Philippine Daily Inquirer - - FRONT PAGE - By Joey A. Ga­bi­eta @joey­ga­bi­etaINQ


The Reme­dios T. Ro­mualdez Med­i­cal Foun­da­tion (RTRMF), which sur­vived Su­per­ty­phoon “Yolanda” (in­ter­na­tional name: Haiyan) and shel­tered many sur­vivors in this city, has pro­duced three of the top 10 passers of this year’s nurs­ing li­cen­sure ex­am­i­na­tions.

The three were among 25 tak­ers from RTRMF who all passed the ex­ams.

They were Kathryn An­gelie Bugho, who ranked No. 2, with a pass­ing rate of 86.8; An­ge­lae Priscilla Cahilig, who placed No. 7 (85.4); and Ari­anne Grapi­lon who landed at No. 9 with a pass­ing rate of 85.

All passers

To­gether with their dean, So­corro Sal­va­cion Gasco, they went to Santo Niño Church, also in this city, on Satur­day af­ter­noon to at­tend a thanks­giv­ing Mass for their suc­cess in the Nov. 17 and 18 ex­am­i­na­tions.

Bugho, 21, said that she was in ut­ter shock when she learned about the re­sults show­ing her land­ing at No. 2 in last year’s nurs­ing ex­am­i­na­tion.

“I am in to­tal shock, as I did not ex­pect it,” she said.

Bugho said that all she wanted was to see all of the school’s ex­am­i­nees pass.

The new nurse, who was crowned last year as Miss RTRMF, said that she learned that she was ranked No. 2 through Face­book, as she re­ceived pri­vate mes­sages from friends and class­mates.

Bugho, who is el­dest of three sib­lings and whose fam­ily hails from Bu­rauen, Leyte, said that it had been her ambi- tion to be­come a nurse.

Asked about her im­me­di­ate plan now that she is a reg­is­tered nurse, Bugho just gig­gled say­ing her high rank­ing had yet to sink in.


She, how­ever, in­sisted that she wanted to work as a pro­fes­sional nurse, as it had been her am­bi­tion to be­come a nurse.

Gasco said she was over­whelmed by the per­for­mance of her stu­dents. She said she was root­ing for Bugho to be among the top board ex­am­i­nees.

“I re­ally be­lieved in her. I prayed for her,” she said.

Bugho fin­ished at the top of her class, re­ceiv­ing an aca­demic ex­cel­lence award.

Gasco said the school man­age­ment had yet to de­cide how much Bugho would re­ceive as an in­cen­tive for land­ing No. 2 in the ex­am­i­na­tion.

In 2015, the school pro­duced that year’s No. 1 in the nurs­ing li­cen­sure ex­ams, Alyssa Claire Almo.

Gasco and the eight teach­ers of the nurs­ing school of RTRMF are sure to travel as part of the school’s in­cen­tive.

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