Vice President Leni Robredo told 2020/21 Bar exam takers to "enjoy the ride" and avoid panicking despite the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Robredo, a lawyer for the downtrodden before she joined politics, said thetwo-day exam period instead of the usual four days would be difficult for the examinees.
"Have faith. Huwag mag-panic. Dapat a few days before the Bar, mas relaxed na para hindi stressed out. And just enjoy the ride,” she said during an interview with journalists.
Robredo looked back on how she juggled her family, career, and Bar preparations after getting her law degree in 1992. She said she had to leave her husband and daughters in Bicol to focus on reviewing for the exams in Manila.
“Dalawa na ‘yung anak ko, pero noong pumunta ako sa Manila, that was the huge mistake kasi when I went to Manila uwi ako nang uwi. Hindi ako nakaka-focus sa review kasi nami-miss ko ‘yung mga anak ko,” she said, adding that she thought of quitting several times.
She passed the Bar on her second try, receiving the good news on her birthday in April 1997.
The upcoming Bar exams will test two batches of graduates -- those from 2020 and 2021. It will also break away from tradition of announcing the top 10 passers and would instead recognize all examinees who will record "exemplary performance."