Young Ivatan Tops NMAT
Ivatans here and abroad take pride and joy with feelings of victory to
featurize a young kababayan who has buoyed Ivatan record in the academe
in the person of Valery Cantero Cabal. She is the only child of Engr.
Antonio Cabal, cum laude UST graduate and Joseline Elcano Cantero Cabal,
Nursing UST graduate, both Batanes High School Valedictorians of Class
1971 and Class 1976 respectively.
Valery has consistent extraordinary academic and co-curricular achievements
from the grades to collegiate. Her parents, both highest achievers occupy
prestigious positions being a manager of the Engineering Department of
Metro Bank and a supervising nurse at North Ridge Medical Centre, Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, USA at the same time a professor at a School of Nursing
The most bemedalled pupil and a multi-awardee since kinder at La Consolacion,
Biņan, Laguna, Valery was accelerated in the grades. La Consolacion College
said it was the first time in history of this school that one pupil received
16 major awards at a time. She was featured on the Celebrity World page
of the Manila Bulletin, March 1993 issue at the 11. She finished secondary
at the Philippine Science High School at the age of 14.
Then her BS Biology at the University of Santo Tomas was a smooth sailing
begetting medals right and left. She was chosen by the university to join
the Search for Outstanding Students in the Philippines among the top contenders
from the different department. Out of the 500 students from colleges and
universities in the country who submitted their credentials to Procter
and Gamble Phil. Inc. there were just 100 left after the screening examinations.
All nominees were given Procter and Gamble World Wide Problem Solving
Test which was the second screening that left 32 qualified for interview.
The finalists were invited for Interview to determine the Students Excellence
The 3-month search was a huge success with Procter and Gamble receiving
some 150 young men and women with exceptional academic and leadership
qualities. The third screening bared 12 student excellence awardees from
32 finalists. The august and victorious 12 were named from four universities:
UST, De La Salle, Ateneo de Manila and UP-Diliman. And one of them representing
UST was Valery Cabal.
Young beauteous and talented Valery passed the National Medical Admission
Test (NMAT) with a percentile of 99. This was published in the Manila
Bulletin, March 21, 2000 issue.
Published in April 2000 issue of the Manila Bulletin, was Valery having
topped the NMAT in the whole country, NMAT is a pre-requisite for students
to pursue a Medical course.
She received P20,000 cash prize and package job opportunities.
The BNHS family as well as the Ivatan communities here and abroad congratulates
Valery Cantero Cabal. Congratulations is also extended to her parents,
her paternal grandparents Mrs. Alice Cabal Geronimo and family and her
maternal grandparents Mr. And Mrs. Ramon Cantero and family.
Ivatans share in the success of her outstanding demonstration of academic
excellence and organizational leadership who best exemplify the ideals
of her university.
Congratulations and may her tribe increase.