Congratulations to the Participants of my Online Clinic & Coaching on Bar Exam Answering Techniques who Successfully Hurdled the 2016 Bar Examinations

(Note: Included in this list are only those who have completed or who have substantially completed the program.)

  • AGBAYANI, Czar Ian R. – Xavier University
  • AGODILLA, Kristel G. – University of Baguio
  • ALBACETE, Mae Therese C. – University of Iloilo (UI)
  • ALBAO, Tyron Jan G. – St. Paul’s School of Business & Law
  • ALEGRE, Mutya S. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • ALMADIN, Rachel G. – Arellano University
  • AMPATUAN, Lady Sha-honey A. – FEU-DLSU Consortium
  • ANDRADA, Joan E. – Don Mariano Marcos State University
  • ANTONIO, Dennis V. – Dr. Vicente Orestes Romualdez Educational Foundation (DVOREF)
  • ARAMBULO, Mary Melanyn G. – Palawan State University
  • ARAÑAS, Marlon Jerome V. – Arellano University
  • ARPILLEDA, Priscila Q. – New Era University
  • ATI, Abdul Mahid M. – Mindanao State University (MSU)
  • BACANI, Alson Paul S. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • BADUA, Katrina F. – Saint Mary’s University
  • BALAJADIA, Nasreen Love Joy DG. – Philippine Christian University (PCU)
  • BALAWIS-GAANO, Jessica B. – Cordillera Career Development College
  • BALICAS, Carlo Vincent G. – San Beda College Alabang
  • BALTAZAR, Dianne Abigail P. – San Sebastian College-Recoletos
  • BERDAL, Joanne Juris L. – San Beda College Alabang
  • BERNARDO, Melanie L. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • BERO, Rafunzel S. – University of Southern Philippines
  • BOHOLANO, Ma. Evita N. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • BOLLOZOS, Ignatius Franc R. – Liceo de Cagayan
  • BOMBASE, Ma. Clarissa Lavena A. – University of Nueva Caceres
  • BONGAS, JR., Pedro A. – University of Mindanao (UM)
  • BRIONES, Gino Carlo R. – Saint Louis University (SLU)
  • BRIONES, Karen A. – San Beda College (SBC)
  • BRIONES, Shangrila D. – San Sebastian College-Recoletos
  • CABELLO, Inno A. – Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM)
  • CALUGAY, Katrina M. – De La Salle University (DLSU)
  • CAMAYANG, Ma. Milagros P. – University of Cagayan Valley
  • CAMENDAN, Ronaisa L. – Mindanao State University (MSU)
  • CAMPANER-POQUITA, Cheryl P. – Bohol Institute of Technology International College
  • CANTOS, Raymond Geronimo A. – University of Perpetual Help Systems DALTA
  • CARBERO, Therese Claire F. – San Sebastian College-Recoletos
  • CHAO, Cherry-amor O. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • CORPUZ, Sunshine R. – Manuel Luis Quezon University (MLQU)
  • COSAIN, Ansary S. – Manuel Luis Quezon University (MLQU)
  • CRISTAL, Maria Gretel I. – University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R)
  • CRUZ, Patricia Ann M. – De La Salle University (DLSU)
  • DALANGIN, Kristine Joyce A. – Arellano University
  • DAO-INES, Aileen G. – University of Baguio
  • DE GUZMAN, Cyrus T. – Cagayan State University
  • DE LUNA, Amie Roxylen T. – University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R)
  • DE VERA, Jeseth Marie Loren P. – University of Santo Tomas (UST)
  • DIAMANTE, D’joanna M. – Aquinas University
  • DOCE, Benjie B. – Colegio dela Purisima Concepcion
  • DULCE, Armando D. – San Beda College (SBC)Alabang
  • DU-SAMPAGA, Alyssa Joyce B. – University of Cordilleras
  • ELICA, Ma. Essa S. – Bukidnon State University
  • ESTRADA, Crisanto Ambrosio Q. – University of Pangasinan
  • EUGENIO, Einstein D. – Tarlac State University
  • EXCONDE, Cloe Joy B. – University of Nueva Caceres
  • FEDERIZO, Nina Diana U. – University of Lasallette
  • FERNANDEZ, James B. – Isabela State University
