LIST OF PASSERS: December 2018 Principals' Test NQESH results

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) officially released results of the December 2018 Principals' Test formerly known as National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH) on Saturday, June 15, or in six (6) months after the exam. The complete list of passers and top 10 (topnotchers) are available on this page as announced online.
LIST OF PASSERS: December 2018 Principals' Test NQESH results

DepEd through the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD) and the Quality Assurance Divisions of the Regional Offices (RO-QAD) administered the 2018 Principals' Test on December 9 in at least 25 exam centers nationwide.

As announced, only 148 hopefuls passed the tests.

"The results are final, and the Department shall not entertain requests for rechecking of examination papers, and appeal for calibration of scores," DepEd stated in memorandum 076 series of 2019.

The administration of the test is DepEd's mechanism to select school heads in the public education sector - a qualifying process for interested applicants to Principal I positions. It is being implemented in coordination with the Schools Divisions Offices (DOs) through the Regional Offices (ROs).

2018 Principals' Test results


The test covered the competencies anchored on the domains of the National Competency-Based Standards for School Heads (NCBSSH) stipulated in DO 32, s. 2010 entitled National Adoption and Implementation of the National Competency-Based Standards for School Heads.

It includes the following: School Leader, Instructional Leader and School Manager. As such, the seven domains of the NCBSSH were clustered into three, namely:

a. Cluster Domain 1: School Leader
  • School Leadership
  • Personal and Professional Attributes and Interpersonal Effectiveness

b. Cluster Domain 2: Instructional Leader
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Creating Student Centered Learning Climate

c. Cluster Domain 3: School Manager
  • Human Resource Management and Professional Development
  • Parent Involvement and Community Partnership
  • School Management and Operations

In order to pass the test, takers must obtain a rating of at least 70% in each of the clustered domains.


DepEd said that official results will be released through a Memorandum followed by the distribution of printed Certificates of Rating (CoR) to all test takers through the RO-QAD.

Takers may expect results to come out around April to May 2018. Any development on the checking of test papers or unforessen circumstances may change the probable release date.


In the December 2017 Principals' Test, results were released in 5-6 months after the exam. Only 5,111 out of 20,653 (24.75%) passed the exam. Grant B. Gubatan from Region 1 and Rhoda O. Dela Cruz from Region 4A tied on highest spot.

In the April 2017 (2016 Principals' test), results were announced after 5 months. A total of 388 examinees out of thousands aspiring school heads successfully hurdled the exams. The top 10 passers list was led by Christian N. Sango of Region XI.

In the October 2015 exam, 2,195 out of nearly 19,000 takers passed the exams. Results were out online in less than 3 months. Erwin John Santos from Region 3 and Garry Vacunawa from Region 8 led the passers.

Principals' Test Statistics

Exam Date Total Examinees Total Passers Passing Rate
December 2017 20,653 5,111 24.75%
April 2017 388
October 2015 18,574 2195 11.82%
January 2014 13,618 1,301 9.55%


Monitor this page for real-time updates on 2018 Principals' Test. You may also visit the website and Facebook pages of DepEd and BHROD for more information.

— The Summit Express

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Eddie Garcia still on coma, DNR status

MANILA, Philippines – Veteran actor Eddie Garcia is still on comatose while his family agreed to a DNR (do-not-resuscitate) status.

The family of Garcia, through their spokesperson, has announced an update on the actor's health status.

Eddie Garcia still on coma, DNR status
Veteran actor Eddie Garcia now on DNR status | Photo Courtesy: ABS-CBN

Dr. Tony Rebosa on Friday evening stated, "Please be informed that the family of Mr. Eddie Garcia has not authorized nor has it consented to withdrawal of life support."

"They have however agree to place him on DNR (do-not-resuscitate) status. Thank you," he added.

The 90-year-old actor met an accident as he tripped while shooting a scene for a GMA-7 series on June 8.

