24 October 2012, 4:44 p.m. – THOMASIANS dominated this year’s Interior Design licensure examinations, taking nine out of the top 10 spots including first place, data from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed.

Leading the new batch of interior designers is Kristel Blancas, who scored 91.45 percent.

Blancas was followed by Ianne Kleina Guillen (89.20 percent), Niña Katrina Kho (88.75 percent), Loida Bauto (88.40 percent), Pamela Leila Santos (88.25 percent), Farisha Manaloto (87.95 percent), Mara Beatrice Mercado (87.70 percent), John Carlo Beliganio (87.15 percent) and Biance Elliz Sabiñano (86.65 percent) who placed second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth and 10th places, respectively.

In 2011, only three Thomasians entered the top 10 list, also including the first placer.

However, the University did not qualify as a top-performing school because it did not meet the PRC’s requirement of a passing rate of at least 80 percent.

UST recorded a 74.12 percent passing rate, with 63 passers out of 85 examinees this year. This was significantly higher than last year’s 49.32 percent.

The national passing rate went up to 55.31 percent as 172 out of 311 passed the exam. Last year’s passing rate was 52.02 percent. Bernadette D. Nicolas


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