North Cotabato’s ‘son’ tops 2012 med board exam PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 April 2012 13:31

KIDAPAWAN CITY — The North Cotabato provincial board tagged as “illustrious son” of the province 26 year-old Ronald Resuma Ceriales who brought his hometown pride and honor for having topped in the 2012 medical licensure examination. 

The acknowledgement of Ceriales’ success was stated in resolution proposed by Board Member Shirlyn Macasarte of the first district of North Cotabato and approved Wednesday by members of the provincial board.

Ceriales hails from Pikit, a town of mixed Muslim and Christian settlers in the first district of the province.

Ceriales garnered a general average of 88.5 percent in the February 2012 physician licensure examination.

“The province is so proud of this feat. A son of North Cotabato brought honor to his home-province,” Macasarte said.

Members of the provincial board unanimously approved Resolution 143, apparently fascinated with Ceriales’ having topped, from among 990 examinees, the licensure examination.

North Cotabato also boasts of a Muslim physician, Kadil Sinolinding, Jr., of Kabacan town, who was named one of Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in the Philippines more than 10 years ago for his humanitarian projects benefiting impoverished patients afflicted with eye diseases.

Sinolinding was also nominated as one of ten outstanding young men in the world by the Jaycees International in 2001 and received an award on November 7, 2001 in Barcelona, Spain.

The multi-awarded Sinolinding, who is presently serving the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao as ARMM’s regional health secretary, ranked 7th when he took the licensure examination in the late 1990s.

Ceriales grew up as an ordinary, typical “farm child” in Ginatilan, an agricultural district in Pikit.

He finished elementary at the Pikit, Central School and graduated from the Notre Dame of Pikit, a high school run by the Oblates of Notre Dame congregation.

Ceriales finished a BS Biology course with honors at the state-run University of Southern Mindanao in 2006. He graduated doctor of medicine, cum laude, from the Our Lady of Fatima University in 2010.

Ceriales, in a statement he emailed to the Catholic station dxND here, said he ought his having top the examination to the support of his family and friends. — Felix Ostrea