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Engr. Mark Reynold M. Arriesgado
Engr. Kevin G. Garcia
Engr. Kristian R. Monay
Engr. Nestor T. Olfindo Jr.
Engr. Anjillyn Mae Perez
Engr. Synon Harris D. Relos
Atty. Vanessa Anne A. Torno
Engr. Jonel G. Vernante
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Engr. Mike Christian T. Alejandro
His humble beginnings provided him the fortitude to strive hard and work his way up.
He finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at Bulacan State University, Magna Cum Laude and received the Best in Civil Engineering Award for their batch. A few months after graduation he took the Nov 2015 Civil Engineering Board Exam and copped 8th place with a rating of 93.30%.
He started his professional career as a design engineer in a well-known design firm. Later he worked in the planning and design section in one of the district offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways. It was also during this time that his journey as an educator began, first as a part time instructor of Review Innovations (RI) and later as one of its full time instructors.
Three years of serving as full time review instructor went swiftly by but his zeal for teaching has never waned. He always finds fulfillment and satisfaction in what he is doing.
Students describe him as “malalim magtagalog”. He comes to class neat and fresh-looking and spices his lectures with some “hugot” and “banat” lines. To his peers, he is “Don Romantico” and “Mr. Swabe” rolled into one. He is determined to explain things clearly so expect you will frequently hear him ask “nakuha po”?
He has the habit of adding inspiring messages and well-intentioned advices in his handouts, a manifestation of his strong desire to boost the students’ morale and to assure them of his unwavering support.
He handles Plane & Spherical Trigonometry, Plane & Solid Geometry, Analytic Geometry, Surveying and Transportation Engineering.
Engr. Angel Nucup Alvarez Jr.
An alumnus of Mapua University, Angel (read as "Anghel", he always insists) graduated as Cum Laude and Gold Medalist in 2011 and placed 5th in the Civil Engineering Board Exam in 2012. A firm believer in continuous learning and self-development, he started his Master’s Degree major in Construction Management at De La Salle University in 2014.
Right after passing the board exam, he immediately joined RI as a part-time review instructor. He also worked for several construction companies in the Philippines, gaining experience in huge projects such as Petron RMP-2 Project and Engineering Works for Singapore LNG Terminal Phase 3 Project.
It was after six years of experience in the field of construction that he realized his real passion was to teach. Thus, in 2018, he decided to work in RI as a full-time review instructor. Doing what he loves best, he would go the extra mile in reaching out to his students and making sure that his lectures are understood. Hearing him ask “naiintindihan?” and “nasusundan?” every now and then (likely more than 10 times in one session if a student would bother to count 🙂) exemplifies his strong desire for his students to absorb his lectures.
To some students, he would come across as “suplado at masungit” but he is one instructor who doesn’t fail to motivate his students with his words of encouragement and support. He has been teaching in RI for 8 years now and is currently handling Engineering Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics) and Mathematics.
Engr. Jacob P. Carreon
Jacob's fate to teach has been evident since his childhood years. He used to find himself being requested by his classmates to teach them when there were upcoming exams. From elementary school days up to board exam review, Jacob gladly shared his knowledge to anyone who sought his help. Most of the time, teaching his classmates can be described as hitting two birds with one stone - knowing that his friends understood the lesson better always gave him joy and teaching his classmates enabled him to understand and recall the lessons better.
Jacob believes that anything is possible through prayer and hardwork. During his review for the December 2014 Civil Engineering Board Exam, he never made it to the top 20 of any of the three mock board exams held in RI. However, every time he looked at the results without his name on the top list, his faith that he will make it to the top grew stronger and he studied harder. True enough, he placed 7th in the actual board exam.
Aside from teaching, he is also passionate about improving traffic and transportation systems in the Philippines. He started his career as part of the Traffic Engineering Division of DPWH and joined RI as part-time instructor, both in 2015. Currently, he works in a private consultancy firm, preparing traffic impact assessments and traffic management plans.
In the past five years he has already handled almost all of the subjects and among his favorites are Hydraulics and Concrete Design.
