Son of ‘4Ps’ Beneficiary from Cebu Tops Naval Architecture Board Exams

His mother could barely make ends meet but for Joseph Vincent Y. Satura, poverty is not a hindrance to success.

The 21-year-old son of a 4Ps beneficiary from Cebu recently topped the board exams for Naval Architecture, garnering a rating of 92.20%.

His inspiring story has gone viral, especially because there are many poor students who are also aspiring to finish their education and pass the board exams.

Coming from a poor family who lived in a communal house in Labangon, Cebu City, Joseph dreamed of becoming an engineer so he could design and build a home for his family. But his mother was so poor that this dream seemed out of reach.

Yet the young man worked hard in his studies and was granted a scholarship by a ship-building company, Tsuneishi Foundation (Cebu) Inc.

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Joseph was excited to finally make his dream come true but was a little dismayed to discover that his dream engineering course was not on the list of courses the scholarship will cover. So, he decided to take up Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Cebu (UC), instead.

He eventually loved the course and would excel in the field, representing the school in events and competitions both here and abroad. Last year, he went to Thailand to represent the school in the Worldwide Safety Ferry Association Design Competition.

After graduation, Joseph was offered a part-time teaching job at his alma mater, teaching subjects under Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering while he reviewed for the licensure exams.

The young man admits that he experienced difficulties during the exams and had lost hope of passing right on the first day but he did his best in answering the questions to the best of his knowledge. He was rather surprised when he topped the exams!

I didn’t expect to be on top because what my friends and I wanted was only to pass the exam,” he admitted.

His family was proud of his achievement! Joseph’s mom, Rosalinda, hoped that he would remain humble even with his accomplishments.

Now that he’s passed the Naval Architecture board exams, Joseph plans to work at the shipbuilding company that granted him the scholarship. Then, he hopes he would be able to design that dream house for his family soon…

Source: Sun Star