CEBU (Updated) -- A graduate of the University of San Carlos (USC) law school in Cebu topped the 2016 bar examination, the Supreme Court announced on Wednesday.
With a score of 89.05 percent, Karen Mae Calam bested the more than 6,000 examinees who took the tests conducted in four Sundays in November 2016 at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
Placing second was Silliman University graduate Alanna Gayle Ashley Khio who obtained a grade of 88.95 percent.
Fiona Cristy Lao, also a graduate of the USC, and Athalia Liong of Andres Bonifacio College tied in third spot with 88.80 percent.
University of San Agustin graduate Allana Mae Babayen-on ranked fourth with a score of 88.40 percent, followed by Justin Ryan Morilla of the Ateneo de Davao University in fifth spot with 88.40 percent.
Northwestern University graduate Mark Dave Camarao ranked sixth with 88.10 percent.
Another USC graduates, Anne Margaret Momongan (87.80 percent) and Jefferson Gomez (87.70 percent) placed seventh and eighth, respectively.
Nia Rachelle Gonzales from University of Batangas and Silliman University graduate Marie Chielo Ybio shared the ninth spot with 87.50 percent.
Tenth placer was Andrew Stephen Liu from Silliman University with 87.45 percent.
The SC said 3,747 out of 6,254 examinees passed.
Here is the complete list of the bar passers:
Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., chair the 2016 Bar Exams, said the passing rate for the 2016 bar exams is 59.06 percent, the highest in the history of one of the toughest licensure examinations in the country.
The 2016 bar examinations marks the first time that no Metro Manila schools entered the top 10.
In the 2015 bar exams, only 1,731 out of 6,605 had passed.
Topping the list is University of the Philippines graduate Rachel Angeli Miranda who obtained a score of 87.40 percent.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the government hopes that many of the bar exam passers would join the government as they have the qualities of “idealism, integrity and excellence.”
Abella believed that the successful examinees could help the government build a “progressive and inclusive” country.
The oath taking of the 2016 bar passers will be held on May 22 at 3 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena. (With Ruth Abbey Gita/VLA/SunStar Philippines)
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