60-year-old law graduate fulfills dream of becoming a lawyer after doing self-review

MANILA, Philippines – After raising five kids and spending years building a meaningful career, Jessie Savilla has reached another milestone in his life at the age of 60.

Jessie Savilla bar exam 2016 passer

Savilla is among the 3,747 passers out of 6,344 examinees of the 2016 Bar examinations. The new lawyer, who graduated from University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City in 2015, has finally attained his dream after years of fulfilling his family’s dream.


“Nag-asawa na ako, may anak. Wala na yung personal na pangarap, pangarap mo na ay para sa pamilya,” Savilla told ABS-CBN News.

In 1981, Sevilla enrolled himself in the university to study law. However, he decided to give up law school after a year and a half.

When the bank he previously worked for closed, Savilla decided to give law school another shot. He began scanning his old law school books and rediscovered his interest in it. His family even supported his decision that his kids volunteered to pay for his tuition.

“Kasi nawalan ako ng trabaho, wala na akong ginagawa, nakita ko yung mga libro ko dati, inumpisahan kong i-scan sila and parang may fire na, nagkaroon agad ako ng interes, sabi naman ng mga anak ko, kami na ang mag papaaral sayo,” Savilla recounted.

Jessie Savilla bar exam 2016 passer
Although Savilla did not pass the Bar exams during his first attempt, his second attempt proved to be successful. Now, there are two lawyers in his family as the eldest of his five children, Rainier, also passed the bar in 2012.

Jessie Savilla bar exam 2016 passer

When asked for a message for fellow lawyers, Savilla said:

"In your younger years, strike while the iron is hot. But in your senior years, you have to strike and strike unceasingly hard to make it hot.”

--Mini, The Summit Express

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