If my wish is granted, I would like to stand before the topnotcher of the 2007 Philippine Bar Examination. I would ask Mercedita Ona, do you feel any pressure right now?
Her answer may be interesting, what do you think? Ona is not the first Filipina to top the bar. Being on top is not easy as being in the middle. The first woman to top the bar, Tecla San Andres-Ziga might had felt the pressure.
- First 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.
- Highest grade of all time: 96.7 in the 1954 Bar Exams by Florenz Regalado of San Beda College.
- 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.
The case of Jose W. Diokno is perhaps the most interesting.
- Diokno took the CPA Board Exam in 1940 while he was on 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 perhaps the only one who placed 1st in both the CPA board exams & the Bar Exams.
Perhaps Ferdinand Marcos has the most fascinating achievement.
- 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 sentence 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-examinations.
- 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.
Please read the Philippine Bar Exams Trivia of Atty. Ralph A. Sarmiento.
Do you favor Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s proposal to abolish the Bar Examination? Let’s talk about that later. But allow me first to congratulate Atty. Ethelbert Ouano.
I can’t feel the pressure.
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