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FEBRUARY ... ENDS

Having only 28 days in common years, it is the only month of the year that can pass without a single full moon. It is also the only month of the calendar that once every six years and twice every 11 years, will have only four full 7-day weeks. Where the first day of the month starts on a Sunday and the last day ends on a Saturday, this was observed in 2009 and can be traced back 11 years to 1998, another 11 years back to 1987, and 6 years back to 1981; and so on twice 11 years consecutively and once six years either forward into the future or back into the past. This works unless the pattern is broken by a skipped leap year, but no leap year has been skipped since 1900 and no others will be skipped until 2100. A year of this kind would be a common year starting on Thursday. It cannot happen in a leap year. 2004, which was a leap year, would have observed this format had it been a common year.

Many people pronounce the 'ru' of "February" /juː/ you rather than /ruː/ roo, as if it were spelled "Feb-u-ary". This comes about by analogy with "January" (which ends in "-uary" but not "-ruary"); as well as by a dissimilation effect whereby having two "r"s close to each other causes one to change for ease of pronunciation. The Scots language names for the month are Feberwary and Februar, the latter usually pronounced with a long "ay" in the first syllable.

BAHAY...

OF LIFE AND LIVING

We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.

CESDEV-NURSING GENERAL MEETING

To all volunteers, please visit the office next week for the specific team tasks and listing of specific assignments for the activities that were tackled during the meeting. This powerpoint presentation is posted in this blog for the benefit of those volunteers who, for some reason, could not attend and were not able to attend the said meeting. Please take the responsibility of updating yourself about the items that were brought up during the meeting.

BAYAN KO BY LIBERA



Libera is a non-profit all-boy vocal group directed by Robert Prizeman. Their name comes from their signature song "Libera," which is based on the Libera Me portion of the Requiem Mass. "Libera" is the Latin word for "free". Most of the boys in Libera come from the parish choir of St. Philip's, Norbury, in South London. The albums, tours and TV appearances the boys do as Libera are in addition to their regular singing as part of the full choir of men and boys at parish choral services. Here, the Libera Boys Choir sings Bayan Ko during their concert at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

EDSA REVOLUTION IN RETROSPECT

EDSA REVOLUTION

The People Power Revolution (also known as the EDSA Revolution and the Philippine Revolution of 1986) was a series of nonviolent and prayerful mass street demonstrations in the Philippines that occurred in 1986. It was the inspiration for subsequent non-violent demonstrations around the world. It is sometimes referred to as the Yellow Revolution due to the presence of yellow ribbons during the arrival of Ninoy Aquino.

These protests were the culmination of a long resistance by the people against the 20-year running authoritarian regime of then president Ferdinand Marcos and made news headlines as "the revolution that surprised the world". The majority of the demonstrations took place at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, known more commonly by its acronym EDSA, in Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila and involved over 2,000,000 Filipino civilians as well as several political, military, and religious figures, such as Jaime Cardinal Sin.

The protests, fueled by a resistance and opposition of years of corrupt governance by Marcos, occurred from February 22 to 25 in 1986, when Marcos fled Malacañang Palace to the United States and conceded to Corazon Aquino as President of the Philippines.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_Power_Revolution

HANDOG NG PILIPINO SA MUNDO



APO Hiking Society member Jim Paredes' most prominent solo work is 1986' "Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo", which has come to be known as the anthem of the bloodless 1986 People Power Revolution. It was recorded by 15 Filipino artists in April of that year, and its English version "A New and Better Way" was launched in Australia a few months later. In recognition of its significance, the lyrics of the song are embedded on a wall of the Our Lady of Edsa Shrine, which commemorates the 1986 revolution.

WE ARE THE WORLD - THE ORIGINAL

WE ARE THE WORLD - THE CHARITY SINGLE

"We Are the World" is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and co-produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World.

The song was released on March 7, 1985, as the only single from the album. A worldwide commercial success, it topped music charts throughout the world and became the fastest-selling American pop single in history. The first ever single to be certified multi-platinum, "We Are the World" received a 4× certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Four months after the release of "We Are the World", USA for Africa had taken in almost $10.8 million. The majority of the money came from record sales within the US. Members of the public also donated money—almost $1.3 million within the same time period. In May 1985, USA for Africa officials estimated that they had sold between $45 million and $47 million worth of official merchandise around the world.

In June 1985, the first USA for Africa cargo jet carrying food, medicine and clothing departed for Ethiopia and the Sudan. It stopped en route in New York, where 15,000 T-shirts were added to the cargo. Included in the supplies were high-protein biscuits, high-protein vitamins, medicine, tents, blankets and refrigeration equipment.

