Enrollees of my Online Coaching who successfully passed the 2015 Bar Exams

I’m glad to have been a part of the preparation of the following 2015 Bar Passers through my Online Clinic & Coaching on Bar Answering Techniques. To God be the glory!!

  1. ABAD, Rachel Ann Katrina – San Beda College
  2. ALICANDO, Krister Shaun Prinz – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  3. ALIVIO, Hanes Louise – University of San Jose – Recoletos (USJ-R)
  4. ALVAREZ, Ma. Jessa – University of the Philippines (UP)
  5. ANDERSON, Mandy Therese – Ateneo de Manila University
  6. ARUGAY, Glory Grace – San Beda Alabang
  7. BAGGAY, Joefer  – University of the Cordilleras
  8. BALLESTA, Ma. Norma – San Beda College
  9. BALTAZAR, Kimberly – New Era University
  10. BANIQUED, Janet – University of the Cordilleras
  11. BANZON, Kris Marian – Ateneo de Davao University
  12. BASAN, Emelita – University of Perpetual Help System DALTA
  13. BAUTISTA, Sid Angelo – De La Salle University (DLSU)
  14. BAYON, Paula Bianca – University of the Cordilleras
  15. BELDEROL, John Alexander – Bukidnon State University
  16. BIALA, Dan Paul – University of the Cordilleras
  17. BIDES, Reden – Saint Louis University (SLU)
  18. BUNA CRUZ, Greta – University of the Cordilleras
  19. BUSTONERA, Maria Carmela – University of Santo Tomas (UST)
  20. CABALLERO, Krisna Samantha – Ateneo de Davao University
  21. CALMARES, Ian – San Beda College
  22. CAMPILLA, Adrian – San Beda College
  23. CARINGAL, Kristia Lorraine – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  24. CIRUELOS, Mary Grace – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  25. COBARRUBIAS, Maria Graciela – Arellano University
  26. CORRALES, Marlon – San Beda College
  27. COSICO, Michiko – San Beda Alabang
  28. CUA, Michael Pio – Ateneo de Manila University
  29. DATUDACULA-GURO, Farhana – Notre Dame University
  30. DAYAG, Richard – Saint Louis University (SLU)
  31. DAYTO, Mary Grace – Aquinas University
  32. DE LOS SANTOS, Marifel – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  33. DE LUMEN, Ramonchito – Arellano University
  34. DELA MERCED, Nicu – Philippine Christian University (PCU)
  35. DELDIO, Manuel – Arellano University
  36. DIZON-CATBAGAN, Ma. Liberty Rio – Philippine Christian University (PCU)
  37. DUREZA, Christy Theresa Bernadette – Cor Jesu College
  38. DY, Zara Marie – Silliman University
  39. ESPIRITU, Peter Guan – De La Salle University (DLSU)
  40. ESTRADA, Nestonel – Saint Louis University (SLU)
  41. ESTRADA-BANIQUED, Rona – University of the Cordilleras
  42. FANTILANAN, Chary Lou – University of Santo Tomas (UST)
  43. FERNANDEZ, Jessa Mariz – San Beda College
  44. FLORETE, Mary Christine Salome – University of Iloilo (UI)
  45. GALLEGO, Rajane – University of San Carlos (USC)
  46. GALVEZ, Genaro – San Beda Alabang
  47. GARAY, Florentine – Bukidnon State University
  48. GARONG, Daisy Mae – University of San Carlos (USC)
  49. GERONG, Dael Churchill – College of Maasin
  50. GIVERO, Katrina Kris Gabrielle – Ateneo de Davao University
  51. GUIFAYA, Florence Kathleen – University of Santo Tomas (UST)
  52. GUILLERMO, Marvic Vonn – University of Mindanao (UM)
  53. HADJIUSMAN, Jamalodin – Mindanao State University (MSU)
  54. JADAP, Daughnilen – Bukidnon State University
  55. KING, Kathleen Anne – University of St. La Salle (USLS)
  56. LADOT, Delight – University of San Jose – Recoletos (USJ-R)
  57. LAGROSAS, Sheryl Christine – Ateneo de Manila University
  58. LAMEN-LEGANO, Florence Gay – University of the Cordilleras
  59. LAUBAN, Norhussien – Ateneo de Davao University
  60. MACATUNO, Honey Leth – University of the East (UE)
  61. MATEO, Jemen – Cordillera Career Development College
  62. NEYRA, Prince Arthur – University of Mindanao (UM)
  63. PABICO, Kristine – Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation
  64. PALMONES, Eloisa – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  65. PASCUA, Marvin – Cagayan State University
  66. PIO-MEDEZ, Josie – Northeastern College
  67. PONGAS, Mike Burton – University of the Cordilleras
  68. QUINTANA, Retzelyn Mae – Cor Jesu College
  69. REGIDOR, Romylyn – Pagadian Capitol College
  70. RILLON, Ruth Maureen – DLSU-FEU Consortium
  71. ROJAS, Ralph Anderson – San Beda College
  72. ROMARATE, Geralyn – Andres Bonifacio College
  73. SAGUIN, Rogelio Jr. – Western Mindanao State University (WMSU).
  74. SALAS, Pearl Joy – Father Saturnino Urios University
  75. SALIZON, Benedic – University of San Jose – Recoletos (USJ-R)
  76. SALLY, Ferdinand – University of Baguio
  77. SERASPI, Chinky Dane – University of Santo Tomas (UST)
  78. SEVILLA, Prince Junel – Misamis University
  79. SUBA, Nasrifa – Mindanao State University (MSU)
  80. SUPE, Mary Hariette – San Sebastian College – Recoletos
  81. TABILISMA, Marlon – Tarlac State University
  82. TAGUINOD-MAGGAY, Tshaine – Cagayan State University
  83. URSAL, Ernesto – University of San Jose – Recoletos (USJ-R)
  84. UY, Paul Angelo – Isabela State University
  85. VALENZUELA, Chery Sheil – University of St. La Salle (USLS)
  86. VILCHES, Gian Frances Nicole – Arellano University
  87. VILLANUEVA, Joeyfer – Cor Jesu College
  88. VILLORDON, Barwin Scott – Far Eastern University (FEU)

