Empanada Vendor and Welder’s Daughter Places 10th in Nursing Board Exam

MANILA, Philippines-The daughter of an empanada vendor and a welder has become a social media sensation after placing 10th at the recently held nursing board exams.

Shannara Mica Gura Tamayao, a nursing graduate from Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, has proven that poverty is not a hindrance to fulfil one’s goals. A consistent honor student from elementary to high school, Tamayao persevered to earn a nursing degree at the Mariano Marcos State University at Batac, Ilocos Norte.


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Tamayao’s hard work and her parents’ sacrifices definitely paid off when the nursing graduate managed to pass the exam and become one of the topnotchers after garnering a score of 84.60%.

As the eldest in the family, Tamayao wishes to get her family out of poverty. She intends to pass the National Council Licensure exam and take a Master’s Degree before applying for a job.

Her success story, that has gone viral in a number of Facebook pages, is inspiring thousands of netizens.

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What is empanada?

Popular in countries like Spain, Philippines and other nations in Latin America, empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry that is either baked or fried. Its name comes from the Spanish word empanar, which means to wrap or coat in a bread.

In the Philippines, empanadas usually contain ground chicken, pork or beef, potatoes, raisins and chopped onions enclosed in a sweet, wheat flour bread. Empanadas are cooked in two different ways- the flaky fried type and the baked type. However, empanadas from the northern part of the Ilocos region are prepared in a different manner. Unlike the soft, sweet dough flavored in the Tagalog region, the Ilocos empanada has a thin and crisp dough that uses rice flour in orange color and is deep-fried.

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