Ordinary girls with extraordinary achievements

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

WHEN Ivy Jean Baya and Carmelle Phoebe Baguio obtained their bachelor’s degree in nursing from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan last March 2013, both ladies had courageously long decided to take the bi-yearly licensure examination for nurses, which is held every June and December. But these ladies had opted to take the exam on June.

With barely three months to prepare and review, not to mention the hassles of filing the application for the licensure at the Professional Regulations Commissions (PRC) regional office, both Ivy and Phoebe endured the hardships of managing their already slender time just to ‘iron out’ everything in place for the sake of achieving their dreams—to become full-pledged registered nurses.

In their grandeur quest, Ivy and Phoebe decided to enroll at Peak Excellence Review Center.


“I had chosen Peak because of their supportive staff and genuine mentorship,” shares Ivy.

Phoebe adds: “Peak had a motivating staff. They had always encouraged us to be our best and aim high in a just and legitimate manner.”

According to Marivic ‘Avic’ Yamit-Tabasan, Peak Review directress, “Ivy and Phoebe had been consistently performing well during the review. As a matter of fact, they had always been in the top 10 of my list among all other students that had enrolled.”

When the actual examination day came, both ladies were nervous.

“It was June and we expected graduates from among the most prestigious schools like the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Thomas to take the exam. As such, passing the exam might be difficult if many get high scores,” recalls Ivy.

After a month and a half of waiting, the results came with astonishing results: Ivy and Phoebe placed 5th and 10th, respectively.

Ivy had a board rating of 85.80 percent while Phoebe had 84.80 percent.

Of the 37,887 who took the June 2013 Nurse Licensure Exam (NLE), only 16,219 or 42.8 percent made it to the passing mark.

Xavier University emerged as the top seventh nursing school in the Philippines with 53 out of 54 or 98.15 percent hurdling NLE.

The national passing rate of Peak Excellence Review was 94.33 percent.

Both ladies are described by their peers and teachers as being simple and down-to-earth.

Furthermore, Ivy and Phoebe had been consistently in the dean’s list during college.

Amazingly, Ivy entered Xavier University as a university scholar due to her commendable rating in her entrance examination. On the other hand, Phoebe was a Napolcom scholar as her father was a police officer.

Ivy hails from a small community in Pagadian City, while Phoebe is from Quezon town, province of Bukidnon.

Meanwhile, as a reward to the laurels that they have brought to Peak, Avic has refunded them their tuition fee during the review.

Furthermore, Ivy has received a cash gift worth P10, 000 for making it to the top five spot.

These ladies believe in the synergism of prayer and hard work in achieving their recent feat in the NLE.

As of this writing, these top notch Atenean nurses have plans of entering Medical school for the incoming school year.

Avic, as their beloved mentor, has her last piece of advice for her distinguished review alumnae: “Prove not only through knowledge and skills but also in attitude, particularly in humility that indeed you are ‘the topnotchers’ that we are so proud of for you will be bringing that title for the rest of your professional lives.”

Digressing a little, Peak Excellence Review Academy will be offering assistance in visa processing and deployment to Canada, USA and Norway.

Congratulations Ivy and Phoebe! Salutations to Peak, Avic and her dedicated staff and lecturers!

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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 16, 2013.


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