It took ninety years before another Albayano made it to top the Philippine Bar Examination the professional licensure examination for aspiring lawyers and considered to be the “most difficult licensure examination” in the country administered exclusively by the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
Domingo Imperial Sr. a pure blooded Albayano who was born and raised in Daraga, Albay was the first Albayano who topped the said exam in 1912. Upon topping the bar, he establishes his own law office and entered politics later. It was during the election in 1934 when, Imperial was elected as Senator of the sixth senatorial district comprising the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Masbate. Upon the organization of the Court of Appeals, the President Quezon appointed him to be one of the Justices.
Eighteen years after, Tecla San Andres Ziga a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Law made it to topped the 1930 Bar exam making her the first ever woman to obtain the highest rank. She was immediately taken as an Assistant Attorney of the DeWitt Law office and also worked under the Department of Justice. In November 1955, she was elected to Congress to serve the unfinished term of her brother – in – law who died in an accident. Before her election to the Senate, she served as administrator of the Social Welfare Administration. In 1963, she was elected to the Senate and has been a recipient of various awards.
Mae Diane M. Azores a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas – Legazpi College of Law and a native of Legazpi City is the most recent Albayano who topped the Bar exam obtaining 91. 0490% rating.
Azores once again prove that despite being a “probinsyana” and a product of a provincial law school everyone has a chance and will always have the chance to top the Bar. If you are called to be great, no matter which law school you’re from, you will succeed.