UP dominates top 5 as 3,992 pass 2022 Bar exams

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 14) — A total of 3,992 out of 9,183 examinees passed the 2022 Bar examinations, yielding a 43.47% passing rate.

For this year, the Supreme Court announced the 30 highest scorers, in which the top five were all from the University of the Philippines.

Czar Matthew Dayday dominated the Bar examinations with a score of 88.8083%.

He was followed by Erickson Marinas with 88.766%, Christian Claire Cregencia with 87.9667%, Andrea Jasmine Yu with 88.7750%, and Kim Gia Gatapia with 87.4250%.

Meanwhile, it was a two-way tie at the 30th place between Michael Delgado of the Ateneo de Davao University and Patricia Marie Ignacio of UP, who both garnered a score of 86%.

Moreover, of the schools with more than 100 Bar candidates, the Ateneo de Manila University produced the greatest number of passers, with 178 out of 184 making the cut. This translates to a 96.74% passing rate.

The San Beda University ranked second with a passing rate of 96.67%, followed by UP with 94.27%, University of San Carlos with 91.43%, and the University of Santo Tomas with 78.09%.

This year's passing rate is lower compared to the record high 72.28% passing rate, or 8,241 examinees out of 11,402 test takers, in the 2020/2021 Bar exams.

SC Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, who also chaired the Bar examinations, encouraged those who failed to try again next time.

"For those who may not find their names on the awaited list for now, I call each of you to recall how the Bar examinations can never approximate what you are worth," he said in a press briefing.

"Allow this setback to be only temporary, but your will to overcome the Bar examinations unchanged."

Moreover, Caguioa is expecting the fresh batch of lawyers to be of service to the country.

"May your new success be a door that opens to meaningful opportunities to breathe life to the law in a way that is consistent with its spirit and in a manner that brings hope to the people and to the country," he said.

The 2022 Bar exams were held on Nov. 9, 13, 16, and 20.

The oath taking of the newly minted lawyers will be held on May 2.