Graduate from Bacolod is the 2017 Bar exam topnotcher

The 2017 Bar exam topnotcher is Mark John Simondo, a graduate of the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod. He scored  91.05 %, the highest among the 1,724 passers.

In an interview Mark said that he already eyed for this top spot.

Starting first year I really hoped and really aimed to get into the top 10 that’s why I really studied hard,” he said.

But saying it was not only a mere statement for Mark. He partnered it with hard-work by studying  cases and lectures 8 to 9 hours a day and did more during the ber’ months, by doing it for half the day.

Mark also shared the reason for taking law.

My parents were pressuring me to go abroad and be a nurse in New Zealand or Australia, but I felt that the Philippines is where I should be. So I needed to find a course that will justify my stay here”

The last time a grade of more than 90% was achived was in 2002, when University of Santo Tomas graduate Arlene Maneja scored 92.90%.
A total of , 1,724 passed the 2017 Bar Exams out of the 6,748 law graduates who took the exam. This year’s passing rate was at  25.5%, which was almost just half of 2016 record of 59.06%.

Here are the 2017 Bar Exams Top 10:

Mark John Simondo –  University of St. La Salle, 91.05%
Christianne Mae Balili –  University of San Carlos, 90.8%
Camille Remoroza– Ateneo de Davao University, 90.7%
IvanneD’laureil Hisoler – University of San Carlos, 89.55%
Monica Anne Yap – San Beda College-Manila, 89.45%
Lorenzo Luigi Gayya – University of Santo Tomas, 89.1%
Rheland Servacio –  University of San Carlos, 89%
Krizza Fe Alcantara-Bagni –  St. Mary’s University, 88.9% and AlgieKwillon Mariacos, San Beda College-Manila, 88.9%
Klinton Torralba –  University of Santo Tomas, 88.65%
Emma Ruby Aguilar – University of Santo Tomas, 88.4%


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