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Three Friends in a Row Topnotcher in 2021 Physician Licensure Examination


Three best friends were named “tropa goals” after scoring high on the 2021 Physician Licensure Exam (PLE).

According to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) results released on November 11, 2021, three Medicine graduates from the University of the Philippines-Manila who are close friends earned the Top 1 and Top 2 spots in the PLE.

Ian Gabriel Juyad took first place with a score of 87.50 percent, while his two friends, Jian Leal and Geremiah Llanes, tied for second place with 87.42 percent.

Ian recalled how he and Jian were on the verge of skipping the board exams this year. They didn’t give up, thankfully, and were rewarded for their efforts.

He wrote, "Four days before the boards, I had a chat with one of my closest friends in med school, Jian Leal (now Top 2 of PLE). We were contemplating on quitting this year’s board exams and taking next year’s instead. We almost did."

Geremiah couldn’t believe that all three of them had scored so high on the board exams.

He shared, "Nagsabi na po ako sa pamilya ko, ‘O, pumasa ako.’ So, after po noon, ‘Sige, check ko kung sino yung nag-top.’ So, binuksan ko po yung document [list of passers] ‘tapos sabi ko lang, ‘Talaga? What?!’ As in, di po ako makapaniwala."
"As in, kaming tatlo na magkakaibigan yung nandoon sa Top 2 na spots," he added.

Jian attributes his success to the fact that he shared it with his best friends. The joy he felt knowing that his friends were also at the summit with him was overwhelming.

“The fact na hindi lang po ako… nakasama ko po si Ge [Geremiah] at si Ian na nasa top, parang nag-times two po, o times three yung saya," he said.

Ian, as a top performer, is aware that he has excellent opportunities abroad, but he has promised to remain in the country. He wants to serve and give back to his country as a “iskolar ng bayan.”

The three top scorers were among the 1,677 who passed the Physician Licensure Exam last October, out of a total of 2,302 takers.

‘Tropa goals’: Bestfriends clinch Top 1 and Top 2 in 2021 Physician Licensure Exam|The Summit Express

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