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PAT JASON LEONES MERACAP

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By Arch’t. Karl A.E.F. Cabilao, UAP
Sun.Star

THE results of the June 2008 Architects Licensure Examinations came on the same week as the more ballyhooed board exams for nurses. Without much hoopla, another Cebuano placed among the top 10 of this year’s new crop of architects.

Arch’t. Pat Jason Leones Meracap, a graduate of the University of San Carlos, was the lone Visayan top passer, ranking forth in the eternally backbreaking examinations held in Manila.

Jason reveals that it was his friends who kept on saying that he would be a board topnotcher.

“It (topping the boards) never crossed my mind. I just read the materials available during my review and at the same time, practiced on my free hand sketching skills,” he says.

Although he felt confident about passing after the final exam day, a little paranoia about failing still bugged him until the results came out.

Way back when he was about to enter college, architecture was never among his options. The 24-year-old native of Naval, Biliran, was supposed to take up accountancy in Tacloban.

However, upon the advice of his brother, who was already studying in Cebu, he pursued his education here so he could “watch over” him.

“When I arrived in Cebu, I planned to enroll in Fine Arts. But one of my brother’s friends suggested that I take up architecture. As they say, the rest is history,” recalls Jason.

Before each licensure exam there are always episodes of intense review and preparations. In between burying himself with books and notes, Jason watched Prison Break DVD’s and mingled with friends who became co-reviewees. He had to give up “beer sessions” and home visits to his family in Biliran in the duration of his review.

However, to inspire him, he always remembered the few pieces of wisdom given by family and mentors.

He says that he got the best advice from his apprenticeship “boss”, Arch’t. Jose Mari Cañizares. Having a positive outlook in life, he said, was one of the most indelible lessons he received.

“Our boss also reminded us often of how different the actual practice is from our education in school. I remember when he said in Cebuano: “While you were in school, you were taught to swim in the pool but after you graduate, you will have to swim in the open sea full of sharks.”

As a new architect, Jason puts premium on his continuing professional development. So aside from joining the United Architects of the Philippines, he recently took the master plumbers licensure examinations. He also plans to take up his masters degree next semester. And unlike starry-eyed yuppies looking to leave their motherland for so-called greener pastures abroad, he plans to stay and practice here.

With his unassuming aura and cool confidence, this topnotch architect is indeed worth emulating.

For future architects and board examinees, he has this to say: “Know your limitations, study hard but always take time to relax.”

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BiliranIsland.com Staff
BiliranIsland.com
First Posted 08:01:00 AM 08/05/2008

Naval, Biliran — PAT JASON LEONES MERACAP Placed 4th in the June 2008 Architect Board Exam with an average rating of 81.40 percent. He is the son of former BILECO manager Engr. Paquito Y. Meracap and Ana Leones Meracap.

Pat went to Naval Central School for his primary education and earned his high school diploma in Cathedral School of La Naval. He is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Architecture in University of San Carlos batch 2006.


Pat Jason Meracap

Right after graduation he undergo a 2-year training/experience in construction and design. Then he took a 2-month review in Cebu prior to the board exams in June.

Asked what made him to the top ten, he then firmly answered, ” Just study. Use and enhance your talent. Architecture is both art and science so you have to know the theories and applications and of course, drawing.”

“Right now I am currently attached with the architecture firm of JM Cañizares in Cebu. He’s my mentor and one of the best architects in Cebu. And from an apprentice maybe I’ll be promoted and become the Junior Officer Architect in our office”, he happily shared.

“I’ll be taking another board exam in Master Plumber this month. But i don’t really have specific plans yet. Maybe I’ll go abroad if given the opportunity”, he added.

A Piece of Advise

” To those who aspire of being a topnotch, well at the very start choose the course that you really like not the course that your parents want. study well and take time to relax as well. Its balancing studies and fun and you should be very good at what you intend to do in school. College is very different from high school so you have to take it seriously.

What’s the difference between engineering and architect?

“engineering is pure science . Architecture is both science and art. Engineers construct and take charge of how the bldg should be erected while architects design the building. We give life to its form, exteriors and we decide on what should be the shape of the building.

Pat Jason Meracap
Pat Jason Meracap

Meanwhile, here’s the official list of the topnothcers in the June 2008 Architect Board Exam Topnotchers:

1. EMMANUEL FRANZ LISANDRO V MEDILLO PLAN UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 84.60 %
2. ARTURO ISIDORO TOLENTINO JR. UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 83.00 %
3. KRISTOFFER JOHN MANALO HARINA BATANGAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BATANGAS CITY 81.80 %
4. PAT JASON LEONES MERACAP UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS 81.40 %
5. MARK KENNETH CALUZA FLORES SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY 81.00 %
6. MARIA ISAH CRISTINE GUINTO MENDOZA UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 80.70 %
7. EMEREAULDINE TEÑIDO ELISEO UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 80.50 %
8. GILBERT CONDE REVIL UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN 80.40 %
MARK JEFFREY SAMSON SIO UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 80.40 %
9. ANYA ACEBRON RAQUIN UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 80.20 %
10. ZALDY SORIANO IMPERIAL ADAMSON UNIVERSITY 79.50 %

The top performing schools (with 50 or more examinees and with at least 50% passing percentage) in the June 2008 Architect Licensure Examination are as follows:

RANK SCHOOL TOTAL NO. OF EXAM. TOTAL NO. PASSED PERCENTAGE PASSED
1 UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 166 113 68.00%
2 UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS 52 28 54.00%

-BiliranIsland.com