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Rappler Talk: Bar 2018 topnotcher Sean James Borja

May 06, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Tune in at 7:30 pm on Monday, May 6, as Rappler sits down with Sean James Borja to discuss the rule of law, legal education reforms, and the topic closest to his heart – LGBT rights

Couple shares success of passing Bar exam together

May 06, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Michael Calzado and Charmaine Lynn Tan share the same goal of passing all their subjects, being able to graduate from law school, and passing the Bar exams

Photo by Rob Flores

'A dream come true': 2018 Bar passers celebrate success

May 03, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Bar passers and their families share heartfelt moments after the results of the 2018 Bar Examinations are announced

GRATITUDE. The proud mother of Nadine Patriziah Agustin rejoices when she sees her daughter pass the 2018 Bar Examinations on May 3. Photo by Isabel Lupac/Rappler

Bar 2018: La Salle Manila gets first topnotcher as USC continues feat

May 03, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The Ateneo de Manila University School of Law returns to the top after 6 years, while the University of the Philippines College of Law returns to the top 10 after two years

Bar passers express their emotion as they flock to the Supreme Court in Manila on May 3, 2019, to see the results of Bar examination. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Cebu Bar topnotchers: PH needs lawyers ‘really fighting for the rule of law’

May 03, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Marcley Augustus Natu-el, Mark Lawrence Badayos, Jebb Lynus Cane, Alan Joel Pita of the University of San Carlos place 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th in the 2018 Bar exams

Malacañang to 2018 Bar exam passers: Integrity highest virtue in law profession

May 03, 2019 - 5:53 PM

'We hope that many of our country’s new lawyers consider pursuing a career in the government,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, who also tells the incoming batch of lawyers not to be biased when faced with questions of law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the 25th anniversary of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 19, 2019. Joining the President is MinDA Chair Datu Abul Khayr Alonto and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

From Philippine team member to her clan's first lawyer

May 03, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'Yung effort ng anak ko, talagang it paid off,' says Emma Dublin, the proud mother of national team member now also a lawyer Maria Rodielita A. Dublin

SUCCESS. Athlete turned lawyer Maria Rodielita Dublin passes the 2018 Bar Examinations and becomes the first lawyer in her clan on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo from Maria Rodielita Dublin

2018 Bar topnotcher wants to be 'voice for people who need a voice'

May 03, 2019 - 3:59 PM

2018 Bar topnotcher Sean James Borja says what drew him to the law profession is 'being able to provide a voice to those who don't necessarily have it'

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Sean James Borja gives his address at the graduation of Ateneo Law School Class of 2018, as class valedictorian, on July 15, 2018. Photo from the Ateneo de Manila University website

Bb Pilipinas hopeful Bea Patricia Magtanong among bar exam passers

May 03, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The beauty queen is among the 1,800 successful bar examinees

LAWYER. Bb Pilipinas candidate Bea Patricia Magtanong passes the 2018 bar examinations. Photo by Dion Besa/Rappler

De Lima’s son passes Bar Exams 2018

May 03, 2019 - 1:38 PM

(UPDATED) When Vincent Joshua Bohol graduated from San Beda College Alabang in June 2018, the court did not allow his senator mother to attend the ceremony

MOTHER'S PRIDE. Senator Leila de Lima’s son, Vincent Bohol (in red, to her right), passes the 2018 Bar exams. Sourced photo

FULL LIST: Bar Exams 2018 passers

May 03, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Here's the complete list of the 1,800 successful examinees

TEARS OF JOY. Bar passers express their emotion as they flock to the Supreme Court in Manila on May 3, 2019, to see the results of Bar examination. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Sean James Borja of Ateneo de Manila University tops 2018 Bar Exams

May 03, 2019 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) Sean James Borja tops the exams with a score of 89.306%. The other top 10 passers are from the University of San Carlos, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, and De La Salle University-Manila.

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Sean James Borja of Ateneo de Manila University is the 2018 Bar Exams topnotcher. Photo from the Facebook page of Sean James Borja

Bar Exam results 2018: 22.07% passing rate

May 03, 2019 - 11:57 AM

The passing rate for Bar Examinations 2018 is lower than that of the previous year, when 25.55% passed

RESULTS ARE OUT. Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo announces the results of the 2018 Bar Exams in front of the SC building on May 3, 2019 Photo from SC PIO

Bar exams 2018 results out on May 3

May 01, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The number of Bar candidates who registered for 2018 is the highest in recent years

BAR 2018. The results of the 2018 Bar Examinations will be released on May 3. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Bar topnotchers and their passions: Poverty, health, political dynasties

May 01, 2018 - 11:52 AM

We asked the new lawyers what they think is the biggest threat to the legal profession. They all seem to agree the threat is coming from within their ranks.

