Monday, November 28, 2005

CSC produces 3 more placers in
November 2005 CE Board Exam

More and more graduates from the Catanduanes State Colleges are joining the league of board topnotchers and placers.

Six months after Ruben T. Quintal Jr. made waves as Civil Engineer Board Examination topnotcher, three of his classmates at the Catanduanes State Colleges College of Engineering likewise built their respective conquests in the same licensure test – two garnered the 12th place while one bagged the 16th slot.

Keyel L. Isorena and Nathaniel C. Turado tied on the 12th place with an average of 91.9 percent while Gilbert R. del Valle finished on the 16th spot with an average of 91 percent.

The three low-key board placers join 27 other graduates from the CSC who passed the Civil Engineer Board Examination given by the Professional Regulations Commission last November 19-20, 2005.

Isorena and Turado were bosom buddies, having been classmates from high school until college. They both stayed in the same boarding house during their review sessions but were on separate rooms during the board examinations.

BOSOM BUDDIES - Keyel, extreme left, and Nathaniel, extreme right, chill-out with their friends during their senior years in college.(CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - KLI)

Keyel is the son of Lorencito Isorena of Caramoran, Catanduanes, an employee in a local shipping company in the province and Betty Lao of Cabugao, Bato, Catanduanes, a storekeeper engaged in vending gasoline.

Keyel thought he just merely passed the exam, his parents related. “We were approaching Metro Manila to fetch him when he texted us the good news – that he passed the exam. But he later knew, upon information of his classmates, that he was the Top 12 in the board examination.”

Also making an impressive record on the 12th slot is Nathaniel C. Turado, son of Mr. Opero Turado of Bagamanoc, and Rebecca Camu of Virac. Nathaniel, graduated at Virac Pilot Elementary School and at Catanduanes National High School. (Keyel however studied at Cabugao Central Elementary School from Grades 1 to 5 and later transferred to VPES).

Nathaniel related that he has already a strong hunch that he will do well in the board exam. "Actually sir, Gilbert and I were 6th and 7th placers respectively sa mid pre-board sa review center", the former high school CAT Corps Commander said in an SMS interview. "Dakula talaga ang natuwang pag review, maski pa financially masakit, nagpursige man ang mga magurang ko. Kaya maisabi ko sa mga estudyante, higos lang talaga pati dedikasyon sa pag-adal", he imparted.

Gilbert del Valle, who placed 16th, related that he decided not to take the refresher course after their formal review sessions due to financial constraints. He opted for a self-study. A refresher course is given after the formal review sessions and a month before the examination

PRIDE OF HIS BIG AND HAPPY FAMILY - Gilbert takes a big leap towards achieving his dream - getting his college diploma on his graduation day last March 30, 2005. (GIANAN STUDIO)

Gilbert is the 3rd of the 11 children of Leoncio del Valle, a welder, and Luzviminda Rafael, a housekeeper, of Del Sur, Pandan, Catanduanes. He was the last to know that he placed 16th in the board exam. It was his parents who excitedly informed him that he was on the Top 20. They got the information from the Internet, he said.

Gilbert took his elementary grades at Pandan Central Elementary School and his secondary education at the Pandan School of Arts and Trades.

Getting the whereabouts of the three low-profile students were as reclusive as they are. As of press time, they are still in Metro Manila waiting for the oath taking registration at the PRC scheduled on December 1-13, 2005. Their mobile phones, which took many attempts to be finally reached, aided in getting first-hand accounts about their unprecedented feats.

For their achievement, the three will be receiving cash incentives from the Catanduanes State Colleges. In an earlier report disseminated by Dr. Asuncion V. Asetre, CSC President, the CSC Board of Trustees has approved, effective January 2005, the move of the administration to award CSC board topnotchers and placers. Board topnotchers will receive a cash inventive of P20,000 plus a Plaque of Recognition. Second to 10th placers will get P15,000.00 cash reward and a Plaque of Recognition while 11th to 20th placers will be given P10,000 and a Plaque of Recognition.

In a report by Engr. Charlie B. Hibo, Dean of the College of Engineering, the 27 other CE board passers from the CSC are: ABLE, Karen T.; ALMOJUELA, Melvin C.; ASUNCION, Dennis A.; BORROMEO, Joel V.; DELEÑA, Michael C.; GIANAN, Novelyn L.; MANOGUID, Lolita I.; MATIENZO, Alex J.; MOLINA, Mary Grace T.; OBO, Mark Vincent T.; PANTINO, Ryan T.; RAMOS, Karlo Andrew S., SARMIENTO, Lloyd B.; TABUZO, Leoncio III T.; TAJAN, Wilmar S.; TIBAR, Henry C.; TOMAGAN, Francois B.; VALEZA, Ruben Jr. D.; VALLEDOR, Gary V.; VARGAS, Lucio Jr, S.; VARGAS, Rey T.; VEGA, Julie T.; VEGA, Nieva V.; VEGA, Raymundo Jr. E.; VERANO, Terevi P.; VILLEGAS, Juvy V.; ZAFE, Maricel M.

The latest feat of the CSC College of Engineering once more strengthened its supremacy in the civil engineering education.

Meanwhile, the CSC has just tendered last November 11, 2005 a testimonial dinner for Merlen dela Cruz, 19th Placer in the October 2005 CPA Board Examinations.

For the record, the CSC produced one board topnotcher and four board placers this 2005, which is distinguished so far as the school’s most outstanding year in the field of licensure/board examinations.

Since 1992, the CSC College of Engineering has already produced 15 board topnotchers and placers, two of whom were First Placers and the rest either clinching in the Top Ten or in the Top Twenty slots. (GSR)