TOP 20: Meet the topnotchers of the 2017 Bar Exam

MANILA, Philippines - Congratulations to the Top 20 passers of the 2017 bar exam!

Mark John Simondo, graduate of University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod, Negros Occidental aced the bar with a grade of 91.05 percent.

Ranking second was University of San Carlos (USC)'s Christianne Mae Balili with 90.80 percent, while at third place was Camille Romoroza of the Ateneo De Davao University with 90.70 percent.


On fourth spot was Ivanne D'laureil Hisoler of the University of San Carlos (89.55 percent). Grabbing the fifth place was Monica Anne Yap of San Beda College (89.45 percent).

A total of 1,724 out of 6,748 (25.5%) passed the grueling exam with full results announced by Committee Chairman Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin after the special en banc session on Thursday, April 26.

Meet the top 20 passers (photos courtesy of Supreme Court):

2017 bar exam topnotchers
2017 bar exam topnotchers

In the 2016 bar exam, all topnotchers came from the provincial law schools, a first without the usual top-performing NCR-based schools. University of San Carlos' Karen Mae Calam aced the bar with a rating of 89.05%. A record-breaking 59.06% passing rate was hit, 3,747 out of 6,344 passed.

The Philippine bar examinations, dubbed as the most prestigious professional licensure exam in the country for aspiring lawyers, is the only professional exam not handled by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). It is exclusively supervised by the Supreme Court.

The examination covered the following topics and their associated subtopics, popularly known as the bar subjects: Political Law and Public International Law, Labor and Social Legislation, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial law and Legal and Judicial Ethics.

— The Summit Express

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