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Mapúans top 2021 Geology, SE Boards

Article by: Lea Ysabel Q. Evangelista and Crismhil S. Anselmo

Graphics by: Albert Dylan D. David

Several graduates from the School of Civil, Environmental, and Geological Engineering (SCEGE) continued the University’s tradition of excellence in the recent licensure examinations for sanitary engineers and geologists administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) last January and February, respectively.

With an overall 87.5 percent passing rate, Mapúa University (MU) was hailed as the top-performing school for the January 2021 Sanitary Engineering Licensure Examination. 14 out of 16 first-time takers passed the examination held last January 25 to 27.

Soon after, Mapúans Arianne Kaye G. Espina, Nikko M. Balanial, and Tiarra Mojel F. Manalo occupied the third, seventh, and ninth spots, respectively in this year’s Geologist Licensure Examination conducted from February 16-18. Espina garnered a rating of 81.80 percent whereas Balanial and Manalo finished with 80.70 percent and 80.30 percent, accordingly. In addition, 24 out of 33 examinees passed the said exam, garnering an overall 72.73 percent passing rate for the University.

Espina, Balanial, and Manalo mentioned that they prepared for the exams using old learning materials, enrolling in review centers, and joining study sessions via Zoom. They also revealed that they also struggled with reviewing as they were limited in gathering references and rock samples due to COVID-19 restrictions.

When asked about what they felt when the news broke out, Espina said that she felt emotional as she shared the news to her family and only processed everything three days after. Balanial shared his relief in knowing that all his effort paid off upon seeing his name on the list of board topnotchers. Lastly, Manalo felt ecstatic to have achieved such a feat.

The newly registered geologists advised future exam takers to prepare ahead of time and have the right mindset. Espina highlighted that it is essential to “trust in your own study habits, your own pace, your own mind.” On unmotivated days, Manalo said that one piece of advice he could share is "to have a support system during the review season."

Meanwhile, Balanial mentioned the importance of self-awareness and passion. “Trust yourself. Know that you can do it and you’re halfway there,” he expounded. “If you keep the passion in your heart and the inspiration in your soul, you’ll definitely survive.”

With the boards behind, Espina is planning to further work on achieving her dreams, while Manalo and Balanial are aiming to gain field and work experience prior to applying to graduate school once given the chance.

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