Shrieks of joy, tearful phone calls as law graduates learn they passed the bar

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 03 2019 04:04 PM

Shrieks of joy, tearful phone calls as law graduates learn they passed the bar 1
A woman reacts after seeing her name on the list of Bar passers at the Supreme Court in Manila, May 3, 2019. A total of 1,800 out of 8,155 examiners passed the tough exams held in November 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Even before the names of 2018 bar examination passers were flashed on the LED screen in front of the Supreme Court, people started screaming and crying.

Many already saw the results online, while some got calls from relatives and friends. 

For those who made it, it was a jubilant Friday afternoon as they have officially qualified to become lawyers, conquering the country's toughest professional licensure test. 

Kristel Villamayor and a friend were among those first seen crying and hugging as they started calling their families to relay the good news. Villamayor said they saw their names online, even before the announcement at the SC was made. Both second-time takers, they were both grateful for the results.

Meanwhile, Leandro Manabat, another bar passer who received the news early, immediately got hugs from his loved ones. His mother even unfurled a tarp with his picture and congratulatory message, saying she was already sure that he would pass. 

Josephine Dayrit Agustin, mother of another bar passer, burst into tears after seeing the name of her daughter Nadine on the LED wall.

She said she left her office to see the results for herself. Her youngest daughter Nadine, who chose to stay at home, did not know that she was at the Supreme Court. 

“Maliit pa siya, bata pa siya, pangarap na niya 'yan. Alam mo 'yung nararamdaman ng nanay. 'Yung hindi mo alam kung mahihimatay ka… Alam mo ang nanay susuungin lahat 'yan diba,” she said as she explained why she went without telling her daughter.

(Ever since she was a little child that was her dream. You know what a mother feels. It’s like you don’t know if you’re going to faint…Mothers will do everything for their child.)

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Agustin kept saying as she sobbed. She said the feeling was very overwhelming. 

Only 1,800 or 22.07 percent of 8,155 examinees passed the 2018 bar exams, which was held at the University of Santo Tomas.

This year's top scorer was Sean James Borja of the Ateneo de Manila University, among three from the same school in the top 10. Also among top raters are four from the University of San Carlos, two from the University of the Philippines, and one from the De La Salle University.