“The best is yet to come.” These were the words of Jireh Bautista when he gave his Valedictory Address in 2013 as he graduated from Cebu City National Science High School. Besides graduating at the top of his batch, he was also given five other awards. ABS-CBN, Silliman University, Southwestern University, and AMA University also gave him medals.
Just last March, Jireh graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Cebu Institute of Technology – University, Summa Cum Laude – Rea LIFE’s first. While in the university, he also excelled at the district, division, and regional levels of Math and Science competitions. But what is more amazing than his awards and recognitions is the story of how he strived to achieve them.
Jireh is fourth of the five children of Pantaleon, a shoe repairman, and Belinda, a housewife. Life was never easy for their family. At times they only had rice and soy sauce to eat. He would walk to and from school because he lacked finances. He would also set aside PhP 10 everyday so that he could complete his schoolwork at an internet café until late into the night.