The Topnotchers of the 2020 Physician Licensure Exam and Their Universities

by Kitty Elicay for   |  Nov 26, 2020
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UP student Tiffany Grace Uy, who made waves in 2015 for breaking the record for the highest general weighted average (GWA) in the history of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, is now a licensed physician.

Uy, who graduated in July as a Magna Cum Laude and the class valedictorian of UP Manila’s College of Medicine, ranked fifth in the 2020 Physician Licensure Exam (PLE) with a rating of 88.08 percent.

Her story went viral some years back when she finished her undergraduate studies in BS Biology as Summa Cum Laude with a nearly perfect GWA of 1.004. It is the highest grade in the history of the university since World War II.

On the other hand, Jomel Garcia Lapides, who ranked first in the PLE with a rating of 88.67 percent is also newsworthy. He also topped the PRC Nursing Licensure Exam when he took it in 2011.

Rounding up the top 5 are Patrick Joseph Mabugat from the University of Saint La Salle and Adrian Emmanuel Teves from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) who both finished second with a rating of 88.58 percent; Henrick Ryan Fong from UST and Raphael Cecilio Rodolfo from UP-Manila, who are both in the third place with a rating of 88.33 percent; Rafael Emmanuel Mendoza from the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health at fourth place (88.17 percent).

Uy’s fellow Top 5 passers are Chino Paolo Samson from Lyceum Northwestern University-Dagupan and Hannah Chito from UP Manila (88.08 percent).


The Cebu Institute of Medicine is the top performing school medical school in the country, with all of its 138 examinees passing the 2020 PLE.

Among those who passed the medical board exam is Tricia Robredo, daughter of Vice-President Leni Robredo.

On Facebook, the Vice-President proudly shared the results, writing, “Doctor na si Tricia. [heart emojis].”

According to the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC), a total of 3,538 out of the 4,704 takers passed the licensure exam. Click here for the full list of successful examinees. Congratulations!

Which medical schools topped the 2020 PLE? Read our story here.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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