Three friends in Top 10 of Physician board exam

The Top 10 of this year’s Physician Board Exams is extra special because three good friends made it to the list!

BFFs Daniel Panaglima, Jessa Elaine Fronda, and Wilma Cleo Borja Dapog recently passed the March 2019 Physician Licensure Examination (PLE) ranking third, fifth, and tenth, respectively.

The three friends all wanted to be doctors as kids; though they weren’t friends then.

Dapog comes from Ragay, Camarines Sur in Bicol Region while Fronda and Panaglima hail from Oriental Mindoro. They all received scholarships at the Manila Adventist College where they would take up Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The three quickly became friends, with their circle of friends soon increasing to twelve after nine more joined their happy group. The twelve called themselves as ‘Royalty Much’, after a Bible verse.

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Even as nursing students, the three were already quite close and would help each other in their studies. When someone was feeling tired or having difficulties, the others would readily help out.

After graduating from nursing, the three would receive full scholarships from schools in Cebu City that they would accept to become doctors.

Three friends in Top 10 of Physician board exam
Photo credit: Cebu Daily News

Because Dapog graduated Summa Cum Laude, she received a full scholarship from Cebu Doctors’ University in Cebu City. Her friends Fronda and Panaglima also got full scholarships from Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine, Inc., a medical school also located in Cebu City.

Now in two different schools but still in the same city, the three managed to continue their bond. To manage stress, the three would also have fun watching movies and TV shows together.

“We were able to finish watching Grey’s Anatomy, House MD, How I Met Your Mother, and Game of Thrones just like everyone else,” Fronda revealed.

While reviewing for the board exams, the three shared the same boarding house and continued to be study buddies. Their collective effort and team support worked because they all managed to land in the Top 10!

“We did not see each other competing with each other but grew together in one circle of friends. Together with (our) other friends,” Panaglima shared.

Now that they have become doctors, the three plan to go back to their respective provinces to give back and help the poor people there who are in need of help.

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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