Engr. Nikho Lawrence R. Corres
Nikho earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is also the Top 1 of the November 2017 Civil Engineering Board Exam with a rating of 97.9%.
Having these accolades makes him look intimidating in front of the class every start of a review period. Contrary to this, his aim is to build an atmosphere in his classes as if he is just a “barkada” of his students and someone they can always approach. As such, he will often spend the spare time of his classes bonding with students and sharing his experiences during his time as a reviewee, giving tips on how to review effectively, and even letting someone share his/her talent in class.
Nikho is also currently a Structural Engineer in Arcadis GEC Manila and has been a part time instructor in RI for two years now. As an instructor, he is probably best known as the one who will be lending you his reviewers when he was a reviewee in RI himself. One drawback in his reviewers though is his not-so-good penmanship, which he uses as a running joke in his classes. He compensates this during lectures by carrying out further explanations and citing examples from his experiences in the field, especially in the design subjects.
He has handled various subjects as an instructor such as Algebra, Hydraulics, Structural Analysis and Design.
Engr. Ma. Jhubhel S. Dela Cruz
"I hope, through RI, I can teach and help more students... and if possible, I may be able to inspire and influence them to passionately pursue excellence in our field", a once aspiring instructor of Review Innovations (RI) wrote in her application email last year.
Jhubs earned her bachelor's degree from the University of the Philippines – Diliman where she graduated Cum Laude (ranked 9th of their graduating batch) and her thesis was awarded by her Institute as the Best Research in the field of Geotechnical Engineering that year. Currently, she is working as a Steel Connection Design Specialist in International Design Services, Inc. (IDS - Philippines). Most of their projects are US-based.
Her fondness in teaching started way back in college when she taught Ateneo High School students. Initially, the intention was only to earn on the side to pay for her school expenses. Her interest in teaching grew and it became a passion. She has been a lecturer for college entrance exam review in a center in Makati since 2018. She took a lift in teaching when she decided to become part of the strong-willed #teamRI.
While juggling with all her responsibilities, and helping students in their review, she managed to allot time to prepare for her own exams. She became an Accredited Materials Engineer I last Sept 2019 and a Registered Master Plumber just this February, 2020. She firmly believes that though being wise is an advantage, hard work is an equally necessary ingredient to success.
She is one of the two powerpuff girls who handle Strength of Materials in weekend reviews. She has also taught some sets of Soil Mechanics and Reinforced Concrete Design. She engages with the students in the best way she knows. Receiving a simple thank you or appreciation from the students that they have learned from her is more than enough for her to consider her journey in RI truly a blessing from Above.
Engr. Reinald Vincent M. Dela Cruz
Vince Dela Cruz has over 12 years of Structural Engineering practice and Civil Engineering Review experience. A structural engineer, lecturer and instructor who combines theory, practice, and project management in solving the most complex engineering problems. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas as a BSCE, Cum Laude and consequently, with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, major in Structural Engineering from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
His most notable achievements, beyond the academe, are his completion of the Management Development Program conducted and awarded by Surbana Jurong, Singapore and attaining the Advanced Communicator Silver, Advanced LEADER Bronze norm in Toastmasters International. He is currently the Principal Engineer of SMEC in the Philippines leading high profile, on-going Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) projects of the government such as the Connector Road Project and being involved in the North-South Commuter Rail Project.
He is currently handling Structural Analysis and Structural Steel Design in our review.
Engr. Kathreen Louise P. Del Rosario
Standing just approximately 5 feet in height, Kath had proven herself tall enough to reach a few spots in the topnotch list. Not only that she graduated as Valedictorian during her elementary and high school days, she was also able to finish her bachelor’s degree as Magna Cum Laude in Bulacan State University. Indeed, consistency has always been the key for this little girl’s achievements.
This exclusive RI reviewee bagged the 8th spot in the November 2016 Civil Engineering Board Exam. About 2 months later, she landed as 4th placer in the February 2017 Master Plumber Board Exam. Later that same year, she placed 5th in the September 2017 DPWH Accreditation Exam for Contractors’ / Consultants’ Materials Engineers. These milestones brought her the title “Miss Trilogy” of board examinations.
