By Axcel Quing

A viral video of an emotional med graduate from Davao City has now been circulating and inspiring the lives of online netizens when he burst into tears while telling his mother that he passed the Physician Licensure Exam after two tries.  

PHOTO: Screenshot from Philippine Star

Jomayco Michael Tumuran,  the man from the viral video, failed to clinch the first exam in November 2020 hence when he finally passed, it felt surreal. 

“Pagpunta ko sa room na isa, nandon kasi yung mga reading materials ko. Kinakausap ko sila na ‘okay ha papasahin niyo ako di ko na kayo babalikan’,” he told Philstar News on an interview. 

However, days prior to his second board exam, he admitted that he faced numerous adversities. His father was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease, which made his situation more complicated. 

“3 days before the exam, I was anxious, feeling sick. Hindi ako makapagfocus sa pag-aaral. Compared sa first take, mas hindi ako prepared [on the second take],” Jomay said. 

Jomay’s journey was not smooth sailing. He failed several classes back in college. His OFW father supported him financially but he also had to help by selling products to pay his tuition fees. 

“Yung funds talaga ang problem. Kasi 5 kaming magkakapatid. Nagbenta ako ng stetoscope, ng mga lalagyan ng libro. Ayun pinasok ko yun,” he said. 

Currently, Jomay is working as a general physician in a district hospital and has a clinic near their home. 

“Kung gusto mo talaga maging doctor, magstudy ka, mag-aral ka nang mabuti, tiwala sa Diyos, at kailangan may support from family para iboost ‘yung confidence mo na magtake ng board exam. There’s a perfect time for us, God will give us the perfect time for us talaga.”