By Jennylou Canon

“And may it continue, evermore.”

This was ExplainED PH Science Editor Carlos Manuel Eusoya’s victory quote after winning in the regional round of the Harvard Crimson Global Essay Competition (HCGEC) - Argumentative Essay Category in the Southeast Asia Region.

Eusoya, who is currently a junior high school student at the Philippine Science High School - Western Visayas Campus, said that he is very happy with his regional round win.

“I was not really expecting much from the competition since I participated in the training and practice,” Eusoya said.

Eusoya also said that it was his first time joining the said competition after his school selected representatives for the HCGEC.

With the usual impression of argumentative essays being much more difficult than other types of essays, Eusoya said that he finds them easier than creative and personal essays as argumentative essays tend to focus on facts and analysis.

However, Eusoya also encountered difficulties in compiling ideas for his winning piece, saying that “it required very comprehensive argumentation and examples within a very short word limit [500 words].”

As most competitors usually have their own unique “rituals,” Eusoya said that his pre-writing ritual is to listen to music while writing his works.

So, what’s next for Eusoya? The science editor said that he is to prepare for the global round, and that he will also keep on writing.

“My favorite hobby will always be writing,” Eusoya noted.

The HCGEC is an annual event hosted by The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University’s daily student publication, and Crimson Education, premiere college admissions consultation company. 

The competition selects the top five essays of creative and argumentative essays from five regions which will be invited to the final round where they will present their best works.

The top eight global winners are endorsed by the HCGEC, and will also be offered internships in the Harvard Crimson.

Eureka, Eusoya!