Having a regular weekday job as a structural engineer in Arcadis GEC Manila, Kath only facilitates review classes during weekends as a part time instructor. She is always eager to impart her knowledge (and wholesome formulas) in Geotechnical Engineering and Steel Design. If time allows, she would share some “chika” with you (not that we tolerate it but let us admit that ice breakers play good roles in keeping our sleepy heads awake 😉).
When she applied as an RI instructor, we fondly remarked that she will not be so efficient as she can only reach half of the white board 🤣. Kidding aside though, Kath has always been a very approachable instructor to reviewees which makes her one of the hidden gems of RI.
Engr. Dan Mari D.V. Estanislao
Dan, one of the part-time instructors in Review Innovations, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines - Diliman and passed the Licensure Examination for Civil Engineers in 2015.
He is currently a full-time Structural Design Engineer in Arcadis Global Excellence Center Manila. Since he joined the company in 2016, he was involved in projects located in different countries. These enabled him to have a deeper understanding of several internationally-accepted design codes such as the Australian Code, the American Code, and the Eurocode.
Some of the notable transport projects he engaged in include Sydney Metro Rail Station Project and Melbourne Metro Rail Station Project, including different Over-Station Developments. For commercial and residential projects, he worked on 167 Macquarie Building, 17 Deane Street, The Jewel Development, The Glenn Shopping Mall, CR102 Facility Building, and Security Forces Medical Center. These projects exposed him to different design approaches and structural forms.
Dan has been with Review Innovations since 2016 and handled multiple lectures in Manila and Cebu such as Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Algebra, Linear Algebra, Plane and Solid Geometry, Trigonometry, and Spherical Trigonometry, Hydraulics, Strength and Reinforced Concrete Design topics.
"Engineers" is what he uses to address his students because he believes that they already are. Lastly, he believes that teaching the next generations of engineers is one way to serve the country.
Engr. Laurenze John G. Estrada
One of the ISKOLAR NG BAYAN part-time instructors of Review Innovations, Engr. Laurenze John G. Estrada graduated as the lone Summa Cum Laude of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines System Batch 2014 and garnered the 4th place during the December 2014 Licensure Examination for Civil Engineers.
Engr. Estrada was raised in the province of Quezon and found his early career as a government employee with the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH’s) Cadet Engineer Program Batch II. He is now one of the construction policy-makers under the Bureau of Construction of the DPWH. His career focuses on construction management and transportation engineering. His major contribution in the field of Civil Engineering is being one of the forerunners in drafting the DPWH policy issuances on Cost Estimation Audit and Cost Estimation Application. Engr. Estrada is also a member of the DPWH’s Quality Assurance Unit and Cost Estimation Audit Technical Working Group.
His career in the academe began as soon as he passed the board examination. He has been a part-time instructor of PUP – Lopez (his alma mater) for the BSCE undergraduate from 2015 – 2016. In 2018, right after finishing his Master’s Degree in Construction Management, he started teaching graduate studies in the same university. Aside from this, he is currently a part-time instructor of Mapua University, teaching Theory of Structures, Steel Design, Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics from 2018 to present.
It was also in 2015 when he began teaching in RI as a part-time resident instructor for Transportation Engineering and Engineering Economy. One of his distinct teaching techniques is to act as a step-by-step guide in all of the practice problems and let the students solve on their own in order to encourage them to practice efficiency in using their own calculators. He believes in the saying “Practice Makes Perfect”.
Engr. Leander Arcano M. Kasala
Before finishing his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Mapua University, Leander was actively involved in multiple student organizations often serving as a student leader or officer. His student days were mostly occupied in advising and helping students learn the different subjects in civil engineering in keeping with his task as student adviser.
This role served him in good stead when he took review classes in RI as he was always among the top performing students in the pre-board examinations. He eventually passed the CE Board Exam in May 2019.
He encourages his students to stay calm and focused during review lectures in order for them to learn the lessons readily and to retain formulas and principles more effectively. To ease classroom tension especially during the last weeks of the review, he always tries to make his discussions seem like ordinary conversations.
