University of St. La Salle graduate tops 2017 bar exam

Kristine Joy Patag - Philstar.com
University of St. La Salle graduate tops 2017 bar exam

MANILA, Philippines — A University of St. La Salle-Bacolod graduate has topped the grueling 2017 bar exams.

Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin, chair of last year’s bar exam, announced on Thursday afternoon that Mark John Simondo has obtained the highest score of 91.05%.

The last time that a bar topnotcher breached the 90% passing rate was in 2002, when University of Santo Tomas graduate Arlene Maneja scored 92.90%.

Out of the 6,748 law graduates who finished the bar exams, 1,724 passed. The 2017 Bar Exams posted a passing rate of 25.5%—a significant drop compared to the 2016 passing rate of 59.06%, which was one of the highest recorded in recent history.

Here are the top 10 of the 2017 bar exams:

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

In the 2016 Bar Exam, law graduates from Visayas and Mindanao dominated the top 10 list.

Karen Mae Calam, a University of San Carlos graduate, bested 2016 bar takers. Calam received a rate of 89.05%.

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: April 26, 2018 - 1:53pm

The Supreme Court is set to hold a special en banc session at 10 a.m. today to deliberate on the results of the 2017 bar exams. The names of passers will be flashed on the screen inside the SC compound.

In the 2016 bar exams, 3,747 out of 6,344 exam takers passed the grueling four-day exam. It yielded a passing rate of 59.06%, one of the highest passing rates in recent history. — Kristine Joy Patag

April 26, 2018 - 1:53pm

Here is an infographic showing the passing rate for the bar exams through the years from 2000 to 2017.

The passing rate of the 2017 bar exams was a significant drop at 25.5% compared to 2016's 59.06%.

April 26, 2018 - 1:06pm

Mark John Simondo, alumnus of the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod, tops the 2017 Bar Exams with a score of 91.05%. 


April 26, 2018 - 12:06pm

A Philstar.com source says 25.5% of examinees passed the 2017 bar exam.

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