Nursing exam topnotcher from Leyte looks back on roller-coaster life



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TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines—The topnotcher in last December’s nursing board exams has no plans of leaving the country and working abroad.

Glicyl Alvero wants to stay and later teach the country’s future nurses instead of joining the throng of nurses who leave to seek greener pasture abroad.

“I want to stay here in the country and teach in a nursing school. I want to teach our future nurses and share to them what I have learned,” said Alvero.

Alvero topped the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in various cities of the country last December, which was held in 16 areas around the country.

She garnered a rating of 85.80 percent, besting 49,066 other examinees from various nursing schools in the country.

Alvero brought honors to her alma mater, Colegio de Sta. Lourdes of Leyte Foundation in Tabon-tabon town, Leyte, where she graduated cum laude.

She said she didn’t expect to top the board exams.

Alvero said she was watching television noontime show on Wednesday when she noticed the several missed calls on her mobile phone.

“The missed calls came from my teachers and friends. (And when I answered) their calls, they were all congratulating me for topping the board. I kept on shouting,” she said.

“I’m in total shock! I could not believe it at first when I learned that I topped the board examinations,” said Alvero, 20, in a phone interview on Wednesday night.

She attributed her success to her strong faith in God and her strong determination to succeed.

“In everything I do, I always ask God’s guidance. I have faith in God and, of course, I want to succeed in life. Mine is a roller-coaster one,” she said.

She was in Grade 4 and the youngest of nine siblings when her father, Glecerio, a jeepney driver, died.

Her mother, Adelaida, was a housewife but her eldest brother, Ashley, an engineer, shouldered her education from elementary to high school.

Alvero took the entrance examination at the Colegio de Sta. Lourdes of Leyte Foundation but she flunked. “But I persevered. I was able to enter my first year through the help of my elder sister,” she said.

Alvero said her sister Vivian Lorena also told her to study hard and get good grades because she could not promise continued support for her education until graduation.

And Alvero didn’t disappoint her family.

Although Vivian paid her tuition in first year college, she took and passed a test that enabled her to get a scholarship that partly paid her tuition. She was also given another scholarship offered by Mayor Rolando Celebre of Jaro town, her place of birth.

Her hard work paid off. She later graduated cum laude and then topped the board exams.

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  • syaoransangel

    good smart girl. congrats hija.

  • dickperez

    Very inspiring indeed – More power and success for her in her continued pursuit of happiness.

  • staad

    really? how about an offer of 5000€/mo (~ P270k/mo).
    that’s what pinay govt nurses earn here in the eu.

  • picker_blend

    new graduate and newly licensed ka palang. when reality sets in, you’ll find a country that does not appreciate your work and the calling of money will be a loud one – too loud to ignore. let’s check your pronouncements again after spending two years as a volunteer.

  • George Lapulapu

    ..congratulations.. all the best.. not everything in this world is about big money and can be bought with big money…

  • Commentator

    This shows the graduates of school in the provinces are also good. Not just UP, Ateneo , La Salle etc. where the bulk of government officials come from. I hope the government also hire from this schools especially the positions of department secretaries, justices and in government corporations.

    • george_padi

       TAMA! Di lahat ng magaling nasa Manila lang..

  • bogli_anakdami

    atta girl…

    sana tularan ka ng madla… and never to go astray like the nurses before you…

  • Willie


  • fache

    Good objective in life and congratulations for being a top notch examinee.

  • $18209031

    Mag work ka muna sa hospital o klinik dai. Bakit mag teteach  ka na wala pang tutuong experience.

  • $18209031

    Congrats to a fellow Visayan ! Good job, dai. You bet the Luzonyan tribes .  You made mga Bisaya proud !

    • catalansbarce

      Proud ang tanang mga Bisaya kang Inday Glicyl.. except.. NIMO kay sobra
      kabastos ang pangalan mo.., ilisdi na ang Username nimo
       ug GamayAkongUtin.

      • prince_janus

         HAHAHAHA. kataw-anan. Tama ayaw pud nang bulgar kaayo.

      • $18209031

        Ikaw pud oi. Ganahan bya na si Glicyl sa akuang kadaku a ! Ayawg pug seloso seloso diha oi kay mura pud kag pa tagalegleg. Manghambug sa ta sa pagkabisaya da oi.
        Again, congrats to a very smart lady Ms Glicyl na taga atoa oi!

      • Saloi-CDR

         unya tuli ka DakuAkong Otin? Ako kay pisot; Ilonggo man ko.

  • Pluma Mana

    naku inday sigura maexploit ka ng mga hospital sa pinas!… dapat maging wise ka para ikaw ang makinabang ng talino mo.

  • initrd

    Congratulations Glicyl, your teachers and your school in Leyte.

  • rodben

    Kawawa na naman mga board passers na to noong araw pagpumasa ka sa board may trabaho na nag aantay, pero ngayon kailangan mo pang magbayad sa hospital para makakuha ng experience certificate para magamit sa abroad at mabuti kong hospital ang trabaho doon pagminalas DH nalang ok na kaysa mabilang sa tambay sa Pinas.

