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Bar Topnotchers and Their Alma Maters

Are you aspiring to become a lawyer? Do you dream to be the voice of the people, defending their rights? Well you know what they say, life in the law school is not easy. Aside from finishing your degree, a law student’s road to becoming an attorney will not be complete without passing one of the hardest licensure examinations in the Philippines —the annual Bar Exams. Aside from the intensive amount of hard work you need to put in your studies, enrolling in a school that could best prepare you for your dream career also helps. Here’s a list of the Bar Exam top placers over the last five years and the law schools where they came from:

University of the Philippines

The University of the Philippines College of Law is a powerhouse when it comes to producing not only bar passers but more specifically, bar topnotchers. From 2013 to 2015 alone, it has already dominated the annual Bar with 13 placers:

2013 2014 2015
1st Nielson Pangan – 85.8%
2nd Mark Xavier D. Oyales – 85.45%
4th Eden Catherine Mopia – 84.05%
8th Michael Tiu Jr – 83.70%
10th Cyril Arnesto – 83.60%
3rd Sandra Mae Magalang – 84.60%
4th Mark Leo Bejemino – 84.55%
8th Rhey David Damay – 84.20%
9th Jamie Liz Yu – 84.00%
1st Rachel Angeli Miranda – 87.40%
3rd Jayson Aguilar – 86.75%
6th Giselle Hernandez – 86.10%
9th Jedd Brian Hernandez – 85.80%


Ateneo De Manila University

The Ateneo De Manila University is definitely one of the top law schools in the Philippines. Its School of Law is currently located in Rockwell Center Makati. Aside from its Juris Doctor program, it also has an International Master of Laws, Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law. Here are some of the Bar top placers from Ateneo over the last five years:

2013 2014 2015
2nd Dianna Louise R. Wilwayco – 85.45%
9th Marjorie Ivory Fulgueras – 83.65%
2nd Christian Drilon – 85.45%
10th Tristan Matthew Delgado – 83.95%
4th Reginald Arceo – 86.70%
5th Mandy Therese Anderson – 86.15%
8th Jericho Tiu – 85.85 – %

University of San Carlos

The University of San Carlos (USC) is one of the leading colleges in Cebu. It has a number of CHED recognized programs that are even awarded as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development. Since 2013, USC has produced 10 bar topnotchers:


2013 2015 2016 2017
5th Tercel Maria Mercado-Gephart – 83.9% 2nd Athena Plaza – 87.25%
8. Jecca Jacildo – 85.85%
1st Karen Mae Calam        – 89.05%
3rd Fiona Cristy Lao        – 88.80%
7th Anne Margaret Momongan – 87.80%
7th Jefferson Gomez – 87.70%
1st Christianne Mae Balili – 90.8%
4th Ivanne D’laureil Hisoler – 89.55%
7th Rheland Servacio – 89%


San Beda College Manila

The San Beda College Manila is widely known as one of the top law school in the Philippines. Aside from its Bachelor of Law, it also offers graduate courses in Doctor of Juridical Science, Master of Law, Master of Legal Studies In tandem with JD or LL.B., Master of Legal Studies, Major in Criminal Justice Administration and Master of Legal Studies Utriusque Juris. Here are some of the San Bedans who topped the Bar:

2013 2014 2015 2017
7th Katrine Suyat – 83.75% 1st Irene Mae Alcobilla – 85.50%
6th Jose Angelo David – 84.45%
7th Adrian Augmentado – 84.35%
7th Darniel Bustamante – 85.90%
10th Lara Carmela Fernando – 85.75%
5th Monica Anne Yap – 89.45%
8th Algie Kwillon Mariacos – 88.9%


Ateneo De Davao University

Mindanao is known throughout the country as a top provider of quality graduates and board passers across different professions. One of the leading schools in the region is the Ateneo De Davao University. Its College of Law was founded in 1961 and has since then maintained its excellent performance in Bar exams every year. Here are some of its recent feats:


2014 2016 2017
4th Gil Garcia II – 84.55% 5th Justin Ryan Morilla – 88.40% 3rd Camille Remoroza – 90.7%


Aside from the schools mentioned above, here are other universities in the country and their alumni who performed well in the previous Bar exams:

Silliman University

2nd Alanna Gayle Ashley Khio – 2016, 88.95%

9th Marie Chielo Ybio – 2016, 87.50%
10th Andre Stephen Liu – 2016, 87.45%

University of Santo Tomas

6th Lorenzo Luigi Gayya – 2017, 89.1%
9th Klinton Torralba – 2017, 88.65%
10th Emma Ruby Aguilar – 2017, 88.4%

University of Batangas

3rd Rudy Ortea – 2013, 84.2%
9th Nia Rachelle Gonzales – 2013, 87.50%

University of Cebu

6th Manuel Sarausad – 2013, 83.8%
5th Michelle Liao – 2013, 84.50%

De La Salle University Lipa

4th Reginald Laco – 2014, 84.55%

Xavier University

8th Soraya Laut – 2015, 85.85%

Bulacan State University

10th Ronel Buenaventura – 2015, 85.75%

Andres Bonifacio College

3rd Athalia Liong – 2016, 88.8%

University of San Agustin

4th Allana Mae Babayen-on – 2016, 88.75%

Northwestern University

6th Mark Dave Camarao – 2016, 88.10%

University of St. La Salle

Mark John Simond – 2017, 91.05%

St. Mary’s University

Krizza Fe Alcantara-Bagni – 2017, 88.9%

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