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NMAT. 97% oh so fine!

My eldest daughter has always been a leader. I guess being born into a family with female amazonas, she can’t help but also be one. :P From my maternal grandma who was widowed early & had to take care of her 8 children & fend on her own, to my mom who was separated early in her marriage & ran a business on top of a household & took care of her 2 kids, to.. well, me. :)


Granny, Mommy, the brilliant baby, and me. Pardon the perm. I was young & foolish! :P

I have seen this trait in her even when she was young. Alongside, I also saw how intelligent she was, and simply brilliant. I know most mothers think this of their child, but in my case, I can honestly say that from the time I put her in school until now, she has never given me a below average mark in school. Even when I haven’t shown indication at all that I demand perfect grades. I’ve always been lax in that aspect but I’m just naturally lucky that all my kids are self-driven.

As early as 1.5 years old, she took to puzzles instead of dolls for toys. And she solved them too! She liked building activities that used hand-eye coordination & shunned useless toys like barbie.


Her 4th year of high school, while all her classmates took tutorial lessons to prepare them for National College Entrance Examinations (NCEE) and had to pay hefty fees for that, she said she’d rather save me the money & review on her own. But she never did. And I never questioned her because I believed in her. Even though she had doubts of her capabilities, my faith in her never waned. <3

And like I predicted, she passed her entrance exams with flying colors.

Last year, she asked me if she should take a REVIEW CLASS for the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) as all her classmates were doing it. For 10k. I balked at the amount but then I said whatever she thought was best, I will fully support her. After careful consideration, she said she will just save me the money & review on her own. Again she never did.

The National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) is a nationwide examination required for the entrance to any medical school in the Philippines.

The test consists of Part I & Part II. Part I is a 200-item test with four subdivisions, which are on Verbal, Inductive Reasoning, Quantitative and Perceptual Acuity Skills and is a three-hour exam. Part II is a two-hour-30-minute test in the field of Basic Sciences such as, Biology, Physics, Social Sciences and Chemistry, all of which form 200 items. Qualified test takers are graduates and graduating students of degree programs.

It is conducted twice a year – March/April and November/December. It is also advisable to take it on your third year of Pre-med because Med school applications during the fourth year are usually just a week after the NMAT. Test results are released 15 days after taking the test.

On the day of the exam, she was a bundle of nerves. I told her pointblank that if it isn’t God’s will for her to continue on to Medicine, then we will sit & take stock of the situation. It is not the end of the world. She will ALWAYS have choices. But in my heart of hearts, I KNEW she would make it. I just knew it.

List of Medical Schools in the Philippines

Universities offering medicine as a course will have different takes on what NMAT score is considered the “passing” rate. Some universities will consider an NMAT percentile score of 65 as adequate. Others will consider applicants with a lower score of 50. If you want to get accepted into medical school, find out what the “passing” NMAT score is for every university you are eyeing.

You can take NMAT as many times as you want. But ALL your NMAT scores will appear on the masterlist of test scores that will be sent to all Philippine medical schools, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Higher Education Regional Offices (HERO), and the office of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC).

So if you get a high point on your first try & say get lower points on the next 2, the averaging system will be used which may prove disadvantageous to you.

The other day while she was at some sorta bootcamp with new & equally fitness-crazy friends, she called me crying heavily & heaving. I panicked, as I always do whenever I think they are in peril. I couldn’t make out what she was saying but I heard the word NMAT. So I assumed she failed because why in God’s name will she cry like that right? So I pacified her the best I can from afar, and when she had settled quite a bit. She said.. Mom, I got 97% on my NMAT.

PicMonkey Collage

The above photo belongs to PINOY FITNESS.



This photo belongs to Ate‘s pretty friend, KIMA. <3

Then, I cried. I cried out of relief because I can’t ever bear to have her unhappy. I cried for joy because I know that this what what she was expecting. I cried because I was so proud, I was blessed with a daughter who valued education & family instead of partying the days away. I am such a lucky mommah. Except for a kiss from a seal, she remains virtuous & pure -worthy of a good & godly man. She always sets a goal & she makes sure that at the end of the day, she gets it done. What more can I ask for?


It’s the same with maintaining her weight. She was pudgy as a child but has since bloomed into a lovely swan. You cannot imagine the discipline she puts into her body with exercise & food. And if only in that aspect alone as my gauge that she will be successful in life, I am 97% convinced. Not 100% because of course, God has the final say.

Ate, I know I always tell you this that you must be so sick of hearing it time & again, but I am so overwhelmingly proud of you. I am SO BLESSED that out of all the wonderful moms God could have assigned you to, He chose ME. I love you, and I will always be here for you. In good & in bad. In everything, I got you. And you got me! :-*


Always a leader. She is determined. She is disciplined. She is brilliant. And she is my daughter.

PS: I owe you a “Congratulations” gift. It’s coming, you know it! ;)

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  • Reply Noel Q.

    Naiyak ako! Pramis! So happy for you Jane! And congratulations to Jana!

    Jane, kung pumasa ba ako sa NMAT may “congratulations gift” din ako? Gusto ko tsikot! hahahaha…

    April 14, 2015 at 8:19 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      hahahahahaha uuuy parang pamangkin mo na nga si Jana eh dapat may congratulations gift ka din sa kanya noh! :P

      April 14, 2015 at 9:51 am
      • Reply Noel Q.

