MANILA - A total of 168 Bar candidates from the University of the Philippines (UP) on Sunday were sent off for what has been said as the most difficult exam in the country.
Pressure turned into inspiration as a community of isko and iska (iskolar ng bayan), teachers, family and friends cheered them on with gusto.
They shouted “UP fight! Padayon, UP,” at the top of their lungs while they ushered 168 Bar candidates to their buses. Three air-conditioned buses ferried them to the exam center at the University of Santo Tomas.
Among the crowd of eager supporters was none other than former Supreme Court spokesman and current UP lecturer Theodore Te.
“Sa ngayon nakapaghanda na ng maigi ang mga Bar candidate at kailangan nilang lakasan ang loob sa exam. Noong panahon namin, wala pang ganito [bar ops] kaya malaking tulong ito dahil nakasuporta ang marami,” he said.
Proud parents Alberto and Tina Otchengco beamed at their eldest, Albertson. He is the first one in the family to take the exam.
“Nararamdaman talaga niya ang pressure pero andito kami para maramdaman niya suporta namin sa kanya. Maghihintay kami hanggang matapos ng 6 PM ang Bar,” Alberto said.
“We are excited at the same time apprehensive. Sana 'wag siya magpapressure. Basta he does his best...Always pray,” Tina said.
The Otchengcos traveled all the way from San Fernando, Pampanga to Quezon City to show love for their son as with many other parents.
The Bar exams will be from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Sunday. After an hour-long break, it will resume at 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bar exams will be held for four Sundays of November.