THE GREAT FORMULA IN PASSING THE BAR EXAMINATIONS

Contributed by Atty. Glenn M. Mortel

“There is nothing that can help a bar examinee most than a constant and intensive study of the provisions of the various codes and the interpretation and application thereof by the Supreme Court in its decisions. By study is meant, that the provisions must be correctly understood and the thought or words thereof put to memory. After a chapter, for example, has been studied, the next one should be studied next, and after this, a review of all that has already been studied re-reviewed, to keep the subject matter and the provisions fresh in mind.” – Alejo Labrador

1. Actual preparation for the bar examination starts from the first day a law student attended class during the first year in the law school.

2. The blooming secret in passing the bar examination is this: Present good answers that will make the examiners take notice. Good answers anchored upon logical reasoning, written in readable English and more importantly, justified by appropriate legal authority.

3. If the candidates are at a loss as to what specific legal provisions or case doctrines to use in answering problems, the only alternative left for them is to use their own common sense.

4. The key to passing the bar examinations is contained in one word: ARTICULATION. Articulation is expressive of the following basic fundamentals: good language, impressive presentation, logical reasoning and substantial background knowledge of law and procedure.

5. The examinee who has a fairly good command of English, assuming that he is prepared in all other matters, stands definitely with a much better chance of passing.

6. The responsive character of a given answer would depend to a great extent, on command of good language, logical reasoning and impressive presentation. This objective of preparing impressive and responsive answers can only be achieved by constant practice.

7. Get this straight right now. Passing the bar examination has been, still is, and will always be a difficult proposition!

