Siblings in Lingayen top board exams

THE Velasco siblings from Lingayen town proved that being raised by a single parent is not a hindrance to achieving  academic success and still be hailed as topnotchers in board examinations.

In 2015, the eldest of the Velasco siblings, Fern Adriel landed eighth in the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) board examination with 91.14 percent rating.

The second child, Ferren, garnered 89.3 percent average and clinched the eighth place in the 2018 Electronics Communications Engineering licensure examination.

Fern Adriel (left) ranked 8th in the 2015 CPA licensure examination, Ferren Velasco (center) landed 8th in the 2018 ECE board examination. Franz Fernand (right) was 4th Electronics Technician and 2nd spot in Electronics Engineer Licensure Examinations respectively. (Photo contributed)

This year, Franz Fernand, 22 years old, the youngest among three siblings ranked second and fourth in the Electronics Technician (ET) and Electronics Engineer (EE) Licensure Examinations respectively, held last month.

Franz scored 93.00 percent average in the ET while 89.20 percent rating in the EE.

“Nung unang nag-top ang kuya ko at sumunod ang ate ko, medyo may pressure na kasi parang inaasahan na ng lahat na dapat mag-top din ako,” Franz said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency over the weekend.

“Dahil sa pandemic, purely online review lang ang ginawa ko at malaking tulong iyon dahil hindi ko na ako namroblema sa pagkain at iba pang gastusin,” Franz added.

The siblings were granted various scholarships from the Colegio de Dagupan, now known as Universidad de Dagupan and all graduated with high honors.

“Thankful kami sa lahat ng mga nag-grant sa amin ng scholarships kaya nakaraos at nakapagtapos kaming lahat,” he said.

Franz goes on record as the first topnotcher of Universidad de Dagupan, following its transition to being a university in March this year.

He is on job-hunt although various companies have readily offered him positions.

Fern is presently working in a finance company in Taguig City while Ferren is teaching at the Pangasinan National High School at the Lingayen campus

To students who may be similarly situated like him and his siblings, Frzna had this to say: “Para sa lahat ng mga may suliranin sa buhay lalo na sa pag-aaral, magtiwala at magdasal lang, huwag panghinaan ng loob dahil may pag-asa at makakamit din ang mga pangarap,. 

Their widowed mother Annie, couldn’t be prouder by all her children’s early success. (Jerick Pasiliao)

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