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ME topnotcher from MCL dedicates success to late mom

By Patricia Dominique Lafrades, Kamalayan staff writer

In the photo are (L-R) Engr. Jordan A. Bagamasbad, 6th placer in the September 2013 Licensure Examination for Mechanical Engineers, Jordan’s father, and Malayan Colleges Laguna’s president and chief executive officer Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea.

Topnotcher Jordan A. Bagamasbad, a mechanical engineering (ME) graduate from Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL), admitted that he took up an engineering program because of his grandfather.

“My mom would tell me stories about my grandfather’s works as a mechanical engineer. Those stories had inspired me to pursue the same career. Plus, I am very interested in designs and systems of the machines,” he said.

The hardworking 21-year-old, who hails from Camarines Norte, described himself as an average student who tried but failed many times to make it to the Dean’s List. This, however, did not dampen his spirit, saying he is not the type who gives up easily.

Months before his graduation, Jordan faced the greatest challenge in his life when his mom passed away because of leiomyosarcoma, or malignant cancer on smooth muscle. The MCL student said his mom had a great faith in him.

“When my mom was still alive, we had a conversation about me being a topnotcher. She said I could do it if I studied hard. She had that faith in my abilities,” he recalled.

Thus, Jordan promised to himself that he would give his best to make his mom proud of him. To fulfill this promise, Jordan prepared for the September 2013 Licensure Examination for Mechanical Engineers. He enrolled at the Prime Review Center in Manila where most of his classmates spent the last four months reviewing.

The experience wasn’t easy. The ME graduates were tasked to answer 100 questions per day, and they had to take a pre-board exam.

Some questions in the pre-board were not related to what they discussed during the review sessions, making it even more difficult, he recounted. Of the 800 exam takers, Jordan was one of the 40 passers.

On the day of the exam, he said he prayed to God for help and asked his late mother for guidance. He said his mother was his inspiration and motivation.

When the results came out, Jordan landed in 6th place, garnering a score of 93.75%. He said he achieved his goal because of his unwavering faith in God, perseverance, and the education he received at MCL.

Jordan said he knows that his mom was also as proud of his achievement.

MCL obtained a 95.24% passing rate in the ME board exam last September 2013. Also in September of this year, MCL received a 100% passing rate in the Registered Electrical Engineer and Registered Master Electrician Licensure Exams.

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