8. No one can really help you pass the bar examination but yourself.

9. The greatest blooming secret of passing the bar examination is and will always be: PREPARATION! Not just any kind of preparation, but proper, sound and systematic preparation.

10. Systematic review can only be done by the use of what we call schedules which the candidate must follow vigorously to the letter if he expects to attain the best results.

11. There will be times when you become sleepy while reviewing but never for one moment, tell yourself: Man, this review can wait! Do not be stupid. Always remind yourself that time is of the essence and is decidedly running too short for you.

12. Force yourself to read, understand and absorb what law you reviewed. Otherwise, all your efforts will go to waste.

13. Love and review cannot mix in the business of preparing for the bar examination.

14. Early to bed, early to rise, that is the way to make a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

15. A morning shower is a must.

16. Never stay up late to the wee hours of morning, cramming law into your head. This would not do you any good. Remember, you have to conserve as much energy as you possibly can.

17. Remember, keeping your health in good running condition is just as important as reviewing and passing the bar examination.

18. Good handwriting is decidedly a great factor in passing the bar examination.

19. To beat time, never write kilometric answers.

20. By far the most important tool that the bar candidate could equip himself with which to tackle the examination that is inherently personal to him is command of written English.

21. You have to write simple, grammatically correct English if you want to hurdle the examination.

22. Presentation of answers that are not only good but logical, full of substance and supported by law and other authorities, are gems to the examiner, whether he has a good or black heart.

23. Make your motto now: Stick to codal provisions! Compliment this with doctrines laid down in recent decisions of the Supreme Court.

24. Impressive answers showing the candidates reasoning faculty is what the examiners want to read in your examination notebooks.

25. Ability to retain your understanding of the substance of the law through efforts of study is more desirable quality to possess than mere ability to memorize legal provisions.

26. Memorizing a particular provision of law word for word but without understanding it and its various implications is a lot of wasted effort.

27. Never fail to read the newspapers when you are preparing for the bar examination. Read newspapers from 20 to 30 minutes every day.

28. You can never expect to pass the bar examination without preparation.

29. Predicting probable questions based on important principles or provisions of law is the safer method of speculating what the examiners are likely to ask in their examinations.

30. Never depend on tips for your passing. But never brush these tips aside as nothing but trash. They may likely cause your downfall. Never, however, bank too much on them.

31. Fountain or sign pens are really the most important equipment in bar examination. Never start for the examination without bringing along with you two or more fountain or sign pens.

32. Like the weather, examiners are absolutely a bunch of unpredictable fellows, capable of asking unpredictable questions.

33. Do not try to memorize 50 definitions or distinctions in any given time. Two or three will do.

34. The real secret in remembering the matters contained in an enumeration is the use of keywords.

35. Make your keywords on enumerations you consider important.

36. Never leave a blank in an enumeration! However, if you use the letters a, b, c, etc. for numbers in the enumeration, so much the better. Ten to one, the examiner may not count his fingers. Make the first four in the enumeration definitely good.

37. The bar candidate should do well to be always on guard against catchy questions capable of being answered in a number of ways, e.g. What is a complaint? The perfect answer should include both definitions in criminal and civil procedure.

38. Never be content to answer questions with a mere yes or no. You must, at all times, give justification why your answer is a yes or no. Unless, of course, the examiner qualifies his question with instruction enclosed in parenthesis like: (Answer with a yes or no only).

39. Always determine the real facts (examiners have the bad habit of including irrelevant facts to confuse you) and the issue or issues in controversy. Which side you take, always justify your side with reasons based on law, rule, equity and justice. Whatever your answer may be, provided it is written in legible language, the examiner will never deny you the corresponding credit you deserve.

40. Always remember, make efforts to frame your answers so that they are responsive to the questions. Never beat around the bush. Go right straight ahead with your answer. Avoid citations if and when you are not absolutely sure about them. The shorter the answers are, the more direct, the better. Avoid display of flowery expressions which are complicated by legal verbosity. All you need are sensible, direct and reasonable answers that are responsive to the questions.