  • FERRER, Joy Ann A. – Bulacan State University
  • FERRER, Maridel A. – Manila Law College
  • FERRER, Ryan Mervin M. – San Beda College (SBC)
  • FESTIN, Anna Carolina P. – Arellano University
  • FLANCIA, JR., Rodil S. – San Sebastian College-Recoletos
  • FORTALEZA, Joffrey C. – Mindanao State University (MSU)
  • FRANCO, Desiree Amor J. – University of the East (UE)
  • FULGENCIO, Bernhard C. – Centro Escolar University  (CEU)
  • GAANO, Reynaldo M. – Cordillera Career Development College
  • GARCIA, Andrea F. – Bulacan State University (BSU)
  • GLORIA, Araceli B. – Manila Law College
  • GO, Vanessa Jeniffer D. – University of Cordilleras
  • GOMES, Anna Lee K. – Philippine Law School (PLS)
  • GONZALES-PILAR, Maria Nadia Nalinac V. – Saint Louis College
  • GRAGEDA, Mark Novem S. – Mindanao State University (MSU)
  • GUANGA, Mary Grace B. – Mindanao State University (MSU)
  • GUINTO, Vanessa Lou A. – San Beda College (SBC)
  • GUTIERREZ, Andrea Jastine A. – Arellano University
  • HAGORILES, Kathrina Vanessa Y. – Mindanao State University (MSU)
  • HINAY, Fatima Sarpina P. – Western Mindanao State University
  • HIPONIA, Rhoan I. – Central Philippine University (CPU)
  • IGNACIO, Rod Peterson B. – Isabela State University
  • IMPERIAL, Ronaldo F. – University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP)
  • IMPERIAL, Shiela O. – San Beda College-Alabang
  • KALAW, Ma. Rosa Vinia A. – San Pablo Colleges
  • KAPAMPANGAN, Alinaida M. – Mindanao State University (MSU)
  • LAIGO, Christian R. – Saint Louis University (SLU)
  • LEE, Eunice Faye S. – Bulacan State University (BSU)
  • LEGARDA, Maryluz Regina M. – Fr. Saturnino Urios University
  • LERIO, Earl Christian L. – University of Cebu
  • LOPEZ, Shena Marie A. – University of Baguio
  • LORENO, JR., Alvaro P. – Dr. Vicente Orestes Romualdez Educational Foundation (DVOREF)
  • LUZUNG, Noel M. – Angeles University Foundation
  • MABALOT, Adelaide B. – Saint Louis University (SLU)
  • MABUTAS, Jonn Carlo L. – Saint Louis University (SLU)
  • MADUM, Raihana M. – Mindanao State University (MSU)
  • MAGALGALIT, JR., Edward C. – University of Cordilleras
  • MAGBOO, Khristopher Ian D. – University of San Agustin
  • MAGTIBAY, Ira Miriam S. – Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM)
  • MALIGAYA, Leah Anne R. – De La Salle University (DLSU)
  • MANAHAN, Princez Jazzmine B. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • MANUEL, Marlyn Christine O. – University of the East (UE)
  • MARIANO, Cristoffer M. – San Beda College-Alabang
  • MASAHUD, Mariam Genevieve A. – Centro Escolar University
  • MATONDO, Elmero L. – Mindanao State University (MSU)
  • MERCED-PESCASIOSA, Marion R. – Aklan Catholic College
  • MERINO, Marcelli T. – Cordillera Career Development College
  • MERZA, Katherine Rose T. – Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)
  • MIÑAS, Katherine P. – San Sebastian College-Recoletos
  • MOHAMMAD, Almundir Z. – Western Mindanao State University
  • NALIA, Ellen R. – University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R)
  • NAMLA, Alman-najar L. – Xavier University
  • NAPULAN, Jonica Rei A. – University of San Agustin
  • NGO, Rachelle L. – San Sebastian College-Recoletos
  • NOVILLA, Rozenn G. – New Era University
  • ODAK, Kenneth Ray A. – San Sebastian College-Recoletos
  • OLUT, Mary Joy P. – University of Cordilleras
  • OPAY, Myraflor L. – University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R)
  • ORAT, Kenn O. – University of San Carlos (USC)
  • ORTEGA, Editha Y. – New Era University
  • OTICAL, Fahmie M. – Mindanao State University (MSU)
  • PAGTAILAN, Argylle Pizzazz C. – Saint Louis University (SLU)
  • PAGUIO, Kristine Joy B. – Arellano University
