Top 10, Results: 2019 Bar Exam Topnotchers

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) released the list of 2019 bar exam topnotchers after the special en banc session today, April 29, 2020.
Top 10, Results: 2019 Bar Exam Topnotchers

Mae Diane M. Azores from University of Sto. Tomas-Legazpi (formerly Aquinas University) topped the bar with 91.0490%.

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Committee Chairperson SC Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe announced the results together with the list of successful examinees of the 118th bar exam conducted on four Sundays of November 2019 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Espana, Manila.


SC said that 2,103 out of 7,685 examinees (27.36%) who completed the bar exam passed.

The Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) said that 8,245 were admitted to take the examinations. After the first Sunday on November 3, the number of candidates who took the test was only 7,699. After the second Sunday on November 10, the number went down to 7,691.


1 Azores, Mae Dianne M. University of Santo Tomas - Legaspi (Formerly   Aquinas University) 91.0490%
2 Parahiman, Princess Fatima T. University of The East 89.5230%
3 Baranda, Myra M. University of Santo Tomas - Legaspi (Formerly   Aquinas University) 88.8250%
4 Bandiola, Dawna Fya O. San Beda College 88.3360%
5 Fabello, Jocelyn B. Palawan State University 88.2630%
6 Manuel, Kenneth Glenn L. University of Santo Tomas 88.1730%
7 Buergo, Rhowee D. Jose Rizal University 87.8710%
8 Avila, Anton Luis A. Saint Louis University 87.5820%
9 Rojas, Jun Dexter H. Polytechnic University of the Philippines 87.5765%
10 Madera, Bebelan A. University of St. La Salle 87.3795%


In the 2018 exams, Sean James Borja of the Ateneo de Manila University aced the bar with 89.306%. University of San Carlos (USC) alum Marcley Augustus Nau-El followed with 87.53%. Other schools in the top 10 spots were University of the Philippines and De La Salle University - Manila.

In the 2017 bar exam, graduates of provincial law schools dominated the list of topnotchers. Mark John Simondo of University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod, Negros Occidental led the passers with a grade of 91.05 percent.

In the 2016 exams, all topnotchers came from the provincial schools, a first without the usual top-performing NCR-based schools. USC's Karen Mae Calam topped the list with a rating of 89.05%.

Meanwhile, UP College of Law alum Rachel Angeli B. Miranda earned the top spot in the 2015 Bar Examinations with a rating of 87.40%.

Here's the summary of topnotchers during the past eight bar exams:

2018 Sean James Borja Ateneo de Manila University 89.31%
2017 Mark John H. Simondo University of St. La Salle - Bacolod 91.05%
2016 Karen Mae L. Calam University of San Carlos 89.05%
2015 Rachel Angeli B. Miranda University of the Philippines 87.40%
2014 Irene Mae B. Alcobilla San Beda College - Manila 85.50%
2013 NIelson Pangan University of the Philippines 85.80%
2012 Ignatius Michael D. Ingles Ateneo de Manila University 85.64%
2011 Atadero, Raoul Angelo D. Ateneo de Manila 85.54%


Bar exam is also the only licensure examination not administered by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

In the 2019 exams, the two-examiner policy per subject was re-adopted "in order to promote operational efficiency in light of the notable increase in number of admitted candidates in recent years."

The examinable subjects are: Political Law and Public International Law (15%), Labor and Social Legislation (10%), Civil Law (15%), Taxation (10%), Mercantile Law (15%), Criminal Law (10%), Remedial Law (20%) and Legal and Judicial Ethics (5%).


April 29, 2020 Update: Bar 2019 results out today! Good luck, aspiring lawyers!

April 23, 2020 Update:  2019 bar exam results out online on Wednesday, April 29 after the special en banc session. This was announced by the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday, April 23 through a notice uploaded on SC website.

April 15, 2020 Update: SC will conduct an online special en banc session on Friday, April 17, first time in history due to COVID-19 pandemic. However, there's no information yet whether they will tackle the release of the 2019 Bar Exam results.

— The Summit Express

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