By MAE SINGUAY
BACOLOD City — Behind every successful man is a woman, they say.
Such may be the case for Patrick Joseph Amunategui Mabugat, who topped the recent licensure examination for medical technologists.
“Back in college, I was not really an achiever,” Patrick admits.
But his girlfriend, Dyan Dimalaluan, who also passed the licensure exam, inspired him to excel.
“Love conquers all, they say,” says the 20-year-old graduate of the University of Negros Occidental–Recoletos.
Patrick says he had a crush on Dyan, his classmate, whom he described as “beauty and brains.”
To attract girls, typical guys would change the way they dress, give gifts or ask them out upfront.
Patrick, a son of a police officer assigned at the Police Regional Office 6, however, is not the typical guy.
Considering the type of personality the 20-year-old Dyan has, he pinned his hope on studying — studying really hard — as a way to get her attention.
Eventually, Patrick topped their exams in all of their subjects.
“Because of my excellent record, when we were in third year, I had the courage to tell Dyan how I really felt,” he says. “I also asked the permission of her parents to be her boyfriend.”
Dyan, who has consistently been on the dean’s list, finished cum laude when they graduated this March.
Patrick, despite eventually excelling in academics, bagged no award. He may have had high grades, but it was too late for him to get a Latin honor.
In spite of this, Patrick got something more rewarding. “When Dyan accepted me as her boyfriend,” he said, “the pressure (caused by the impending board exam) lessened.”
Both Patrick and Dyan took the licensure examination for medical technologists, administered by the Professional Regulation Commission, on Sept. 13 to 14.
The results were released on Sept. 17.
After learning that he passed, Patrick called his girlfriend’s mother, Analyn Dimalaluan, and thanked her for permitting their relationship.
Patrick says much of the help he had to get through the licensure exam — and emerge as the topnotcher with a rating of 90.90 percent — was from Dyan.
With Dyan, “I know there is someone who will accept me whatever happens,” he says.
They may seem really in love with each other, but Patrick said they have no plans of getting married yet. They want to become doctors first.
“When we are together, I am more confident,” Patrick says. “With her by my side every step of the way, I can handle everything.”/PN