Australian Catholic University Manila Program announces recipients of Esteban Scholarships

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) Manila Program is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the “Esteban Scholarship Awards”.
Aaron Olaguera from Fortridge Asian School and Julius Pungtilan from Baguio City National High School received respectively 100% and 50% scholarships.

Named after Eleanor Esteban, one of the pioneers in transnational education in the Philippines, the “Esteban Scholarship Awards” are given to qualified students for the entire 3-year program in Manila. A full scholarship is valued at AUD $5,400 per year.

ACU Manila offers the opportunity to gain a world-recognised Australian Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree and equips students to practice the profession in both Australia and the Philippines.

“I am very excited to start my studies here in ACU to enhance my analytical, critical, and creative skills and thinking and to widen my ideas in terms of Accountancy and business matters,” said Olaguerra who graduated class valedictorian. He currently serves as Junior Punong Barangay at the Sanggunian Barangay of South Cembo in Makati. He was also nominated to represent the country in the 2011 Global Young Leaders Conference held in Washington D.C., USA.

The ACU Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree offers units specific to Australian accounting requirements in addition to Philippines-specific units. It prepares students for entry-level employment as well as future managerial positions.

 “Australian business schools are known around the world for producing top quality professionals. While we can, in some cases, say that innate talents and affinity work for people who succeed in the accounting world, it is extremely important that a quality education be also achieved,” added Pungtilan, an award winning member of the Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Maynila’s Debate Society.

ACU students develop an understanding of how commercial, industrial and service organisations operate. They also acquire skills to practice in a wide range of finance and accounting occupations such as an accountant, auditor, investment manager, financial analyst, stockbroker, tax specialist or treasurer.

The ACU Manila campus is located at the Ground Floor of the Makati Stock Exchange Building, 6767 Ayala Ave., Makati City. For further inquiries, you may call (+632)5019347, (+632)4748345, visit, or email

(Photo Caption: Antonio Esteban, Executive Director of Australian International School; scholars Aaron Olaguera and Julius Pungtilan; and David Esteban, Marketing and Communications Director of Australian International School)

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