When Jayvee was abandoned as a child, he never thought he would end up where he is today. A successful business manager at a financial company, Jayvee Lazaro Badile currently lives a lifestyle many would be jealous of. Traveling the world, wearing luxury attire, and eating at the finest establishments is his daily routine. However, his life didn’t start out that way. In fact, his life started out pretty much the exact opposite of that.
Maximo and Maria lived in Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines, in a small 20-meter shack. Without any children of their own, Maria and Maximo heard upsetting news about Maria’s sister. She was having a child and would be giving it up for adoption. Rather than see a family member go to another home, Maria and Maximo took it upon themselves to adopt the child.
In total, nine family members lived in the small, one-room flat. Even though Maximo and Maria were extremely poor, they took Jayvee in and made him feel at home. Times were difficult, and meals were few and far between. If they were lucky, they would eat rice and salted fish twice a day. Their utilities were always about to be shut off, and eviction was a constant threat. But, they made it work.
“My mother was already famous in the neighborhood because she had to ask for loans from so many people.”Jayvee – MyPostivieOutlooks
Jayvee recalls trying times when his sibling would force him to steal things when he was around 9-years-old, in order to survive. Convenience stores and local eateries would be robbed by him, just to keep his brother happy.
“I had no choice because if I disobeyed him he would beat me up.”Jayvee – MyPostivieOutlooks
Time for a Change
One day, Jayvee discovered a letter that changed his life. He stumbled upon the truth about his biological parents and realized he was adopted by his aunt Maria. Knowing how much Maria and Maximo struggled to keep him fed and clothed when they were already in dire straits, Jayvee was furious at his biological parents for abandoning him. At that moment, he made a promise to himself and to his family. He would be better, and he would do better.
He refused to steal things or commit robberies for his brother. And, he was determined to work as hard as he needed to.
Jayvee took up odd jobs here and there, and did everything from washing dishes, to tutoring school kids. He eventually applied for an accounting course at college and was bright enough to get a full scholarship.
After finishing his studies, Jayvee moved on to finding legitimate employment and landed a career in the financial industry. Today, he is the youngest insurance branch manager in the Philippines.
Even though Jayvee came from an adopted family who lived in the slums and had to scrounge together everything they could just to afford rice, he ended up achieving great things. And he knew he owed it all to his family who never left him.
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