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SC announces results of 2014 Bar Exams; San Beda Graduate Tops the Bar, 1,126 (18.82%) Pass.

March 26, 2015

Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado M. Peralta, Chairperson of the 2014 Committee on the Bar Examinations, announced today at the Supreme Court the results of the 2014 Bar Examinations held in October 2014 at the University of Sto. Tomas.

According to Justice Peralta, a total of 1,126 out of the 5,984 who took the 2014 Bar Examinations passed. This represents 18.82 percent (18.82%) of total examinees. He also announced that the oathtaking of the successful Bar candidates will be on April 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Passing grade lowered to 73%.

The announcement came after the Supreme Court met en banc today in a special session to approve the release of the results of the bar examinations and to determine the need to lower the passing percentage, as may be recommended by the Chairperson of the bar examinations committee.

Under the Rules of Court, a bar examinee is “deemed to have passed his examinations successfully if (he/she) has obtained a general average of 75%.” However, the Supreme Court en banc has the discretion to lower the passing grade, upon recommendation of the Committee Chairperson. For two consecutive years, the Court has lowered the passing grade; it was lowered to 70% for the 2012 Bar Examinations and to 73% for the 2013 Bar Examinations.
Justice Peralta disclosed that, on his recommendation, the Court En Banc, lowered the passing grade to 73%.

Top Ten Placers

In his brief announcement, Justice Peralta also gave the names of those who garnered the top ten highest scores and also the name of the 2014 bar topnotcher in the person of Ms. IRENE MAE B. ALCOBILLA, a graduate of the San Beda College-Manila, who obtained the highest over-all rating of 85.500%.
As announced by Justice Peralta, this year’s top 10 examinees are the following: 






ALCOBILLA,  Irene Mae B.

 San Beda College-Manila



DRILON, Christian A.

 Ateneo de Manila University



MAGALANG, Sandra Mae T.

 University of the Philippines




 University of the Philippines




Ateneo de Davao University



LACO, Reginald L.

De La Salle Lipa



LIAO, Michelle D.

University of Cebu



DAVID, Jose Angelo A.

San Beda College-Manila




San Beda College-Manila



DAWAY, Rhey David S.

University of the Philippines



DIAZ, Fideliz Cardellie B.

Far Eastern University-DLSU (JD-MBA)



YU, Jamie Liz F.

University of the Philippines



DELGADO, Tristan Matthew T.

Ateneo de Manila University


Covered Subjects

The bar examinations are held only once every year at a designated venue in Metro Manila, under the supervision of the Supreme Court which designates an incumbent Justice to chair a committee consisting of eight (8) examiners, who are acknowledged experts in their respective fields. The examinations are given in the course of one month, spread over four (4) Sundays, with two subjects being tested per Sunday. 

The eight subjects covered by the bar are: Political Law and Public International Law, Labor and Social Legislation, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial law and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises.
The bar examinations are the only professional licensure examinations not conducted by the Professional Regulations Commission. It is also the only examinations which require the examinees to answer a combination of open-ended and multiple choice questions in long hand, subject to exceptions that may be approved by the Court upon recommendation of the Bar Confidant.

Due to the scope, difficulty, and traditionally low passing rates, the bar examinations are regarded as the most prestigious and most difficult professional licensure exam in the country.

Committee of Examiners Announced

Justice Peralta also disclosed the names of the eight (8) examiners comprising the 2014 Bar Examinations Committee, namely:

Atty. Rene B. Gorospe (for Political and International Law) obtained his law degree at the University of Santo Tomas and placed second in the 1979 Bar exams. He currently teaches law at the University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University Institute of Law.

PCGG Chair Juan Andres D. Bautista (for Labor and Social Legislation) was valedictorian of his Ateneo Law School Class in 1990. He later went to Harvard Law School, where he was conferred a Masters of Laws degree. Prior to his appointment as PCGG Chair, he was the Dean of the Far Eastern University (FEU) Institute of Law from 1997 to 2013, and the chief executive officer of the Kuok Group Philippines.

Atty. Maria Liza Lopez-Rosario (for Civil Law) has degrees in Philosophy (1984; magna cum laude) and law (1988, magna cum laude), both from the University of Santo Tomas. She earned her doctoral degree in Civil Law with an apto cum laude por unanimidad standing from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. She recently earned her bachelor's degree in Canon Law from UST in 2013. She is a Partner at the Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles Law Offices. She is also a member of the UST Faculty of Civil Law and is the legal counsel of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

CTA Associate Justice Esperanza Fabon-Victorino (for Taxation) obtained a degree in Communications Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, both from the University of Santo Tomas. She passed the bar in 1982. She has worked with the Office of the Solicitor General before being appointed a Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Pasig.

