PASAY CITY - The country's new lawyers took their oath before the Supreme Court (SC) magistrates, sitting in special en banc session, on Thursday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
Speaking before the new lawyers, Associate Justice Arturo Brion congratulated not only the ones who took their oaths as defenders of the law, but their loved ones as well.
"My congratulations to all of you - the 1,731 new lawyers taking their oaths today, your parents, spouses, and all those who helped you be where you are today. These best wishes come with a note of admiration for those who now sit at the front row - the bar topnotchers who hurdled the exams with the highest grades," Brion said.
"Savor the joy and the sense of fulfillment that taking your oaths as lawyers offer. Today's ceremony marks a very important milestone in your lives. Hopefully, this milestone shall lead to other significant developments that will add meaning to the oath you are taking today," he added.
A total of 1,731 passed the 2015 Bar examinations, with Rachel Angeli Miranda of the University of the Philippines emerging as the topnotcher.
Athena Plaza (University of San Carlos) placed second, followed by Jayson Aguilar, 3rd place (UP); Reginald Arceo, 4th place (Ateneo de Manila University); Mandy Therese Anderson (ADMU) in 5th place; Giselle Hernandez (UP) in 6th place; Daniel Bustamante (San Beda College-Manila) in 7th; Jecca Jacildo (USC), Soraya Laut (Xavier University), and Jericho Tiu (ADMU) in 8th place; Jedd Brian Hernadez (UP) in 9th place: and Ronel Buenaventura (Bulacan State University) and Lara Carmela Fernando (San Beda) in 10th place.