Since its release, "We Are the World" has raised over $63 million for humanitarian causes. Ninety percent of the money was pledged to African relief, both long and short term. The long term initiative included efforts in birth control and food production. The remaining 10 percent of funds was earmarked for domestic hunger and homeless programs in the US.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Are_the_World

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RENSON!

LEND A HAND TO LIFE ...

There comes a time
When we hear a certain call
When the world
Must come together as one

There are people dying
And it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all ...

WE ARE THE WORLD - THE REMAKE



More than 80 of music's biggest stars gathered for a charity remake of "We Are the World" in support of Haitian earthquake relief. Among the voices in the 81-member choir were Pink, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Nick Jonas, LL Cool J, Robin Thicke, Celine Dion, Akon, Rob Thomas, Wyclef, Jeff Bridges, Vince Vaughn, Barbra Streisand, Jordin Sparks, Good Charlotte's Madden brothers, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, Jamie Foxx, Tyrese, Katharine McPhee, Sean Garrett, Will.I.Am, Carlos Santana, Melanie Fiona, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, Jason Mraz, Miley Cyrus, Busta Rhymes, Nicole Scherzinger, Nicole Richie, Usher, Julianne Hough, Raphael Saadiq, Zac Brown, India.Arie, "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, Musiq Soulchild, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Fonzworth Bentley, Kid Cudi, Iyaz, Bizzy Bone, Nipsey Hussle, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, Trey Songz, Faith Evans, Mya and Gladys Knight.

WE ARE THE WORLD 25 FOR HAITI - OFFICIAL VIDEO



We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving

WE ARE THE WORLD 25 FOR HAITI




"We Are the World 25 for Haiti" is a 2010 song and charity single recorded by the supergroup Artists for Haiti. It is a remake of the 1985 hit song "We Are the World", which was written by American musicians Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and was recorded by USA for Africa to benefit famine relief in Africa.

Initially, in late 2009, it had been suggested to Richie and Quincy Jones—producer of the original "We Are the World—that a re-cut version of the song be re-released under the title "Live 25". 25 refers to the years since the original recording. Following the magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake in Haiti, which devastated the area and killed hundreds of thousands of people, it was agreed that the song would be re-recorded by new artists, in the hope that it would reach a new generation and help benefit the people of Haiti.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Are_the_World_25_for_Haiti

WE ARE THE WORLD - THE MAKING



The song was recorded in fourteen hours by over eighty artists on February 1, and was released and debuted on February 12, 2010, during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics. "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" was released as a CD single and a digital download. Lengths of the song vary from around three minutes to nearly seven minutes. It was produced by Rickey Minor and RedOne, and executively produced by Richie, Jones and Haitian-American musician Wyclef Jean. A music video directed by Paul Haggis was released to accompany and promote the song.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GWENA!


MEDLEY ... DEFINED

In music, a medley is a piece composed from parts of existing pieces, usually three, played one after another, sometimes overlapping. They are common in popular music, and most medleys are songs rather than instrumental. A medley which is a remixed series is called a megamix, often done with tracks for a single artist, or for popular songs from a given year or genre.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medley_(music)

GREAT MEDLEY

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MORE HOLIDAYS!

CEBU City residents and those who work in the city will enjoy a holiday on Feb. 24, a Wednesday, when the City Government celebrates its 73rd Charter Day. Students will enjoy two holidays next week. There will be no classes in all public and private schools in the city on Feb. 24, and a special holiday for all schools will also be observed on Feb. 22, a Monday.

The country will commemorate the 24th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution on Feb. 25 yet. But in Proclamation 1841, President Arroyo moved its observance to the Monday closest to the anniversary.

As for the Charter Day holiday, Republic Act 7287 signed by former President Corazon Aquino declares Feb. 24 a special non-working day throughout Cebu City. City Information Officer Nagiel Bañacia said there will be no work and classes on that day.

Under labor laws, an additional 30 percent will be paid as premium to those who will work on Feb. 24, which covers government and private sector employees in Cebu City only.

As stated in the Philippine News Agency website, Republic Act 9492 provides that all holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation.

In July last year, President Arroyo signed Proclamation 1841 declaring the regular holidays, special (non-working) days, and special holidays (for all schools) for the year 2010.

The proclamation states that Feb. 22, or the Monday closest to Feb. 25, is a special holiday to serve as an “inspiration to all Filipinos everywhere as we continue to chart our collective course as a nation and as a people.”

