Mankayan, Benguet’s Julius Maguiwe is first ever Igorot US Coastguard Academy graduate

Hailing from Mankayan, Benguet, Philippines, Julius Maguiwe is the first ever officer of the Philippine Coast Guard to graduate from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, USA. Sponsored by the PCG, he graduated on November 20, 2019.

“My sincere gratitude to United States of America for a fulfilled American dream experience,” Maguiwe stated. “Thank you, PCG. for the trust and confidence for giving me the opportunity to represent the Philippines.”

“I’m humbled and privileged to be the first Igorot to complete a Course in this Academy, Leadership Development Center,” the Mankayan native continued. “Thank you to all my seniors and leaders out there who inspired me so that i can also inspire others in my own little way.”


Founded in 1876, the USCGA provides education to future Coast Guard officers in one of nine major fields of study. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. and the  Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for its various programs.

The USCGA is one of the five federal service academies. It offers an outstanding four-year program with an intensive undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree and its curriculum is weighted heavily toward mathematics, science and engineering courses.

Maguiwe graduated from the USCGA with flying colors. He earned not only the U.S. Pistor Sharpshooter with 49/50 hit but also the highest grade in Survival at Sea and Physical Fitness Test among the Officer Indoctrination School 2019.

In 2010, Maguiwe was nominated as one of the Outstanding Students in the Cordillera (OSCAR). He was a Nursing student at the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College at the time.

Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the USCGA:

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