Passing the bar exam is probably one of the hardest things any would-be lawyer has to face. Anyone who dreamed of becoming a lawyer has felt that mix of anxiety, pressure and excitement while waiting to see their name up in the list of passers. However, it’s never an easy path. Many have struggled, trying several times to pass this grueling examination but falling short. For a few others, it was worth it in the end.
Primer Sendaydiego was one of the 6,748 aspiring lawyers who took the bar exam. He was a part of the crowd that was waiting for the 2017 bar results in front of the Supreme Court under the scorching April heat.
Sendaydiego was in tears while waiting for his name at the black screen posted in front of the highest court in the country. Along with his wife Michelle, who was also in tears beside him, were consistently encouraging him and holding his hand to reassure that he was going to pass the bar exam.
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He already knew from a friend that he passed the bar, however he personally wanted to see it for himself on the screen just to make sure. The family traveled all the way from Dagupan to Manila.
“Sana hindi fake news,” he kept repeating to himself.
Once his name flashed on the screen together with all the passers, he became very emotional – considering it was his third attempted at taking the bar exam. Finally, he was among the 25 percent bar takers who passed. It took 13 years for him to achieve his parents’ dream.
“Parang buong buhay ko na nilaan ko dito. Every year na lang na nagdadalawang isip ka kung magre-review ka,” said the 39-year-old bar passer.
“Nanghihina na sila (parents), tapos namatay ang father ko last year. Gusto niya ako maging lawyer someday. So kahit papaano na okay na career ko, may work, may negosyo, pero itong pag-pass ng bar ‘yung parang hindi nabibili ng pera,” he added.
He also mentioned that his father couldn’t witness the day that he finally passed the bar exam. “Namatay tatay (due to pneumonia) ko during the review… Tapos ‘yung business partner ko, pinatay ng riding-in-tandem.”
Still, he pursued his dream to become a lawyer with the help of his family and friends who supported him throughout the entire journey.
“Mommy, ito na ‘yun! Ito na ‘yung pangarap niyo sa akin. Ako na ‘yung first lawyer sa family natin.”
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What can you say about Primer Sendaydiego success after 13 years? Are you also struggling in aiming your dream? Share your thoughts, reactions, and opinions in the comments section below!