Former FEU Elevator Operator Goes Viral after Officially Becoming FEU Student

Back in 2017, Far Eastern University (FEU) elevator operator Jaylord Calumba went viral for his version of ‘Despacito’ wherein he expressed his wish to study at the university, but it is too expensive for him. Still, he is thankful that he was given the chance to work there.

Little did he know that his dream would come true just a few years later!

Last February 2020, Jaylord was regularized at FEU. He was surprised to learn that one of the benefits of being a regular worker at FEU is that he could study there. The young man immediately grabbed the rare opportunity provided by this educational benefit!

Photo credit: Jaylord Calumba / Facebook

Jaylord is now officially enrolled at FEU with the course Business Administration major in Marketing. He happily posted on Facebook:

OFFICIALLY ENROLLED. 😊 Thank you so much Feu for giving me this opportunity.💚 Unti unti nang natupad pangarap ko kaso bumagsak naman ulit dahil sa Covid na to. Sana magiging okay na ang lahat.😊

P.s: Sa mga magiging kaklase ko jan, Isama nyo naman ako sa Gc nyo.😂

Pps: Elevator Operator noon, Estudyante na ngayon.


Because he is not so tech-savvy, Jaylord admits to having a hard time coping with his studies, now that FEU and most schools across the country are strictly implementing online classes due to COVID-19.

Photo credit: Jaylord Calumba / Facebook

Still, he vows to do his best, anyway. After all, it has long been his dream to finish his college education – and completing that at FEU would truly be an amazing thing!

So far hirap pa ako. Nangangapa at di sanay kasi high-tech sa online class po,” he said.

Kung face to face classes lang sana siguro makakaya ko. Hirap kasi talaga ako sa online. Pero pangako ko sa sarili ko, hangga’t makakaya, laban.

His story has inspired so many people, particularly because of his lowly beginnings as janitor then elevator operator at the prestigious school. He had to quit school for 13 years to support his elderly parents, but he is now about to make his dreams come true!

Though he was also among those who lost their jobs when the school had to put employees under furlough for 6 months, he was still able to make use of his educational benefit. So, he is focusing on his studies for now – and everyone is cheering him on!