41. Legal knowledge is not enough to solve a particular legal issue. What is important is ability to apply this knowledge to the solution of legal controversies.

42. The most convenient method of tackling problem questions is to present immediately the conclusion of a given answer. Practice, practice, constant practice will help the bar candidate write good answers that examiners will give favorable credit.

43. The technique of writing down answers responsive to questions is a matter that the candidate must learn as a matter of imperative necessity.

44. Brevity and directness when done properly could make an answer both effective and impressive. However, when overdone to a point where the ideas sought to be conveyed becomes vague and difficult to understand, they become a liability.

45. Never forget that every candidate is a potential bar topnotcher.

46. So, if you are a candidate just preparing for the bar examination, whose chances of passing are quite problematical, just limit your ambition for the present to just working hard to obtain a 75 percent in the great battle of your life.

47. Take comfort in this: That even those who become lawyers by “just luck”, are making good in the practice of law. Nothing can really put a determined man down.

48. In your preparation for the greatest battle of your life, call upon Him who is the source of all knowledge, wisdom and understanding. In deep humility, bended knees and tears, He will make all things beautiful in His time. Victory belongs to the most persevering!

Note:
All excerpts, except the last (No. 48), were taken by Atty. GLENN M. MORTEL from the book “SECRETS ON HOW TO PASS THE BAR EXAMINATION” by Dean Wenceslao G. Laureta, 1990 edition.

Falling in Love with the Study of Law

Two weeks ago, I received a private message from a law student about her problem with memorizing and remembering the law. Since she had shared my reply on her Facebook timeline, I guess I also have to share it with all of you. My reply:

“You’re right, no one can memorize all the law. But who needs to? The law is already written, mostly codified, and is immediately available in just one click of a button.

“Since your teachers are saying you know too much, then you must not have a problem remembering the law after all. So probably, your teacher is also right that you tend to miss what the question is all about.

“If that is the case, the problem is not about remembering what you have read, but about picking up the correct information from all that you have read.

“MY SUGGESTION IS VERY SIMPLE: YOU SHOULD NOT STUDY THE LAW MERELY FOR THE SAKE OF DOING WELL IN RECITATIONS, PASSING YOUR LAW SCHOOL EXAMS, SURVIVING LAW SCHOOL, HURDLING THE BAR, OR BECOMING A LAWYER. YOU HAVE TO STUDY THE LAW BECAUSE YOU ARE IN LOVE WITH THE STUDY OF THE LAW.

“CREATE A THEATER OF DIFFERENT HUMAN ACTIVITIES IN YOUR MIND, AND SEE THE LAW IN ACTION. VISUALIZE HOW THE LAW INTERACTS WITH PEOPLE AND THE SOCIETY, HOW IT OFFERS SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS, HOW IT FACILITATES TRANSACTIONS, HOW IT NURTURES RELATIONSHIPS, HOW IT PRESERVES ORDER, AND HOW IT AFFECTS HUMAN THOUGHT. WHEN YOU CAN DO THIS, THE LAW WILL COME TO LIFE, AND YOU WILL SEE IT EVERYWHERE, AND YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH THE STUDY OF LAW.

“AND WHEN YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH THE STUDY OF LAW, YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT AGAIN. AND THE KNOWLEDGE THAT IT GIVES, YOU CAN NO LONGER UNLEARN IT. IT WILL BE YOURS FOREVER.”

Congratulations to the Enrollees of the Online Clinic & Coaching on Bar Exam Answering Techniques who Successfully Passed the 2014 Philippine Bar Exams

I’m glad to have been a part of the preparation of the following 2014 Bar Passers through my Online Clinic & Coaching on Bar Answering Techniques. To God be the glory!!

