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Student Who Failed UPCAT, Graduates as Summa cum Laude from UP

A student who failed the UPCAT, the entrance exams in UP, amazed everyone when she actually graduates as summa cum laude from UP! How did she do that? You’ll surely be impressed by this young lady.

Student Fails UPCAT but Graduates Summa cum Laude from UP

Every student who wants to go to UP (University of the Philippines) needs to pass the UPCAT (University of the Philippines College Admission Test). For many, getting into one of the country’s most prestigious schools is a dream come true.

But not everyone passes the difficult test. Most are forced to go to another school.

The same thing almost happened to Gia Evangelista, 21, who failed the UPCAT in 2018.

However, instead of finding another school, she was able to still study in UP, thanks to the Iskolar ng Bayan Act of 2014, which is a scholarship program for top students from public high schools.

She studied Bachelor of Science in Social Work.

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Photo credit: The Philippine STAR

She admitted that she hid this fact from her classmates and was even reluctant to share it when she finally graduated from the school with no less than the highest honors a student could ever receive from college – summa cum laude!

I was very insecure about it to the point that I deliberately hide it from my college peers, afraid that they will look at me differently,” she shared to The Philippine STAR.

I do not want to be the ‘Summa Cum Laude that did not pass the UPCAT.’ I just wanted to be a Summa Cum Laude.

But she later realized that her story could become an inspiration to others, so she decided to share it.

This is for everyone that has failed. Do not let it define you, let it fuel you. Your time will come,” the new graduate said.

How to be Summa cum Laude in UP?

Students could only graduate as summa cum laude in UP if they have an absolute minimum weighted average grade of 1.20, including all grades in all the subjects on their prescribed curriculum and qualified electives.

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Padyak Driver & Leftover Food Collector Graduates Magna cum Laude, Now Teaches in La Salle

A padyak driver who also collected leftover food amazed everyone after graduating magna cum laude – and he now teaches in La Salle! Isn’t that amazing?

His story simply shows that anyone and everyone have the chance to turn their life around, no matter the circumstances.

Padyak Driver Graduates Magna cum Laude & Teaches in La Salle

When he failed the SASE (System Admission and Scholarship Examination) of the MSU (Mindanao State University) with a score of just 65%, Jerson Entrampas Aboabo felt like he was a failure in life.

He lost the will to go to school, thinking that he’s too dumb to be in college and that he should just find a job and quit thinking about getting an education. Yet a part of him continued to hope – and this part eventually won.

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Photo credit: Jerson Entrampas Aboabo

Due to his low score, however, he felt bullied and discriminated against from the courses he wanted to take.

Surprisingly, he was accepted at the BET (Bachelor of Engineering Technology) – Chemical Engineering of Technology despite the low score, but he processed his papers with a heavy heart. He really wanted to be a teacher.

He had already completed the enrollment procedure for the Chemical Engineering of Technology course when he decided to withdraw and try his luck at the Education Department to take up BSEd Filipino (Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in Filipino).

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Photo credit: Jerson Entrampas Aboabo

Thankfully, he was accepted. He was finally excited to go to school because he got accepted in his dream course.

But his struggles didn’t stop at enrollment. In fact, it grew more difficult with each passing day. But this hardworking young man supported himself through college by continuing his job as padyak driver and leftover food collector – both of which helped support him in high school.

He would collect leftover food and sell it for Php20 per container.

At first, he felt ashamed about these measly jobs, but he later accepted them wholeheartedly, knowing that these are honest jobs.

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Photo credit: Jerson Entrampas Aboabo

Aside from struggling with these jobs, he even found time to do extra-curricular activities in school! He served in the College of Education-Executive Council for two years, became the secretary-elect and now Vice President for Communications at Rotaract Club of Iligan Bay, and the editor-in-chief of school paper SIDLAK IIT.

Amazingly, the student who failed the entrance exam graduated as magna cum laude and as the College Leadership Awardee and Department Leadership Awardee!

And his achievements didn’t stop there.

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Photo credit: Jerson Entrampas Aboabo

The former padyak driver and leftover food collector is now a teacher at La Salle – Iligan, a prestigious school in the area.

Padyak Driver Earnings

Many padyak drivers earn below the minimum wage even if they do manual, physical labor because their vehicle for hire (a bicycle with a sidecar) is powered by their legs.