Atty. Ferdinand M. Negre (for Mercantile Law) obtained his law degree from the Ateneo Law School in 1991. He pursued a post-graduate degree of Master of Intellectual Property at Pierce University, New Hampshire, USA. Atty. Negre co-founded the Bengzon Negre Untalan Intellectual Property Attorneys. A Certified Public Accountant, he worked as an Auditor at SGV & Co. prior to taking up law. Currently, he teaches courses on intellectual property at the Ateneo Law School.

Assistant Court Administrator and Chief of the SC Public Information Office Atty. Theodore O. Te (for Criminal Law) obtained his law degree from the University of the Philippines in 1990 and a Masters degree in law in 2012 from Columbia University in New York. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, he focused on human rights and public interest law and worked with the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) and a private law practice. He was a tenured faculty member of the University of the Philippines, teaching criminal law and remedial law from 2000 to 2012. A TOYM awardee in 2002 for Legal Aid and Human Rights, he was formerly the Director of the UP College of Law Office of Legal Aid and the Vice President for Legal Affairs of the University of the Philippines System.

Atty. Edgar Julio S. Asuncion (for Remedial Law) obtained his law degree from the University of the Philippines in 1981; he placed 8th in the 1981 Bar Examinations. He is currently the Senior Vice President for Legal Services for the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and was in private practice since passing the bar.

Court of Appeals Associate Justice (retired) Rosalinda A. Vicente (for Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises) earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Santo Tomas, where she graduated magna cum laude. In 1968, she obtained  her law degree with cum laude standing also from UST. She started government work at the Land Registration Authority, before moving to the Department of Justice, and later the Professional Regulation Commission. She has taught law at her alma mater, the UST since 1991.

The names of the examiners are kept confidential and known only to the Chairperson and the Bar Confidant until the release of the results, when they are announced for the first time.

Increase in Bar Takers from 2013

Statistics from the Office of the Bar Confidant show that for the 2014 bar examinations, a total of 6,370 applications were received.  This represented an increase of 729 from the total number of applications received for the 2013 bar examinations.

Of the 6,370 applications received, only 6,344 were admitted to take the bar; of this number, only 5,996 examinees showed up for the first Sunday. In the course of four Sundays, the figure would be trimmed down to 5,984. Of the final figure of 5,984 who completed all eight examinations, only 1,126 or 18.82 percent (18.82%) passed the 2014 bar examinations. This year’s percentage of successful examinees is lower than the 22.18% who passed the 2013 examinations, which represented 1,174 passers of a total 5,292 takers.

Comparative Statistics on Bar Examinations Results from 2000


Number of Passers Out of Total Examinees



979 passers out of 4,698 examinees



1,266 passers out of 3,849 examinees



917 passers out of 4,659 examinees



1,108 passers out of 5,349 examinees



1,659 passers out of 5,249 examinees



1,526 passers out of 5,607 examinees



1,893 passers out of 6,187 examinees



1,289 passers out of 5,626 examinees



1,310 passers out of 6,364 examinees



1,451 passers out of 5,903 examinees



982 passers out of 4,847 examinees



1,913 passers out of 5,987 examinees



949 passers out of 5,343 examinees



1,174 passers out of 5,292 examinees


Innovations in 2014 Bar Examinations; Bar Codes and Clear, Plastic Bags

Building on the innovations introduced during the 2013 Bar Exams, the 2014 Committee also introduced certain innovations in the manner the Bar Examination was conducted.

The most notable of these innovations were the use of bar codes for the examination booklets and the requirement that all examinees should place their personal belongings in clear, plastic bags or containers, to avoid long lines at the entrance and facilitate entry into the UST campus.

The list of successful Bar examinees will be flashed on two LED monitors set up at the Supreme Court quadrangle along Padre Faura Street and can simultaneously be viewed at, the official website of the Supreme Court and on the following mirror sites:  Mirror Link 1 and Mirror Link 2.

The oathtaking of the successful examinees will be held on April 24, 2015, Friday, at 3:00 in the afternoon at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

The 2014 bar passers may secure their clearances from the Office of the Bar Confidant beginning April 6 until April 23, 2015, from 8:00 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon.