MANILA - (UPDATED) A graduate from the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod, Negros Occidental topped the 2017 Bar examinations, the Supreme Court announced Thursday.
With a grade of 91.05 percent, Mark John Simondo topped the 1,724 passers of the Bar held last November at the University of Sto. Tomas, announced Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin.
A total of 6,748 graduates took the Bar, making the passing rate 25.5 percent, said Bersamin.
Ranking second was University of San Carlos' Christianne Mae Balili with 90.80 percent, while at third place was Camille Romoroza of the Ateneo De Davao University with 90.70 percent.
Completing the top 10 were:
- Ivanne D'laureil Hisoler of the University of San Carlos (89.55 percent)
- Monica Anne Yap of San Beda College (89.45 percent)
- Lorenzo Luigi Gayya of the University of Sto. Tomas (89.1 percent)
- Rheland Servacio of the University of San Carlos (89.0 percent)
- Krizza Fe Alcantara-Bagni of St. Mary's University and Algie Kwillon B. Mariacos of San Beda College (88.9 percent)
- Klinton M. Torralba of University of Sto. Tomas (88.65 percent)
- Emma Ruby J. Aguilar of the University of Sto. Tomas (88.4 percent)
In 2016, Karen Mae Calam of the University of San Carlos in Cebu topped the Bar with a grade of 89.05 percent.
A total of 3,747 passers out of 6,344 exam-takers passed that year, pegging the passing rate at 59.06 percent.
The 2017 Bar passers will take their oath as new lawyers before the Supreme Court en banc on June 1.
The Bar covers 8 subjects: Political Law, Labor Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, and Legal and Judicial Ethics.