Julian Martir speaks up on allegations that his 30 school admissions, scholarships were fake

MANILA, Philippines – Julian Martir, a senior high school student from Negros Occidental has recently gone viral for sharing that he got accepted to 30 universities and colleges abroad, including over P106 million worth of scholarship. But after all the praise and support, he is now facing allegations that his achievements were all fake. Amid the noise online, Julian finally speaks up to defend himself.

Netizens were questioning if Julian Martir's achievements were real or not
Netizens were questioning if Julian Martir's achievements were real or not | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Julian Martir

Julian is the youngest child of a tricycle driver and a vendor. He applied to colleges during his gap year. His story of success was inspiring and motivated many netizens, including students.

However, netizens started questioning if it's possible to get accepted to over 30 top universities and colleges in the US and UK. Many were puzzled while people started accusing Julian of faking her achievement.

Earlier, his alma matter Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) shared that they denied Julian's request for a congratulatory message since they didn't have proof of his achievement. Assistant Principal Donna Bella Atosaga of NOHS recalled telling Julian, "Sinabi namin sa kanya na, ‘Julian, I'm sorry but hindi namin ma-grant yung request mo kasi wala kaming papel, wala kaming first-hand information sa mga claims mo.'"

In an interview with TV5, Julian insisted that his achievements were true. He said, "Totoo po talaga. Yung mga universities na inapplyan ko po ay totoo talaga."

"I hope they stop accusing me or kung ano-ano mang sinsabi sa aking ng ibang tao," he added.

Julian mentioned a certain "incident" in 2021 where he admitted to making a mistake. He said he's not good at expressing himself verbally, so he'd rather say things in writing. He didn't clarify on the details of the incident but said it was related to his grades.

Asked about the process of application for international school and seeking recommendation from his previous schools, Julian said he did them online. "I was going back and forth po sa school ko at ininform ko po sila na nag-apply po ako sa abroad. Alam po nila," Julian said.

Julian also explained that some of the schools only sent their acceptance letter through online. He said he will show more photos of his acceptance letters, because some of the things he posted online were only screenshots, which made many people question their authenticity.

"At yung scholarships po na sinabi nilang peke, kasi po yung University of Arizona, binigyan po talaga ako ng physical copy talaga. Legit po talaga," he added.

Julian continued that he worked hard for those applications and everything is true. "And just to make my statement clear din po na all of the universities I applied na true po. Binigay ko po talaga. Pati po yung sarili ko binigay ko. Parang sin-old ko po yung soul ko," he continued.

Julian said he has faced many bashers and haters online but he will continue to stand firm on his achievements. In the end, he said, "Ang masasabi ko po ay totoo po ang 30 universities na inapplyan ko po. Kahit iemail niyo sila ng paulit-ulit, they will give you the same response na ni-review talaga ang applications ko with scholarships."

Meanwhile, a report by Ratziel San Juan of PhilSTAR Life last May 21, Sunday, that 8 out of 30 universities already confirmed that they sent admission letters to Julian. The schools were:
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Alfred University
  • Woodbury Universit
  • Webster University, Ball State University
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Michigan Technological University
  • University of Massachusetts Boston

Stay tuned to The Summit Express for updates on this story.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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