MANILA - Emmanuel Monta milled around the Supreme Court grounds on Thursday, anxiously waiting for the posting of Bar exam results that his friend took last year.
Monta is among a throng of relatives hoping to be the bearer of good news for the nearly 7,000 who took the required exam to practice law in the Philippines.
"Text nga po nang text e," Monta said of his friend Hyacinth Medel, who works as an accountant in Bacolod City.
Monta took a leave from work for the annual stakeout at the high court, unmindful of searing temperatures. He said he was up all night trying to calm his girlfriend down on the phone.
Rey Aman and wife Joy were waiting for the exam results of their daughter, Abigail Joy.
"Nag-off nga siya ng cellphone," said the mother, describing her daughter's anxiousness.
(She turned off her phone)
Her parents said Abigail Joy, a graduate of Arellano University, topped the mock bar exams after the review, raising the family's hopes that she would make it.
Mhia Tabingo, also waited for her elder sister, who was anxiously waiting at home.
"Meron po kaming codes, smiley 'pag pasa, sad face 'pag hindi, 'pag top number lang," said Tabingo.
(We agreed on codes, smiley if passed, sad face if failed and just a number if she made it to the top.)
RC Marcial and Bam Santos were also at the high court compound early for their 24 Ateneo fraternity brothers who had a hard time sleeping last night.
"Dasal lang sila nang dasal," said Marcial. "Mamaya, sama-sama kami."
(We just keep on praying. We will get together after this.)