39-year-old finally achieves ‘elusive dream’ as he passes bar after three tries

MANILA, Philippines - A 39-year-old man couldn't believe that he finally achieved his 'elusive dream’ of being a lawyer.

Prime Sendaydiego passes the Bar exam after three tries
Prime Sendaydiego passes the Bar exam after three tries | Photo Courtesy: ABS-CBN News

Primer Sendaydiego was in sweat and tears as he waited for his name to appear on screen at the Supreme Court quadrangle as part of the 2017 Bar Examination passers. Next to him was his wife, Michelle who was trying to calm his anxious but excited husband. They traveled all the way from Dagupan City just to see it on screen to make sure.

Sendaydiego traveled from Dagupan City to see his name on screen
Sendaydiego traveled from Dagupan City to see his name on screen |Photo Courtesy: Ma-Anne Lachica

Sendaydiego was overwhelmed with emotions when he finally saw his name on the list. This was his third attempt and his success felt so much sweeter.

“Parang buong buhay ko na nilaan ko dito. Every year na lang na nagdadalawang isip ka kung magre-review ka," the new lawyer said.

Sendaydiego graduated from the University of Pangasinan and immediately took the bar in 2005. After his first failure, he took a three year break and tried again in 2008. The heartbreak became a bit overwhelming and it took 9 more years for the persevering law graduate to try his luck again.

Sendaydiego's 'elusive dream’ was his father's wish for him. He said, “Nanghihina na sila (parents), tapos namatay ang father ko last year. Gusto niya ako maging lawyer someday. So kahit papaano na okay na career ko, may work, may negosyo, pero itong pag-pass ng bar 'yung parang hindi nabibili ng pera.”

The road to his success wasn't easy. Sendaydiego took a leave without pay from work to focus on his review. Several unfortunate events also occured but his determination didn't waver. He said, “Namatay tatay (due to pneumonia) ko during the review... Tapos 'yung business partner ko, pinatay ng riding-in-tandem.”


As he finally held on to his dream of being a full fledged lawyer, Sendaydiego offered his success to his ailing mother. He said, “Mommy, ito na 'yun! Ito na 'yung pangarap niyo sa akin. Ako na 'yung first lawyer sa family natin.”

Sendaydiego is one of the 1,724 out of the 6,748 examinees who passed the 2017 Bar Examination.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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