Golda Manto Yap tops the June 2009 Nursing Board Exam
Golda Manto Yap, a graduate of the Felipe R. Verallo Memorial Foundation, topped the exams, getting an average score of 86.80 percent.
She’s a mother of three with a job as a Convergys call center agent but Golda Manto Yap is on top of the world thinking of another career.
Last night, her mother broke amazing news – the 34-year-old Cebuana landed in the no. 1 slot in the 2009 Nurse Licensure Examination with an average score of 86.80 percent.
“Nalipay kaayo ko. I thank God, my parents, and my family for my success,” said Yap, after confirming the results posted on-line.
The ranking is a feat for Yap,who had to attend classes all the way in Felipe R. Verallo Memorial Foundation in Bogo City, which is 100 kilometers north of Mandaue City, where her family lives.
It’s the first time Bogo City and the Foundation’s college produced a topnotcher in nursing. The school just opened its college of nursing in 2004.
The list of Top Ten examinees is dominated by graduates from Metro Manila nursing schools.
Two other graduates of Cebu’s Velez College made it to the Top Ten – Debbie Rose Uy Tanengsy in 5th place with a score of 85.80 percent and Andrew Chua Tiu with a score of 85 percent in 8th place.
A total of 32,617 out of 77,901 examinees nationwide or an average of 41.86 percent passed the Nurse Licensure Examination, the Professional Regulation Commission announced yesterday.
The Board of Nursing conducted the test last June in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, Sulu, Pagadian and Zamboanga.
CEBU DAILY NEWS interviewed Yap last night at her residence in San Vicente Village, Mandaue City, while her mother and children watched with excitement.
Asked what her career plans are after having aced the board exam, Yap told CDN she was still weighing her options.
She said she could take the NCLEX examination to qualify to work abroad, work at a hospital in Cebu, or continue her job as a call center agent in Convergys in Cebu City.
“Wa pa gyud ko makahukom. (I haven’t decided yet). A lot of things have to be considered,” she said.
Yap and her husband, Bimbo, have three children Bon Joseph, 13, Benjamin John, 12, Bianca Gaelle, 9.
Her school record shows a diligent student with a stop-and-start track that led to nursing.
Born in Cebu, Yap was a consistent honor student in grade school and high school in La Salle in the Atlas Mining Development Corp. in Lutopan, Toledo City where her father worked.
She started nursing studies in the University of the Philippines in Manila but stopped when she returned to Cebu and enrolled in another course, Business Administration at the University of San Carlos. She later shifted to Accountancy. She got married in the course of her studies.
Yap started her nursing course at the Science and Technology Institute (STI) in Lahug, Cebu City in 2005 before transferring to the Felipe Verallo Foundation in Bogo City in 2007.
She stayed with a relative of her husband in the next town of Tabogon to be closer to school. Fortunately, the Foundation offered “special classes” for working students. With this schedule, she attended classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Yap said that after she took the board exams in June, she felt confident she had passed it. Almost all questions in the tests were taken up in school and the review, she said.
Yap said she reviewed twice, first at Bactol, Palmas, Flores Nursing Review Center in Bulacao, Cebu City and then enrolled at the Review University of Nursing (RUN) in 2008.
In the two successive pre-board tests at RUN, Yap came out on top.
Maria Clares Pontejos, dean of nursing in Felipe R. Verallo Foundation, was elated when CDN contacted her. This is the first time the Bogo City school topped the exam, she said. Perfecto Prias, the school administrator, said Yap was a consistent achiever in pre-board exams.
Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. said the whole of Bogo will be brimming with pride.
“Dako kaayo ang atong kalipay nga taga Bogo ang top notcher,” said Martinez. (It’s a big source of joy that someone from Bogo is a topnother.)
He said it proves that the Felipe Verallo Foundation can compete with well known schools in Cebu City and in Manila.
Yap can expect the city government to make a fuss about her achievement.
A program in the Bogo plaza will be held to recognize her and other topnotchers of major licensure exams, said the mayor. The City Council is also expected to come up with a resolution of commendation.
Bogo City has three other colleges. Other schools are Cebu Rosevelt Memorial Colleges, Northern Cebu Colleges and St. Louise De Marilac College.
source: Cebu Daily News By Chito O. Aragon, Correspondent