        Sige… prayers! hehehe…

        April 14, 2015 at 10:03 am
        • Reply sugargospice

          Ok na ok din yan! Salamat mwah! :-*

          April 14, 2015 at 10:07 am
  • Reply ericjaz foodies

    AWWWWWW…. Ang galing galing talaga dear Jane!!! What is your secret in raising such smart and beautiful kids? Congratulations to pretty Jana! You all deserve all the blessings because you’re very kind people. I really look up to you in how you raised your family. God bless you all always :)

    April 14, 2015 at 10:17 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      The same way you are raising yours dear Jaz. <3 With a whole lotta love & attention. Sige na nga kahit lagi kitang kinokontra about boys & sons, sasabihin ko na ring ma-TLC sila hahaha! Thank you, Mwah! :-*

      April 14, 2015 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Rose

    WOW! Congrats to your eldest, Miss Jane. This is definitely a sign that she’s meant for med school. I love how she dotes on you as well. Swerte ka talaga sa mga anak mo. :)

    April 14, 2015 at 11:09 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      I so am. Thank you Rose! :-*

      April 14, 2015 at 11:16 am
  • Reply erika

    Crying while reading. Proud Ate here <3. Congrats Jana dear! And congrats Mother you raised her well. cant wait to see the congratulations gift hehe

    April 14, 2015 at 11:33 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you Erika lakas talaga ng suporta mo kay little sister mwah! :-*

      April 14, 2015 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Photo Cache

    Congratulations Jana. Congratulations to the proud pay-rents. Exciting times. There must be a plan for dinner celeb. I cannot wait to see which lucky dining establishment it is. Cheers to proud parents and wonderfully intelligent children.

    April 14, 2015 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you Maria! <3 Yes, exciting times ahead, they keep me on my toes & full adrenaline haha.

      April 14, 2015 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply KassTastrophic

    OMG naiyak ako! Congratulations, Ate and Mommy Jane!

    April 14, 2015 at 1:23 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you kassie! :-* Tough act to follow sya sa mga sibs hehe.

      April 14, 2015 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply michymichymoo

    Congratulations Jana!!!! :) Mana sa Mommy. hehehehe. :P

    Mama Bear, will be going to the Slidefest in Alabang. Are you guys going? :)

    April 14, 2015 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Definitely hindi sya mana sakin Bbbeary! At anong kaganapan yanh slidefest bakit wala akong nalalaman na ganyaaan??

      April 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Chesca l

    Awwww. Super very good daughter. I wish all daughters can be like her and all mom be as loving and supportive like you Ms. Jane. Ikaw talaga ang peg ko on how I will be to my daughter. Although I haven’t seen personally how you are as a family pero sa blog posts pa lang kita na how family oriented po kayo. Thanks Jana and Ms. Jane for contiously inspring us.

    April 14, 2015 at 3:19 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      You are so sweet Chesca! Thank you!! :-*

      April 14, 2015 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply anna

    Hi Ms. Jane, I’m a long time fan of the Goppets. I love reading your family’s adventures and stories here and in instagram as well, you’re now my mommy peg. Kuddos to raising such smart, sweet and amazing children! :)

    April 14, 2015 at 5:58 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hi anna! :) Thank you for your kind words. I am blessed to have such great kids that raising them is easy peasy. :-*

      April 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm
  • Reply med

    What a blessing!!!
    Can’t wait to see the gift from your mommah… LOL

    April 15, 2015 at 8:15 am
  • Reply edelweiza

    Congrats to your eldest, Miss Jane! Ang galing, galing mo naman, Jana! Future Dr. Jana. :)

    P.S. Miss Jane, you look like Jin Loves to Eat in the first photo! :)

    April 15, 2015 at 2:42 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      thank you Edel! :) Ay yes kagandahan days ko yan haha.

      April 15, 2015 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply michconstantino

    Congratulations Jana! Beauty and Brain talaga mana kay Mommy Jane. mwah. :D

    April 16, 2015 at 2:57 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you mich! :-* Mana sya sa parental units ko both doctors both ambitious & brilliant. ;)

      April 16, 2015 at 3:46 pm
  • Reply frannywanny

    CONGRATULATIONS Jana! definitely beauty and brains there!! :D

    April 21, 2015 at 10:56 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you dear franny! :-*

      April 21, 2015 at 11:29 am
  • Reply trish

    woooooow! congratulations po! :D

    April 25, 2015 at 12:39 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you sweetie!! :-*

      April 25, 2015 at 7:20 am
  • Reply dane

    ang galing galing naman!! this post made me teary!! i just cant imagine how proud u r and how happy u r the moment ate told you the thing! congrats po sa inyo!! :)

    May 5, 2015 at 10:37 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you so much Dane. :-* Yes, the GOppets are the reason for my sparkling smile. ;)

      May 6, 2015 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Chiara Ferragni - Sugar & Spice and everything nice

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    July 17, 2015 at 8:01 am
  • Reply Lawrence

    Hi Ms. Jane. I always read your blog posts but this is my first time to reply. I dont know if this is appropriate pero pakapalan na ng mukha. Haha. I’ve been contemplating if I want to pursue a career in medicine and i’ve finally decided na I’ll do it. But the thing is, I graduated a few years back and with a marketing degree. Any tips from Jana on how to review for the NMAT? Thanks and I apologize if you find this inappropriate.☺

    November 23, 2016 at 1:33 pm
    • Reply Jane Go

      I’m happy that you took the time to write, Lawrence. Of course it’s not appropriate. And I admire you so much for wanting to pursue medicine. It’s great that you already have your marketing degree, something to fall back on at least. It’s something you should be so proud of, kahit na a few years back pa. As for the nmat, honestly, Jana didn’t study at all & her friends who reviewed said wala naman daw lumabas. It’s really about the 4 year pre-med course that you learned & retained in your memory. She has several friends who took the review but still failed, unfortunately. I think they paid 25k a pop pa. Ala swertehan lang talaga haha. Please update me if you do decide to pursue med. I would love to cheer you on!!

      November 23, 2016 at 5:14 pm

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