MANILA - It was perhaps her proudest moment as a mother.
Angelina Padua jumped for joy after seeing the name of her youngest daughter on the list of 2017 Bar exam passers being shown at the Supreme Court grounds.
All the way from Isabela in Cagayan Valley, the 56-year-old mother traveled to Manila and waited for at least 3 hours at the gates of the high court to personally see the Bar results for her daughter, Kristine, who graduated from San Beda College.
"Tinawag muna sa 'kin na nasa internet na raw na nakapasa. Pero ninenerbiyos pa rin ako hangga't hindi ko nakikita sa monitor ng Supreme Court. Tuwang-tuwa talaga ako. Napatalon ako sa tuwa," the proud mom told ABS-CBN News.
(I was told the results were out on the internet and that she passed. But I'm still nervous. I had to see it with my own eyes on the Supreme Court's screen.)
Padua was a housewife during her daughter's law school days, while her husband is a retired policeman. They only get their income from a small farm they own in the province.
Kristine, who is currently employed in a law firm, will be the first lawyer in the family once she takes her oath. She said she was so anxious waiting for the results that she decided not to report for work Thursday.
"Umiiyak na ako kanina kasi hindi pa ako tinatawagan ng officemates ko [tungkol sa results]," she shared, adding that she did not dare check the internet in fear of seeing fake news that would give her false hope.
(I was crying because nobody was calling me from the office about the results.)
Kristine was staying at a friend's home nearby when the call came from the office: she passed on her first take.
"Iyak kaming dalawa ng friend ko. Akap-akap kami doon. Hindi ko inakala kasi mahirap pag first take walang experience," she said, citing criminal law as one of the hardest parts of the exam.
(Me and my friend were crying and hugging each other. I really did not expect this because the first take is always hard due to lack of experience.)
Kristine said her mother's support helped her deal with the pressure during the bar exams.
"Si mama yung parang Bar buddy ko. 'Yung kasama ko. Nagpe-prepare sa akin ng food. One month ata 'yun nandito siya sa Manila from Isabela," said the grateful daughter.
(My mom is my Bar buddy. She was with me through it all. She prepared food for me. She stayed with me for one month in Manila, and she came all the way from Isabela.)
"Thank you so much! Thank you, ma!" Kristine told her mother in the middle of the interview, expressing her gratitude with a kiss.
Asked for her advice, the mom told her 'bunso': "Lagi kang magdadasal... Sana huwag siyang magbago. Gawin niya 'yung dapat na ginawa ng lawyer... Dapat maging patas lang siya."