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‘Dreams Don’t Die’ — Senior Citizen Failed the Bar at First Attempt, Tried Again and Passed it Through Self-Review

Jessie Savilla, a 60-year-old resident of Naga City in the Philippines is one of the passers of the 2016 Bar examinations.

But success was not easy for the 2015 graduate from the University of Nueva Caceres. He first took up Law way back in 1981 but has to quit midway of his second year to get married and start a family.

Nag asawa na ako, may anak. Wala na yung personal na pangarap, pangarap mo na ay para sa pamilya,” he said.

Image courtesy of Jessie Savilla



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When the bank he was working for closed and he lost his job, the father of five began to take an interest in studying Law again.

Kasi nawalan ako ng trabaho, wala na akong ginagawa, nakita ko ‘yung mga libro ko dati, inumpisahan kong i-scan sila and parang may fire na, nagkaroon agad ako ng interes. Sabin naman ng mga anak ko, kami na ang magpapaaral sa’yo,” Savilla said.

He finished his studies and took up the Bar exams in 2015 but did not pass.

Hindi naman namamatay ‘yung pangarap. Tapos nung nakita ko ‘yung resulta, kulang lang ako ng .3%. Sabi ng anak ko, ‘Pa, continue. Laban ka ulit,” he added.

But thinking of the money he will spend in another round of six-month reviews in Manila, he was quite hesitant to take up the exam for the second time.

He gathered all the reading materials he used during his remedial classes and decided to review on his own as preparations for his second attempt at passing the Bar Exams.

His efforts paid off as he has successfully hurdled the bar and finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a lawyer, which had been 36 years in the making!

For aspiring lawyers, his advice is never to give up on their dreams no matter how long it takes.

In your younger years, strike while the iron is hot. But in your senior years, you have to strike and strike unceasingly hard to make it hot,” he said.

Images courtesy of Jessie Savilla.


Source: DefinitelyFilipino
‘Dreams Don’t Die’ — Senior Citizen Failed the Bar at First Attempt, Tried Again and Passed it Through Self-Review

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