To say the least, 2019 has been a wild ride.
Every student would agree that we’ve had our academic highs and lows, a series of mental breakdowns, and an unfortunate twists in events… more specifically, in our grades. But despite all these things, it’s equally satisfying to say that we’ve gotten our taste of sunshine, too!
As we close this year, let’s take a walk down memory lane and celebrate some of the biggest win from four of the best universities and colleges in Central Visayas. Cheers!
Compared to other schools in the Visayas and Mindanao, USJ-R earned the highest passing rate in the May 2019 Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Licensure Examination.
Josenian Jacob Rizada clinched sixth spot with an impressive score of 87.33. This was also the highest grade among the Cebu grads who took the exam. Not to mention, Rizada was also a reviewee in the USJ-R CPA Review Center (CPAR). Now, that’s expert training!
P.S. USJ-R is the only Center of Development for Accountancy in Visayas.
USJ-R’s debate team Josenian Debatistas reigned as the champions in the 5th Visayas Universities Debate Championship (VUBP) held last October 25 to 27 at Dumaguete City.
For the third time now, the college team earned the title of overall champion—stringing along seven other individual awards. As if those achievements weren’t enough, the school’s senior high team was also declared overall champion for the fourth time.
By now, the title is not up for debate. USJ-R is the home of champions. (pun intended)
100% passing rates in various licensure exams
SU garnered an impressive 100% passing rate on numerous licensure exams in 2019. Some of these exams include the Chemical Technician Licensure Examination and the Nursing Licensure Examination. In line with this, SU produced 17 chemical technicians and placed as the top-performing school for the said licensure exams, respectively.
But wait, there’s more! All examinees for the Electrical Engineers licensure exam (read: all first-time takers) earned a 100% passing rate as well as those from Architect Licensure Examination.
P.S. This was the very first batch of architects SU produced since the program’s establishment in 2012.
Carlisle T. Caroro, a magna cum laude AB Political Science graduate, was recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of Region VII in 2019. The student nominees for this prestigious award goes through a rigorous screening process that evaluated their bid books and answers in an interview. The regional screening team was composed of pros in Engineering, Medicine, Humanities, among others. All to say TOSP awardees are top-notch students!
Carolinians strikes again! Earlier in the year, USC produced a topnotcher during the 2018 Bar Examinations. This time around, 4 proud USC alumni ranked in the bars.
Marcley D. Natu-el landed in second place with a score of 87.53. She’s followed by Mark C. Badayos, Jebb Q. Cane, and Alen R. Pita who ranked 3rd, 9th, and 10th, respectively.
The BPI-DOST Science awards recognize excellent science and engineering students nationwide. This year, three Carolinians bagged the prize!
Kurt Bacharo, a BS Marine Biology student, presented a research on sustainably utilizing black coral species; Jodivine Navarosa, a BS Environmental Science student, showcased research on reducing pollution with native bamboo; while Denxybel Montinola, a BS Applied Physics graduate and student researcher, highlighted his inventive bioplastic made up of seaweed and mango peels. The future is bright for our S&T industry with minds like theirs!
SWU tops licensure exams
Two Southwesterners came out on top in the Occupational Therapist Licensure Examination last August. Eden Cornel emerged at the sixth spot with a score of 81.60 percent, followed by 8th placer Jan Michelle Tan Abad with an 81.20 percent.
In the same way, Shayne Allysa Pelingon and Carren Agnes Honrada Solidor also raised SWU’s flag in the board exams when they both ranked 4th among all examinees. They took the July 2019 Optometrist Licensure Examination and Physicians Board Exam, respectively.
And that’s it for our Visayas highlights! Kudos to all our hardworking students and fresh graduates for all their accomplishments this year. As we come to a full close this year, let’s keep our hopes up for a new year of hard work realized and dreams fulfilled. Who knows, your name may end up on our list next time!