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Chemical engineer topnotcher: Always remember your roots

Al Gobres, who topped the October 2021 Chemical Engineer Licensure Exams, hails from Bicol and is the second of three children of a 54-year-old company driver and a 49-year-old private employee.

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AI Christian Regorgo Gobres of the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

University of the Philippines-Diliman graduate Al Christian Regorgo Gobres has always prioritized his goal of becoming an engineer.

Gobres hails from Bicol and is the second of three children of a 54-year-old company driver and a 49-year-old private employee.

In a recent announcement by the Professional Regulations Commission, Gobres topped the October 2021 Chemical Engineer Licensure Exams with a score of 84 percent.

Of 679 examinees, 321 passed.

Gobres graduated valedictorian at the Ibalon Elementary School in Legazpi in 2011. He achieved the highest honor at the Philippine Science High School-Bicol in 2015. He finished magna cum laude at UP Diliman in 2020.

Asked to reflect on his academic journey, he said it is important to always remember one’s roots. When feeling down, and no matter how many times you fail, look back on why you are striving.

Following Gobres in the top 10 of the Chemical Engineer licensure exams are:

2. Jeffrey Sibug Palcone, Adamson University (83.40)

3. Alister Marc Bangsail Domiles, Saint Louis University (82.50)

3. Justine Valero Cientos, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod City (82.30)

4. Frances Elaisah Cosio de Salit, University of the Philippines-Los Baños (82.20)

5. Elizalde Miguel Salazar Flores, University of the Philippines-Visayas-Iloilo City (82.20)

6. Alexander Jimuel Banaga Vibar, Malayan Colleges Laguna (82.00)

7. Maricar Balante Lagrada (University of the Philippines-Los Baños (81.70)

8. Joshua Santiago Aldave, University of Santo Tomas (81.30)

9. Carla Felise Abejo Salgado. De La Salle University (81.30)

10. Vince Alegre Dapanas, Cebu Institute of Technology University (81.00)

Martine Joseph Lappay dela Cruz of Cagayan State University (80.90 percent)

Gobres currently works as a supply chain engineer at a private company in Laguna.

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