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Two Eastern Visayas nurses, first board placers in history of their nursing school

By Neil D. Lopido

Tacloban City (February 3) -- Two young and smart first time takers of the November 2009 Nursing Board Examination from Eastern Visayas landed 3rd and 10th places, respectively.

Mr. Dickson Araza Laude and Ms. Mary Kristine Teraza Labanta, both from St. Scholastica's College of Health Sciences this city made it to the top ten with a rating of 87.00 and 85.40, respectively, being the guests at the Philippine Information Agency "Panindugan" hosted by Director Olive P. Tiu yesterday.

Of the 137 examinees of St. Scholastica, 136 passed the Nursing Licensure Exam.

Laude is the eldest of the three siblings of Mr. Danny P. Laude and Ms. Marita A. Laude while Labanta is also the eldest among the four siblings of Mr. Edwin Labanta and Ms. Daisy Labanta.

Laude, who hails from Talalora, Samar, graduated also Cum Laude while Labanta, who is also the 2nd top performer in their class, is from Dulag, Leyte. Considering their being best performer in their class, they said that the slight pressures of doing their best to pass the exam came from outside expectations.

Asked how they made it to the top, both humbly revealed that they did not even expect of themselves garnering one of the highest places but rather just hope their passing of the exam through the power of prayers which came from themselves and their families, teachers, friends, among others.

As to their plans, Dickson preferred to look for local job opportunities as he likes to be always with his family while Labanta is running for councilor in her hometown, in Dulag, as young as 20 years old. After earning an experience in her chosen career (as nurse), Labanta is planning also to work abroad.

Moreover, the Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation registered also a high passing rate of 97.12 which placed No. 8 in national standing as Best Performing Nursing School, Dean Cora Gasco disclosed. Out of the 243 who took the exam, 236 passed and "this is a big honor to our school considering the number of takers," Gasco gladly added.

In Colegio de Sta. Lourdes in Tabon-Tabon, Leyte, out of the 67 who took the exam, 58 successfully passed with a passing rate of 86.57 and said school has a 9th placer in last year's exam, Jennifer Malinao, administrative staff, revealed.

Likewise, the University of the Philippines School of Health Sciences in Palo, Leyte once again recorded a 100 percent passing rate in said nursing exam with its four scholars from Biliran, Masbate, Cebu and MacArthur, Leyte, said Professor Zenaida Varona, college secretary.

A total of 37, 527 out of 94,462 nursing graduates passed the November, 2009 licensure examination with all the top ten placers coming from provincial nursing schools. (PIA-8) [top]

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