Former janitor passes 2016 bar exam

MANILA, Philippines - A 35-year-old janitor’s life is about to take a 180-degree turn after successfully passing the 2016 Bar examinations.

Former janitor passes 2016 bar exam

Ramil Comendador, who worked as a janitor for four years at the office of Commission on Elections, had the strong desire to get his family out of poverty. This prompted him to leave Catanduanes and look for better opportunities in Manila.

2016 Bar topnotcher encourages public school students to dream big

Determined to provide a better future for him and his family, Commendador enrolled at the College of Law in Universidad de Manila. While studying, Commendador had to sweep floors and gather trash since he has two kids aged 4 and 8 years old, to support.

"Baon-baon mo yung pangarap mo na makaalis na sa kahirapan. Baon-baon mo yun, siyempre. Malaking bahagi nun talaga yung tiwala mo sa Panginoon, at maitatawid mo yung mga pangarap mo," Commendador said.

Former janitor passes 2016 bar exam
Aside from these challenges, Commendador almost gave up while taking the bar examinations, deemed as the toughest professional exam in the country. Apparently, he experienced physical difficulty answering the bar exams as his hand was shaking due to fatigue.

“Yung kamay ko nun, nagshe-shake talaga, as in hindi makapag-sulat. Ang ginawa ko po, after kong magdasal, kinuha ko ng kaliwang kamay ko ang kanang kamay ko at pinilit kong idiniin sa papel. Sabi ko, 'Panginoon, pahintulutan mong makapag-sulat ako kasi gustong gusto ko itong maitawid’," Commendador recounted.

But luckily, the former janitor’s hard work and sacrifices paid off as he is among the 3,747 new lawyers in the country. He even managed to pass the grueling exam in his first take.

While it may seem that Commendador has everything he has ever hoped for, the new lawyer still hopes to be reunited with his father who abandoned him while he was still inside his mother’s womb.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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