  1. Alonzo, Katherine – Cor Jesu College
  2. Arellano, Alvin Anthony – Cagayan State University
  3. Atitiw, Victor Corpus – Louis University
  4. Aton, Carla Zoila – University of San Carlos
  5. Balt, Al-rashid – Mindanao State University
  6. Bareng, Shiel Joy – New Era University
  7. Birao, Emmanuel – University of San Carlos
  8. Brillantes, Constanza – University of Santo Tomas
  9. Chaguile, Michelle – Arellano University
  10. Co, Joahn – Far Eastern University
  11. Conde, Eduard – University of San Carlos
  12. De Guia, Anne Rose – University of Santo Tomas
  13. Doria, Loreto – Bohol Institute of Technology
  14. Dumalasa, Sean Paulo – University of Nueva Caceres
  15. Endaluz, Marie Jourgen – Ateneo de Manila
  16. Fernandez, Antonio Timothy – Louis University
  17. Galagar, Philip – Ateneo de Davao
  18. Hirang-Olave, Katrina Isabel – Lyceum of the Philippines
  19. Javiña-Rodriquez, Jean Violette – University of Perpetual Help
  20. Kalang-ad, Manuel – University of Cordilleras
  21. Laurito, Karen – Far Eastern University
  22. Lingao, Cherrylette – San Beda College
  23. Lo, Rhodora – University of St. La Salle
  24. Madrid, Kristoffer Gabriel – University of the Philippines
  25. Magbanua, Mary Angela – University of St. La Salle
  26. Mandigma-Aguila, Jenny – Arellano University
  27. Millena, Rebeca – San Beda College
  28. Monsanto-Nedamo, Kristine Athena – University of Cebu
  29. Moraña, Aimee – University of Northeastern Philippines
  30. Nepomuceno, Tarcila – Arellano University
  31. Nuega, Gregory Andan – University of San Jose-Recoletos
  32. Nuestro, Noel – University of Batangas
  33. Orcullo, Hazel Beth – Ateneo de Davao
  34. Pangan, Ma. Angela – Angeles University Foundation
  35. Quinto, Ramiila – San Beda College
  36. Saquilabon, Christian Lel – Far Eastern University
  37. Singco, Jon – University of San Carlos
  38. Suarez-Rotugal, Arra Jolly – University of Nueva Caceres
  39. Suyu, Richard – Cagayan State University
  40. Tabugon, Jonathan – Cor Jesu College

Online Clinic & Coaching on Bar Exam Answering Techniques F.A.Q.’s

What is this Online Clinic & Coaching?

This is the original and the first individualized online workshop on the “Art of Answering Bar Exam Questions” for the Philippine Bar Examinations. It is based on the theory that passing the Bar Exams requires three L’s: Language, Logic and Law. However, what Bar takers usually focus on is a review of the Law only, often taking the other two L’s, Language and Logic, for granted. So, this online clinic seeks to supplement your regular Bar Review with individualized diagnostics and coaching on the proper way to answer Bar Exam essay problems and questions.

What is the goal?

The goal is not to teach you what the law is, but how to answer Bar Exam essay questions. It will be a clinic in the sense that we will try to diagnose and find solutions to your problems in answering Bar Exam questions, be they related to English grammar and composition, issue-spotting, logic and reasoning, or the way you present your answers.

Who conducts the clinic?

I single-handedly conduct the clinic based on my experience in teaching Bar Exam Techniques in different Bar review centers since 2002, and in checking thousands of exam notebooks as a law professor since 1998. I do not accredit others to do it to ensure the quality of the checking and critiquing of answers. I do this only on the side, and that’s why I can only accept a limited number of Bar takers or students depending on what my schedule allows.

How does it work?

The program normally consists of 12 exercises, which I will email one at a time with the corresponding instructions. After receiving your answers, I will give you feedback, comments, tips and suggestions based on your own unique problems.

What is the schedule?