The entire country celebrates each year the anniversary of the Feb. 25, 1986 People Power revolution, which restored basic rights such as free speech, freedom of assembly and a free press after 14 years of Martial Law.

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/no-classes-feb-22-and-24

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAZEL!


MABUTI PA SILA

FEBRUARY 22, HOLIDAY!

Based on Proclamation 1841 , which Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo released on July 21, 2009, EDSA Day Special Holiday will be observed on February 22, 2010 (Monday) in the Philippines. This holiday will only be for students. As for the rest of the workforce, it’s an official duty day. Therefore it is a WORKING HOLIDAY.

EDSA Day commemorates the first bloodless revolution in the world — PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION on February 25, 1986. Millions of Filipinos from all walks of life, took their sentiments in the busy street of EDSA (acronym for Epifanio de los Santos Avenue)to support the cause of freedom.

http://pinoyworld.org/2010/02/13/is-february-22-2010-a-working-holiday-in-the-philippines/

FIRE POI DANCE FOR THE CHINESE NEW YEAR

OATH-TAKING FOR NEW REGISTERED NURSES

The Oath-taking for those who recently passed the November 2009 Philippine Nurses Licensure Examination (PNLE) will be on March 16, 2010 at the Grand Convention Center of Cebu, Archbishop's Reyes Ave.

Please pay your management fee and PNA membership fee (P 1,000.00) directly to the PNA Office at the Southern Islands Alumni Center at the back of Bank of Commerce Fuente.

PRC Registration will be paid directly to PRC. Oath Form can also be taken at the PRC Regional Office. Initial registration and annual fee is pegged at 1,050.00 excluding doc stamps, envelope and pictures.

THE TIGER DANCE



Although there is a hearsay saying that "tiger dance" carries the ominous meaning of "eating up", it was still performed during the Nirvanaland Chinese New Year celebration choreographed by Mr. Carlo Abaquita, a registered nurse and a graduate of UC Banilad College of Nursing Batch 2006.

The action of tiger dance is slower than lion dance. The focus would be on its mighty and steady steps. Team members were unable to get used to it at first. It has limited motions but consumes more physical strength.

THE METAL TIGER



February 14, 2010 was the celebration of the Chinese New Year also known as the Lunar New Year. It is a significant holiday in the Chinese culture celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar.

The year 2010 marks the celebration of the Metal Tiger. It starts February 14, 2010 and ends on February 2, 2011. The Tiger is the third sign in the Chinese zodiac cycle, and is a sign of courage. The tiger, a spirited and fiery warrior is admired by the ancient Chinese as the sign that keeps away the three main tragedies of a household: fire, thieves and phantoms.

THE DRAGON AND THE LION DANCE



The four-legged dancing creature is a lion, which is maneuvered by two dancers (one moves the head while the other moves the tail). It has wiggling ears and blinking eyes and is the one that also goes around the streets and reaches for the angpao or red envelope hung at the door. It is usually led by a masked man with a fan.

On the other hand, a dragon has a longer body that is maneuvered by more dancers. It is a guided by a man that holds a dragon ball.

FIREWORKS FOR THE CHINESE NEW YEAR



Fireworks were invented in ancient China in the 12th century to scare away evil spirits, as a natural extension of the Chinese invention of gunpowder. Such important events and festivities as Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival were and still are times when fireworks are guaranteed sights. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world.

GONG RINGING




The ringing of the gong is practiced as a minor cure to bring good to the environment and rid of negativity. It is believed that the ringing of the gong is a way to communicate to the spirit world and invite kind spirits to protect the household. Gongs came to symbolize luck because it was thought of as lucky if the kind spirits came. The sounds of the gong is also used as a healing element. The pleasing sounds are believed to be able to relieve tension and anger during stressful situations.

WELCOMING THE CHINESE NEW YEAR AND VALENTINE'S DAY

KUNG HEI FAT CHOI / KIONG HEE HUAT TSIA ?

This Chinese New Year, you no doubt wonder which greeting is correct: Kung Hei Fat Choi or Kiong Hee Huat Tsia?

Both greetings refer to the same set of 4 Chinese characters that literally means “Congratulations and wishing you prosperity!” Which one is the more approriate term when you are in the Philippines? (Actually, one term doesn't even mean "Happy New Year.")

“Kung Hei Fat Choi” has obviously been the more popular one, commonly said and printed on banners, advertisements and different forms of media. But this greeting is Cantonese.

