ABIGAIL Son Marquez passed the March 2018 Medical Technologist (MedTech) Board Exam and felt she was a topnotcher.
Her happiness, she said, was a gift from her fraternal twin Amabelle, who placed second with an average of 90.40 percent.
“I feel so very happy and at the same blessed kay grabe ang pakapin nga gihatag ni lord sa akong kambal. Mora pod og ako pod. Grabe pod sa family, morag kami tanan ang na topnotcher kay tungod niya,” Abigail said.
The 21-year-old twins, who said they did pray to pass the examination, have always excelled in academics.
But Amabelle said she did not expect a high grade because the questions were difficult.
“Daghan ang mga (There were many) unexpected questions,” she said.
While waiting for the results, the twins said they felt anxious. They calmed their nerves by watching films.
Last year, the Southwestern University (SWU) graduates spent their days reviewing in Cebu City’s Dr. Jose Rizal Public Library, which opened 24/7 last March 9.
The twins said the library had the books they needed for their review. “We studied together and shared our knowledge,” Amabelle said.
She said they often do things together and having a study buddy is a fun way to learn. “Feel nako sa future magdungan mi gihapon,” she said with a smile.
Abigail said they decided to take up medical technology after they were inspired by their older sister Alana, 23, who is now an instructor at SWU. The twins have two other sisters, Amethyst and Amber, who also excelled in school.
Alana said she guided the twins and gave them tips for the board exam. “Both of them never fail to amaze me. Their passion for studying and their determination to be successful inspire me,” she said.
Amabelle said there is no secret to success, but added that faith and a strong support system can help.
“Just do your best in everything you do, knowing nga dili na nimo gibuhat para sa imong self but para sa others,” she said.
“Always remember that what you are doing today could affect tomorrow. Live a life that can inspire others so that you won’t have regrets in the future,” she added.
A graduate from Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation, Alvin Aurelia Bahin, ranked first with an average of 90.50 percent. Adventist University of the Philippines and Cagayan State University-Andrews Campus had passing rates of 100 percent.