DUMAGUETE CITY, March 1 (PIA) -- A law graduate from Silliman University (SU), Ivan Maxino Bandal, grabbed the 6th spot in this year’s bar examination.
Bandal is the lone bar topnotcher from the Visayas, according to a statement from SU.
Bandal graduated from SU’s College of Law in March 2011.
The university said 12 other Silliman graduates passed the bar examinations, earning a passing average of 65% for SU.
The national passing average this year is 31.95 percent.
In 2003, Banal graduated magna cum laude when he completed his undergraduate degree in Mass Communication.
He was named one of the Top Ten Students of the Philippines in the same year being a consistent honor student throughout his college and law years, the statement said.
Bandal is the son of Judge Rosendo Bandal Jr. and Silliman's Department of Physics Chairperson Dr. Hope Maxino-Bandal.
The Supreme Court, which released the 2011 Bar Examination results yesterday, announced that a total of 1,913 law graduates pass the exams.
The new lawyers from Silliman are: Ablong, Joshua Francisco; Aguilan, Elizabeth Karla; Apao, Michelle Lyn; Bandal, Ivan (Top 6); Callao, Terrence Anton; Cleope-Santillan, Cleo; Concepcion, Conrado II; Cunanan, Rudy; Diez, Aldeo Jesus; Laurente, Rudylyn; Legaspi, Melissa Grace; Napao-Lozano, Romela Mae; and Singson, Izra Elita.
Silliman President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III congratulated the passers and the College of Law through its Dean Atty. Mikhail Lee Maxino.
"We praise God for the wonderful performance of Ivan and our other graduates! And, too, we are grateful to the faculty and staff of the College, your supportive alumni, and the students themselves for their dedication and hard work!" wrote Dr. Malayang. (RMN/PIA Negros Oriental with reports from SU-OIP)