It was earlier rumored that Garcia had a heart attack on set but their family doctor, Enrique Lagman, debunked it and confirmed the actor sustained injuries.

"The doctors ruled out heart attack and stroke as proven by several validating tests done in Mary Johnston hospital. He is in critical condition due to severe cervical fracture," Dr. Lagman said.

Garcia sustained a severe cervical fracture which led to a "comatose state with minimal spontaneous respiration."

On Thursday, June 13, the medical bulletin posted Garcia's status to be "still in a comatose state" and was already on life support, "dependent" on a ventilator and medication to help control his blood pressure.

Lilibeth Romero, Garcia’s long-time partner, confirmed the family's decision to put the actor on DNR status, as they hold on for a miracle.

“I will hang on until he’s there," she said.

Director Santiago Garcia, the brother of veteran actor Eddie Garcia has asked their family, friends the public to pray for Garcia’s healing. A mass and prayer healing were held on Friday.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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LTO driver’s license renewal centers in malls to open on Saturdays

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is bringing some good news to our motorists as it extends its processing of driver's license renewal in malls up to Saturdays.
LTO driver’s license renewal centers in malls to open on Saturdays

The LTO released Memorandum Circular 2019-2167 dated May 14, 2019 but was released for publication on June 10, 2019 mandating all Driver’s License Renewal Offices (DLROs) in malls to open even on Saturdays, starting June 2019.

LTO driver’s license renewal centers in malls to open on Saturdays
LTO Memorandum Circular 2019-2167 dated May 14 2019 | Photo Courtesy: LTO

The memorandum states, “To fully maximize the accessibility and availability of our services to the public in malls, effective June 2019, all DLROS are hereby required to operate and process applications for renewal of driver’s license and issue student permits on Saturdays.”

“All DLRO heads are directed to coordinate with the respective malls or commercial centre managers as to the operating hours.”

It was signed by LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante ordering strict compliance.

LTO reminded motorists that they can now renew the driver’s license in advance, even 60 days before it actually expires.

The agency stated, “To avoid penalty, earlier memo from LTO also allows renewal of driver’s license two (2) months or 60 days advance.”

LTO also urged motorists to make use of their online appointment system for a more hassle-free transaction. The LTO Online Appointment and Scheduling System can be accessed by logging on to

LTO shared that they remain committed in making sure motorists renew their driver’s license “easier and more convenient for all.”

— Sally, The Summit Express

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Toronto Raptors end Golden State Warriors’ dynasty, win NBA title

MANILA, Philippines – The Toronto Raptors took advantage of the absence of the Golden State Warriors’ stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson to win their first ever NBA title on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA.

Toronto Raptors end Golden State Warriors’ dynasty, win NBA title
New kings in town! The Toronto Raptors are the new NBA Champions after dethroning the Golden State Warriors 4-2 | Photo Credit:

Atoning himself for a sloppy miss that could’ve won game 5 in favor of the Raptors, Kyle Lowry hit 11 points in less than 2 minutes after the opening tipoff of game 6.

Not only Lowry was hot from the outside at the opener, Pascal Siakam joined the shooting spree and Toronto made 5 three pointers with over 8 minutes left in the first.

Terrific 1st quarter basketball by the Raptors but the Warriors also had a great time in their homecourt led by Klay Thompson.

Golden State’s scoring run put them just a point behind Toronto, 33-32 at the end of the 1st period.

Since Klay Thompson played seamlessly and Steph Curry was on and off in this game, Coach Nick Nurse tasked Fred Van Vleet to guard Thompson at the start of the 2nd quarter.

The squads traded basket and made the scoring tight. Although, Toronto sustained a very slim edge majority of this period.

Come midway of the second, seesaw battle began where all the points made by both teams came from the shaded lane.

Lowry tallied 21 1st half points while Thompson had 18 to cap off the 2nd quarter, 60-57 in favor of Toronto.

