From a Junkshop Boy to an Engineering Dean’s Lister

Engr. Jayvee Calayag has his own Cinderella story to tell.

In a Facebook post in 2016, he shared the challenges he faced prior to finishing his electronics engineering degree at Bulacan State University. Drawing inspiration from being a former junkshop boy and coming from a family struggling to make ends meet, he graduated in his course as a Dean’s Lister in April that year.

Three years later, in 2019, he works as a Quality Engineer for a semi-conductor company and as a financial advisor on the side. With this success, he was able to provide for his family – and a new tricycle for his father. This status is significantly far from his financial situation when he was just studying engineering as he lived buying and selling scrap.

For his heartwarming story, he was featured in a TV Commercial by Bear Brand.

Via Bear Brand

Worth emulating! Here is his “thank you” note in full that made him viral on Facebook:

“Nay, Tay.
Tay, Nay.
Thank you for all the SACRIFICES.
“It all started with a dream.”

Lumaki sa hirap, kung kaya’t namulat na mangarap, nablessed ni God kasi binigyan Nya ako ng second chance na mabuhay, kasi 6- months old baby pa lang ako, tinanggalan na ako ng left kidney stone.Maswerte sabi ng mga Doc, pero for me, I have a mission pa;syempre sa family ko.

Elementary pa lang ako sumasama na ako sa tatay at nanay ko na mamili at mamulot ng kalakal sa bara-barangay. Kailangang tumulong para makaraos sa pang-araw araw. Namulat agad na mahirap pala kumita ng pera. Natutunan ko sa magulang ko na magbanat ng buto. In God’s grace, di naman kami pinababayaan.Nay, Tay Pasensya na po kayo kung di na ako nakakatulong nung nagCollege na ako kasi I want to focus po sa study ko.Alam ko po yung hirap na ginagawa ninyo magkaroon lang ako ng baon sa araw araw. Hirap na hirap po kayo sa pamumulot ng maduduming kalakal. Pero itinaguyod ninyo po ako sa aking pag-aaral sa loob ng 16 years. Alam kong di po yun matutumbasan ng anumang halaga.Pero wag po kayong mag-alala, ako naman po ang babawi sa inyo makapagtrabaho lang ako, ganun din po kila Kuya.

Thank you sa mga kamag-anak ko na nandyan palagi na nagtitiwala at tuparin ang pangrap ko na makatapos: Justina Avendano Bontuyan Jessica Jumaquio Francis Domingo Dennis Acorita

Sa bestfriends kong sina Carl Michael Bacuetes Adriano at Rose Anne Espinola sa pagtulong sakin.Thank you!

Bestie Christian Lay Samson, binago mo lifestyle ko, thank you sa help to improve myself.

To PSPC, NMA Philippines, Mr.Henry Lim and Mayor Christian Dionisio Natividad Scholarship Program, Maraming salamat po sa financial assistance.Thank you BulSU Scholarships head and staffs, Ma’am Reina Marie Clemente Santiago!

Sa mga naging prof ko Sa BulSU COE:

Thank you po sa lahat lahat!Lalo na kay Sir Dennis Robles Dela Cruz.Thank you po Engineers: Benjamin Santa Maria Jr. Oliver Mariano Hilario Calinao Allan Nicolas Emmylyn Roque Sevilla Tuazon Rina Santiago Ian Javier Jenette Centeno Rav De Jesus Dion Mendoza

“Isa lang masasabi ko, huwag lokohin ang iyong magulang instead sundin sila.”

“Hindi hadlang ang kahirapan.”

BEST GIFT EVER TO YOUR PARENTS

Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineerin
Dean’s Lister
Batch 2016
Thank You GOD
BULACAN STATE UNIVERSITY

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2 thoughts on “From a Junkshop Boy to an Engineering Dean’s Lister”

  1. Congrats Engr! Basta magsikap lang at maging mabait na anak, nka alalay pirmi si Lord!
    Tuloy tuloy na sana ang magandang pagbabago sa buhay nyo. Wag na wag pabayaan ang pamilya!

  2. Josefina S. de Jesus

    Mabuti kang halimbawa sa mga kabataan, inspirasyon ng mga magulang at mga anak.
    H’wag kang magbabago! Parating maging humble, parating lingunin ang pinagmulan, mga taong nkatulong.
    Laging magpasalamat sa Maykapal sa paggabay sa iyo at sa iyong pamilya at mga kaibigan.
    “Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan” mula sa ating Pambansang Bayani.

    More power!

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