It's not always that we come across a story like that of Jayvee Calayag, but when we do, we know well enough to sit down and listen.
Jayvee has been the subject of much interest in the past few years. Known as "The Junkshop Boy," the 24-year-old triumphed over seemingly insurmountable odds when he went from doing manual labor in a junkshop as Grade 4 student to getting a degree in engineering from Bulacan State University. His story of "TIBAY" is one we should all know.
According to Jayvee, he started working at a young age to help his mother and father support their family.
He told us in a recent interview, "Kailangan ko pong tumulong kasi kung ‘di ako tutulong or wala akong gagawin, 'di kami makakakain. 'Di naman full time, kapag wala akong ginagawa, ganoon. Noong elementary at saka high school, I usually helped my parents."
He attributes all his success to three factors: his family's support, God's grace, and tibay ng katawan at kalooban.
Jayvee was a small kid, and his mom used to give him nutritious food and BEAR BRAND® Fortified Powdered Milk Drink so he can have a strong body and not get sick. In fact, Jayvee still drinks BEAR BRAND every morning, he told us.
He enthused, "Totoo po siya. Kung makikita niyo po, noong bata ako, sobrang payat ko, sakitin. I needed ‘yung lakas po , ‘yung bagay na nagpapatibay sa akin, para po matulungan ko ‘yung nanay at tatay ko. So ganoon po, totoo po talaga na umiinom ako ng gatas noong bata pa."
"Hanggang ngayon po," he pressed, "parang kasama siya sa daily routine ko, or part of my life na siya. Ganoon ‘yung effect niya sa akin.”
His stronger body was what enabled Jayvee to get out of the junk shop and into college. Nowadays, Jayvee keeps busy with a successful career in the semiconductor industry. Another fun fact: he's single and prioritizing his dreams and his family.
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