2015 Bar Topnotcher Rachel Miranda: It was a shock

MANILA, Philippines - "I never thought I would top the bar. I just wanted to pass. So, it was a shock and very surprising."

2015 Bar Topnotcher Rachel Miranda: It was a shock

2015 bar topnotcher and University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law graduate Rachel Angeli Miranda told ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) during her interview on Tuesday, May 3, just few minutes after the results were announced by the Supreme Court.

"I never expected it. I did my best during the exam. But, the results still came as a surprise," emotional Miranda, who only learned of the news after a friend sent her a message on Facebook told ANC.

The bar exam covered subjects, namely: Political Law, Labor Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, and Legal and Judicial Ethics.

"It was really difficult as we've only have five months to study since we graduated at UP last June," Miranda, who got 87.40% on bar exam added.

Asked about the toughest part of the exam, she said: "It was very overwhelming, the enormity of the exam. Each of those Sundays, you have to do your best and keep going."

Raised by a family of doctors, Miranda said she considered studying medicine at first until she realized science is not for her.

"Akala ko before gusto ko maging doktor, pero 'di talaga ako magaling sa science, so nag-law na lang ako," she said in an interview with GMA News TV's Balitanghali.

A total of 1,731 out of 6,600 examinees passed the 2015 bar (26.21% of the total number of examinees.)

Rounding up the top five placers are Athena Plaza of University of San Carlos (87.25%), Jayson Aguilar of UP (86.75%), Reginald Arceo of Ateneo de Manila University or AdMU (86.70%), and Mandy Therese Anderson of AdMU (86.15%).

READ: November 2015 Philippine Bar Exam Passers

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