UP dominates top 10 of 2013 Bar exams

by Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Mar 18 2014 12:32 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2014 05:16 AM

MANILA (1st UPDATE) - After a long drought, a University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law graduate has topped the 2013 Bar exams.

Nielson Pangan of UP is the first placer with a grade of 85.8%.

There are five UP graduates in the top 10, including Mark Xavier Oyales, who is tied for 2nd place.

Pangan’s top ranking shows UP’s efforts to reclaim its dominance of the Bar exams could be working. 

Joan de Venecia was the last UP graduate who topped the Bar in 2005.

UP had always been expected to take the top spot.

The last few years, however, saw graduates of Ateneo and other law schools get the top spots.

Cesareo Antonio Singzon Jr., Raoul Angelo Atadero, and Ignatius Ingles topped the Bar exams in 2010, 2011, and 2012 respectively. They are all from Ateneo de Manila.

Because of its drought, UP Law changed its strategy when it comes to training students.

Law electives have been scrapped to give way to Bar exam reviews.

This year’s top 10 examinees are:

1 Pangan, Nielson G. University of the Philippines 85.80%
2 Oyales, Mark Xavier D. University of the Philippines 85.45%
  Wilwayco, Dianna Louise R. Ateneo de Manila University  
3 Ortea, Rudy V. University of Batangas 84.20%
4 Mopia, Eden Catherine B. University of the Philippines 84.05%
5 Mercado-Gephart, Tercel Maria G. University of San Carlos 83.90%
6 Sarausad, Manuel Elijah J. University of Cebu 83.80%
Suyat, Katrine Paula V. San Beda College - Manila 83.75%
8 Tiu, Jr., Michael T. University of the Philippines 83.70%
9 Fulgueras, Marjorie Ivory S. Ateneo de Manila University 83.65%
10 Arnesto, Cyril G. University of the Philippines 83.60%

In a press briefing, Associate Justice Arturo Brion said a total of 1,174 out of the 5,292 examinees who took the 2013 Bar Examinations passed.

This translates to a passing rate of 22.18 percent.

He also announced that the oath taking of the successful Bar candidates will be on April 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).