Jaydee Lucero, an “Eat Bulaga!” scholar who graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines – Diliman, got the highest passing rate of 97.20 percent among all the 13,887 examinees of the November 2018 Civil Engineering licensure examination.
The 22-year-old said he did study for six straight months but never expected to come out on top.
Jaydee said it was his mother who eagerly waited for the results to be posted on the Professional Regulation Commission’s (PRC) website.
“She was checking the PRC website relentlessly until they posted it online,” he recalled. “She was the one who relayed the good news to me and the happiest for my success.”
The youngest of two siblings, Jaydee is a product of “Eat Bulaga!’s” scholarship program called “Eat Bulaga! Excellent Student Awards” or EBest.
Launched in 2009, EBest Awards was established to provide scholarship grants to outstanding elementary, high school and college students from all over the country whose family does not have the means to support their education.
The longest-running noontime variety show provided Jaydee with high school and college scholarship grants, monthly allowances, and annual cash assistance for his other educational needs.
One of the challenges Jaydee faced while in school was the passing of his father two years ago due to liver cancer. He said it shook their whole family to the core and he almost lost track of his studies.
What pushed him to do better in school was his promise to his father to finish his education, get a degree, and help provide a better life for their family.
“All my successes now, I dedicate them to my father. I want to continue all his dreams.”
Right now, Jaydee has been receiving offers from different design and construction firms in the country. But apart from practicing his profession, he is eager to share the opportunity and assistance “Eat Bulaga!” afforded him.
“My dream is to be able to return the favor to other aspiring engineers. My ultimate goal is to be able to join the academe and to teach college engineering students and pass on my knowledge. I want to continue that ripple of change ‘Eat Bulaga!’ started.
“To students, just continue to persevere in reaching your dreams. And if there are challenges ahead, keep a positive mind and never lose sight of your goals and inspirations in life. Have courage and confidence, and most importantly always seek guidance from the Lord.”