TOPNOTCHERS: 2019 Bar Exam Results

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) released on Wednesday, April 29, the list of topnotchers along with the list of passers in the 2019 bar exam.
TOPNOTCHERS: 2019 Bar Exam Results

Mae Diane M. Azores from University of Sto. Tomas-Legazpi (formerly Aquinas University) topped the bar with 91.0490%.

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Committee Chairperson SC Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe led the en banc session and the announcement of the results of the 118th bar exam.

The Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) said that 8,245 were admitted to take the examinations. After the first Sunday on November 3, the number of candidates who took the test was only 7,699. After the second Sunday on November 10, the number went down to 7,691.


1 Azores, Mae Dianne M. University of Santo Tomas - Legaspi (Formerly   Aquinas University) 91.0490%
2 Parahiman, Princess Fatima T. University of The East 89.5230%
3 Baranda, Myra M. University of Santo Tomas - Legaspi (Formerly   Aquinas University) 88.8250%
4 Bandiola, Dawna Fya O. San Beda College 88.3360%
5 Fabello, Jocelyn B. Palawan State University 88.2630%
6 Manuel, Kenneth Glenn L. University of Santo Tomas 88.1730%
7 Buergo, Rhowee D. Jose Rizal University 87.8710%
8 Avila, Anton Luis A. Saint Louis University 87.5820%
9 Rojas, Jun Dexter H. Polytechnic University of the Philippines 87.5765%
10 Madera, Bebelan A. University of St. La Salle 87.3795%


In the 2018 bar exam, Ateneo de Manila University alum Sean James Borja topped the bar with 89.31%. It was followed by Marcley Augustus Nau-El of University of San Carlos (USC) with 87.53%. Graduates from University of the Philippines and De La Salle University - Manila completed the top 10 spots.

In the 2017 bar exam, graduates of provincial law schools dominated the list of topnotchers. Mark John Simondo of University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod, Negros Occidental led the passers with a grade of 91.05 percent.

In the 2016 exams, all topnotchers came from the provincial schools, a first without the usual top-performing NCR-based schools. USC's Karen Mae Calam topped the list with a rating of 89.05%.

Here's the summary of topnotchers in the past bar exams:

2018 Sean James Borja Ateneo de Manila University 89.31%
2017 Mark John H. Simondo University of St. La Salle - Bacolod 91.05%
2016 Karen Mae L. Calam University of San Carlos 89.05%
2015 Rachel Angeli B. Miranda University of the Philippines 87.40%
2014 Irene Mae B. Alcobilla San Beda College - Manila 85.50%
2013 NIelson Pangan University of the Philippines 85.80%
2012 Ignatius Michael D. Ingles Ateneo de Manila University 85.64%
2011 Atadero, Raoul Angelo D. Ateneo de Manila 85.54%

The two-examiner policy per subject was re-adopted in the 2019 bar exam "in order to promote operational efficiency in light of the notable increase in number of admitted candidates in recent years."

The examinable subjects are: Political Law and Public International Law (15%), Labor and Social Legislation (10%), Civil Law (15%), Taxation (10%), Mercantile Law (15%), Criminal Law (10%), Remedial Law (20%) and Legal and Judicial Ethics (5%).


Just recently, SC justices conducted their first online special en banc session. However, SC Public Information Office (PIO) Chief Atty. Brian Keith Hosaka said he was not informed of any action of the Court on bar exam results.

April 23, 2020 Update: 2019 bar exam results out online on Wednesday, April 29 after the special en banc session. This was announced by the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday, April 23 through a notice uploaded on SC website.

This will be the first time aspiring lawyers will not witness their names being flashed on widescreen at the SC front yard.

"In light of the government's call for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone is advised to stay in their respective homes and check the results online.

No visitors shall be allowed to enter the Supreme Court compound on said date and the list of bar passers will not be displayed in the premises," Supreme Court said in a statement.

On exam results day, PRC Board News will provide live updates as SC prepares for the release of list of passers and topnotchers.

You may also check real-time updates on The Summit Express or on the official website of Supreme Court.
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