As we re-launch Chalk Bright Young Manila this year, it’s only fitting to look back at some of our outstanding alumni who have proven to be remarkable individuals during our competition and beyond. And one of the guys who have glowed up since his BYM days is student pilot Elijah del Rosario.
Joining the contest in 2017, the then-UP student admits that he used to have a shy personality which he wanted to break away from. This motivated him to take a risk and push his limits, knowing that he had nothing to lose. And as Elijah became an official BYM finalist, he was able to step out of his boundaries, meet a fresh set of people, and immerse himself in brand new experiences.
But being catapulted in front of cameras and being surrounded by equally promising contestants, Elijah had his fair share of doubts. He opens up, “Dati, […] natatakot ako if kaya ko ‘to or hindi. What if hindi ako magaling? What if hindi ako fit para dito?” But after easing into the competition and making new friends, he admits that BYM gave him a boost of confidence which also guided him from his college days as a pep leader to his current endeavors in aviation school. “Kung nakaya ko ‘yun, kaya ko rin ‘to,” he claims.
As a student pilot, Elijah’s schedule consists of flights, and one of his major musts is to feel fresh and smell good during transit. His current essential is the Blackwater Dark Rebel Deo Spray. Made with subtle hints of citrus and light florals unified by a mossy woods base, this grooming staple gives him that deep and manly scent which can take him from his daily aviation grind to casual nights out with friends. “For me, smelling good is key to feeling good and being confident,” says Elijah.
While Elijah continues to pursue his goals as an aspiring pilot, we can’t help but feel proud of how many young individuals we’ve groomed to become the best version of themselves. And this 2019, our search for the next roster of passion-driven candidates will only get bigger and more purposeful. Here’s to finding the brightest in Manila!
Blackwater Dark Rebel Deo Spray is available in all leading supermarkets, department stores, Lazada, and Shopee.
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