64-year-old Bar exam topper has 2 PhDs


Posted at Mar 01 2012 07:07 PM | Updated as of Mar 02 2012 03:07 AM

64-year-old Bar exam topper has 2 PhDs 1
Rodolfo Aquino placed 10th in the 2011 Bar exams

MANILA, Philippines - A 64-year-old man who placed 10th in the 2011 Bar exams was no ordinary law student.

Rodolfo Aquino has 2 PhDs (doctorates), a master's degree in business administration, and 3 other masteral degrees in statistics and accounting.

Aquino, a law veledictorian at San Beda College-Alabang, is also a certified public accountant and is a professor at the University of the Philippines' College of Business Administration.

He said his age did not prevent him from reaching his dream of becoming a lawyer.

"If you can still argue, read, and write, o kahit dictate na lang, you can still do it," he said, citing octogenarians, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and former Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas.

Aquino's fellow UP professors clapped for him when they heard news that he was among the 2011 Bar topnotchers.

He said he had long wanted to be a lawyer but it was only recently that he found the time to study for the profession.

"Masuwerte ang mga bata ngayon, may mga scholarship na available, hindi tulad dati," he said.