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)


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!

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.