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Twins Go Viral after Both Graduating Summa cum Laude from BS Math

Impressive twins go viral for graduating summa cum laude from a course considered by most people as extra difficult: BS Math (Bachelor of Science in Mathematics)! It’s amazing how these two graduated with the highest honors a college student could ever receive – and with their really difficult course. Wow.

Twins Go Viral for Graduating Summa cum Laude

UP Diliman (University of the Philippines Diliman) amazed everyone when they announced that they 147 students graduated as summa cum laude this year. Considering that it’s possible that nobody can graduate with this highest distinction in college, it’s amazing that so many graduated with it last July 2022.

Among the most impressive ones to receive the award are twins Margaret Esther Cruz and Madelyn Esther Cruz, both graduated with the same course, BS Math.

What’s even more impressive is that these two didn’t actually wait four years to complete the course. They’re so smart that they managed to finish their course in just three years. Wow.

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Margaret Esther Cruz; Photo credit: UP Diliman
twins go viral
Madelyn Esther Cruz; Photo credit: UP Diliman

It appears that their achievements started with a solid background, thanks to years of studying with Kumon.

Kumon Valenzuela Center shared that the twins learned the basics of counting, reading, and writing while they were still “in diapers.” The early learning program helped them achieve a lot even at an early age.

What’s also amazing is that these two aren’t just focused on academics but also enjoyed extra-curricular activities like other kids, including “piano lessons, arts and anything and everything that they were interested in.”

The twins helped each other learn advanced Math subjects, including Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus.

They were accepted in Philippine Science High School (main campus) and graduated high honors in senior high school.

Now that they’ve graduated college, Madelyn will head to Michigan, USA to study PhD, while Margaret will take up Master of Science in Mathematics at UP Diliman.

Can You Take PhD without Masters?

Some PhD programs allow students take the program while also doing their Master’s Degree.

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Inspiring Couple Both Top #1 in Board Exams, Impressive Story Goes Viral

An inspiring couple wows everyone after they both rank as top #1 in their respective board exams! Their story has since gone viral, with many netizens commenting that they’re truly impressed by this young couple’s achievements.

Inspiring Couple Tops Board Exams at #1

We’ve heard of some wonderful couples who both graduated at the top of their class, as magna cum laude, or some other amazing achievements.

Recently, another couple joins the roster of impressive “couple goals” after they both ranked as #1 in their respective board exams.

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Photo credit: Falculan Twins’ Review Center formerly Brainspeed LET Review Center
inspiring couple
Photo credit: Falculan Twins’ Review Center formerly Brainspeed LET Review Center

Marvin Nillas and Charline Tiquin Juntilla graduated and reviewed together.

And they would also pass the June 2022 LET (licensure exam for professional teachers) together, with Marvin getting a score of 94% (topping the BSEd, Bachelor of Secondary Education) and Charline getting a score of 93.40% (topping the BEEd, Bachelor of Elementary Education).

Both are graduates of the Compostela Valley State College – Montevista in Compostella Valley, Mindanao. We’re quite impressed!

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Photo credit: Falculan Twins’ Review Center formerly Brainspeed LET Review Center

Everyone is also quite amazed by their achievement, with their review center, Falculan Twins’ Review Center (formerly Brainspeed LET Review Center) sharing their story and jokingly adding that they couldn’t forget witnessing the couple’s sweet moments during the review.

Marvin also happily posted about their shared achievement:

Sabay nag-graduate

Sabay nag-exam

Sabay nag-top

God himself paved the way for us to achieve this feat.

Next time, Love, let’s try not to underestimate ourselves too much. hehe

Laabyoouu Charline Tiquin Juntilla. Congrats usab.

Many netizens commented in posts relating to the couple that they’re amazed at their achievements and consider them as “relationship goals.” Still, many acknowledged that this kind of achievement is rare, and is surely amazing because it isn’t likely to happen to many other people anytime soon.

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Photo credit: Niño Jan Garcia Olaivar
inspiring couple
Photo credit: Niño Jan Garcia Olaivar

Congratulations to this power couple!

Is It Better To Enroll in a Review Center?

Although it isn’t a requirement, many graduates who passed the board exams said that they learned new things at the review center that helped them pass.

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