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Kalinga stude shines at SLU

TABUK, Kalinga (28 April) -- A local brilliant student made an unprecedented achievement in the history of Saint Louis University in Baguio City as he graduated cum laude and magna cum laude on two majors he finished during commencement rites held April 22.

Bernard Bakilan, 22 years old, a native of Pangol, Tanudan, is cum laude in Accountancy and Magna Cum laude in Finance Management, the double majors he took diligently for five straight years. He was an academic scholar being a consistent Deanís Lister.

A son of Domingo Bakilan, Human Resource Management Officer of the Kalinga provincial government and Patricia Dinanas Bakilan, a housewife, Bernard was born on July 10, 1985.

He finished elementary at the Bulanao Central School in 1998 and his high school at the St. Williamís Academy in 2002. A consistent honor students, he also received the Pres. Gloria Arroyo Award for Leadership when he graduated in high school.

His first plan was to take Civil Engineering but after passing the entrance examination at SLU, he changed mind and took accountancy instead. He took straight summer where he enrolled 24 units in finance management, a requirement for his second major.

His inspiration was his family who fully supported him and the tough challenges of his course.

When problems arise, he just took them calmly without complaining. He was able to manage his limited financial resource spending only for priority needs. He avoided going outside if not necessary preferring to stay at his boarding house and study.

He said Kalinga students are intelligent so they have no reason not to achieve their goals in their studies. But he observes that students from Kalinga stop or do not finish first year and stop due to financial constraints. He asked that LGUs provides educational assistance to poor but deserving students. (PIA) [top]

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