By Ma. Josebelle S. Bagulaya
A SILLIMAN ALUMNA emerged top three in the February 2013 Physical Therapist Licensure Examinations (PTLE).
Hyacinth Rosario Callao, who got an 85.65% mark in the PT board exam, is the lone examinee from a Visayas-based school who landed in the top ten.
“I checked my phone and I was overwhelmed by the number of texts and missed calls,” Callao said.
“The first message I read was from Dr. Lynn L. Olegario saying, ‘Hya, top 3!!! CONGRATULATIONS! Hya, asa naka!? Everybody’s happy here; you’re making SU IRS-PT Program super proud!!’ My heart was pounding like crazy, I could not believe it!”
The university also registered a 100% passing rate with all 3 Sillimanian examinees making the cut, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) data showed. The national passing rate is 49. 22% or 285 passers out of 579 examinees. The two other Sillimanians who passed the board exam areAndrea Ida P. Gonzalez and Ramer Solis.
Callao is currently in Manila preparing the requirements for her PRC license.
“All I wanted was to pass [the board exam],” she said, adding that she was anxious while waiting for the results to be released. “After answering those diffcult questions [in the exam], landing in top three was really unexpected.”