Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Morex­ette Marie B. Er­ram COR­RE­SPON­DENT

For sweep­ing the top 10 of the 2017 Naval Ar­chi­tect and Marine En­gi­neer­ing Li­cen­sure ex­ams, the Univer­sity of Cebu’s top­notch­ers re­ceived P700,000 in cash from the school yes­ter­day.

UC founder and pres­i­dent Au­gusto Go, his daugh­ter and school chan­cel­lor Candice Go­tianuy, handed a P100,000 check to top­notcher Jayvie Al­barando in sim­ple rites yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The 11 other grad­u­ates who ranked in the top 10 each re­ceived P50,000. They were Randolph Tabernero (2), Reanne Man­gu­bat and Lyn­don Hanz Per­nites (3), Vince Alex Vil­la­her­mosa (4), Len­don Ar­cil­las (5), Jochelle Tu­mu­lak (6), Brylle Enad (7), KC Rare Em­nace (8), Chris­takhis Niño No­dalo (9), Kit Boniefel Bon­tor and Charisse Ivy Talle (10).

Go­tianuy also awarded P100,000 cash to Jack­lyn An­toli­hao, chair­per­son of their univer­sity’s Naval Ar­chi­tec­ture and Marine En­gi­neer­ing pro­gram, for men­tor­ing the top­notch­ers.

Go, who also cel­e­brated his 82nd birth­day yes­ter­day, said the “un­prece­dented and his­toric” feat was the best birth­day gift he re­ceived yet.

He said Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña called him up to con­grat­u­late his school’s per­for­mance in the ex­ams.

The cash award­ing cer­e­mony was done inside Go’s of­fice at UC Main Cam­pus at San­ciangko Street, Cebu City.

Go­tianuy told re­porters in a press con­fer­ence that she was proud and still sur­prised that their grad­u­ates swept the top 10 spots in this year’s ex­ams.

“This was un­prece­dented. We’re over­joyed — very over­joyed that this is the re­sult of the hard work of ev­ery­one, from the stu­dents, the fac­ulty. We’re truly sur­prised,” Go­tianuy said.

The 21-year-old Al­barando said he was both grateful and shocked to re­ceive a “huge sum of money” as re­ward for top­ping the board ex­ams.

He said he planned to set aside por­tions of the in­cen­tive as sav­ings while he would go look for a job.

Third-placer Lyn­don Hanz Per­nites, whom the group de­scribed as their “back­bone” of sup­port, said he will en­roll in a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing pro­gram and spend the P50,000 he re­ceived from UC of­fi­cials on his fu­ture en­gi­neer­ing stud­ies.

“I al­ways wanted to work on ships ever since I was three years old. I get ex­cited rid­ing a ship which made me pur­sue marine stud­ies,” he said.

Go­tianuy at­trib­uted UC’s feat to team­work through men­tor­ship.

“One teacher who be­lieves in the stu­dents, teaches them, stays with them, shapes them, and guides them to ex­cel­lence,” she said.

An­toli­hao said she mon­i­tored and guided more than 100 UC grad­u­ates prior to the ex­ams.

She said she was proud of their per­for­mance and told them to stay hum­ble and op­ti­mistic.

“We know the en­tire thing we’re re­view­ing won’t come out in the tests so I told them to ask me any ques­tion or ask help if they find some­thing dif­fi­cult so that I can dis­cuss and ex­plain it to them,” she said.

Reanne Man­gu­bat said it is also im­por­tant for grad­u­ates to de-stress and have some down­time be­fore tak­ing the ex­ams.

“You re­ally have to do your best in pre­par­ing for the exam. Study hard and study smart. But never forget to have fun to avoid stress,” she said.


UC Pres­i­dent Au­gusto Go (seated, third from left), Chan­cel­lor Candice Go­tianuy (seated, sec­ond from right) and Jack­lyn Descartin An­toli­hao (seated, first from right) pose with UC’s exam top­notch­ers.

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