8. Leonardo A. Amores (94.05%)
The 8th placer is Leonardo Amores, an alumnus of University of Manila. He is native of Roxas City, Capiz and his life there has inspired him to be the better lawyer that he can be. He topped the 1953 Bar Exam with a grade of 94.05%.
9. Ameurfina Melencio (93.85%)
The second woman who topped the Bar and definitely the woman who has the highest grade is none other than Ameurfina Melencio. She studied at UP College of Law and took the bar in 1947. She got a total of 93.75% grade making her a part of this list. Upon passing, she first tried on International Law Firms, but she eventually chose the local judiciary because she said that it is where she rightfully belongs.
10. Rodolfo Ma. Ponferada (93. 85%)
Last but definitely not the least on this list is Rodolfo Ma. Ponferada, an alumnus of University of the Philippines College of Law. He grew up in the city that made him very aware the country’s status back then. He took the bar in 2001 and has finished with a total of 93.85% grade. Indeed he is one excellent lawyer of today.
Definitely, there are still a lot of others who also have high grades but did not make it to this list. It’s a pride to be one of your batch’s topnotchers, like Leila de Lima who was once the 8th placer in the 1985 Bar Examination. But isn’t it more gratifying to be on this list?