CLOCKWISE: Top 3 Camille Remoroza from Ateneo de Davao, Top 6 Lorenzo Luigi Gayya from UST, Top 18 Aecaya Christine Calero from UST and Top 9 Klinton Torralba from UST

New York lawyer passes PH Bar: She’s coming home soon

Apr 28, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Neneth Aporo, daughter of a retired policeman from Tondo, makes it as a lawyer in the Big Apple. She dreams of being a public attorney in the Philippines.

Photo congratulating 2017 Bar topnotcher ready days before results, says USLS prof

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:53 PM

What made former USLS College of Law dean Ralph Sarmiento believe Mark John Simondo would someday top the Bar? The student's brilliant answer to a 'very complicated problem about the relationship of the bill of rights and the powers of the state'

2017 Bar exam topnotcher wants to be a lawyer for the poor

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Mark John Simondo of the University of St La Salle says a lawyer does not have to join government to be able to serve the public

LA SALLE'S PRIDE. Bar examination 2017 topnotcher Mark John Simondo (right) holds a press conference in Bacolod City on Thursday night, April 26, 2018, hours after the Bar exam results are announced. He is with (from left) former University of Saint La Salle College of Law dean Ralph Sarmiento, USLS president Brother Kenneth Martinez, and USLS College of Law dean Rosanne Juliana Gonzaga. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

WATCH: 'Anak, pasado ka!' and other victorious 2017 Bar moments

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Parents wait under the heat at the Supreme Court to deliver the good news to their children

BAR VICTORY. Editha Billones calls her daughter Zandalee to inform her she has passed the 2017 Bar Examinations. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

2017 Bar: Redemption for UST, sorrow for hazing victim Castillo's mom

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

It is bittersweet redemption for a law school rocked by a high-profile hazing scandal

Security personnel check entering examinees during the first day of the Bar Exams at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday, November 6, 2016. A total of 6,924 law graduates applied for the 115th Bar exams which will be held on four consecutive Sundays of the month starting November 6. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Try and try': Bar 2017 takers say failure is not the end

Apr 26, 2018 - 7:19 PM

This was the 4th time both Leslie Llagas and Katherine Macaroy took the Bar. Despite failing several times, their dream to be a licensed lawyer has never faded.

Bar exam 2017 topnotcher is also a registered nurse

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Before becoming the 2017 Bar exams topnotcher, Mark John Simondo of the University of St La Salle in Bacolod was also the law school's valedictorian and, before that, a magna cum laude graduate of nursing

IN PHOTOS: 2017 Bar exam results announcement

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:03 PM

The Supreme Court grounds burst into squeals and cheers as Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin announces the results of the Bar exam

Hopefuls react as the results of the 2017 Bar Examinations is announced at the Supreme ourt on April 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FULL LIST: Bar Exam 2017 passers

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:43 PM

A total of 1,724 examinees pass the 2017 Bar Examinations

Photo by Bong Santisteban

Mark Simondo of University of St La Salle Bacolod tops 2017 Bar Exams

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 2017 Bar Exam topnotcher is Mark Simondo of the University of St La Salle Bacolod with a grade of 91.05%

Photo from @SCPh_PIO

Bar Exam results 2017: 25.55% passing rate

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:56 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The passing grade this year is 75% for the total 6,748 law graduates who took the Bar in November 2017. Less than 2,000 make it.

Photo by Leanne Jazul

Bar Exam 2017 results out on April 26

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:41 PM

A total of 7,227 law graduates took the Bar Examinations in November 2017

Well-wishers greet aspiring lawyers on the last day of the Bar Examinations on November 26, 2017. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, May 1-7, 2017

May 07, 2017 - 12:59 PM

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More 'reasonable' Bar exams resulted in high passing rate

May 04, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The Bar chairman was very consistent in his statement that he wanted to ensure that there will be a high passing mark says Dean Sol Mawis head of the law schools association

BAR 2016. Exam takers celebrate as the Supreme Court announces the results of the 2016 Bar examinations at the SC grounds in Manila on May 3, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

2016 Bar passers want to be in public service

May 03, 2017 - 5:21 PM

2016 Bar passers want to use their attorney title for the service of others

DREAM COME TRUE. Angie Sevilla of the Philippine Christian University kisses her rosary when she found out that she passed the 2016 Bar Examinations. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler


