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Leyteña is No. 1 in Nursing Board Exams, 5 others from Ley-Sam land on top 10 list

TACLOBAN CITY – A Leyteña has made it to Number 1 on the December 2012 Nurse Licensure Exams. Not only that, five others from the Eastern Visayas regional made it to the prestigious top ten list. 

This year’s numero uno is Glicyl Arante Alvero, from Jaro, Leyte. She graduated cum laude from Colegio de Sta. Lourdes of Leyte Foundation in Tabon-Tabon, Leyte.  She garnered a rating of 85.80 besting 49,066 examinees all over the country.

Also on the top 10 are Mary Grace Rollo Daguman of Christ the King College, Calbayog City (4th); Maricar Balingasa Miras of The College of Maasin, Maasin City (5th); Jefferson Egana Flores of Saint Scholastica’s College, Tacloban City,  Christian Kempis Poleño and Rae Angeli Pedrosa Tabao of the RTR Medical Foundation, Tacloban City were a threesome on the 9th slot, said Philip Jude Acidre on his Facebook post. Acidre, An Waray partylist’s 2nd nominee on May 2013,  lauded them saying “Congratulations! Go WARAY!”

She wants to be a teacher

Meanwhile, in an interview with Alvero, she said, “I am overwhelmed and am still in shock that I topped the board exams.  I can’t believe it.  But I did pray hard during the review. ”

Alvero, 20, added “If I was happy when I topped the exams in school, this achievement is something else. I can’t describe how I feel. When the results were out, I was watching Showtime, a noontime show and my phone kept ringing.  When I answered, all were congratulating me for this feat,” Alvero added.

Glicyl Alvero also said that unlike others who’d want to go abroad, she prefers to stay in the country and get a teaching job. “Or I can work in a hospital, but I really love to teach clinical subjects,” she said.

Alvero also volunteered the information that she flunked the qualifying scholarship exam of her school but passed it the second time. “My advice to everyone is never give up,” she said humbly.  Only 16,908 passed the board exam or 34% of the total number of takers.

The new nurse said nursing was her first and only choice for college. “I love the way nurses care for their patients and I am a very compassionate person.  The thought that you help a person when he is sick is a blessing,” she said.

The new nurse is the youngest of 9 siblings and all of them are professionals now.  Her father, a jeepney driver, died when she was in Grade 4. It was her elder siblings who helped her mother, a plain housewife, raise their big family. Her brother Ashley, an engineer, practically sent her to school during her elementary and high school studies while sister Vivian paid her tuition fees and other expenses during her first semester in nursing school.

Vivian, she added, urged her to do aim to be a scholar in school because she might not be able to shoulder her expenses since she has a family of her own. By the second semester as a freshman, she said, she was already a scholar of the school. Mayor Celebre of her hometown in Jaro offered her a scholarship. “I am very thankful to all the people who helped me through life,” Alvero said.

9-year old alma mater celebrates a milestone

In a separate telephone interview with Dr. Rustico “Resty” Balderian, president of Colegio de Sta. Lourdes Leyte Foundation, he extended his congratulations to the new nurses. “We celebrate a milestone with Miss Alvero having topped the board exam. Our school ensures that students with the drive and desire to learn receive an opportunity to explore their potential. Miss Alvero and her classmates exemplify the type of graduates that the Colegio strives to produce. We are proud of them,” said Dr. Balderian.

37 members of the class of 2012 took the exam. 35 passed resulting to a 94.59% passing rate. The national passing rate is just 34.46 percent and their school takes pride in its consistent high passing rate,” Dr. Balderian said.

Dr. Balderian, founder of school, said the institution was founded in 2003 to provide a means of affordable tertiary education to the people of his hometown, Tabontabon, and surrounding towns.

Over the years, the Colegio has attracted students from all over the region, not only because of its reputation but also for its scholarship offerings. The school provides free tuition and free dormitory for those who qualify. Every semester, scholars must maintain a specified general weighted average and must meet other grade requirements in order to keep their scholarship.  Dr. Balderian was the town Mayor of Tabontabon from 2007-2010. By Vicky C. Arnaiz

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