Hardwork Wins! Daughter of Factory Worker from Cebu Tops Chemistry Board Exam


A daughter of a factory worker from Cebu made her parents proud after she topped the latest Chemist Licensure and Board Examination.

Danie Mae D. Ybañez, 21 years old, is the only topnotcher coming from Cebu. Out of the 559 examinees who successfully passed the exam, she landed on the third spot with an average of 90.75 percent.

The results were released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Friday, October 7. According to reports, Ybañez, who graduated from University of San Carlos, ranked higher than majority of students who hailed from top Metro Manila universities, including UP, UST, La Salle and Ateneo.

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“I learned about the results inside the jeepney on my way home from a prayer meeting,” said Ybañez.

She added that she knew of the results in an unlikely manner.

Ybañez was inside the jeepney on her way home when she decided to check the PRC website on her cell phone. At first, she got worried when she did not see her name on the list.

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However, upon reviewing the list, she saw her middle name on the top 10 list. This was when her emotions got the best of her, especially as she was not expecting that she would end up on that particular list.

“I was wiping my tears when I was inside the jeepney, and (I was) feeling overwhelmed (with emotions),” she said.

A Facebook user posted about this moment on her profile. The netizen said that two girls were backbiting her as she cried. One of the girls even said that maybe her boyfriend broke up with her, thus the crying. The Facebook user was then shocked when she saw the photo of the girl on Facebook and learned that she made it to the top l0. The user then said this is why we should not be quick to judge other people.

Meanwhile, Ybañez said her success is for her mother, who is a factory worker and who takes care of her two siblings alone.

Ybañez also revealed that she is a self-taught student who leaned most of her lessons by reading a lot of books since college.

Reading chemistry books and other references, Ybañez said, has helped her relax during the examinations. It has also given her enough time to answer each question.

Ybañez is from Barangay Kalawisis Lapu-Lapu City. She graduated as first honorable mention during her elementary years and as the class valedictorian in high school at Lapu-Lapu City Central School and Mandaue City Science High School, respectively.

Ybañez will be pursuing her doctorate degree in the United States of America.


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