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Sean James Borja of Ateneo de Manila University tops 2018 Bar Exams

May 03, 2019 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) Sean James Borja tops the exams with a score of 89.306%. The other top 10 passers are from the University of San Carlos, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, and De La Salle University-Manila.

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Sean James Borja of Ateneo de Manila University is the 2018 Bar Exams topnotcher. Photo from the Facebook page of Sean James Borja

Social Worker Board topnotcher from MSU: ‘No one deserves war’

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Paramisuli Aming advocates for unity both as a social worker and as someone who has directly been affected by armed conflict

TOPNOTCHER. Paramisuli Aming from Mindanao State University in Marawi City tops the 2017 Social Workers Licensure Examination.

6 Bar topnotchers join SolGen Calida's office

Jun 08, 2017 - 10:37 AM

These topnotchers will reinforce SolGen Calida’s thrust to make the OSG home to the best and the brightest lawyers in the country says the Office of the Solicitor General

TOPNOTCHERS JOIN OSG. (L-R) 2016 Bar Topnotchers Alanna Khio, Andrew Stephen Liu, Mark Dave Camarao, Athalia Liong and Nia Rachelle Gonzales pose with their new boss Solicitor General Jose Calida. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Solicitor General

#InspireCourage: How young mom from Batangas became Bar topnotcher

May 06, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Nia Rachelle Gonzales who once quit law school places 9th in the 2016 Bar Exams

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Nia Rachelle Gonzales dedicates her success to her mother and daughters. Photo courtesy of SC PIO

High school teacher from Ilocos places 6th in Bar

May 04, 2017 - 6:54 PM

Mark Dave Camarao makes history for Northwestern University Ilocandia s premiere university in Laoag City

TOPNOTCHER. Mark Camarao becomes the second bar topnotcher produced by the Northwern University in almost six decades.

Bar 2nd placer's inspiration: aunt who died in Batasan bombing

May 04, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Alanna Gayle Ashley Khio of Dipolog City – a graduate of Silliman University – pursued the unfulfilled dream of her late aunt to become a lawyer

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Alanna Gayle Ashley Khio of Silliman University ranks second in the 2016 Bar exam. Photo from the SC PIO

Bar topnotcher Karen Mae Calam hopes to inspire others to dream big

May 03, 2017 - 2:36 PM

The 2016 Bar topnotcher from Kalilangan Bukidnon says her feat is beyond beyond beyond what she prayed for

DREAM BIG. Bar topnotcher Karen Mae Calam of the University of San Carlos in an interview in Cebu City after the Supreme Court announced the Bar exam results on May 3, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

University of San Carlos grad tops 2016 Bar Exams

May 03, 2017 - 11:20 AM

3rd UPDATE The 2016 Bar Exams register a passing rate of 59 06 the highest in decades

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Karen Mae Calam of the University of San Carlos in Cebu has topped the 2016 Bar examinations. Photo from SC PIO

Environmental planning topnotcher: Use more lands for education

Jun 26, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Kim Robert De Leon who topped the Environmental Planning Licensure Exam shares his vision for urban planning as well as youth development

TOPNOTCHER. Kim Robert De Leon is passionate about making sure that land is being utilized for education. Photo by Dwight De Leon

Cebu graduates dominate CPA board exams top 10

May 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Ten of the 16 who got the 10 highest scorers in the accountancy exam are from the University of San Carlos and the University of San Jose Recoletos

Lovers from Cebu top board exams one after the other

Apr 08, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Marina Luchavez tops the mechanical engineering licensure exam in March 2016 Before that in September 2015 her boyfriend Micah Arceño was the top placer

RELATIONSHIP GOAL. The feat of this University of Cebu couple has become viral, after they topped the mechanical engineering board exams one after the other. Photo used with permission from Marina Luchavez's Facebook page

PMA valedictorian: A 3-year-old kid's dream comes true

Mar 13, 2016 - 3:40 PM

From a toddler amazed by military vehicles Kristian Dave Abiqui is now a full fledged soldier graduating at the top of the PMA Gabay Laya Class of 2016

TOP OF HIS CLASS. Cdt 1Cl Kristian Dave Abiqui delivers his valedictory address during the 111th Graduation Rites of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) at the PMA Fajardo Grandstand, Borromeo Field Baguio City. Rappler photo

Bicol University grad tops 2 board exams

Jun 27, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Benedict Rey Serrano has reason to be skeptical when told he topped the nursing licensure exams What are the odds he would top another board exam in two years?

BICOL UNIVERSITY'S PRIDE. Benedict Rey Serrano is now taking up medicine, in the same school where he got his nursing degree cum laude. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Cebu's Bar topnotcher didn't even finish the exams

Mar 27, 2015 - 11:04 PM

Michelle Liao the first female topnotcher for University of Cebu is also a Certified Public Accountant CPA and was given a brand new car by the school

'Salubong' blast victim passes 2014 Bar exams

Mar 27, 2015 - 1:54 PM

God took my leg not my dream says 2014 Bar exams passer Joanna Katrina Ledda who lost her left leg in the blast that marred the 2010 Bar exams

Photo from Jokat Ledda's Facebook account

Antiqueña Bar topnotcher lost mom, brother to Typhoon Frank

Mar 26, 2015 - 8:19 PM

The incident ‘made her even stronger [to] resolve that despite this setback she would help herself ’ Irene Mae Alcobilla’s professor at the West Visayas State University says

2014 BAR TOPNOTCHER. Irene Mae Alcobilla of San Beda College tops the 2014 Bar exams. Photo from Irene Mae Alcobilla's Facebook account

IN PHOTOS: 2014 Bar exam results

Mar 26, 2015 - 4:35 PM

Scenes of quiet anticipation and excitement mark the release of the 2014 Bar exam results outside the Supreme Court

2014 Bar exams No. 2 wants to 'influence the influencers'

Mar 26, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Christian Drilon valedictorian of Ateneo Law School Class 2014 wants to teach law

2014 Bar topnotcher: I hoped to pass, didn't expect to be No. 1

Mar 26, 2015 - 2:48 PM

San Beda law graduate Irene Mae Alcobilla says she got the good news via messaging app Viber but thought it was a joke at first

Photo from Irene Mae Alcobilla's Facebook account

FULL LIST: 2014 Bar Exam results

Mar 26, 2015 - 2:34 PM

Here is the full list of the 1 126 successful examinees in the 2014 Bar examinations

When Grace Poe found out she was number one

May 17, 2013 - 6:57 PM

Grace Poe was with her mother Susan Roces in the same room they waited for the 2004 presidential election results when the first numbers came in and showed she was number one

NUMBER ONE. Grace Poe came with her husband Neil Llamanzares, their children, as well as mother actress Susan Roces. Photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Will Bar topnotcher cover ears like Aguirre?

Mar 01, 2012 - 8:23 PM

If he were in the shoes of lawyer Vitaliano Aguirre II Bar topnotcher Raoul Angelo Atadero would not have covered his ears

RESPECT IMPORTANT. Bar topnotcher Raoul Angelo Atadero says respect for judges is important. Photo from Atadero's Facebook