Former Comelec janitor to lawyer – dreams come true at 2016 Bar exams

May 03, 2017 - 4:20 PM

UPDATED The Philippines new lawyers have inspiring stories of grit hard work and love for country Ramil Comendador worked as Comelec janitor while in law school

Bar topnotcher Karen Mae Calam hopes to inspire others to dream big

May 03, 2017 - 2:36 PM

The 2016 Bar topnotcher from Kalilangan Bukidnon says her feat is beyond beyond beyond what she prayed for

DREAM BIG. Bar topnotcher Karen Mae Calam of the University of San Carlos in an interview in Cebu City after the Supreme Court announced the Bar exam results on May 3, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

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May 03, 2017 - 2:19 PM

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May 03, 2017 - 12:06 PM

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List of passers: 2016 Bar exams

May 03, 2017 - 12:01 PM

A total of 3 747 out of 6 344 examinees pass the exams

University of San Carlos grad tops 2016 Bar Exams

May 03, 2017 - 11:20 AM

3rd UPDATE The 2016 Bar Exams register a passing rate of 59 06 the highest in decades

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Karen Mae Calam of the University of San Carlos in Cebu has topped the 2016 Bar examinations. Photo from SC PIO

Highest in decades: Over 59% pass 2016 bar examinations

May 03, 2017 - 10:48 AM

The highest percentage of exam passers ever recorded was in 1954 with 75 17 while the lowest was in 1999 with 16 59

BAR EXAMS. Thousands of Bar examinees troop to UST on the first day of exams. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Once more, fanfare over Bar results

May 04, 2016 - 3:45 PM

I look forward to the day that the fitness of the law graduate will be determined by more intelligent devices than a test that strikes anywhere

Cebuana Bar topnotcher: No need to go to Manila for good education

May 04, 2016 - 5:27 AM

Athena Plaza who graduated from the University of San Carlos USC in Cebu places second in the 2015 Bar examinations with a grade of 87 25

WELL-RESTED. Athena Plaza, 2015 bar exam second placer, says it is important for her to get enough rest to perform well. Photo by Jensen Floren/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 2015 Bar exam results

May 03, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Passers welcome the official announcement with squeals of joy Those who don t make the cut leave the scene quietly some of them in tears

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

List of passers: 2015 Bar exams

May 03, 2016 - 2:26 PM

A total of 1 731 takers successfully pass one of the hardest licensure exams in the Philippines

UP Law graduate is 2015 Bar topnotcher

May 03, 2016 - 12:58 PM

3rd UPDATE Four out of the top 10 passers come from UP

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Rachel Angeli Miranda is the 2015 Bar topnotcher. Photo from the Supreme Court

'Salubong' blast victim passes 2014 Bar exams

Mar 27, 2015 - 1:54 PM

God took my leg not my dream says 2014 Bar exams passer Joanna Katrina Ledda who lost her left leg in the blast that marred the 2010 Bar exams

Photo from Jokat Ledda's Facebook account

Antiqueña Bar topnotcher lost mom, brother to Typhoon Frank

Mar 26, 2015 - 8:19 PM

The incident ‘made her even stronger [to] resolve that despite this setback she would help herself ’ Irene Mae Alcobilla’s professor at the West Visayas State University says

2014 BAR TOPNOTCHER. Irene Mae Alcobilla of San Beda College tops the 2014 Bar exams. Photo from Irene Mae Alcobilla's Facebook account

IN PHOTOS: 2014 Bar exam results

Mar 26, 2015 - 4:35 PM

Scenes of quiet anticipation and excitement mark the release of the 2014 Bar exam results outside the Supreme Court

2014 Bar exams No. 2 wants to 'influence the influencers'

Mar 26, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Christian Drilon valedictorian of Ateneo Law School Class 2014 wants to teach law

2014 Bar topnotcher: I hoped to pass, didn't expect to be No. 1

Mar 26, 2015 - 2:48 PM

San Beda law graduate Irene Mae Alcobilla says she got the good news via messaging app Viber but thought it was a joke at first

Photo from Irene Mae Alcobilla's Facebook account

FULL LIST: 2014 Bar Exam results

Mar 26, 2015 - 2:34 PM

Here is the full list of the 1 126 successful examinees in the 2014 Bar examinations

2014 Bar 6th placer: 'Time for San Beda to be recognized'

Mar 26, 2015 - 2:07 PM

Jose Angelo David who placed 6th in the 2014 Bar exams says he was overjoyed that his college placed prominently in the rankings

Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

San Beda College graduate tops 2014 Bar exams

Mar 26, 2015 - 11:50 AM

UPDATED 1 126 out of 5 984 examinees pass one of the hardest licensure exams in the Philippines listed here in full