Struggles of Christopher John De Vera before placing Top 10 in civil engineering exam

Maraming pinagdaanan si Christopher John Peralta De Vera bago naging topnotcher sa May 2022 Civil Engineering Licensure Examination.

Mas kilala bilang Tope, si Christopher ay nakakuha ng rating na 91.55 percent, at Top 10 sa naturang board exam.

Tubong Lamut, Ifugao siya, at nagtapos sa Saint Mary’s University noong 2020.

Sa panayam kay Tope ng GineersNow noong August 28, 2022, sinabi niyang ang unang plano sana niya ay kumuha ng accounting.

Christopher John De Vera in casual wear


Aniya, “I can’t remember exactly what was the turning point why I took civil engineering.

“I only remember the moment when I was thinking and imagining what I would look like in the next 10 years, and in the end, I enrolled in civil engineering.”

At natuklasan niya, mahirap pala ang kursong kinuha niya.

“I think my first disappointment was when I was in the first year, first semester. I was aiming for the dean’s list at that time.

“I actually got a 75 grade twice. It bothered me a little bit, but it was okay as long as it was a passing grade.

“I said to myself, ‘Deans list? Just let it go as long as I pass.’”

Kasama rin sa naging struggles niya ang problema sa finances.

“My mother is unemployed, and my father is no longer here. It’s good that I have a kind aunt, Aunt Lydia, who sent me to school.”


Isang caregiver sa America ang kanyang Tita Lydia.

“I’m very thankful to her because she financed my entire college [education]. She never got tired and gave up on me and my studies.”

May isa pa siyang tita na tumulong sa kanya, ang kanyang Mama Leoning.

“My sisters and brothers also took turns in giving me an allowance. I am thankful because I have a very supportive family.”

Hindi naman niya binigo ang mga ito dahil gusto niyang matupad ang pangarap ng kanyang ama.

Pagbabahagi ni Tope, “Before I went to college [college started in June 2015], my father died in January 2015.

“His last wish was for my brother and me to finish school.”


Pero patuloy na hinahabol si Tope ng mga pagsubok matapos niyang maka-graduate sa college.

Wala siyang sapat na pondo para sa board exam kaya nagtipid nang todo.

Ang ulam na niluluto niya ay pinaaabot hanggang hapunan.


“I remember cooking adobo, but instead of having a lot of meat, it was replaced with potatoes.

“And there was a point when the only meal I could afford was porridge.”

Tatlong linggo bago ang exam, nagkasakit pa si Tope.

“I remember being bedridden for four days. I was thinking of how I was wasting four days for review, but I just rested and then went immediately back to reviewing as soon as I was okay.”

Disappointed naman siya sa mismong araw ng exam dahil may subject na ang test type ay mostly objective na hindi niya forte.

“I even said to myself to bid goodbye to my topnotcher dreams. I pushed myself to answer all the remaining tests to the best of my ability.

“After the board exam, I was in a constant state of paranoia. I asked myself whether I shaded my papers correctly, or whether the letters I chose were correct.”



Kuwento pa ni Tope, nang lumabas na ang resulta, “The first thing I looked for was the list of passers, and there, I saw my name. I screamed and went to my mother and cried.”

Makalipas ang ilang minuto, nakatanggap siya ng message sa isang kaibigan na ang sabi: “Congrats, Top 10.”

Hindi umano siya makapaniwala sa mensahe nito.

“I was trying to find the list of topnotchers, but I couldn’t open the PDF.

“Then, an FB notification popped up on my phone. It was a post from one of my teachers in college, greeting me for making it to the Top 10.

“I cried again and hugged my mom and my brother. I was still shaking because of the excitement. It was already mixed [emotions].”

Sambit ni Tope, utang niya sa kanyang pamilya ang kanyang tagumpay.

“They are the ones who guided me throughout this journey—my mother, my siblings, my aunts, and my cousins.


Christopher John De Vera with his mother

“I also owe this success to my father who is now in the afterlife and whose last wish is for us to finish. I always keep his wish in mind.”

Dalawang araw naman matapos lumabas ang resulta ng exam ay nakatanggap agad si Tope ng offer mula sa malalaking kumpanya.


Plano muna niyang pansamantalang mag-relax sa kanilang probinsiya kasama ang pamilya at mga kaibigan bago magtrabaho.

Ang payo niya sa mga engineering students, “Enjoy being an engineering student. There’s a time to be serious, and there’s a time to enjoy break times.

“If you’re struggling, it’s better to take a break. Take care of your physical self and your mental health.”

Kung noon ay napaisip siya kung ano ang nakikita niya sa sarili after 10 years, ngayong engineer na siya, sambit ni Tope, “In the next ten years, I’ll be traveling around the world with my loved ones.”

Read also:

Diane Asanza David, magna cum laude at Top 2 sa board exam, parang teleserye ang life story

Kilalanin si Christine Chicano, cum laude at topnotcher na thrice nagpalit ng kurso

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