Not his first choice? Chemical Engineering Licensure Exam top passer only took up course because of DOST scholarship

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A graduate of the University of Saint La Salle from Bacolod City was surprised when he learned that he was number 1 in the Chemical Engineering Licensure Examination held this month.

According to 21-year-old John Cyril Claur of Regent Pearl Homes, DC 2, Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City, he did not expect to be a top passer in the exams.

While he hoped to land a spot in the top 10, Claur admitted the examination was difficult.

He  topped the board exam together with Jared Philip Marquez Condez of the University of the Philippines-Visayas with a rating of 84.60 percent.

In an interview with Bombo Radyo Bacolod, Claur said he was at the NAIA to board a flight going back to Bacolod when the test result came out.

He had previously deactivated his Facebook account and turned-off his cellphone so he would not receive messages or calls; thinking he won’t pass the examination.

Claur admitted that when he was in high school he wanted to take up Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE).

When he went to college, he became a scholar of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).  The courses offered in the DOST scholarship do not have ECE, so he took up Chemical Engineering instead because it has a board examination.

“Knowing that you’re a scholar, your tuition is being paid, you have grades to maintain there is no reason for you to do stupid stuff. I know they (family) deserve a better life and they put their hopes in you,” Claur said.

At present, he’s hoping job offers will come soon.

His father, Rafael, is a retired government employee while his mother, Helen, is a housewife.