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Raising the Bar: Only a Quarter of 6,750 Test-Takers Passed the 2017 Bar Exams

Talk of the Town: The results of the 2017 Bar Exam are out. Only 25.55 percent passed.

Only 25.55 percent out of 6,750 law graduates passed the November 2017 Philippine Bar Examinations, the Supreme Court said.

The passing rate is a considerable drop from 2016’s 59.06 percent which was reported as the highest in over 30 years. The highest-ever percentage of passers was recorded at 75.17 percent in 1954 while the lowest remains 1999’s 16.59 percent. 

The full results of the 2017 Bar Exam including the official list of passers and top lawyers were released earlier today.

Mark John Simondo of University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City topped the bar with a rating of 91.05 percent. Universit of San Carlos in Cebu dominated the top ten with three slots. San Beda College Manila and the University of Sto Tomas had the most number of in the top 20 with five each.

See the full list of bar topnotchers below:

 1. Simondo, Mark John H. of University of St. La Salle: 91.05%
 2. Balili, Christianne Mae C. of University of San Carlos: 90.8%
 3. Remoroza, Camille B. of Ateneo de Davao University: 90.7%
 4. Hisoler, Ivanne D'Laureil I. of University of San Carlos: 89.55%
 5. Yap, Monica Anne T. of San Beda College Manila: 89.45%
 6. Gayya, Lorenzo Luigi T. of University of Sto Tomas: 89.1%
 7. Servacio, Rheland S. of Univerity of San Carlos: 89%
 8. Alcantara-Bagni, Krizza Fe P. of St. Mary's University: 88.9%
 8. Mariacos, Algie Kwillon B. of San Beda College Manila: 88.9%
 9. Torralba, Klinton M. of University of Sto Tomas: 88.65%
10. Aguilar, Emma Ruby J. of University of Sto Tomas: 88.4%
11. Juanico, Lyan David M. of San Beda College Manila: 88.35%
12. Cariño, Lougenia P. of San Beda College Manila: 87.85%
13. Guzman, Arman Joseph M. of University of Sto Tomas: 87.75%
14. Santos, Jewelle Ann Lou P. of Ateneo de Manila University: 87.65%
15. Claros, Stephanie A. of University of San Jose-Recoletos: 87.55%
15. Gonzalo, Rhea Doll B. of Xavier University: 87.55%
15. Mandiguarin, Nadia Christine L. of St. Louis University: 87.55%
16. Carpio, Eileen Carla Y. of San Beda College Manila: 87.40%
17. Mendoza, Ella Mae C. of University of Cebu: 87.35%
18. Calero, Aecaya Christine V. of University of Sto Tomas: 87.15%
19. Vinluan, Pretz Vernice A. of University of the Philippines: 87.10%
20. Resurreccion, Roniel D. of Jose Rizal University: 86.95%


The 2017 Bar Exams were conducted over four Sundays in November 2017, and were chaired by Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court Lucas Bersamin.

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