Mayor Evelio Leonardia signed Executive Order No. 76, series of 2020, congratulating and commending Dr. Patrick Joseph Mabugat for placing second in the November 2020 Physician Licensure Examination.
“Patrick Joseph Mabugat is a source of pride for the City of Bacolod and serves both as an inspiration and role model for its youth,” Leonardia said in the EO that he signed on Dec. 1, a press release from the city said.
“He has now joined the honorable ranks of prominent and distinguished physician board topnotchers, each being a shining beacon in the practice of medicine,” the mayor added.
Leonardia presented a framed copy of the EO to Mabugat during the latter’s courtesy call at the Bacolod City Government Center, accompanied by his fiancée, Dr. Dyan Dimalaluan of E. B. Magalona town, who also passed the board exam.
Joining Leonardia in receiving Mabugat and Dimalaluan was John Orola, consultant on tourism, trade, and investment.
The topnotcher is the son of Police Colonel Calixto Mabugat and Arlene Mabugat of Barangay Alijis in Bacolod City.
Dr. Mabugat said, “I give my whole-hearted thanks to Mayor Bing for the recognition – this achievement is shared with family, friends, the La Sallian Community, and Bacolod City.”
Mabugat said his message to all Bacolodnons is to unite in these trying times. “No matter where we are, no matter who we are, no matter what we have – it is at this moment, when we should keep at a safe distance from one another, that we should finally be brought together as one community,” he said.
“We should do whatever we can to help one another, ease one another’s burden, and stand with those who are poor and vulnerable,” he added.
Mabugat said that in the coming days and months, “We will continue to face great trials, but will also give moments of hope and redemption.” He said it is in these moments that we must remember to give more to those with less.
“Thus, as we share in its struggles, it is only right that we share in its achievements. And it is my honor to share this success and blessing from God with my fellow Bacolodnons and Negrosanons. Thank you,” he added.
Mabugat, 26, obtained a rating of 88.58 percent. He graduated from the University of St. La Salle – College of Medicine in 2019. He finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in 2014 and topped the September 2014 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination with a rating of 90.90 percent. He completed his primary and secondary education at La Consolacion College Bacolod, where he graduated salutatorian.*