Nursing board topnotcher plans to stay in Philippines


Posted at Feb 19 2011 09:24 PM | Updated as of Feb 20 2011 08:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The board topnotcher of the Nurse Licensure Examination plans to practice her profession in the Philippines instead of leaving for greener pastures abroad, as most of her predecessors have done.

"I owe it to my country," Weanne Myrrh Razon Estrada said in an interview over radio dzMM on Saturday evening.

Estrada bested 29,711 nursing graduates from all over the country who passed the board exam last December.

She got the highest rating of 88.4%.

“Even before this happened po na nabigyan po ako ng ganitong blessing ni God, sabi ko I owe it to my school, I owe it to my country, na dito ako,” she said

She is a graduate of Adventist University of the Philippines in Silang, Cavite.

Only 29,711 nursing graduates passed the exam, or 35% of the 84,287 total examinees who took it. This is lower than the passing rate of 41.4% in the July 2010 examinations.


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“’Di pa po nagsi-sink in, parang overwhelmed pa po ako. [Nalaman ko] sa Facebook lang po, someone messaged me, someone I don't know,” she said in an interview over radio dzMM.

After confirming that she topped the exams, she and her sister screamed out of joy.

“Katabi ko po ang ate ko sa computer, nag-sigawan kaming bigla,” said Estrada.

The board topnotcher said that before going to college, she was not really planning to take up nursing.

“Nung una, I wasn't thinking about going nursing... pero ako na rin ang decide for myself and grown to love it po,” said Estrada.


Meanwhile, trailing Estrada in the list of topnotchers is Mary Grace Rallo.

She ranked second with a rating of 86.8%.

She earned her degree from Central Luzon Doctors’ Hospital in Tarlac City.

She told radio dzMM that she had to go through lots of sacrifices to pass the board.

“Kelangan pong gawin to para sa family ko, it was really hard work na kelangan kong i-pursue,” said Rallo.

Non-Manila schools

Majority of the topnotchers of the recent Nurse Licensure Examination came from non-Manila schools.

Estrada earned her nursing degree from a school based in Silang, Cavite, while Rallo graduated from a school based in Tarlac City.

They were followed by students who placed 3rd to 8th and graduated from the following colleges and universities

  • Baguio-based Saint Louis University
    • Maria Kristina Pamintuan Bicas, 86.6%, rank #3
  • Davao-based Sant Mary’s College-Tagum
    • Vanessa Garma Elumbaring, 86.4%, rank #4
  • Quezon-based Southern Luzon State University-Lucban
    • Kimberly Medina Malubago, 86.4%, rank #4
  • Davao-based Xavier University
    • Jessa Lorraine Dejan Andalan, 86.2%, rank #5
  • Iloilo City-based Iloilo Doctors' College
    • Yugie Caroline Murillo Demegillo, 86%, rank #6
  • Batangas-based First Asia Institute of Technology & Humanities
    • Hanako Sasaki Aranilla, 85.8%, rank #7
  • Nueva Vizcaya-based Saint Mary's University
    • Teena marie Junio Pascua, 85.8%, rank #7
  • Davao-based Davao Doctors College, Inc
    • Nonah Vee Cornelio Sareno, 85.8%, rank #7
  • Zamboanga City-based Universidad de Zamboanga
    • Elnathan Samson Subardiaga, 85.8%, rank #7
  • Bacolod City-based University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos
    • Karl Marie Sta Ana Tuvilla, 85.8%, rank #7
  • Bacolod City-based Colegio de San Agustin
    • Karl Gabriel Alferi Bonifacio, 85.6%, rank #8

Breaking this trend was Dennis Gonzales Duran who was a graduate of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. He garnered a rating of 85.6%.

Two more from the Intramuros-based Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila made it to the top 10-rated examinees: Christine Jannie Paez Rivera (85.4%, rank #9) and irene Kate Faustino Nicolas (85.2%, rank #10).

Best performing schools

Meanwhile, Saint Paul University-Iloilo was the school which performed best with a 100% passing rate. All 124 examinees from the university passed.

No examinee who graduated from Saint Paul University-Iloilo, however, made it to the top 10.

The the top performing schools, which has at least 50 or more examinees and with at least 80% passing percentage, included the following:

  • Xavier University in Cagayan (98.48%)
  • Saint Paul-Tuguegarao (98.45%)
  • New Era University (98.04%)
  • Pamantasan ng Lungson ng Maynila (97.45%)
  • University of Saint Louis-Tugegarao (94.81%)
  • Siliman University (94.18%)
  • Southern Luzon State University-Lucban (91.67%)
  • Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation (91.39%)
  • San Pedro College-Davao City (89.67%)

For more information, please visit this story: PRC: 29,711 new nurses.