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Family fueled Bacolod board topnotcher’s drive to the top


By Mark L. Garcia

Bacolod City – For John Cyril Claur, the Bacolod City native who topped the 2017 Chemical Engineering Licensure Examination this month, the goal of providing a more comfortable life for his family fueled his unrelenting drive to the top.

Claur, a graudate of the University of Saint La Salle in Bacolod City topped the board exam together with Jared Philip Marquez Condez of the University of the Philippines-Visayas with a rating of 84.60 percent.

“Ever since, I really wanted to become successful not just because I want it but through it, I could provide my family a better life that they deserve,” Claur said, recalling the hardships of his parents who supported him emotionally and financially.

 He is the youngest of four children of Helen, 62, a housewife and Rafael Claur, 66, a retired government employee.

“I humbly thanked them for all the encouragements and support. I would not be able to achieve such thing if not because of them,” he said.

He was both an academic and Department of Science and Technology scholar in college and graudated Cum Laude this year.

He went to Manila to review for the board exams.

“We reviewed for almost 6 months but since summer I already studied on the basics. I was just hoping to be part of the top 10, not the first placer,” he said.

Since he was in high school at the Negros Occidental High School, he used to join various mathematics contests, which he said helped him to improve his skills.

While reviewing for the board examination, Claur said that he tried to adhere to a strict schedule but added that he also took breaks and checked his social media accounts.

“I was shocked when I knew I was the topnotcher as the examinations were very hard,” Claur said.

Claur also advised other aspiring engineers to keep believing in themselves as no one and nothing can stop one from becoming what they want if they believe in themselves.

“As long as you have the faith and the passion to be an engineer, no one will ever stop you from reaching that goal,” he added.

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