PHILIPPINE BAR EXAMS TRIVIA

1st Bar Exams:

1901 with 13 examinees.

Highest Grade of All Time:

96.7 in the 1954 Bar Exams by Florenz Regalado of San Beda College.

2nd Highest Grade of All Time:

95.95 in the 1954 Bar Exams by Renato L. de la Fuente of San Beda College.

3rd Highest Grade of All Time:

95.85 in the 1949 Bar Exams by Anacleto C. Mañgaser of the Philippine Law School (PLS).

4th Highest Grade of All Time:

95.5 held by Manuel G. Montecillo of Far Eastern University (FEU) in the 1948 Bar Exams & Antonio R. Quintos of Ateneo de Manila University in the 1954 Bar Exams.

5th Highest Grade of All Time:

95.3 in the 1944 Bar Exams held by Jovito R. Salonga of the University of the Philippines & Jose W. Diokno, who did not finish his law studies.

Bar Topnotchers (1st Placers) to become Presidents of the Philippines:
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Manuel A. Roxas (University of the Philippines), 1913 Bar Exams with a grade of 92. Diosdado P. Macapagal of the University of Sto. Tomas, 1936 with a grade of 89.85 Ferdinand E. Marcos of the University of the Philippines, 1939 with a grade of 92.35

P. the examiner in Civil Procedure. 2nd Place . Recto Legend:   Recto was born on February 8.Other Bar Topnotchers to become Presidents of the Philippines:     Sergio S. 1890 at Tiaong. He was conferred by Ateneo with Maxima Cum Laude honors (highest honors conferred by Ateneo). However. (University of Santo Tomas). except only for one 1. he petitioned the Supreme Court to take the Bar Exams without a law degree. The Supreme Court granted his petition and he took the Bar Exams in 1944 and tied with the Class Valedictorian of U.3. In 1944. Diokno is perhaps the only one who placed 1st in both the CPA board exams & the Bar Exams. 1922.1903 Bar Exams Manuel L. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ateneo de Manila where his grades were all perfect (1. a new language in which Recto could not express himself very well. Facts about the Claro M. Diokno earned his Bachelor's Degree in Commerce Summa Cum Laude in 1940 at De La Salle College (now De La Salle University).1923 Bar Facts about the Jose W. The 1913 Bar Exams marked the first time that the test questions in Civil Procedure were in English. 2nd Place . University of Santo Tomas. 4th Place . 6th Place . Garcia (Philippine Law School). I have not yet seen any official record in my research whether he placed in the Bar Exams of       .1903 Bar Exams Elpidio R. He took the CPA Board Exam in 1940 while he was on his second year in law school and placed No. also noted that Recto's handwriting was very difficult to understand. Tayabas (now Quezon Province).0). Diokno Legend:       Diokno was born on February 26. Quezon. He finished his law degree in 1913.3.1915 Bar Carlos P. Justice Fischer. He took the Bar Exams in 1913 while he was still in his senior year in law school at the University of Santo Tomas . Class Valedictorian.and FLUNKED. Quirino (University of the Philippines). Osmeña (University of Santo Tomas). Recto took the Bar Exams again in 1914 and passed. for the 1st Place with a grade of 95. 1. Justice Fischer gave Recto a grade of 41 which automatically disqualified him.

the medium of instruction was Spanish. Marcos was found guilty and sentence to a minimum of 10 years in prison.22-caliber bullet fired by the 18-year-old Marcos. 1935. On December 13. But it appears that Recto could not have been No. Julio Nalundasan was at home celebrating that day's Congressional election victory over Mariano Marcos when he was shot and killed with a .1914. When Recto studied in Ateneo and UST. Laurel and on October 22.35.   After passing. UP's Class Valedictorian who topped the 1913 Bar Exams was a product of the US public school system and had spent a year in Hong Kong to better equip himself with American English before taking the Bar. In college.         . Marcos orally argued his own case in front of Supreme Court Justice Jose P. Marcos Legend:    Marcos was born on September 11. Legends say that his unofficial Grade was 98. Marcos spent six months writing his own 830-page appeal while reviewing for the Bar Exams at the same time. 1917. Manuel Roxas. he was acquitted of the charge of murder and forthwith liberated from imprisonment. 1 of that year. Marcos was arrested for Nalundasan's murder but he successfully petitioned for release on bail.22-caliber college pistol team. The next day. In 1940. allowing him to complete his law degree from the University of the Philippines. 1938. 1940. Recto wrote two books on Civil Procedure. he returned to the Supreme Court where he was administered his oath as a lawyer. On September 20. Marcos posted bail to take the 1939 Bar Exams and passed with scores so high he was suspected of cheating. In 1939. Facts about the Ferdinand E. Marcos' principal interest was the .5 and so he was summoned to appear before the Supreme Court en banc for an oral re-examination. on the other hand. after which his official grade was released as 92. 1 in the 1914 Bar because the official records of the Supreme Court list Manuel Goyena as the no. Jailed. Marcos is the only Bar candidate who was called by the Supreme Court for an oral re-examinations.

1 in the Bar Exams in 1937 with a grade of 92. 1 in the Bar Exams of 1930 with a grade of 89. Fernandez (University of the Philippines) failed in the 1993 Bar Exams but placed No. 1st Aeta Lawyer  Wayda Cosme (Harvardian Colleges) passed the Bar Exam in 2001 to become the 1st Aeta Lawyer. Bar Flunker who Placed 1st on his Second Take:  Francisco Noel R.2.4.6. 2nd woman to Top the Bar (1st Place):  Cecilia Munoz-Palma (University of the Philippines) became the 2nd woman to place No. She served as Senator of the Republic of the Philippines from 1963 to 1969. 1 in the 1994 Bar Exams with a grade of 89. . She later became the 1st woman Supreme Court Justice in 1973 and the 1st female President of a constitutional commission in 1986.1st woman to Top the Bar (1st Place):  Tecla San Andres-Ziga of the University of the Philippines placed No.

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