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    The concept of staying in the country to show that one is patriotic is flawed at best.

  • rock_steady

    the best to show your patriotism is land a job abroad, get a nice salary to pay yourself for a job well-done. staying there in the philippines doing volunteer job and not getting paid is NOT patriotism, it’s stupidity. The philippines is NOT in shortage of nurses. do the lower ranking peers of yours a favor by leaving them a vacant spot for a job locally.

    Staying in your country to work is not patriotism. the OFWs working abroad are patriotics than the bums in the motherland waiting for remittances like beggars

    • george_padi

       Is it patriotism? wow! serving other nationalities because of MONEY!!!

      • rock_steady

         “serving”? nobody serves in america. there isn’t even a term “nurse volunteer”. sa pilipinas, volunteer ka lang pero binibilang ka as one of the staff. pagtratrabahuhin ka pero walang sweldo.. now that is “serving”! just because you stayed in the philippines does not make you a Patriot automatically. you have a FLAWED definition of patriotism. Siguro “happy ka!” magbayad ng buwis para ipamudmod ni Lolo Enrile.

      • george_padi

         FLAWED definition??so whats patriotism anyway? Isn’t it “love of ones country”? Are you implying that you love your country that’s why you have to go abroad and “work” to cater the needs of other nationalities? for MONEY? Isn’t it true that you go abroad to work for your own sake and not for our motherland?

    • george_padi

       so we are all bums here because we chose to stay in our motherland to serve her. what a self serving opinion you have!!!

  • Garo Ungaro

    A good example to other Pinoy, it can be done”hard work” and the belief that “that is a better future” Congratulation!

  • mynnyx

    ang payo ko lumabas ka  at magtrabaho sa ibang bansa kasi walang mangyayari sa iyo sa pinas………magsasakripisyo ka dyan…….tatawagin kang bayani pero di mo alam ang pera ng pilipinas ay ninanakaw lang ng mga nakapwesto sa gobyerno…………..

  • I am Balthazar

    Ilang taon mong bubunuin sa pagtatrabaho sa Pinas ang ginastos mo sa pag-aaral ng Nursing? Perhaps, it’s not all about money…but really?  

  • Rovingmoron

    Good advertisement for the mayor of Jaro, Leyte. Well, you’re one of a kind! Congrats, Glicyl! Give this nurse a scholarship grant for her M.A. in Nursing in the U.S.!

  • Eastern Visayas Dog and Cat

    Glicyl Alvero: What you learn here leave it here…share your knowledge

    • Hurtlocker1

      Naaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!!!!  Too many are already here who shared their best knowlegde..

      Just dont go into teaching. Strive to work in a hospital.
      DAhil meron ka “kakilala” sa government, ask for a good recommendation so you can work in a government hospitals.

      kong wala ka “wasta, arabic word for KAPIT”, naku, malabo ka makatrabaho sa government hospitals…believe u me.

  • mutawa

     That’s a good decision to stay in the country since USA is not taking foreign nursing grads anymore. There’s surplus of nursing grads in the states since they realized, this is a job that cannot be outsourced.  Good Luck and hope you don’t end up working in the call center, but its a job that pay the bills anyway.

  • Yanong_OFW

    Magpakatoo ka Ineng..

  • speedstream2

    Congratulations! With the Lord’s help, hard work and determination always pay off. 

  • nanyo_nanyo

    mag trabaho ka sa ibang bansa para malaki sahod, pag mayaman ka na, saka bumalik sa pilipinas at tumulng sa mahihirap

  • Noypistuff

    Congrats Glicyl!


    A good argument against the RH Law. 

    Imagine the youngest of Nine Siblings. 


    • mxsclxmxn

      Stupid comment!

  • $18209031

    Sigi lang dai kay muabot ra nang grasya kung sulti pas mga lolos ug lolas nato da. Kung mo serbisyo publiko ka sa atoa, siguradoa na  libre ang pagkaon kay dili basta basta ang mahimong nars. Daku na kaayo imong sakripisyo para mahimong propesyunal ug lisensyado. Basta mag exksperience sa para dili ka mukoy sa mga skills. Importante kaayo na kay in the real world its mainly skills  and confidence and above all knowledge .

     Ayawg pabuntis dayon dai kay maulahi ka sa kinabuhi. Uyab uyab ka dili ka muasinso. Adto kas abroad para makakwarta ka sa husto unya negosyo paghuman. Ayawg asawa ug pobre, walay kwenta . Dapat imong bulungon kanang but an ug negosyante para walay libog. Mark my words and you will do well. Rememnber there are many pitfalls in lifes journey and one is getting pregnant especially for a young lady. Do not get into that trap , it will drag you down. Good luck .

