A TOTAL of five graduates from Davao City schools were among those who garnered the highest scores in the latest Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) according to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Wednesday, November 30.

Ma. Ricci Juliene Sayon and Alyssa Mae Que placed Top 5 and Top 9 respectively, while Mary Angeline Alajar, Laila Frances Duca, and Imelda Christine Dulay placed in the Top 10.

Among the five top notchers, Sayon, Que, and Dulay are graduates of San Pedro College while Alajar graduated from Davao Doctors College and Duca from Ateneo de Davao University.

Sayon earned a rating of 89.20 percent and Que a rating of 88.40 percent.

Que shared that earning a high rating for the exam is a dream come true.

"I feel so blessed and overwhelmed. Being in the top ten has always been an intention to each of my prayers and it's always been a dream—a dream with a little assurance of achievement and now, a reality," Que said.

Meanwhile, Alajar, Duca, and Dulay all garnered a rating of 88.20 percent.

In addition, Ateneo de Davao University (Addu) is also part of the top 10 performing schools with 50 or more examinees and with at least an 85 percent passing rate. All 53 takers from Addu passed, thus securing the Top 1 place.

San Pedro College earned a rating of 96.34 percent wherein 369 passed out of 383 takers, and Davao Doctors College had a rating of 90.95 percent wherein 201 out of 221 takers passed the exam.

The five ladies were part of the total 18,529 passers out of the 24,903 takers of the NLE that took place earlier this month.

As one of the more than 100 topnotchers, Que said achieving her dream became more meaningful since she is a scholar.

"It feels so surreal but at the same time emotionally rewarding especially since I graduated nursing successfully with the help of my academic scholarship from SPC and the city government of Davao," she said.

Abigail Ramirez, from Saint Paul University in Dumaguete, is the lone Top 1 passer of the NLE with a rating of 90 percent. ICM