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Civil Engineering Topnotcher in Manila Gets P1 Million As Reward

That’s more than US$20,000.

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We’ve mentioned before that one of the reasons why engineering graduates should persevere in becoming board exam topnotchers is for the incentives. Cash rewards and even cars are given by engineering schools and review centers in the Philippines to their students who excel in their board exams, the value of which depends upon the generosity of the institution.

But one school in Manila is just too generous.

Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU), a private school, awarded P1 million (more than US$20,000) to their most recent topnotcher, Engr. Archimedes Martinez. He placed 8th in the May 2017 Civil Engineering Licensure Examination with a rating of 92.65%.

Not only that he received cash as a token of recognition for his board exam performance and the honor and pride he brought to his alma mater, Engr. Martinez also got a job offer from New San Jose Builders, Inc. (NSJBI), a company which bought MLQU in 2014. His awards were handed in an event held in the university’s Quezon City campus on June 6.

Photo by MLQU’s Facebook Page

His story is rather inspirational. Archimedes revealed in the ceremonies that as a student, he became so addicted to gambling that he would even use his tuition fee.

For his black sheep status in the family, he was stopped schooling for a year and almost was not given another chance by his father. But he afforded one and redeemed himself by working hard in acing the board exam.

At one point in the event, he said, “Make those people who doubt you your inspiration.”

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Engr. Martinez is the sole graduate from MLQU who placed in the top 10. He is joined by 11 others from the university who passed the board exam, including Engr. Raphael John Pedroso.

Photo by Bedalyn Aguas

Engr. Pedroso could have been a top 3 placer if it weren’t for the rule of the Professional Regulation Commission that retakers cannot be topnotchers. But for his effort of emerging from a board exam failure and finishing with a high rating, MLQU gave him P50,000 (a little more than US$1,000) a reward in the same event with Engr. Martinez.

Top photo by Virginia Cheng | Info source: Kumagcow Blog

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Dion Greg Reyes
A young civil engineer finding his place in the industry. Pilipino.


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