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Maasinhon tops 2016 bar exam

May 6 - 12, 2017

MAASIN CITY - Southern Leyte is fast becoming known not only as the birthplace of the current President but also the province which produces topnotch lawyers.

Twenty-six-year-old Maasinhon Fiona Cristy Lao, a graduate of the University of San Carlos College of Law, did not just pass last year’s gruelling bar examination, but also topped the 4-day examination by landing third on the list of topnotchers.

“It is crucial to emphasize the fact that I did not graduate with honors. I wasn't the smartest in class, either. But if there's one thing I am sure of that I possess, that led me to where I am right now, it is this - commitment to the fulfilment of the grand plan that God has already laid down for me. This grand plan is what I call, ‘Passion’,” Lao told SLT in an interview.

Lao bested most of the 3,744 bar takers, with an average rating of 88.80 percent. But her success was no walk in the park. The rigorous trainings in law
school and support of her family played a vital role in her topping the examination which is considered as the hardest set of examinations in the country.

“To my fellow learners of law and Southern Leyteños, please take law school seriously, more than the review itself.

Commit to your passion and always set as an objective the building of God’s kingdom,” Lao said.

“My parents were my primary motivation when I entered the College of Law in USC,” she said. “I wanted to give my mom and dad a good life in their old age.

More importantly, if there’s one person who gave me courage to embark in this journey, it is my late grandfather, Atty. Gabriel N. Duazo, Sr. whom I never
got the chance to meet here on earth but whose heart of service for the people
eternally resounded like a gong in their hearts and minds. Knowing all the contributions he made to the lives of many people, I know deep in my heart that I wanted to follow his footsteps,” she added.

In a related development, The College of Maasin (CM) which is known for its nursing and law programs has set another milestone as the school’s law program achieved its best record so far during the last bar exam with 9 out of 10, or 90 percentage passing rate.

According to Atty. Aimelda B. Madredijo, Dean of the CM College of Law, this is the highest passing rate the school has ever achieved.

‘Having 9 passers out of 10 is indeed overwhelming. But it’s not really much of a surprise. This year’s batch is what I consider as a ‘power batch’ and I expected no less from them. I am just super glad that they live up to the standards of the school,’ Madredijo said to SLT.

Among the new bar passers are: Atty. Medardo M. Basco Jr.; Atty. Ana Marie G.
Gono; Atty Marvin A. Magaipo; Atty Lyn O. Mulaan; Atty Menchie Ann Salinas; Atty Shiela Marie G. Reyes; Atty Melfa D. Salidaga; Atty Jovanni Christian Plateros and Atty Leyson Bert L. Rio.

The nine passers are a welcome addition to the school’s growing list of lawyers and proof that the local law school can compete with the bigger law schools in the big cities.

Madredijo also urged and encouraged those who may have latent dreams of becoming a lawyer to try their future at the CM law school.

“So far this institution has produced 17 lawyers already. This means that they don’t have to go far to make their dreams come true,” she beamed.

Most of the school’s professors are prominent lawyers and judges in Southern Leyte and Leyte provinces.

“Becoming a lawyer happens right here at the doorstep of the College of Maasin!” the dean ended.(By: DAHLIA A. ORIT)








 

 

 

   

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