At present, Leander is working under the Comprehensive Internship Program for Engineers in EEI Corporation and has been engaged in various fields such as Engineering, Procurement, Design, and Marketing.
His stint as a part time instructor of Review Innovations started right after he pass the board examination and he has been handling Hydraulics and Strength of Materials.
Engr. Jaydee Niere Lucero
Jaydee Lucero graduated BSCE, magna cum laude, from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2018. He was himself a quizzer in college, winning various engineering competitions such as Executives Challenge (1st place, 2017; 2nd place, 2018), AutoMATHic (3rd place, 2018) and ASEP Struct-Whiz (3rd place, 2017), among others.
Jaydee took the civil engineering licensure exam in November 2018, and clinched the 1st place spot, with an average rating of 97.20%. Soon after obtaining his license, he started working as a structural design engineer in Phinma Properties (2019 -present).
His passion for learning and teaching brought him back to RI’s doorsteps and, in March 2019, he became one of RI Family’s newest members where he combines concepts, derivation, problem-solving and some trivia in his lectures to engage interest among reviewees.
In February 2020, he launched the “Engr Jaydee” Youtube channel and FB page, offering civil engineering tutorial videos. Jaydee’s interests outside of work are chess, anime, Fire Emblem games and C/C++ programming.
He currently teaches various subjects in our review, such as engineering mechanics and mathematics.
Engr. Richard Dean F. Morales
Richard Dean F. Morales is a cum laude BSCE graduate from University of the Philippines – Los Baños and a licensed Civil Engineer with a board rating of 92.55%. Prior to that, he was 1st Runner Up in the UP ACES National Civil Engineering Quiz in 2013.
He has more than 5 years of experience in construction management with a portfolio of building projects which all vary in value and complexity. He is proficient in managing a wide range of construction activities, across all aspects of project management function, from inception to completion.
Richard has also assumed several youth leadership roles. He was a Youth Ambassador representing the Philippines for the Kizuna Project in Japan and he was one of the Arcadis Global Shapers sent to the Netherlands in 2015.
Now, he is a faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering in UP Los Baños where he is actively involved in Research Initiatives and projects about Construction Management, Building Information Modelling, Sustainable Transportation, and Construction Materials.
He is currently handling Surveying, Strength of Materials, and Steel Design in RI.
Engr. Joshua L. Panganiban
Completing his degree at 19 and passing the board exam at 20, Joshua L. Panganiban is one of the youngest instructors of RI. He continually proves that age is just a number. Finishing as one of the top graduates of his civil engineering batch, he graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines - Los Baños in 2018. The same year, he passed the Civil Engineer Licensure Examination with a rating of 92.2%.
For his teaching approach, Joshua always includes a series of tips when discussing a problem. These tips commonly include concepts behind the solution, alternative and more efficient solutions, solving techniques, possible examination traps, and erroneous formats. Additionally, he shares his experiences during the board exam and the applications of the lesson in the engineering industry. These topics sometimes even extend to tips in career and life, making "share ko lang" one of his overly used lines.
Aside from his work as an instructor, he works as a structural engineer at JGC Philippines, Inc., where he was able to hone his skills in steel and concrete design further. In addition to these, he also takes on small projects on the side such as designing residential and assembly buildings. He is also affiliated with several international organizations such as the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) and Toastmasters International, keeping his engineering knowledge and communication skills "up to date" with global standards.
He handled a variety of subjects in the past, including Analytic Geometry, Geotechnical Engineering, Hydraulics, and Strength of Materials.
Engr. Benjie Talan Pantino
His was a remarkable success story: growing up in an often typhoon-devastated island of Catanduanes, rising above life’s difficulties by taking inspiration from his parents and summoning strength in his burning desire to improve their family’s lot. In November 2011, this Catanduanes State College alumnus caught the attention of many, including that of a well-respected broadcast journalist, when he copped 1st place in the Civil Engineering board examination with an average of 98.05%.
Soon after taking the board exam, he landed a job as a design engineer in a structural design and consultancy firm. He also handled review classes in Review Innovations (RI) on the side.
Three years later, he opted to dedicate his time and efforts as full-time review instructor in RI to help aspiring civil engineers. His actual work experience comes in handy as he presents his lectures in Reinforced Concrete Design and other design subjects.
