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BUTUAN CITY – Charlene Bolastig, 22 years old, a resident of P-2 Barangay Don Francisco, Butuan City, graduated Cum Laude in Geodetic Engineering from Caraga State University, Butuan City in May 2019.

Charlene’s parents are farmers, but their living conditions did not hinder her from fulfilling his dreams. She placed top 1 with a passing rate of 91.2% in the recent Licensure Examination in Geodetic Engineer conducted on October 23 and 24 in Manila and Cebu.

She credits her success to her family, especially to hersiblings and parents, who worked hard for her to finish studies and supported her nearly four-month review in Manila.

They are six children in the family, and the 4 of them including Charlene, graduated with honors and are now professionals. The medals hang on the walls of their house are evidence of their achievements.

“…Di lalim ang gato didto tapos nakahuna-huna ko nga kining gipadala ni kuya diria ang uban diria utang gyud ni. Tapos, mao to nga dapat makambyuan nako siya. Gusto ra gyud nako mupasar gyud,” Charlene said.

(We have many expenses, and I knew that my brother borrowed some of the money he sent to me. All I wanted was to pass the exam as a way of giving back to them.)

According to Charlene’s father, they did not pray for his daughter to top the board exam.Instead, being able to pass would have been enough for them.

Meanwhile, Richard Pepito, 27 years old, couldn’t contain his happiness after he secured the top 6 in the recent examination with an 87% passing rate. He is a graduate of Geodetic Engineering in the year 2019 from the same university.

Doing the review was not easy for Richard. He experienced throwing up for almost a week because he was not eating enough, trying to save money. He was out of school and worked as a pump boy for five years because of financial constraints.

When he returned to school, he got a scholarship that was a big help to cut down the fees.

For Mark Dave Plaza, 25 years old, placing the top 8 with an 86.4% passing ratein the board exam was just a ‘bonus’ because he struggles in Math. He is also the breadwinner in the family while being a self-supporting student.

Nick Ann Wilson Dapo, who placed the top 6 with an 87.60% passing rate, is another topnotcher from CSU.

In the result officially released by Professional Regulation Commission, there are 481 passers out of 877 examinees.

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