need to fall in line, unlike my first try. Honestly speaking, that time I felt like I was at a crossroad. I found it so hard to decide because remember singing is my first love.
But I had to look at the practical side that time. I declined their offer and chose to concentrate on my work especially that I’m still new and I had a family to support. Meanwhile, a staff of Jessica Soho called me too, asking where I am. Some random people online privately messaged me on Facebook asking if I could sing on their weddings and parties. And there’s even some who volunteered to make my own Facebook Page and they’re willing to be the administrator. I granted their request and because of that I got new fans on Facebook and there were times that I was invited to sing for my fellow OFWs during their events.
At this very time, I realized God is really on time. He’s working in mysterious ways.
If you could remember, my dreams are to become a pilot and a singer. This time, He granted both of them at one time. I’m working as Aircraft Maintenance Technician at the same time I was given a chance to show my talent to the world. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. I, all the more realized that God didn’t grant my dreams before because He wants to grant both of them at the same time.
Looking back at my life before, I just couldn’t imagine the goodness of the Lord. I continue to ask for forgiveness and thank Him for being my Lord and savior. That’s why if someone is asking help from me, my hands are always open to extend help because I want to give back all the glory and praises to our God.
The Big Change
A few months ago, I was able to finish the Christian Life Series (CLS) conducted by Ang Lingkod ng Panginoon (ALNP) Abu Dhabi Chapter and I committed myself to serve the Lord in all ways I can by serving my family, my brothers and sisters in Christ and the people around me.
On the other hand, during my free time, especially if I don’t have work, I regularly upload more mashed-up videos on my Facebook Page especially the songs that are requested by my friends either online of offline.
And this is the message I’d like to leave to you; maybe my mission is to share my talent to the world and to be a great example of a man, a father, a dreamer, who doesn’t just give up on my dreams for my family and on my first love, music.
Never give up even how hard life may become towards you, it is never too late when you call on God for help. He knows the right timing of things. He is ever present in your life.
I am living testimony of His love and goodness.
All praises and glory be to our God.
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