Jayvee Lazaro Badile II is a business manager at a financial company and his life seems to be moving at the best pace.
What many see is his success, but no one ever went close to hearing his story of long years of hard work and perseverance. Things were not easy at first but he never gave up.
Jayvee was adopted by his aunt and uncle, Mario and Maximo, who were still struggling and didn’t even have enough for themselves.
They adopted him and showered him so much love he never knew existed. The family was living in Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.
The bills were always past due the family lived in fear of having the power cut or being evicted. Jayvee recalled his mother’s reputation for asking neighbors for loans. “Our electricity was also often cut because of poverty.
Nine members of my family experienced living in a cramped, dirty, and hot space, with no proper sleeping or eating area. We didn’t have our own proper bathroom and toilet. Our home was the picture of poverty, but also that of a family that worked hard to reach their dreams.” – Jayvee Lazaro Badile II.
Jayvee was inspired to make a better life for himself and also his adopted parents. He was motivated to work so hard and it paid off.
Jayvee combined odd jobs with schooling as he was willing to conquer poverty. He was a dishwasher, a waiter, a cook, and a student.
He was doing so well in accounting school and it didn’t take long before he was given a scholarship.
Jayvee has earned the distinction of being the Philippine insurance industry’s ‘youngest and fastest promoted branch manager.’
When Nanay and Tatay adopted me, it wasn’t a good life. Nanay is a vendor, Tatay is a porter. Now that I have the chance to give back to them, I will make sure they will live their dreams better than they could ever imagine. Twenty-eight. This is the number of years my family and I lived in a small shanty in Bocaue, Bulacan.
We rented the house for a Php1,000 (about $20) a month. Often, floodwaters entered the house, and we didn’t even have our own water supply.”
Jayvee went on to build them their dream home. He’s a thankful son who wants to inspire others. He knew he couldn’t have done it alone without his parents and for that he’s grateful.