It depends on your own time and schedule. You can register and begin the workshop any time it is convenient to you. If you submit your answers to the exercises promptly and regularly, you can complete the program in about 4 weeks. However, during the pre-Bar review months I prefer to conduct the clinic in batches as I can only accept a limited number that I can handle.

How much is the registration fee?

The registration fee is a one-time payment of P3,000 only. However, I reserve the right to change this rate at any time.

How to register?

You can register by text, PM, or email. Click “Sign Up” for instructions.

After submitting your registration, we will contact you within the day if you registered by text, or within a day or two if you registered by PM or email, to confirm availability of a slot, and for further instructions to complete your registration.

Is this a Bar Review?

No, this online clinic is not a Bar review. It’s purely an online workshop on answering Bar exam essay problems. I only discuss legal provisions and principles only insofar as they become relevant to the exercises. So, the focus of the coaching is on the presentation, grammar and reasoning used in answering, not much on the subjects or substance of the answers.

Should you be online at some specific time?

No, you can simply answer at your own convenience and time after receiving each exercise. There is no deadline in submitting answers so you are in control of your pacing.

Is this coaching also open to law students?

Yes, you have to learn the art of answering Bar exam questions as early as possible. The earlier you learn this art, the more you would become a master of it by the time you take the Bar Exam. However, this coaching requires that you already have a working knowledge of the fundamental concepts of Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Civil Law, and so you should at least be in your second year in law school.

Are suggested answers given?

Yes, when I give my feedback on your answers, I also give suggested answers. When the exercises given are actual Bar Exam questions, I also give an actual answer from a Bar topnotcher, which provides for a great learning experience.

Do the exercises follow the sequence of Bar subjects?

No, this is not a Bar review so the exercises do not follow the sequence of subjects in the Bar Exams. Instead, they follow a particular sequence of lessons and tips on the Art of Answering Bar Exam Questions. Each exercise also covers a different type of Bar question.

Is handwriting also checked?

Yes, if you think you have a problem with your handwriting & want me to have a look at it, then you may send me some samples of your handwriting like scanned copies of your previous exam booklets in law school, and I will give you my feedback and suggestions.

Should the exercises be answered based on stock knowledge only?

Ideally, you should answer the exercises based on your stock knowledge. However, if you find them difficult, you may always check your notes and study the applicable law and jurisprudence before answering. The purpose of this online clinic is not to test your legal knowledge and recall of legal provisions and principles, but your skill in answering questions the proper way. What’s important is that you close your notes and references during the actual writing of your answer.

Does my registration expire?

Technically, it does not expire. You may go slow or go fast depending on your own time and convenience. In case you get busy and you can’t answer the exercises regularly, you can simply stop for a while and just continue when you have the time. However, since I will be accepting another batch of enrollees for the following Bar Exam year, I expect you to finish the exercises within a year from signing up. But if you plan to defer, just inform me and we’ll move your coaching to another year.

Is there a guarantee that you will pass the Bar after this coaching?

No, there is no guarantee. Passing the Bar Exams involves a lot of variables. But this online clinic will help you improve on one of the important variables, that is, your skill in presenting your answer the topnotcher’s way.

Enrollees of my Online Coaching who successfully passed the 2014 Bar Exams:

