ILOILO CITY - Cheers, applause, and laughter were heard at the lobby of the College of Nursing at West Visayas State University Monday morning after eight of its graduates were included in the top 10 of the June 2017 Nursing Licensure Exam.
One hundred and twenty-five of the 126 examinees from the university also passed.
The university had the second highest passing percentage with 99.21 passing rate.
Mary Angelie Cabañez, 21 years old, topped the board exam with a rating of 86.2%.
She considered this achievement as a gift because since she almost missed the exam due to thyroidectomy.
The operation turned out to a blessing in disguise as three sets of the exam were focused on thyroids.
Cabañez wants to work in the Philippines. However, she will not think twice if there is an opportunity for her to pursue her career abroad.
Unlike Cabañez, 7th placer Julie May Suganob did not expect she would be among those who will top the exam.
She said her patients inspired her to pass the examination.
It was in 1993 when a WVSU graduate last topped the nursing board exam.