Steph Curry was quiet in the 1st half and opted to pass more rather than shoot. But at the start of the 3rd quarter, Curry finally found his rhythm from his usual territory but garnered 3 quick personal fouls in less than 3 minutes.

Not only Curry who was in foul trouble, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard who were both performing well had 4 and 3 personal fouls respectively. Lowry was pulled out to preserve his 2 more personals while Leonard remained on the floor with over 6 minutes left.

At the 2:22 mark, Klay Thompson scared the Warriors fans as he hurt his knees after attempting a dunk over Danny Green and landed awkwardly on the floor. Thompson however, refused to leave the game to avoid another homecourt loss.

Lowry and Leonard’s fouls slowed down the Raptors and the reason why the Warriors were ahead after the penultimate quarter, 88-86.

Bad news struck Golden State in the fourth as Klay Thompson was declared not clear to play due to a possible knee injury. It was a double blackeye for the Warriors as Kevin Durant is out for the rest of the series after rupturing his right achilles in game 5.

Despite Thompson’s absence, his team still led the game early in the final canto. Thompson left the game with an amazing 30 points.

The Raptors were missing the offensive services of their big man, Marc Gasol, who didn’t make any basket in the last 3 quarters.

Stars of both teams went quiet in scoring. But the backups stepped up big time, Fred Van Vleet for Toronto and Andre Iguodala for Golden State.

Down to the last 2 minutes of the game, the Raptors possessed a 6-point lead but the Warriors managed to bring it down to a half-shot under a minute left.

Pascal Siakam drop a bucket to increase their margin to but Steph Curry completed his 2 foul shots right after it.

With 18 ticks left, the Raptors hung on a 111-110 lead but Danny Green threw the ball away after getting a full-court pressure and gave the Warriors a ray of hope.

The Warriors had the last say with 9.6 remaining. Curry took a long shot but missed. Players scrambled for the loose ball and went to Draymon Green’s hands.

Green called for the timeout but Warriors didn’t have any to call that resulted to a technical free throw and ball possession for the Raptors.

Leonard sank the charity, got fouled after the inbound, put the nail in the coffin with 2 more free throws, called the game over 114-110 and won Toronto Raptors’ first ever NBA Title.

Kawhi Leonard was named Finals MVP plum during the awarding.

Congratulations Toronto Raptors! #WeTheNorth #WeTheChamps

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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Nanette Medved hailed as "true to life Darna" for donating classrooms in Marawi

Nanette Medved earned the praise of netizens as she donated classrooms for schoolchildren in Marawi City.

On her Instagram, Nanette shared snippets of her memorable trip to Marawi City with her organization, Team Hope. Among the many things she enjoyed, she said she was happy to be able to turnover classrooms to the schoolchildren.
Nanette Medved hailed as "true to life Darna" for donating classrooms in Marawi

Posing beside children, Nanette wrote,”So happy to be able to turn over 8 classrooms here in Marawi today. Thank you to the Maranao for your heart warming hospitality especially given the circumstances!”

She added, “Finally, thank you to the approximately 2 million choices that made these classrooms possible.”

The 90’s Darna also posed another smiling photo of her as she sat on the floor. Nanette wrote, “Me and my FOOD! Sitting on the floor, eating with my hands and enjoying Maranao hospitality just an amazing day! Thank you Marawi!”

Her post quickly gained the praises and compliments from netizens. Actress Iza Calzado commented, “You’re such an amazing woman! Congratulations to you and Team Hope!”

A netizen dubbed her a “true to life Darna!”

Another one wrote, “Wow! Beautiful lady with a beautiful heart.”

Nanette, however, clarified that the donation was made with the help of many companies, consumers who support their cause and “the tireless and inspiring work of the Hope Team for which nothing I do would be possible.”

Nanette rose to fame in the 90’s with movies such as "Sa Diyos Lang Ako Susuko" with Robin Padilla. But her biggest hit was when she played the iconic superhero “Darna” in 1991 directed by Joel Lamangan.