  • PANGAN, Katrina Bianca V. – Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM)
  • PANGILINAN, Lady Anne M. – San Sebastian College-Recoletos
  • PAPANDAYAN-GARANGAN, Sittie Sharmaine M. – Mindanao State University (MSU)
  • PAREDES, Ulyssis S. – University of Pangasinan
  • PARIL, Jeffrey F. – San Sebastian College-Recoletos
  • PARIS, Reynaldo G. – Pan Pacific State University
  • PASCUAL, Prexylee Khrisna L. – University of Pangasinan
  • PASTORES, Cherie May D. – San Beda College-Alabang
  • PERRAL, Mark Dale Diamond P. – New Era University
  • PIEZAS, Riva Marie C. – University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R)
  • PINTO-TADEO, Glaiza Bernadeth P. – University of Cordilleras
  • POLLOSO, Paul Romeo B. – University of Santo Tomas (UST)
  • PRIETO, Maricar DG. – Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)
  • PUGON-PEREZ, April Dream M. – Central Philippine University (CPU)
  • QUINLAN, Nea-ann J. – University of Santo Tomas (UST)
  • RAZON, Ferdinand G. – Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM)
  • REGINALDO, Marrianne G. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • REYES, Jerome Abraham M. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • REYES, Shiela Marie G. – College of Maasin
  • RIOFLORIDO, Lea Angelica R. – San Sebastian College-Recoletos
  • RODRIGO, JR., Sotero A. – Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation
  • ROJO, Edlice Grace U. – Pan Pacific State University
  • ROQUE, Kim Marie M. – Bulacan State University (BSU)
  • SABATE, Faye Marie M. – San Sebastian College-Recoletos
  • SACAY, Arl Ruth B. – Philippine Christian University (PCU)
  • SAIDAMEN, Ramayana D. – San Beda College-Alabang
  • SALAUM, Janale A. – Arellano University
  • SAN ANDRES, Ghyslaine D. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • SAN DIEGO-HERIA, Purita Monica Ann A. – University of San Agustin
  • SARMIENTO, Sylvia Patricia DC. – Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)
  • SASI, Ramil S. – Philippine Christian University (PCU)
  • SAULOG, Juan Carlo Raphael P. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • SAYCO, Dennis C. – University of Mindanao (UM)
  • SEBASTIAN, Omar Loui M. – Pagadian Capitol College
  • SILVA, Andrea G. – Saint Louis University (SLU)
  • TAMBA, Apple Dawn D. – University of San Agustin
  • TAN, Alyssa Sheena P. – Ateneo de Manila
  • TAN, Sheila T. – Cagayan State University
  • TEOXON, Criselda B. – University of the East (UE)
  • TORREFRANCA-NARONA, Valerie Anne B. – Holy Name University
  • TRINIDAD, Cindy Eunice M. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • UNTALAN, II, Eduardo S. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • VALDEZ, Mary Grace T. – University of Cordilleras
  • VALLEDOR, Rowell B. – Xavier University
  • VAÑO, Lord Ronald B. – University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R)
  • VASQUEZ, Michelle G. – Arellano University
  • VELASCO, Charmagne L. – Arellano University
  • VELASCO, JR., James Voldemar R. – Philippine Law School (PLS)
  • VENTOLERO, Ed Armand T. – Cagayan State University
  • VILLAFUERTE, Dennis C. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • VILLANUEVA, Ma. Clarissa Excelsis S. – Ateneo de Manila
  • VILLOTA, Socrates P. – Western Mindanao State University
  • VINLUAN, Almeda-Sakima P. – University of Santo Tomas (UST)
  • VINLUAN, Peter Glenn M. – Far Eastern University (FEU)
  • VITUG, Rex Napoleon O. – Harvardian College
  • YBALLE, Don Anthony T. – Southwestern University (SWU)
  • YUMANG-PALMA, Ma. Jel Kristine P. – Arellano University
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Philippine Bar Exams Trivia