  1. Alonzo, Katherine – Cor Jesu College
  2. Arellano, Alvin Anthony – Cagayan State University
  3. Atitiw, Victor Corpus – Louis University
  4. Aton, Carla Zoila – University of San Carlos
  5. Balt, Al-rashid – Mindanao State University
  6. Bareng, Shiel Joy – New Era University
  7. Birao, Emmanuel – University of San Carlos
  8. Brillantes, Constanza – University of Santo Tomas
  9. Chaguile, Michelle – Arellano University
  10. Co, Joahn – Far Eastern University
  11. Conde, Eduard – University of San Carlos
  12. De Guia, Anne Rose – University of Santo Tomas
  13. Doria, Loreto – Bohol Institute of Technology
  14. Dumalasa, Sean Paulo – University of Nueva Caceres
  15. Endaluz, Marie Jourgen – Ateneo de Manila
  16. Fernandez, Antonio Timothy – Louis University
  17. Galagar, Philip – Ateneo de Davao
  18. Hirang-Olave, Katrina Isabel – Lyceum of the Philippines
  19. Javiña-Rodriquez, Jean Violette – University of Perpetual Help
  20. Kalang-ad, Manuel – University of Cordilleras
  21. Laurito, Karen – Far Eastern University
  22. Lingao, Cherrylette – San Beda College
  23. Lo, Rhodora – University of St. La Salle
  24. Madrid, Kristoffer Gabriel – University of the Philippines
  25. Magbanua, Mary Angela – University of St. La Salle
  26. Mandigma-Aguila, Jenny – Arellano University
  27. Millena, Rebeca – San Beda College
  28. Monsanto-Nedamo, Kristine Athena – University of Cebu
  29. Moraña, Aimee – University of Northeastern Philippines
  30. Nepomuceno, Tarcila – Arellano University
  31. Nuega, Gregory Andan – University of San Jose-Recoletos
  32. Nuestro, Noel – University of Batangas
  33. Orcullo, Hazel Beth – Ateneo de Davao
  34. Pangan, Ma. Angela – Angeles University Foundation
  35. Quinto, Ramiila – San Beda College
  36. Saquilabon, Christian Lel – Far Eastern University
  37. Singco, Jon – University of San Carlos
  38. Suarez-Rotugal, Arra Jolly – University of Nueva Caceres
  39. Suyu, Richard – Cagayan State University
  40. Tabugon, Jonathan – Cor Jesu College

Enrollees of my Online Coaching who successfully passed the 2013 Bar Exams:

  1. Apdua, Arnold – University of the East
  2. Bautista, Alvin – Bulacan State University
  3. Borigas, Mickel – University of Batangas
  4. Busangilan, Mira Ciele – Bulacan State University
  5. Calimbas, Monica – Cor Jesu University
  6. Cortez, Ailyn – Arellano University
  7. Duque, Bernice Michelle – Silliman University
  8. Fernandez, Trisha Isabelle – University of the Philippines
  9. Kwok, Maris Donna – San Beda College
  10. Laiño, Arfil Joy – University of St. La Salle
  11. Lucero, Ian Kenneth – University of San Jose-Recoletos
  12. Nacua, Bernadine – University of San Carlos
  13. Pablo-Nepomuceno, Czarina – San Beda College
  14. Pe-Benito, Armi Christie – Saint Louis University
  15. Pichay, Olivia Emmanuelle – Ateneo de Manila University
  16. Roldan-Advincula, Michelle – Cor Jesu University
  17. Señor, Nes PatrickSan Beda College Alabang
  18. Silva, Julie Ann – University of Santo Tomas
  19. Tan, Ma. Donnabel – University of the Philippines
  20. Tepora, Marian – Perpetual Help College
  21. Uy, Herazeus Christine – University of Santo Tomas
  22. Villalobos, Maria Kamille – Lyceum University

About Me

I am a product of the public elementary school system in Minalin, Pampanga. I did not grow up speaking English as a 1st language. In fact, English was my weakest subject from my grade school to my pre-law years. But in my wish to steal a slot in the top 10 of the Bar Exams, I turned English into one of my strongest weapons in the Bar exams. I have found that answering Bar exam questions is an art. It is not an inborn skill. You must learn the techniques, rules and strategies and master them through constant practice and exercises. After learning the art and using it in law school, I have graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1997 with a grade point average of 1.33 from the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City. And after mastering the art and using it in the Bar exams, I now hold the singular distinction of being the first Bar Topnotcher from La Sallian law school after placing 10th in the 1997 Bar Exams with a grade of 86.825.