She has since shied away from showbiz around 2000 and got married to Christopher Po in South Africa in June 1999 and they now have 2 children, Ganden and Joss Dechen.

Aside from being a businesswoman, Nanette has focused on her advocacy as a philanthropist. She is the founder and CEO of Generation Hope in 2014.

HOPE sells “Hope in a Bottle” purified bottled water. All the profits of the products help build classrooms all across the country. To date, HOPE has built 78 classrooms that has helped 13,940 children.

The former star had earlier shared that her role as Darna has inspired her to do something good for others. Nanette said, “I always wanted to be useful in some way and I think my previous career has given me a little bit of an audience to leverage to do something good. I’ve always thought that people shouldn’t be a waste of space.”

— Sally, The Summit Express

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75-year-old lolo goes to school to finish Political Science degree in Pangasinan

MANILA, Philippines – Another elderly is going viral for his willingness to achieve his dream of finishing college.
Lolo Benj is still a student at age 75

At first glance, Benjamin Naoe looked like the school administrator or even the principal. But a closer look and you would see that he is actually a student.

Lolo Benjamin, at 75-year old, is a freshman college student who is excited to begin the school year.

Lolo Benj is still a student at age 75
Lolo Benj is still a student at age 75 | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Christian Monses

Already a proud lolo, Benjamin isn't letting age slow him down in achieving his goal.

According to the inspiring senior citizen, during his younger years, he only got to finish first year high school. When he had a family, he was forced to work abroad due to his lack of education.

For years, Lolo Benjamin had hoped to be given a chance to finish a college degree. Now that his wife has passed away and their children all grown up, Lolo Benjamin is giving his dream another shot.

Lolo Benjamin is pursuing a degree in Political Science
Lolo Benjamin is pursuing a degree in Political Science | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Christian Monses

Lolo Benjamin is now pursuing a degree in Political Science at the University of Pangasinan. One of his classmates, Christian Monses shared how the elderly student has inspired him to do good and finish his studies well.

Christian shared photos of Lolo Benjamin on Facebook and wrote, "Sa lahat ng kabataan na tamad mag-aral, sana gawin niyong inspiration ang mga taong kagaya ni lolo na ngayo'y ipinatuloy niya ang kanyang pag-aaral."

The elderly student inspires many netizens
The elderly student inspires many netizens | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Christian Monses

"Isa po ako sa mga estudyanteng na inspire ni lolo, pinatunayan nyo na hindi pa huli ang lahat upang ipagpatuloy ang pag-aaral," he added.

The inspired classmate added that at 75 years old, Lolo Benjamin is active and energetic as he walked up the 3rd floor to their room.

Christian ended, "Ang laking bagay sa akin na nakilala ko siya."

Like Christian, netizens were inspired with Lolo Benjamin's story.

Netizen D. Malaca has well-wishes for Lolo Benjamin, "Salute! May mga bata ngayon ayaw mag-aral, eto si lolo, hanggang kaya nag aaral. Grabe! God bless you lolo with many more years so that you can pursue what you’re not able to do in your younger years."

Another netizen wrote, "Never too late!” Inspiration po kayo!"

— Sally, The Summit Express

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NBA Finals: Warriors edge Raptors, extend series to Game 6

MANILA, Philippines – Kevin Durant made his 2019 Finals debut today but had to exit the floor early in the 2nd quarter as he sustained a lower leg injury but the Warriors led by the Splash Brothers still won Game 5, 106-105 on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Toronto Canada.

Steph and Klay drained 2 crucial triples to extend the series to Game 6
Steph and Klay drained 2 crucial triples to extend the series to Game 6 | Photo Credit: NBA

The Warriors being down 1-3, drew their final card: Kevin Durant, to prevent the Raptors from winning their first ever NBA title and keep their 3-peat dream alive.

Durant missed the 4 final games due to a calf injury but showed a good sign as he drained his first 2 triples on his re-entry together with Steph Curry for the early Golden State lead. Dubs hit 5 for 5 treys in the first 5 minutes of the game.

