2020 IELTS Prize winners from PH bared

Published September 16, 2020, 3:17 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The British Council announced today the three winners in the Philippines in the 2020 International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Prize.

(British Council / MANILA BULLETIN)

The IELTS Prize is awarded to high-caliber individuals who intend to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any chosen discipline in a higher education institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements around the world.

The local winners are Justine Alyssa Guino, Jessica Isabelle Badua, and Ithran Issachar Kho.

Guino said winning the IELTS Prize is a validation that her aspirations are worth fighting for. “Throughout the application process from the personal statement to the interviews, I felt that there was a huge focus on motivations as an individual and the potential for translating passions to impact regardless of the chosen discipline or university,” she said.

“I was excited to share my journey and aspirations as I felt that the British Council was supportive not just of study abroad plans but, ultimately, of dreams,” Guino, the first prize winner in the Philippines, added.

In its ninth year, the IELTS Prize has supported more than 270 students in East Asia to date, helping them pursue their dreams of studying abroad.

The British Council also announced other winners of this year’s IELTS Prize. This year, there are 29 winners in East Asia, including three outstanding IELTS test takers in the Philippines.

The British Council received over 1,400 applications and interviewed over 100 high flying individuals, who excelled at their IELTS test and their intentions to contribute to the society locally or abroad after study.