#BestBarEver: 26 JMarians cap first digitalized BAR exams

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DAVAO, Philippines — Shelved for two years due to the COVID pandemic, the 2020/2021 #BestBarEver—one of the toughest examinations in the Philippines—was finally held across the country on February 4 and 6, 2022.

After several postponements—November 2020, November 2021, and January 2021—national localized and digitalized BAR exams were carried out despite COVID.

Jose Maria College Foundation, Inc. (JMCFI) sent off 26 examinees in the first digitalized and localized BAR exams. The said exams were held at Ateneo de Davao University – Senior High School campus at Km. 8, McArthur Highway, Talomo, Davao City.

This marks the first take of JMCFI-College of Law graduates from batches 2020 and 2021.

One of the 26 JMarian examinees was Eunice Ambrocio, a 2020 law graduate from the JMCFI–College of Law. She told SMNI on Sunday (Feb. 6) that the support of JMCFI’s founding president, Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy, is immeasurable and that she is grateful for the strength she has had in the course of the exams.

Kaye Laurente, another JMCFI barrister and Gift of Education scholar, is equally grateful to the whole JMCFI community. “I would like to take this opportunity to also thank the whole family of JMC or Jose Maria College for the full support—from our BAR reviews until the end…for the good messages, inspiring messages, and the prayers,” she shared.

Video News courtesy of SMNI

Instead of having the Bar exams in one location, i.e., University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the SC decided to have it “localized”. This decision was meant to significantly lessen examinees’ expenses and to comply with existing health protocols.

The Office of the 2020/2021 Bar Chairperson said on February 4, 2022 that there were 11,378 law graduates who took the exams in 31 local test centers at 21 local government units on the tests’ first day. Such testing sites are strategically picked by the Supreme Court in the following ares: Metro Manila, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, and Soccsksargen.

The 11,378 law graduates in the country represented 96.5 percent of the 11,790 law graduates expected to take the examinations, according to Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, the 2020/2021 Bar Chairperson. Pre-examination files were downloaded by 11,405 people.

“We have adapted to the challenges of the pandemic and we have also good professors… Even if we have faced challenges, we have survived them. JMCFI College of Law is—the way of the future… Aspiring law students should exert effort to know us—and if convinced—to enroll in our law school,” Atty. Israelito P. Torreon, the Dean of JMCFI-College of Law, told SMNI.

26 JMarians (from 1st and 2nd batches altogether) are hopefully awaited to be part of the largest batch of Bar examinees and the batch that will fill the gap in the new lawyers that has been in the Philippines for the past two years as a result of the COVID problem, which affected the country since 2020.

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