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Ateneo valedictorian tops 2018 Bar Exams

Bar examinees emotional after seeing results of the 2018 Bar Exams (Photo by DZRH Boy Gonzales)

Sean James Borja, the valedictorian of the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) School of Law Class of 2018, garnered a grade of 89.31 percent to top the 2018 Bar Exams.

Graduates from the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City Marcley Natu-El, who got a grade of 87.53 percent, and Mark Lawrence Badayos, who received a grade of 85.84 percent, placed second and third respectively in the bar exam.

Two other graduates of ADMU School of Law also grabbed a spot in the top 10 of the 2018 Bar exams. Daniel John Fordan placed fourth with a grade of 85.44% and Katrina Gaw secured fifth place with a grade of 85.42 percent.

Completing the Top 10:

  • Nadaine Tongco (University of the Philippines) – 85.03%
  • Patricia Sevilla (University of the Philippines) – 84.86%,
  • Kathrine Ting (De La Salle University Manila) – 84.86%,
  • Jebb Cane (University of San Carlos) – 84.81%,
  • Alen Pita (University of San Carlos) – 84.69%

The Supreme Court released the results of the 2018 Bar Exam on Friday, May 3. The results were shown in front of the Supreme Court compound in Padre Faura Street and can be viewed at the official website of the high court (

The high court said that only 1,800, or 22.07% of 8,155 candidates who took the bar exam at the University of Santo Tomas in November 2018, passed the bar.

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