THE top 10 in the 2005 bar examinations are:
1. Joan De Venecia (University of the Philippines) — 87.2
2. Jomini C. Nazareno (Ateneo de Manila University) — 86.4
3. Sheryl May B.Tanquilut (Ateneo de Manila University) — 85.9
4. Nyerson Dexter Tito Q. Tualla (Manuel L. Quezon University) — 85.4
5. Tamsin Rae N. Lucila (University of the Philippines) — 85.3
6. Gladys V. Gervacio (University of Perpetual Help-Rizal) –85.3</<BR>7. Claudine B. Orocio-Isorena (University of the Philippines) — 85.2
8. Pedro Jose F. Bernardo (Ateneo de Manila University) — 85.5
9. Dexter B. Calizar (Philippine Law School) — 84.7
10. Johnson A.H. Ong (Far Eastern University) — 84.6
*The Ateneans get special mention.. although my pre-law was with UP
So the results were finally released by the Supreme Court yesterday (or today since it is still Friday in Manila as I write this.) I suppose that the 20% who passed are celebrating and euphoric over hurdling this task, and the 80% are all drowning their sorrows with a vow to try again. (Unless, that is, they’ve already struck out 5 times in which case that is FIN for them.)
I remember how, in 1995, I refused to go to the Supreme Court grounds and wait it out with everyone else. I sat at home waiting by the phone for a friend who was already a lawyer working in one of the Court of Appeals offices call to tell me I had passed. It was a big relief to hear I had hurdled it, knowing how ill-prepared I was to take the Bar Exams in September of 1994. I had taken a big gamble and the gamble paid off. I knew for a fact that half my answers were wrong, but I guess the examiners found merit in my English and understood my arguments and gave me credit.
It is heartening to see some lessesr known schools in the top 10. They deserve it because everyone knows that a top 10 passer and high passing average means higher enrollment for the coming year. Little do people know, though, that most — but not all – of the bar placers not in the top 3 (Ateneo, UP and San Beda) are actually kick outs of the top 3 schools who failed to make the Quality Percentile Index (QPI) requirement. It is no joke trying to maintain one’s standing in any of these schools, but it’s the same rigorous training that allows you to think sharper and hones your mental faculties in preparation for the Bar.
We have to give credit, though, to those brilliant minds who did not have the means or the opportunity to go to any of the top 3 schools who find their moment in time when they finally take the Bar Exam.
I know of some schools who actually give monetary rewards to Bar placers, as if forever being touted a Bar topnotcher were not enough honor for the examinee. I remember when I took the Bar, I didn’t even hope to make it to the top 10, but I had a studio photo taken anyway because my bestfriend Jonathan, himself a lawyer by the time I took the Bar, told me libre namang mangarap. (It doesn’t cost a cent to dream..) I would so hate to see myself in a mugshot on the front page of a national paper just in case by some twist of fate, I landed in the top 10. LOL
To those who passed, I am sure it was well-deserved. To those who didn’t, there’s always next year if the dream is truly in your heart.