(Originally posted in 2006 on my previous website. Updated 22 March 2017.)

1st Bar Exams:

  • 1901 with only 13 examinees

Highest Grade of All Time:

  • 96.7 in the 1954 Bar Exams by Florenz Regalado of San Beda College

2nd Highest Grade of All Time:

  • 95.95 in the 1954 Bar Exams by Renato L. de la Fuente of San Beda College

3rd Highest Grade of All Time:

  • 95.85 in the 1949 Bar Exams by Anacleto C. Mañgaser of the Philippine Law School (PLS)

4th Highest Grade of All Time:

  • 95.5 held by Manuel G. Montecillo of Far Eastern University (FEU) in the 1948 Bar Exams &  Antonio R. Quintos of Ateneo de Manila University in the 1954 Bar Exams

5th Highest Grade of All Time:

  • 95.3 in the 1944 Bar Exams held by Jovito R. Salonga of the University of the Philippines & Jose W. Diokno, who did not finish his law studies

Bar Topnotchers (1st Placers) to become Presidents of the Philippines:

  • Manuel A. Roxas (University of the Philippines), 1913 Bar Exams with a grade of 92.

  • Diosdado P. Macapagal of the University of Sto. Tomas, 1936 with a grade of 89.85

  • Ferdinand E. Marcos of the University of the Philippines, 1939 with a grade of 92.35

Other Bar Placers to become Presidents of the Philippines:

  • Sergio S. Osmeña (University of Santo Tomas), 2nd Place – 1903 Bar Exams

  • Manuel L. Quezon, (University of Santo Tomas), 4th Place – 1903 Bar Exams

  • Elpidio R. Quirino (University of the Philippines), 2nd Place – 1915 Bar Exams

  • Carlos P. Garcia (Philippine Law School), 6th Place – 1923 Bar Exam

The only non-Bar Placer to become the President of the Philippines:

  • Rodrigo R. Duterte of San Beda College, 1972 Bar Exams

Facts about the Jose W. Diokno Legend:

  • Diokno was born on February 26, 1922.

  • Diokno earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce Summa Cum Laude in 1940 at De La Salle College (now De La Salle University).

  • He took the CPA Board Exam in 1940 while he was in his second year in law school and placed No. 1.

  • In 1944, he petitioned the Supreme Court to take the Bar Exams without a law degree.

  • The Supreme Court granted his petition, and he took the Bar Exams in 1944 and tied with the Class Valedictorian of U.P. for the 1st Place with a grade of 95.3.

  • Diokno is the only one who placed 1st in both the CPA board exams & the Bar Exams.

Facts about the Claro M. Recto Legend:

  • Recto was born on February 8, 1890, at Tiaong, Tayabas (now Quezon Province).

  • He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ateneo de Manila where his grades were all perfect (1.0), except only for one 1.3. He was conferred by Ateneo with Maxima Cum Laude honors (highest honors conferred by Ateneo).

  • He took the Bar Exams in 1913 while he was still in his senior year in law school at the University of Santo Tomas – and FLUNKED.

  • He finished his law degree in 1913, Class Valedictorian, University of Santo Tomas.

  • The 1913 Bar Exams marked the first time that the test questions in Civil Procedure were in English, a new language in which Recto could not express himself very well.

  • Justice Fischer, the examiner in Civil Procedure, also noted that Recto’s handwriting was very difficult to understand.

  • Justice Fischer gave Recto a grade of 41 which automatically disqualified him.

  • Recto took the Bar Exams again in 1914 and passed. The No. 1 topnotcher of the 1914 Bar  exams was Manuel Goyena.

  • After passing, Recto wrote two books on Civil Procedure.

  • When Recto studied in Ateneo and UST, the medium of instruction was Spanish. Manuel Roxas, on the other hand, UP’s Class Valedictorian who topped the 1913 Bar Exams was a product of the US public school system and had spent a year in Hong Kong to better equip himself with American English before taking the Bar.

Facts about the Ferdinand E. Marcos Legend:

  • Marcos was born on September 11, 1917.

  • In college, Marcos’ principal interest was the .22-caliber college pistol team.

  • On September 20, 1935, Julio Nalundasan was at home celebrating that day’s Congressional election victory over Mariano Marcos when he was shot and killed by a .22-caliber bullet alleged fired by the 18-year-old Marcos.

  • On December 13, 1938, Marcos was arrested for Nalundasan’s murder but he successfully petitioned for release on bail, allowing him to complete his law degree from the University of the Philippines.

  • In 1939, Marcos was found guilty and sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison.

  • Jailed, Marcos spent six months writing his own 830-page appeal while reviewing for the Bar Exams at the same time.

  • Marcos posted bail to take the 1939 Bar Exams and passed with scores so high he was suspected of cheating.

  • Legends say that his unofficial Grade was 98.5 and so he was summoned to appear before the Supreme Court en banc for an oral re-examination, after which his official grade was released as 92.35.

  • Marcos is the only Bar candidate who was called by the Supreme Court for an oral re-examination.

  • In 1940, Marcos orally argued his own case in front of Supreme Court Justice Jose P. Laurel and on October 22, 1940, he was acquitted of the charge of murder and forthwith liberated from imprisonment.

  • The next day, he returned to the Supreme Court where he was administered his oath as a lawyer.

1st woman to Top the Bar (1st Place):

  • Tecla San Andres-Ziga of the University of the Philippines placed No. 1 in the Bar Exams of 1930 with a grade of 89.4. She served as Senator of the Republic of the Philippines from 1963 to 1969.

2nd woman to Top the Bar (1st Place):

  • Cecilia Munoz-Palma (University of the Philippines) became the 2nd woman to place No. 1 in the Bar Exams in 1937 with a grade of 92.6. She later became the 1st woman Supreme Court Justice in 1973 and the 1st female President of a constitutional commission in 1986.

Bar Flunker who Placed 1st on his Second Take:

  • Francisco Noel R. Fernandez (University of the Philippines) failed in the 1993 Bar Exams but placed No. 1 in the 1994 Bar Exams with a grade of 89.2.

1st Aeta Lawyer:

  • Wayda Cosme (Harvardian Colleges) passed the Bar Exam in 2001 to become the 1st Aeta Lawyer.