OOPS, the bar passer who ranked No. 15 in the 2017 bar examinations is not a Xavier University law graduate. And neither is she from Cagayan de Oro nor anywhere near the most developed city in northern Mindanao.
Bar passer Rhea Doll B. Gonzalo, a contestant in the Miss Earth Philippines 2016, took up law at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, and not Xavier University in this city.
The list of examinees who obtained the 20 highest ratings in the bar examinations listed Gonzalo with a rating of 87.5500 percent. She was identified in the list released by the Committee of Bar Examiners as a bar passer from Xavier University who ranked 15th together with Stephanie A. Claros of the University of San Jose-Recoletos and Nadia Christine L. Mandiguarin of San Louis University.
Gonzalo, a contestant in the search for Miss Philippines Earth in 2016, is neither from Cagayan de Oro or Region 10; she is from Jolo, Sulu.
This paper learned that Gonzalo was listed as a bar passer from Xavier University because the law school in its Zamboanga counterpart is “under” it. Both Jesuit-run universities even share the same college of law dean: lawyer Jo Silvia Sabio.
Gonzalo and another one from Davao City are the only law graduates from Mindanao’s law schools who made it to the list of Top 20 successful bar examinees. The other one is Camille B. Remoroza of Ateneo de Davao University.
Only 1,724 of 6,748 who took the examinations passed.
It was the first time since 2002 that bar topnotchers breached the 90-percent mark. The passing rate is 25.55 percent, a bit lower than the 10-year average of 26.43 percent and way down below vis-à-vis the 2016 bar exams’s 59.06 percent.
The topnotcher is Mark John H. Simondo of the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod with a rating of 91.0500 percent.
Ranked second is Christianne Mae C. Balili of the University of San Carlos in Cebu with a rating of 90.8000 percent. Remoroza of ADDU followed with a 90.7000-percent rating.
The others in the Top 20 list:
Ivanne D’laureil I. Hisoler of University of San Carlos, 89.5500 percent, 4th place;
Monica Anne T. Yap of San Beda College in Manila, 89.4500 percent, 5th place;
Lorenzo Luigi T. Gayya of the University of Sto. Tomas, 89.1000 percent, 6th place;
Rheland S. Servacio of University of San Carlos, 89.0000 percent, 7th place;
Krizza Fe P. Alcatara-Bagni of St. Mary’s University, 88.9000 percent, and Algie Kwillon B. Mariacos of San Beda College in Manila, 88.9000 percent, both 8th place;
Klinton M. Torralba of University of Sto. Tomas, 88.6500 percent, 9th place;
Emma Ruby J. Aguilar of the University of Sto. Tomas, 88.4000 percent, 10th place;
Lyan David M. Juanico of San Beda College in Manila, 88.3500 percent, 11th place;
Lougenia P. Cariño of San Beda College in Manila, 87.8500 percent, 12th place;
Arman Joseph M. Guzman of the University of Sto. Tomas, 87.7500 percent, 13th place;
Jewelle Ann Lou P. Santos of Ateneo de Manila University, 87.6500 percent, 14th place;
Gonzalo, Claros and Mandiguarin, 87.5500 percent, 15th place;
Eileen Carla Y. Carpio of San Beda College in Manila, 87.4000 percent, 16th place;
Ella Mae C. Mendoza of the University of Cebu, 87.3500 percent, 17th place;
Aecaya Christine V. Calero of the University of Sto. Tomas, 87.1500 percent, 18th place;
Pretz Vernice A. Vinluan of the University of the Philippines, 87.1000 percent, 19th place; and
Roniel D. Resurreccion of the Jose Rizal University, 86.9500 percent, 20th place. (hg)