LEGAZPI CITY, May 3 (PNA) -- She thought she would never make it, but when Margie Joy Cardel Red found out that she topped the April 2014 Midwife Licensure Examination, she jumped and screamed with joy.
"Until now it has not really sunk down into my mind,” she said.
The Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) has announced that 1,093 out of 2,365 passed the examinations.
This 18-year-old lass from Oas, Albay, ranked first with 90.90 percent rating.
After the exam, Red had an instinct that she would pass it -- but not to the extent of topping the licensure examination.
She is an incoming third year at the College of Nursing of the Bicol University -- a top university in the Bicol Region which produced 100-percent rating of passers in this year's midwifery exam.
She became the valedictorian in her secondary studies at the Polangui General Comprehensive High School in 2012 and in her years in the Bicol University she is a consistent Dean's lister.
Red is the eldest among two siblings.
Her family relies only on the pension of her blind father while her mother is cultivating their agricultural land.
"We have a parcel of lot where we cultivate hogs and poultry from there we take our tuition fees, aside from the assistance given by my aunt," the exam topnotcher said.
The examination was dominated by the Bicol University in Legazpi City.
Ryan Michael Flores Oducado, a graduate of the West Visayas State University-La Paz, ranked second with an average rating of 90.75 percent; followed by Glaiza Manabat Atilano of La Carlota Community College and Joszabelle Cano Estrella of Bicol University with 89.85 percent; Maricar Lyn Baronda of Aquinas University who ranked 4th with 89.40-percent rating; Ma Pamela Grace Mujar Lupangco of the Bicol University, 5th place with 89.25 percent; Kathleen Rae Carbonilla Corcuera of Saint Paul College Foundation, Inc., 6th with 89.20-percent rating; Mark Laurence Bergado Barrios of the Bicol University, 7th with 89.10 percent; Jennifer Parato Vibal of Naga College Foundation, 8th with 88.95 percent, May Princess Torregosa Abucejo of Capitol University of Cagayan, 9th with 88.90 percent; and Henessy Nikka San Jose Baylon of Camarines Sur Polytechnic College as 10th with a grade of 88.80 percent.
The April 2014 Midwife Licensure Examination was held in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Legazpi, Lucena, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga last April 27 & 28, 2014. (PNA) CTBFGS/AMM/CBD/rsm