ARRIBA, MELVIN. For the very first time, a Letranite tops the board exams, in this case, the Nutrition-Dietitian's board exams. Not to mention, Letran achieved a 100% passing rate.
Alumnus Melvin Esteban Bernardino scored 90.6%, topping the August 2018 Nutritionist-Dietitian Board Examinations.
Bernardino emerged triumphant over the 813 passers, out of the 1288 exam takers, as announced by the Professional Regulation Commission recently.
The Colegio also achieved a 100% passing rate, through the efforts of the Nutrition and Dietetics Batch of 2018, namely, Lea May Araneta, Emmee Leiza Clemente, Charlene Mae Doronilla, Bea Maris Endozo, Marvin Dale Evangelista, Glady Mae Gutierrez, Charisse Anne Macalalad, Denille Manalang, and Bea Maryola Recuerdo.
The board passers paid a courtesy call to the rector, Rev. Fr. Clarence Marquez, OP, who praised them for their achievement.
Bernardino profusely thanked Letran, him being a scholar during his entire stay in the Colegio, and even during his preparation for the board exams.
“I am very thankful to Letran; my efforts were worth it because I was (given support) for free,” he said. He even expressed his gratitude to Fr. Juan Ponce, O.P., who, when he was still assigned in Letran, took care of a number of scholars, one of which was Bernardino.
“I acknowledge Fr. Ponce because my study habits now, I learned from him,” he said. “Dasal at aral.”
Currently, Bernardino is a part time instructor in the College of Engineering and Information Technology, teaching Chemistry Lab. While there is a chance for him to teach again next semester, he says that he has plans of entering the industry - but not without showing his full gratitude to the school that honed him.
“Magg-give back ako sa Letran,” he said. “Di ko kakalimutan ‘yung utang na loob ko habang buhay.”
The Nutrition and Dietetics area has already produced four batches, not only of graduates, but of board passers. Now, with this recent achievement, it seems like the legacy of excellence that Letran tries to instill is slowly coming into fruition.