  • CN

    Get out of the country! You can still help our kababayan even if you’re out of the country. Don’t regret it later. Maybe you’re still saying such because you’re still young, but when you grow a little bit older, you’ll change your perspective, but I hope that in the future, there is still a vacant position for you here in abroad. Sayang! your position will be given to egyptian, indian, or indonesian nurses. Years from now you’ll get an eye opener;
    a) Low salary, but if your salary increase, you’ll feel the burden of taxation, SSS, philhealth, and Pag-Ibig contribution.
    b) A large portion of your tax will just go into corruption.
    c) Why can’t I buy my family a nice house or a car?
    You know young lady, there are two things that one needs to be successful; One is brains, which I notice you have, and the other one is DISKARTE.
    Well then, you’re still young. When you get a little bit older, you’ll change your mindset. ;)

    • Hurtlocker1

      my piece of advice: dont go into teaching.

      purse a hospital career. while working at the hospital, take a master’s degree in management, not MAN or MN..

      Enrol in a graduate study of health-related management, to prepare your future hospital nursing management…

  • Ros Feliciano


    The national and city governments should
    provide incentives in the form of anything from employment or rewards for those
    who placed in the top ten of any board examination. This encourages many to be
    more dedicated to reach the pinnacle of their career.

  • Cola

    Please work abroad so can have a better life, at least, economically.  Take it from me, I worked here in Pinas in Government.  Naging manager pa ako.  But because I did not steal, and I have 3 children whom I have to send to school, wala pa rin akong bahay.  As a nurse, you are expected to become an EMPLOYEE, and not a practitioner, so, limited ang magiging kita mo.  At least, sa labas ng bansa, mas malaki ang magiging sahod mo.

  • joboni96

    mabuhay ka

    pero mag business ka
    on the side

    maternity services siguro

  • Felix

    Mag abroad ka at siguradong marami ka din matutuhan sa abroad tungkol sa trabaho mo bilang nurse at sa praktikal na buhay at sa pagiging makabayan.  Kung sakaling ayaw mo na sa ibang bansa, welcome ka lagi sa pinas. May nagsabi din na mag -aral ka pa. Tama yun na mag patuloy ka pa sa pag aaral.

  • rage b.

    It’s not all about money dahil ba nurse abroad agad?saan sa abroad??ang magagandang lugar na pinupuntahan dati close na kung pupunta ka man you have to study pa rin to be able to level up sa standard nang education nila,tumaas din ang standard nila because nursing is good job without redundancy so maraming kumuha nito,ang place mo na lang saudi,hmmmmm isip isip much better sa pinas.

  • Crysis_III

    Ano ba number mo Glicyl? I will marry you and bring you to the

    • catalansbarce

      Good offer for Glicyl, I agree..,but , make it serious,, kawawa yang
      bata kapag lolokohin mo.

  • kismaytami

    Di bale nang mag-call center ka, kahit paano disente naman ang kikitain mo. Kesa mag-training ka nang mag-training sa mga ospital dito sa Pilipinas para mag-gain ng experience, kung saan ikaw pa mismo ang magbabayad ng training fee sa ospital. See you at the nearest call center.

  • Diego

    Inday, ‘wag ka magsasalita ng tapos na hindi ka lalabas ng bansa. Mararamdaman mo rin ang hirap sa trabaho pero kapos sa suweldo.

  • $18209031

    Remember dai na high ka pa karon kay ikaw ang no 1 —-but that doesnt mean nothing . THere are literally millions of narses sa Pinas competing for jobs.  Nursing is  not  a profession to get rich but servicing human kind when they are sick in bed. If you want to get into  teaching profession theres only one way and thats  getting  your masters. Or else you will be wiping butts and smell shzt , that is  all part of nursing. Or you can pursue medicine.

  • gyvv

    she deserves to be praised for her unequaled effort not lambasted by those who dont know hard work to begin with. Kudos iha!

  • goldilock

    Now that you are in the news. Run for senator for 2016 election. You have 2 years to study Philippine policies and procedures while you elect to teach in the country.

    Heres your plan:

    1. 2016 – Senator/Congresswoman.
    2. Other option: Governor – needs business management.
    3. After 2 terms Jump for Vice President.

    Board topnother in the Senate will be a winner.

  • Ewan

    I praised you kung yun talaga yun plan mo. at least di k gaya ng iba mukha pera. pero wala nman masa if mag abroad ka mag ipon ka then balik ka sa pinas. kasi mahirap talaga ang buhay sa ibang bansa. kaya ako ipon ipon tapos invest sa pinas.

  • Perla Duque

    My ka-Waray-Waray: I am so proud of you. Incidentally, the founder/owner of your school, Dr. Rustico Balderian, is my former classmate in 1st year College of Law, UE, Recto, Manila, 1976-1977. He was also into medicine that time at MCU, then quit law school. We heard he went to the USA later with his family, but came back and opened up that school in the lot left by his parents in Tabon-Tabon, Leyte, a 5th class municipality like ours in Dulag, out of his desire to help poor children there who wanted/s to enroll in midwifery & nursing, but could not afford the expenses of enrolling in known schools in Tacloban City, several kilometers away. I understand that he is also subsidizing that school personally and later became a municipal mayor there too. I would have wanted to see and congratulate him personally in one of my visits to my hometown but do not have time. Again, congrats to him for a job well done and you as well, for bringing honor to your school and our province.

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