Tribeswoman passes board exam becomes Aeta community’s first civil engineer

After Ezel Joy Manzano passed the 2017 Civil Engineering Licensure Exams last November, the tribeswoman became the pride of her Aeta community.

Ezel Joy Manzano was the first woman civil engineer of the Amianan tribe, which had been moved to teh Iram resettlement area near Olangapo City after the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption.

“Ako po si Ezel Joy Pablo Manzano, 23 years old… proud civil engineer, November 2017 passer po,” Manzano said on GMA News’ video on Tuesday.

“Meron pa pong mga time na umiiyak na ako kasi hindi ko na naiintindihan ‘yung inaaral ko. Ibuhos na nila lahat kasi minsan lang sila mag-board exam,” she added. [There were times I cried because i can no longer understand what I was studying. They should (advice to others) give it their all].

Manzano’s path-to-success was full of hurdles. She recalled that she had to quit school for one semester because her family ran out of money.

But she overcame all hurdles and passed the board exam on her first attempt, and fulfilled not just her dreams, but her late father’s as well.

The Manzano family and Ezel are grateful to all those who’ve helped them along the way.

Manzano plans to share her knowledge and use her newly acquired profession to help others.

“Gusto ko din po silang makapag-aral, makamit nila ‘yung pangarap nila. Sabi ko nga po gagamitin ko ‘yung profession ko para makatulong sa iba,” she said. [I also want them to learn and achieve their dreams. I will use my profession to help others].