DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 June) – Ten BS Architecture graduates from the University of the Philippines- Mindanao passed the recent Licensure Examination for Architecture (LEA), one of them ranking fifth among the 993 passers.
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 993 out of 2,004 passed the LEA held in Manila on June 11 and 13 this year.
The top three passers are all from the University of the Philippines in Diliman – Shamcey Gurrea Supsup (86.60%), Alvin dela Cruz Dimalanta (86.40%) and Francis Gonzaga Lanuza (85.90%).
Fourth placer, Jared Aaron Remisa Cruz of Pamantasan ng Maynila (85.40%) while UP Mindanao graduate Jeremy Roy Aurora Sanchez (85.2%) ranked fifth.
Sixth placer is Joana Lisa Reyes Dunga of UP Diliman (85.10%). Christian Immanuel Ducante Cruz and Nerelyn Sausa Montuya, also of UP Diliman tied for the seventh place at 84.60%.
Marquel Ruloma Macaballug of UP Diliman and Neil Andrew Uy Menjares of University of San Carlos in Cebu, tied for the eight place at 84.10% while Astin Go Lee of the University of Sto. Tomas, ranked ninth.
Tenth placer is Mark Deo Layosa Mostoles also from UP Diliman.
Aside from Sanchez, nine other UP Mindanao graduates passed the board exam. UP Mindanao Information Officer Rene Estremera identified them as Mishelle B. Baldove, El Vim Noel T. Cabazares, Eric C. Manzano, Pinky N. Parreño, Richie Rossi H. Rellama, Lemuel B. Ruyeras, Jeremy Roy A. Sanchez (fifth placer), Loverly Marie M. Sarte, Charissa DG. Valdez, and Maria Rallah E. Villaseca.
Estremera quoted BS Architecture program coordinator Prof. Jean Marie V. Juanga as saying the Architecture program started in 1999 with 12 students and one faculty member. The first batch of BS Architecture students graduated in 2005 and the first set of graduates to take the LEA was in 2007.
Estremera also quoted UP Mindanao Chancellor Gilda C. Rivero as saying the BS Architecture program “has withstood the test of time with the 100%-passing rate of its graduates in the licensure examinations. This is the acid test, the clear evidence indicating that the BS Architecture program of UP Mindanao is of the highest quality standard. While much remains to be done in terms of facilities, UP Mindanao has rigorously provided our students with that conducive and enabling environment with the best mentors.”
“The BS Architecture program has embraced the challenge of creating a research-oriented and relevant architecture program for Mindanao. Our students and faculty have immersed themselves in the study of indigenous architectural designs of our region, thus enriching architecture in Mindanao. Perhaps in the near future, our program will be at the forefront of blending indigenous Mindanao designs with the architectural concepts of the western world,” Rivero said. (MindaNews)