Girl power in 2019 Bar Exams as Top 5 spots clinched by ladies

MANILA, Philippines – It’s girl power in the 2019 bar exams as the Top 5 spots were clinched by ladies!

The Supreme Court (SC) has just released the results of the November 2019 Philippine Bar Exams, after the special en banc session today, April 29, 2020. Aside from releasing the official list of names of the 2,103 out of 7,685 examinees (27.36%) who passed the bar exams, the SC also posted the names of the Top 10.

Girl power in 2019 Bar Exams as Top 5 spots clinched by ladies
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Mae Diane M. Azores from the University of Sto. Tomas-Legazpi (formerly Aquinas University) clinches the top spot with a rating of 91.0490%.

The 2019 Bar topnotcher admitted that she prayed to be in the Top 10, even asking for the eighth spot.


“Sinabi ko kay Lord, Lord kahit top 8 lang Lord. Kasi may naniniwala ring professor tsaka mga kaibigan na kaya mo yan. Ako naman nag-aral naman ako nang mabuti,” she told ABS-CBN News.

She also encouraged other students from the provinces like her, claiming that no dream is ever too big.

“We can always dream bigger. Kung iisipin talaga natin, kung kaya talaga, kaya talaga siya. Tiwala lang sa Diyos. Dasal lang talaga,” Azores shared.

The second spot was clinched by Princess Fatima T. Parahiman from the University of the East who scored 89.5230%. The third spot went to Myra M. Baranda, who went to the same school as Azores; she scored 88.8250%.

The fourth placer is extra special because she had actually failed the bar exams the previous year! She has proven that failing in one exam does not mean a lifetime failure. Dawna Fya O. Bandiola now ranked fourth, garnering a rating of 88.3360%. She graduated from San Beda College - Alabang.

“I promised po sa sarili ko na baka hindi ko pa po time, hindi pa po will ni Lord na ibigay sa akin iyong pinagpi-pray ko. Inisip ko na lang po that it's about timing,” she told DZMM.

The fifth spot was clinched by Jocelyn B. Fabello of Palawan State University.

There are also two other ladies in the rest of the Top 10: Rhowee Deimoy Buergo of Jose Rizal University on the seventh spot and Bebelan A. Madera of University of St. La Salle on the tenth spot.


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%

Notably, the Top 10 of November 2019 Philippine Bar Exams come from mostly provincial schools, with none coming from perennial topnotcher schools like Ateneo and the University of the Philippines.

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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