A YOUNG son of Ormoc made it to the Top of the licensure exam for Mining Engineers, bringing joy to family and friends here. He is Pompeii Nikolai M. Subingsubing, 22, or “Nikko” to friends and family. He topped the 3-day exam for mining engineers, and he attributes his topping the exam to God. He is a graduate of the Cebu Institute of Technology University (CIT-U).

Nikko garnered an average of 90.90, adding that, “God really listened to me and even gave me extra.” He said while reviewing, he would go to church and ask God to give him a 90% rating. However, he would lower his expectations to 85 and “just a passing grade”, respectively, on the second and third day of the exams, which he said were grueling.
When he learned he had topped it, he said “it was very overwhelming. I couldn’t almost believe it.”
Nikko is the eldest of 5 siblings. He is the son of Jesus Felipe “Jongjong” and Nanette Montealegre Subingsubing. His younger siblings are Daniel, Anne, Giovanni and Aveline. The family is known to be religious and members of the Catholic group Bukas Loob sa Diyos.

The topnotcher describes himself as a regular student, adding that he even failed the qualifying exam to proceed to 3rd year Accountancy in UP-Tacloban. This made him shift to Mining Engineering, on the advise of his father. His father, an Energy Development Corporation employee, said there was a demand for mining engineers.
He took his elementary studies at the city central school here, but graduated at the Don Bosco in Cebu where he spent Grade 6. He would return to the Ormoc City Central High School here, where he graduated.

Nikko topped 280 other passers of the mining engineering exams. There were 317 who took this year’s licensure examinations.
As for his future plans, Nikko said he would want to work for around two years, and then study law. By Lalaine M. Jimenea

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