Outside scoring was obviously dominated by the Warriors. But the Raptors owned the shaded lane courtesy of Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol.

Durant’s flawless shooting gave his team a 34-28 advantage after the opener.

Just as Durant was having a great time on the floor, at the 9:50 mark of the 2nd quarter, he re-injured his calf and went out of the court limping and assisted.

Despite Durant’s absence in the second, the Raptors weren’t able to capitalize on it and looked disorganized as the Warriors widened their lead to double figures.

Aside from Durant, the Dubs relied on Klay Thompson and Steph Curry’s offensive onslaught. Curry was unstoppable from downtown and Fred Van Vleet had a hard time defending him from that particular area.

The Raptors made a decent run in the latter part of the 2nd quarter and somehow caught up with the Warriors as they downsized the lead to 62-56.

In just a blink of an eye after the 2nd half started, Golden State’s lead went up to double figures again as Klay Thompson continued to sizzle from the arc and after Kevin Durant had been officially declared out of game 5 by the medical staff due to a lower leg injury.

Van Vleet had troubles in going toe-to-toe against Curry but the backup point guard made a fantastic scoring run to lower the lead as the quarter clock winded down.

The Warriors slightly slowed down in scoring and the Raptors somehow got a little bit closer, 84-78 as the teams wrapped up the penultimate quarter.

It’s winning time for both squads as the final chapter of game 5 was unfolded. Toronto banked on its big man Serge Ibaka as they tried to overtake the Warriors. Ibaka made a living under the basket and slowly inched closer to the Golden State.

As Curry and Thompson ceased to score from the three point territory in the fourth, Kawhi Leonard waxed hot from all angles and finally grabbed the lead under 4 minutes of the ballgame.

Lo and behold, under a minute left, Golden State made a 9-0 run to retake the lead, 106-103 with big baskets from the splash brothers.

Down by 1 and with 14 ticks left, the Raptors had the chance to call it over but Kyle Lowry missed the game winner that extended the series to game 6 come June 14, 2019 back in Oakland California.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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Former janitor and houseboy graduates summa cum laude

Due to poverty, Abzonie ReΓ±o had to find a job after high school graduation so he could help support his family. He tried everything from being a houseboy, janitor, security guard, and factory worker. But when he finally went back to school, he wowed everyone after he graduated summa cum laude!

Former janitor and houseboy graduates summa cum laude
Photo credit: TV Patrol / ABS-CBN News

Abzonie shared that it was back in 2008 when he graduated from high school. Instead of proceeding to college, he left his hometown of Butuan City for Manila to support his family. Through the many jobs he held, Abzonie was able to support his family but later realized that he could help them better if he had a higher-paying stable job which he could have after he earned a college degree.

Thus, at age 23, Abzonie went back home and enrolled at Caraga State University - Ampayon Butuan City campus, taking up the course of Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Major in Math. He found a scholarship program to support his studies.

Feeling a bit self-conscious about his age at the time, he vowed to do his best because he was already old. This motivation helped him excel in his studies.

“Nakakahiya sobrang tanda ko na para maging first year college pa pero 'yun din po ang naging motivation ko,” Abzonie said.

He also focused on his goal of graduating from college to help bring his family out of poverty. After working hard for 4 years, he was finally able to graduate from college – and he did so with flying colors! He graduated summa cum laude, the first person to achieve such honor at the university.

“For seven years, it’s been my dream na makapag-aral ulit tapos siyempre po inspired po ako na galingan po siguro kasi matanda na ako,” Abzonie shared in his inspirational speech as valedictorian.

“Sobrang saya po proud sa sarili kasi 'yun nga hindi ako bumalik ng pag-aaral para mag-excel bumalik lang ako para makapagtapos lang po pero sobra-sobra pa po yung binigay ni Lord.”

Now that he graduated from college, Abzonie is preparing for the upcoming Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET).

Watch his inspiring story here:

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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