MANILA, Philippines – Another young Filipino from a poor family has been given the chance to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the world – Harvard University.
Glimer Argaña from Barangay Monte-Magapa, Janiuay, Iloilo is only 23 years old, but is already taking a masteral course at the Royal Navy in the United Kingdom. Now, he is set to fly to the United States to join Harvard University after passing its scholarship program.
Argaña graduated with a degree in BS Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Perpetual Help in Las Piñas City. He also took additional units for AB Political Science and finished the course as Summa Cum Laude in 2014.
In 2016, he passed the scholarship program and took a masteral course at Royal Navy. It was the same school which encouraged him to take the scholarship examination at Harvard upon the endorsement of its faculty, and he passed.
He will be taking Bachelor of Science in Law at Harvard and the scholarship comes with a dormitory allowance, free uniform and free plane ticket to US.
Argaña is the son of Rogelio, a farmer, and Josephine, a vegetable vendor at the Iloilo Terminal Market whose combined daily average income is only P200.
Initially, they were reluctant to send Glimer to college due to lack of funds, but the eldest of their five children pursued his studies through hard work and determination.
The parents admitted to Bombo Radyo that they have never heard of Harvard and simply shrugged it off when their son brought home the happy news. Rogelio only finished secondary school while Josephine was never able to go to school.
However, they are now beaming with pride when their son explained how prestigious the university is. Glimer will be flying to the US to join Harvard in June next year.