PNoy ‘flunked’ kinder entrance exams
'Only God can make a horse,' the young Noynoy Aquino had told a kindergarten counselor

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III has admitted that he “flunked” a kindergarten entrance test because he had asserted a “belief” instilled in him by his parents.

Mr Aquino shared the anecdote at the formal announcement of the enactment of Republic Act No. 10157, or the Kindergarten Education Law in Malacañang, on Monday, February 27.

He said that after he finished his nursery classes at the Institucion Teresiana, he took his kinder entrance exams at the Ateneo de Manila University – where he was asked to complete a puzzle of a horse while blindfolded.

Mr Aquino recalled his summers in Tarlac where, as a boy, he would ride horses. One time he asked his parents where horses came from, and he was told that horses “came from God.”

With that thought, he stubbornly refused to follow the guidance counselor’s instructions to “make a horse.”

Apparently frustrated, the counselor removed his blindfold and repeated the order, only to be told by the young Aquino, “Only God can make a horse.”

“So I  flunked the entrance exam,” the President, but indicated that he managed to be accepted in Ateneo later and that by first grade, he was in the top 10 of the class. –

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