There are several institutions of higher learning in General Santos that could compete for being the top college or university in the city. Among those in the running is the Mindanao State University of GenSan. An offshoot of the main MSU campus in Marawi City of Lanao del Sur, MSU GenSan is constantly striving to produce some of the best students in Mindanao and the whole country, especially of those courses requiring national board examinations. They’ve impressed the city with either quantity of bar and board passers, or top rankings in both. The results of the 2016 national exams, the results of which have been received these past few weeks, have given MSU GenSan something new to be proud of, and one that has brought the city once again some positive attention from the rest of the Philippines.

According to the official results that came out, of the 3,747 total passers of the 2016 Bar Exam held November 2016 at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, 28 are from the MSU GenSan College of Law. These are among the lucky ones from the overall 6,831 qualified law graduates who took the bar exam, the results of which were announced last April 26.

The following are the 28 MSU GenSan College of Law students who passed the Bar Examination and are now the city’s newest lawyers:

  1. Paolo Alconera
  2. Lelanie Apitong
  3. Voila Pino Apostol
  4. Joseph Arguelles
  5. Ailene Astilla
  6. Jaspen John Ramirez Bacongco
  7. Erwin Bernales
  8. Ronaisa Camendan
  9. Dominique Christine Carino
  10. George Lyndon Cordero
  11. Lech Cosep
  12. Philip Carlo Delfin
  13. Albert Degino
  14. HiRo Escobar
  15. Mary Grace Guanga
  16. Kathrina Yusay Hagoriles
  17. Zosimo Lira, Jr.
  18. Elmero Matondo
  19. Marie Jean Meranez
  20. Cecilio Merced III
  21. Aishettea Zig Moleño
  22. Ryan Ryan Santander
  23. Nestoni Senarillos
  24. Pauline Serenina
  25. Achilles Tato
  26. Stephany Velasco
  27. Sharmagne Villacastin
  28. Renetter Bergado

But law isn’t the only field of study that MSU GenSan is excelling in this year. Where the bar exam passers were going for numbers, in the 2017 Electrical Engineering Board Exam they went for the top. According to GMA News Online, three MSU GenSan graduates have brought honor to their alma mater by figuring in the EEBE 2017 Top Ten passers, with one actually being the best of them all for this year.

Koronadal native Kent Meyler Malones Samaranos secured the Number One spot with a rating of 90.90%. His fellow maroon-and-gold examinees also gained high marks, with Jade Mark Jao Talaboc tying for sixth with Harold Gil Singson Navarrete of Mapua Institute of Technology at 88.85%, and Earl Olinski Flores tying for 10th with Ronald Ian Borja of of Technological University of the Philippine at 88.65%. As if that wasn’t enough, the MSUan examinees for EE this year all made it for a 100% passing rate, among 994 passers out of 2,213 total takers.

Finally, one last parting shot from MSU GenSan is the great news of one examinee for the Agriculturist Licensure Exam landing at 2nd place in the 2017 Top Ten. MSU GenSan College of Agriculture graduate Richie Daliva Miguel from Surallah, South Cotabato scored 86% to secure second place among 927 passers out of 2,938 Agriculture Board examinees.

Truly, it was a momentous haul for MSU GenSan this year. Our hats go off to their great institution.

For a list of passers for the Bar, Electrical Engineering Board and Agriculturist Licensure Exams, please refer to the following:

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