He may have gone a long way but he remains shy, grounded and humble. He is a very mild-mannered person who often ends up at the bad end of jokes thrown at him by his peers (like his “perennial” tormentor, sir Kayro). Yet he always keeps his cool and just shrugs off the jokes with a smile.
Students will surely have a true ally in Sir Benjie!
Engr. Kayro Mendoza Policarpio
He was a CE quiz enthusiast in his college days and gained the reputation of being “the man to beat” in CE QUIZ competitions back then. True to form, he was the Champion in the PICE National CE Quiz competition, Champion also in the Mapua National CE Quiz competition as well as the UPLB Executive Challenge. And in the other quiz competitions he did not win, he consistently put up a good fight and was not far behind the eventual winners.
After completing his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in Bulacan State University in 2009, Kayro reviewed for the November 2009 CE Board Exam and was immediately considered by many to be the front-runner in the race for the top 1 slot! He was well on his way, topping all Pre-Board Exams given by RI, even getting perfect scores in some. But God had other plans for him.
His professional life began with his alma mater as a faculty member of the civil engineering department. In 2010, he decided to join Review Innovations (RI) and we were just too happy to welcome him to the RI Family.
His intelligence, wit, and humor, have endeared him to our students and his happy disposition makes him one of the most popular instructors in RI. He has the penchant of making fun of his peers and always succeeds in getting away with it. His peers have learned to tolerate him for they know fully well that inside this free-spirited body is a kindhearted person.
He works in RI full time and handles Steel Design and Soil Mechanics. You will surely be remembering this guy even after your stay in RI!
Engr. Jerwin De Leon Rendon
In November 2011, Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC) bested well-known engineering schools in the country when its graduates bagged the top three places in the board exams for civil engineers.
Jerwin Rendon is one of those three CSC topnotchers, copping 3rd place in the said exam and garnering a board rating of 97%. Soon after the board exam results were released, he landed a job as design engineer and did some review lectures on the side.
After 2 years he finally found his calling - he joined Review Innovations as a full-time instructor. For the past eight years, he has been diligently and selflessly helping CE graduates in attaining their goal of hurdling the licensure examination. He is a cool guy and his students described his way of teaching as “chill lang”.
He is one who likes to develop a close relationship with the students and often plays basketball with some of them. He handles Hydraulics in our review.
Engr. Angelito A. Saluague
He always wanted to become a teacher someday but for someone belonging to a poor family and growing up in an impoverished community in Davao City, this was bound to remain a dream. But fate intervened; he was granted a college scholarship by the Ateneo de Davao University, a very prestigious school in the city. It was then that he felt for certain that Someone above was watching over him.
Although relieved of the financial burden that comes with college education in such a renowned university, blending in the campus which was dominated by students belonging to affluent families turned out to be a challenge far more difficult than hurdling the examinations in the different subjects he took. It was one of the many struggles he had to endure in school in the pursuit of his dream.
Fate again played a role in his decision on what course to take. Early on in his college days, he met some students who befriended him and took him into their circle despite their social differences. They were civil engineering students. Having them by his side provided him immense comfort so he decided to take civil engineering as well.
His financial difficulties fueled him to work doubly hard to do well in his subjects. He spent most of his time solving challenging problems in mathematics and other civil engineering subjects. Failing to solve a problem was not in his vocabulary. Not even his drinking sessions with friends can distract him from his passion.
In 1992, all his efforts paid off when he copped 1st place in the Civil Engineering Board Exam. He then applied and became a faculty member in the CE Department of his alma mater. He taught review classes on the side.
When RI opened a branch in Davao City in 2007 , he was the top choice of the RI Board to be RI’s main man in RI Davao.
He handles Mathematics, Hydraulics and Theory of Structures in RI-Davao.
Engr. Kristoffer Dave A. Tabong
A civil engineer by education, structural engineer by profession, and instructor by passion, Dave helps his colleagues to develop their skills in the field of Civil Engineering.
During review classes, he goes beyond teaching the basic knowledge for the board Exam by sharing work experiences and tips for surviving the field. In this way, future civil engineers will have an idea of what to do after passing the said exam.
