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For the record, UST once more outshone other universities in various licensure examinations last June to emerge as the top performing school in the field of nursing, architecture, and pharmacy.

Among the three licensure exams, the College of Nursing posted the most remarkable performance as 29 Thomasians entered the top ten, tying up with other schools in the third, fourth, sixth, eight, ninth, and tenth positions.

Aira Therese Javier led the new Thomasian nurses with an 86-percent rating.

UST clinched the second spot as a top performing school in the 100 and more examinees category.

Just like last year, UST registered a 98 percent passing rate with 458 Thomasians passing out of the 466 takers. This year’s national passing rate was only 42 percent.

Former Varsitarian editors Myla Jasmine Bantog (Literary) and Celina Ann Tobias (Science and Technology) and acting editor Raychel Ria Agramon (Features) passed the exams.

Meanwhile, the College of Architecture also proved its supremacy as it posted a 68-percent passing rate to remain as the top-performing architecture school for the second straight year. Last year, the college registered a 75 percent passing rate.

Topnotcher Edward Franz Plan led the 113 new architects with his 84.60 rating. Six other Thomasians made it in the top ten.

Accompanying Plan were Arturo Tolentino Jr. (83 percent), Maria Isah Christine Mendoza (80.7 percent), Emereauldine Eliseo (80.5), Mark Jeffrey Sio (80.4), and Anya Raquin (80.2 percent) who ranked second, sixth, seventh, eight, and ninth, respectively.

The Faculty of Pharmacy boasted of an 83 percent passing rate with eight Thomasians entering the top ten, six of whom were first-time takers.

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“(The Faculty) is so proud that we have eight top board passers out of the ten places this year,” Pharmacy Dean Priscilla Torres told the Varsitarian.
Celeste Briones led the newly registered Thomasian pharmacists as she placed second with a 91.2-percent mark.

Other Thomasians in the top ten were Louise Elaine Go (90.28 percent), Talia Jean Pangan (90.1 percent), Dianne Grace Palad (90 percent), Jasson Louie Arcinue (89.65 percent), and Jillie Tan (89.6 percent) who ranked third, fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.

Two alumni, Frederick Francisco and Maria Jeva Señeres, shared the sixth spot, both scoring 89.88 percent.

UST is the only institution in the 51 and more examinees category among the top-performing schools as 222 out of the 267 takers passed the exam.

Although UST’s passing rate this year is lower than its last year’s 91 percent, Torres said Pharmacy has not stopped from improving its systems.

“In 2006, instead of conducting the review for the board exam during summer, we are now offering it in the second semester and good enough we were able to improve,” Torres said.

Meanwhile, Architecture professor Ruth Marie Equipaje and former Varsitarian Features editor Felicisimo Tejuco were among the 26 out of the 55 examinees who passed the Environmental Planner licensure exam.

In the September 2007 bar exams whose results were released last March, the crop of new Thomasian lawyers included former Varsitarian editor in chief Eldric Paul Peredo, former managing editors Adrian Montemayor and Teodoro Lorenzo Fernandez, former associate editor Myra Jennifer Jaud, and former Filipino editor Cesar Agor.

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Meanwhile, College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS) Dean Jocelyn Agcaoili was named Most Outstanding Physical Therapist of the Year by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Agcaoili, dean of CRS for two years now, was the first Thomasian to be nominated and chosen in the field of physical therapy as an outstanding professional.

PRC also awarded other Thomasians including Ma. Theresa Cayton as outstanding chemist, Antonio Abola as outstanding civil engineer, Yolanda Reyes as outstanding architect, Ferdinand Tumpalan as outstanding chemical engineer, and Purita Tuazon as outstanding pharmacist.

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