Considering that majority of the Chinese Filipinos here in the Philippines speak the Hokkien dialect, I recommend that we say the greeting in Hokkien, which is pronounced and spelled as "Kiong Hee Huat Tsai."

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/02/13/10/kung-hei-fat-choi-or-kiong-hee-huat-tsai

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, IVY!


VALENTINE'S DAY

Saint Valentine's Day (commonly shortened to Valentine's Day)[1][2][3] is an annual holiday held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.[1][3] The holiday is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). The holiday first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards.[4]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine's_Day

MAHAL KITA KASI ...

LOVE IS ...

“Love is patient; love is kind
and envies no one.
Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude;
never selfish, not quick to take offense.
There is nothing love cannot face;
there is no limit to its faith,
its hope, and endurance.
In a word, there are three things
that last forever: faith, hope, and love;
but the greatest of them all is love.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MISS POGOY!

THE CHINESE NEW YEAR

Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is sometimes called the "Lunar New Year" by English speakers. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month (Chinese: 正月; pinyin: zhēng yuè) in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival. Chinese New Year's Eve is known as chú xī. It literally means "Year-pass Eve".

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Lunar Calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Ancient Chinese New Year is a reflection on how the people behaved and what they believed in the most.

This coming Chinese New Year, it will be the Year of the Tiger. The Chinese New Year 2010, which is the Year of the Tiger will officially start on February 14, 2010, Valentines Day!

SPREAD THE LOVE ...


NO GREATER LOVE

You loved me when I was so unlovely
You sought me when I was lost
You showed me how much You really loved me
When You bought me at the highest cost

There's no greater love than this
That a man would give his life for a friend
There's no higher sacrifice
Than a man would give his life
You have paid the highest price for me

You chose me when I was so unworthy
You cleansed me with Your own blood
You clothed me with righteousness and mercy
And You crowned me with Your steadfast love

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CRAIG!

CHED ASKED TO REGULATE PNLE REPEATERS

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) in Western Visayas wants to limit the rights of repeaters to re-take the nursing licensure examination. Repeaters are considered those who have failed to pass the examinations the first time around.

Dr. Rex Casiple, CHEd assistant regional director, said repeaters pulled down the passing percentage of 16 nursing schools in Western Visayas, which otherwise performed well during the November 2009 nursing board examinations.

Citing data from the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC), Casiple said 4,028 out of 8,047 examinees in Western Visayas or 50 percent passed the examination, the result of which was released on February 1. The regional passing rate is 10.28 percent higher than the national passing average of 39.72 percent. Sixteen of the 21 nursing schools in the region or 76 percent were high performers or performing above the national average, according to Casiple.

But Casiple said the repeaters pulled down the regional passing average. He said 60 percent of the first-time takers passed but only 24 percent of the repeaters or 548 out of the 2,286 did. He said this held true in the national passing average of 39.72 percent with the passers among first-time takers reaching 49.39 percent while only 26.69 percent of all repeaters nationwide passed.

Of the 94,462 examinees who took in the nursing board in the country, 54,326 or 57.6 percent were first-time takers and 40,069 or 42.2 percent were repeaters, according to Casiple. CHEd and PRC must formulate a policy to regulate repeaters in taking the board examination or require them to take refresher subjects or lessons.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20100207-251793/CHED-eyes-limits-on-repeaters-re-take-of-nursing-exams

EVERYDAY

FEWER FILIPINO NURSES SOUGHT WORK IN U.S.

As the United States still had to allow the massive influx of foreign nurses to its shores due to a severe lack of nurses, the number of Filipinos that sought to enter America’s nursing profession plunged by 26 percent in 2009, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said in a statement Sunday.

A total of 15,382 Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time from January to December 2009, a decrease of 5,364 compared to the 20,746 that took the examinations in the same 12-month period in 2008, according to former senator and TUCP secretary general Ernesto Herrera.

TUCP’s disclosure came shortly after the Philippines' Professional Regulation Commission bared the results of the November 2009 eligibility examinations for nurses. Only 37,527 or less than 40 percent of the 94,462 nursing graduates that took the licensure test passed—the poorest performance since 2000. To build up the competitiveness of Filipino nurses in foreign labor markets, Herrera pushed for:

* The immediate shutdown of 152 nursing schools previously classified as "substandard" by the Commission on Higher Education;

* The annual rating of the remaining 308 nursing colleges (net of the 152 to be closed down), based on the performance of their graduates in the local licensure examinations over the last five years, and the yearly publication of the rating of every college so that buyers of nursing education may be guided accordingly;

* The provision of free intensive second foreign language training, via the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, to nursing graduates seeking employment in non-English speaking countries such as Japan and the Middle East; and

* The strengthening of the capabilities of all state-owned hospitals, whether run by the Department of Health or by local governments, to provide superior clinical training to junior and senior nursing students.

