University of San Carlos Cebu Cum Laude tops civil engineer licensure examination

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  • Lou Mervin Tristan Pua Mahilum from the University of San Carlos  Cebu topped this year’s civil engineering licensure exam
  • His diligence, hard work, focus, prayers, and support from friends and his family were his critical success factors
  • He also ensured to balance his mental and physical health to survive his review

Topping the licensure examination for civil engineers this November is Lou Mervin Tristan Pua Mahilum; a graduate from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. He made an outstanding rating of 93.25%.

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Lou Mervin was shocked upon seeing the results.  He did not expect to top the board exam.  He credited his success to diligence, hard work, focus, prayers, and support from friends and his family.  He shared in an interview with CDN Digital that he gave his full attention when he studied; avoiding distractions like cellphone.

“Mental and physical health are very important, so I always made sure to balance my time in studying and rest, doing social media or hanging out with my friends,” he revealed to Sunstar Cebu. He also came to the point of almost giving up because of too much pressure.  But with his family as his inspiration and counting on the support they have shared with him, Lou Mervin overcame the challenges.

During the exam, he skipped the hard portion, marked them, and went back to them as soon as he got finished with the easy part.  The Math part was tough, but he was able to make it.

The topnotcher was a consistent honor student since his elementary and high school days.  He graduated cum laude in college.

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Ranking second in the results is Jeremy Recinto Rifareal (93.10%) from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Lopez, followed by Christian Mark Nagrejo Macapagao (92.9%) of the University of the East – Caloocan.  The fourth placer is Brandon Calvin Quisado Go (92.60%) of the Cebu Institute of Technology University, while fifth on the list is John Mark Año Guimba(92.55%) of the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Out of the 15,075 who took the exam, only 6,510 passed according to the Professional Regulation Commission.

Congratulations Engr. Lou Mervin Tristan Mahilum!

Source :

GMA, Sunstar Cebu, CDN