Hindi namatay ang pangarap: Senior citizen passes 2016 Bar exam

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 04 2017 01:53 PM

MANILA - Senior citizen Jessie Savilla believes one of the secrets behind his success in the 2016 Bar exams is his undying desire to become a lawyer.

Speaking to radio DZMM, Savilla said he had to stop pursuing a law degree in 1981 to prioritize his family. Even the disappointment of failing in his first try at the Bar failed to kill the dream of becoming a lawyer. 

"Hindi naman namamatay 'yung pangarap. Tapos noong nakita ko 'yung resulta [ng unang take sa Bar], kulang lang ako ng .3%. Sabe ng mga anak ko, 'Pa, continue... Laban ka ulit,'" he told DZMM on Thursday.

(My dreams didn't die. When I saw the results [of my first take at the Bar], I was only .3% short. My children told me, 'Don't stop, Pa. Fight!')

Savilla said he had to review all by himself because enrolling at review centers was too expensive. 

Asked what advice he can give to young law aspirants, the 60-year-old Bar passer stressed the importance of reading.

"Bandang huli, stock knowledge nila 'yun. Pagdating ng panahon na matanda na sila, maaalala agad nila 'yun. So you read now... Intindihin talaga 'yung wisdom ng law," he said.

(Someday, what they read will be their stock knowledge. When they grow old, they will quickly remember what they learned. So you read now... and understand the wisdom of law.)

Savilla was one of the 3,747 passers out of 6,344 examinees. He graduated from the University of Nueva Caceres in 2015. 

The senior citizen rediscovered his interest in studying law after the bank he previously worked for closed.

He has five children. His eldest child, Rainier, also passed the Bar exams in 2012.