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view/20100207-251773/Fewer-Filipino-nurses-sought-work-in-US-in-09

PANUNUMPA NG PROPESYONAL



PANANAGUTAN

Walang sinuman ang nabubuhay
Para sa sarili lamang
Walang sinuman ang namamatay
Para sa sarili lamang

Chorus:
Tayong lahat ay may pananagutan sa isa’t-isa
Tayong lahat ay tinipon ng Diyos
Na kapiling N’ya

Sa ating pagmamahalan
At paglilingkod kanino man
Tayo ay nagdadala ng balita ng kaligtasan

Repeat Chorus
Sabay-sabay ngang mag-aawitan
Ang mga bansa
Tayo’y tinuring ng Panginoon
Bilang mga anak

Repeat Chorus
Instrumental
Repeat Chorus

Tayong lahat ay tinipon ng Diyos
Na kapiling N’ya

LOOKING BEYOND ...

WINNING

“Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.”

~ Winston Churchill

WATCH KAPAMILYA MAS WINNER KA!



Please watch Kapamilya Mas Winner Ka at 9:45 AM today. Some of our student nurses were studio players and won for themselves cash prizes as well as gift items.

THEY DON"T REALLY CARE ABOUT US

The 1,500 inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) gained world recognition anew with its new dance routine of a Michael Jackson hit song, this time with the King of Pop's own choreographer Travis Payne.

“I am very very proud of our CPDRC inmates. They have given the province of Cebu much pride and have actually put the province at the center of world's attention. And so I am so thankful for the transformation of our inmates from what they were when I first became governor to what they are now. That's truly been amazing,” said Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.

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Tell me what has become of my rights
Am I invisible because you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
I'm tired of bein' the victim of shame
They're throwing me in a class with a bad name
I can't believe this is the land from which I came
You know I do really hate to say it
The government don't wanna see

All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us

CONGRATULATIONS ARNIEL!


CONGRATULATIONS

ARNIEL ARANAS

for being one of the TOP STUDENT NURSE for First Semester, School Year 2009-2010 with an average grade of 1.974

INQUIRER'S FILIPINO OF THE YEAR 2009

THE FILIPINO OF THE YEAR is the Inquirer’s way of applauding a living Filipino individual or group who made the biggest positive impact on the life of the nation in the year just past.

Established in 1991, the honor first went to Raymundo Punongbayan, since passed on, for his heroic and single-handed efforts to save lives and educate Filipinos during the Mt. Pinatubo eruptions. An exception was made in 2004 when the Inquirer editors voted almost unanimously for presidential candidate and movie king Fernando Poe Jr., a few days after he died.

For 2009, the “Ondoy” volunteers and donors emerged as the predominant choice, earning 20 of the 36 votes cast by editors and assistant editors, from among six nominees.

THEY WERE LIFESAVERS TO THE multitudes who struggled to keep their heads and hopes above water, whether against the torrents of destruction or the slow currents of despair. They were the volunteers and donors who, in countless ways, helped the battered populace—and the nation’s downcast spirit—recover from the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm “Ondoy.”

The Inquirer salutes them as the 2009 Filipino of the Year.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100131-250432/Ondoy-volunteers-donors-Lifesaver-to-multitudes

TOP PERFORMING SCHOOLS FOR NOVEMBER 2009 PNLE






THE HIGHEST WITH THE LOWEST

The November 2009 Nursing Licensure Examinations had the highest number of takers - 94,462 - in the history of the exams. It also had the lowest number of passers at 37,527, or 39.72% of 94,462 takers.

Padilla said a large number of repeat takers -71% - failed the board exam last November, which dragged down the passing rate. On the other hand, 49% of first-time board takers passed the exam last November.

The PRC official said last year's board exam used a new test framework that examines critical thinking. She denied, however, that the test was harder compared to tests done in previous years.

"The basic knowledge is still the one being tested. It depends on who is taking the exam. Some people topped the exam because they found it easy while others found it hard," she said.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/02/02/10/glut-nursing-schools-affects-passing-rate

THE VOLUNTEERS ... THE NEW REGISTERED NURSES!



Congratulations!

Sanz Marie Librea Nasibog
and Clauven Yburan Navallo

UC Nursing CESDEV is very proud of you.