MANILA, Philippines – Two law graduates from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Legazpi are among the topnotchers of the 2019 Bar Exams, based on the results released on Wednesday by the Supreme Court (SC).
Mae Diane Azores of UST-Legazpi topped the exams after earning the highest overall rating of 91.0490%.
Also, from UST-Legazpi, Myra Baranda landed in third place after scoring 88.8250%.
Princess Fatima Parahiman of the University of the East claimed the second spot after earning a rating of 89.5230%.
Completing the top 10 are the following:
4th place – Dawna Fya Bandiola of San Beda College-Alabang (88.3360%)
5th place – Jocelyn Fabello of Palawan State University (88.2630%)
6th place – Kenneth Glen Manuel of University of Sto. Tomas (88.1730%)
7th place – Rhowee Deimoy Buergo of Jose Rizal University (87.8710%)
8th place – Anton Luis Avila of Saint Louis University (87.5820%)
9th place – June Dexter Rojas of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (87.5765%)
10th place – Bebelan Madera of University of St. La Salle (87.3795%)
The top 10 list can be viewed through this link.
The full list of 2019 Bar passers can be viewed here.
The SC said 2,103 candidates passed the 2019 Bar exams, representing 27.36% of the 7,685 total examinees.
This year’s passing rate is higher than the 2018 Bar Exams, which listed 1,800 passers out of the 8,155 examinees.
“The court en banc had decided to lower the passing rate from 75 percent to 74 percent in light of among other considerations the discerned for younger and technologically adept lawyers to help different fronts of society as we meet the peculiar challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and transition to the new normal,” Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe, head of the 2019 Bar Examinations Committee, said in a video message.
She also reminded the Bar passers that “with the distinction you gained as lawyers comes the concomitant responsibility to further the ideals of justice and the rule of law.”
The high court released the results through its official website on Wednesday, unlike in previous years, due to the community quarantine being enforced by the government to combat the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Traditionally, the SC displays the bar exam results on a large screen on its office grounds in Manila to a crowd of candidates with their families and friends.