A WORKING student for the University of Cebu Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue campus (UCLM) brought honor to his school after ranking first in the recently concluded Mechanical Engineering Board examinations earlier this month.
Brylle Pahimutang Gilbuena, 22, earned a score of 88.10 percent.
He is also the only Cebuano who made it to the top 10 of the board exam, which was conducted last March 18 and 19 in the cities of Cebu and Manila.
To reward his feat, UC Chancellor Candice Gotianuy gave Gilbuena a brand new car.
It has been a tradition of the UC administration to give brand new cars to its topnotchers.
Gilbuena, who hails from Lapu-Lapu City, is the third mechanical engineering student from UC who has consistently ranked first in the yearly Mechanical Engineering Licensure examinations.
Last year, Marina Melendres Luchavez placed first in the annual licensure exams with a score of 91.60 percent.
While Luchavez’s boyfriend, Micah Arceño, also ranked first in the annual licensure exams two years earlier.
In an interview, Gilbuena admitted that he didn’t expect to land in the top spot of the board exams.
“Not really (expecting to top the exams). I said to God na mupasar or dili, mu-top or dili, I will still praise him. And after sa exam, I am confident na mupasar, mao ra na,” he told SunStar Cebu.
The youngest of five siblings, Gilbuena admitted that it was through his elder sister that he was able to secure a college education.
With his parents both jobless, his eldest sister, an accountant, had to help make ends meet to send all her siblings to school.
Like his older sister, Gilbuena was able to avail himself of a scholarship to study in UCLM as a working scholar.
For five years, Gilbuena worked under the UCLM Guidance Center as a working scholar.
Despite having good grades, Gilbuena didn’t graduate with honors because he had to frequently underload due to his status as a working scholar.
But this didn’t stop him from gaining more achievements in life.