CHRISTOPHER Cabañog celebrated his 28th birthday three days ago but the celebration has not stopped.
He learned that he is one of six Cebuano graduates who topped the 2015 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) held last September.
Cabañog, a graduate of the Cebu Normal University (CNU), ranked ninth in LET’s Secondary Education level, with a rating of 88 percent.
His fellow CNU alumna Anna Maria Ingcog ranked eighth in the same category, with a rating of 88.20 percent.
The other topnotchers from Cebu are Toni Rose Fabila of the University of Cebu Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue (UCLM) campus. She ranked fourth in the LET’s Elementary level, with a rating of 86 percent.
Fellow UCLM graduates Lester Ochea ranked sixth, while Ric Roland Tordillo ranked ninth.
Lordiel Miasco of CNU ranked 10th, also in the Elementary level.
In an interview yesterday, Cabañog told Sun. Star Cebu he is still shocked he placed in the LET.
“Wala gyud ko magdahum, contented ra unta ko nga makapasar sa Board. Nindot gyud siya nga birthday gift (I would have been content passing the board. It was a nice birthday gift),” Cabañog said.
Cabañog of Barangay Dumlog, Talisay City said that six months before the LET, he had to juggle earning a living and reviewing for the Board.
Cabañog taught English to Korean nationals.
After work, he said he would sleep for two hours before reviewing for the LET at night.
To relax, Cabañog said he would listen to Christian songs or hang out with friends.
Despite the pressures of teaching and studying at the same time, Cabañog said his work as an ESL (English as a second language) teacher turned out to be an advantage when he took the LET.
“Mas nidali ang akong pag-answer sa (I didn’t have a hard time answering the) English category tungod sa akong (because of my) experience as a teacher,” he said.
Cabañog attributed his success to his parents who worked hard to get him to where he is now.
The son of a tricycle driver and a housewife, Cabañog is the ninth of 11 children.
While he has yet to receive any teaching job offers, Cabañog said he is considering working in a public school.
Meanwhile, UC chancellor Candice Gotianuy lauded their graduates for topping the LET and plans to reward them for their efforts.
“It’s a great accomplishment. The topnotchers are continuing our habit of excellence and we will be giving them cash rewards as we have done with our other achievers. Excellence is becoming a habit at UC,” Gotianuy said.