CEBU CITY—Believing in the power of prayer paid off for Karen Mae Calam .Calam, 28, has realized how powerful prayer is after she topped the 2016 Bar Exams
“The results were so unexpected. I never thought my prayers would be answered. The power of prayer is unbelievable,” she said.
Before she took the exams, she visited the Basilica del Santo Niño and other churches. She said she prayed every night before and after she took the exams.
With a grade of 89.05 percent, Karen Mae Calam bested 3,747 passers of the exams held last November at the University of Sto. Tomas.
A total of 6,344 graduates took the Bars, pegging the passing rate at 59.06 percent, according to Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco, Jr.
The passing rate was the “highest passing percentage in the history of bar exam since 1946.
Siliman University’s Alana Gayle Ashley Khio followed Calam on the top 10 list with an 88.95 percent average. Ranking third were Fiona Cristy Lao from the University of San Carlos and Athalla Liong from Andres Bonifacio College, both with a score of 88.800 percent.
Completing the top 10 Bar passers were:
4- Allana Mae A. Babayen-on, University of San Agustin – 88.75%
5- Justin Ryan D. Morilla, Ateneo de Davao – 88.40%
6. Mark Dave M. Camarao, Northwestern University – 88.10 %
7. Anne Margaret E. Momongan, University of San Carlos – 87.80%
8. Jefferson L. Gomez, University of San Carlos – 87.70%
9. Nia Rachelle M. Gonzales, University of Batangas – 87.50%
Marie Chielo M. Ybio, Silliman University – 87.50%
10. Andrew Stephen D. Liu, Silliman University – 87.45%
The Bar covers 8 subjects, namely Political Law, Labor Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, and Legal and Judicial Ethics.