Civil Engineering board passer shares 'pamahiin' during exam

Superstitions, or commonly known as “pamahiin” in the Philippines, are beliefs or practices that stem from the idea that certain actions, objects, or events can bring good luck, bad luck, or some kind of supernatural influence.

These beliefs often lack scientific basis and can vary widely across different cultures and traditions. Superstitions may involve rituals, such as avoiding walking under a ladder, carrying a lucky charm, or throwing salt over one's shoulder, and they often persist because of anecdotal evidence or cultural transmission. While superstitions are not based on rational or empirical evidence, they can still influence people's behavior and decisions.

Did you know that even when taking the board exam, there are superstitions being followed?

Leo James C. Baguin from Cagayan de Oro City was among those who passed the May 2022 Civil Engineering Licensure Exam. He graduated from the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in April 2019.

Civil Engineering board passer shares 'pamahiin' during exam
Photo courtesy: via PEP

According to PEP's report, Baguin narrated that when he was still in high school, he already loved drawing and understood Math. When he heard his classmate talking about the civil engineering course, he became curious about it. When his classmate said that the course involved drawing and math, he decided that this would be his major in college. But once he started taking civil engineering classes, he realized that it was not just about drawing and math.

Leo was fortunate enough to pass and graduate. After graduating, he immediately worked at a construction firm. There, he decided to take a break from work to spend time reviewing for the board exam. However, because he was challenged, he decided to multitask. He worked during the day and reviewed at night.

In addition to reviewing, Leo also followed superstitions regarding taking the board exam. He wore red underwear, sharpened two pencils that belonged to a CE passer, prayed to Jesus Christ and St. Jude, did not look back at the testing area after leaving and handing in the test booklet, and tapped the blackboard to be among the topnotchers.

So when the results came out, he was overjoyed to see his name on the list of those who passed.

Leo considered his work at the construction company a stepping stone, and when he has saved enough, he plans to start his own firm. His advice to others like him is to stay strong and not rely too much on superstitions; it's fine to follow them, but trust more in the Lord.

— Noel Ed Richards, The Summit Express

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