FOUR Cebuano graduates of two schools in Cebu City made it to the top 10 of the Civil Engineering Licensure Exam given by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) last Nov. 12.
Three of them are from the University of San Carlos.
They are Samuel Eliezer Yu Uy, who ranked second (92.75 percent); Selina Dianne King Bernardo, who ranked third (92.65); and Franz Josef Jucom Cineza, 10th place (91.45).
On the ninth place is Jeremias Yang Marquez Jr. (91.50 percent), who graduated from the Cebu Institute of Technology-University.
Of the 10,972 examinees, only 5,036 passed, according to the PRC.
In an interview with Sun.Star Cebu yesterday, Bernardo said the result has overwhelmed her.
“It is amazing to have passed the board exam. It’s definitely not an easy feat because there were many sacrifices and bumps throughout the journey. It was a dream to top but I never thought I would actually achieve it,” she said. “I am beyond thankful, more grateful than words can ever describe. It is a huge blessing from the Lord.”
Bernardo, the eldest in a brood of three, was an achiever even at a young age.
Having an architect for a dad and having a family-owned construction business made her dream of building something someday.
She would have wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father but her mother, who is an accountant, told her to become an engineer instead.
“And mothers always know best. I never thought I’d end up an engineer,” she said.
After graduating last April, Bernardo went to Manila to review for the board exams, which meant being away from her family.
“I had to prepare mentally and emotionally. I’ve sacrificed time with my family. I haven’t gone home in so long. But with all the preparation, I was never ready when the exam came. I was so nervous,” said Bernardo, who is still in Manila.
She believes it was her consistency in studying and getting enough rest that got her to where she is now.
She said she learned of the results of the board exam from her family and friends.
“When they all told me I came in third, it was unbelievable. I found the exam difficult. It is a miracle I got in the top 10,” she said.
Bernardo said she is still figuring out what to do next but she plans to pursue higher studies.
She asked aspiring engineers who may be struggling with their studies to just have faith.
“You know more than what you give yourself credit for. Hang on and never give up. Trust yourself and trust the Lord... No one can ever be really ready for the board, so take a deep breath and enjoy it. It has always been about the journey and not the destination,” she said.