He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas as a BSCE, Magna Cum Laude. He ranked 3rd and 8th in the November 2013 Civil Engineering and September 2014 Master Plumber board exams, respectively.
His 6 years of working experience includes working in top structural engineering firms such as Arcadis, Fluor Daniels, and Surbana Jurong.
He temporarily left the workforce to study for his Masters of Science in Data Science at the Asian Institute of Management. He envisioned that Data Science and Artificial Intelligence will fully elevate the Civil Engineering practice.
He mostly handles Hydraulics and has short stints in handling Structural Design and Geotechnical Engineering.
Engr. Rocel G. Tadina
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” - Luke 11:9 NIV
These are the Words that Rocel hold on to in her civil engineering journey. Being thankful for the blessings she is receiving motivates her to inspire other aspiring civil engineers through teaching.
Rocel graduated from the University of the Philippines – Los Baños in 2018 and passed the CE licensure exam on the same year with a board rating of 90.30%.
She is currently working with TCGI Engineers Co. handling complex civil and infrastructure projects both in the Philippines and in Hawaii. Her expertise includes traffic analysis, site grading, drainage and sewer design, mapping of waterlines, storm water quality design, conceptualization of site development plans, and other related civil design works.
Although she sees herself as an average person, she is highly acknowledged in their office because of her hard work and excellent outputs. In fact, just several months after starting her career, she was already invited to go to Hawaii to work in the projects she was handling.
Rocel is very jolly and energetic, not only in her lectures, but also as a person. This is the reason why outside of her professional work, she got into many hobbies that include singing, playing guitar and piano, dancing, drawing, painting, and playing badminton.
She currently handles Strength of Materials, Mathematics, and Transportation Engineering in RI.
Engr. Danielle Kenneth A. Tuzon
Danielle, fondly called DK by friends and acquaintances, earned his degree in Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Far Eastern University – Institute of Technology (FEU-IT) in March 2017. In his college days, his professors and classmates described him as intelligent but he never worked hard enough to harness his full potential.
His attitude changed when he enrolled in Review Innovations (RI) in preparation for the November 2017 CE Licensure Examinations. With RI’s motivation and guidance and with God’s grace, he bagged tenth place in the said board examination with a score of 95.10%.
He started his professional career in the field of construction management with Design Coordinates Inc. (DCI). However, the influence and inspiration of his former teachers and review instructors left a lasting impression in his young mind. He always dreamed of becoming a teacher someday and fortunately, a year into his professional life, RI gave him the opportunity.
He has been with RI since 2018 and handles Geotechnical Engineering and Hydraulics Engineering subjects.
Engr. Romel Tarcelo F. Verterra
Pinaka pogi sa RI, lalo na in person.
Even before becoming RI reviewees, many civil engineering students across the country have already, albeit unknowingly, connected with this guy. After all, only very few CE students have not visited the website MATHalino which Romel, aka Jhun Vert, established in 2007 in keeping with his advocacy of providing free and accessible learning materials.
He graduated BSCE from Leyte Institute of Technology (now Eastern Visayas State University), in 2000 and passed the CE board exam the same year. He was referred to as “the cream of the crop” by his professors because of his notable academic achievements despite being economically challenged. His road to graduation was a “stop and go” journey that lasted for eight years.
His life challenges while in college gave him this profound understanding of students’ difficulties in grasping lessons that demands their unwavering focus. This awareness inspired him to be thorough in his classroom discussions and enabled him to reach out to all students regardless of their different aptitudes and training.
Back in 2013, when he was well on his way toward improving his family’s lot, typhoon Yolanda hit his hometown. The lives of his loved ones were spared, but everything he worked hard for were gone; he was back to square one. The painful experience prompted him to go to Manila and he found his way to Review Innovations. In retrospect, the tragedy turned out to be a blessing in disguise for RI and Romel.
He may have experienced the worst that life has to offer but he remains unscathed and still maintains a happy disposition. Students will surely love this guy!
He works in RI full time and handles Mathematics, Strength of Materials, and Theory of Structures.