It was a proud moment for West Visayas State University when alumna Allana Mae A. Babayen-on placed 4th in the recent Bar examination. This AB Political Science Magna Cum Laude garnered an impressive score of 88.75% in what is deemed as the “hardest examination in the country”. The results were released by the Supreme Court on May 3, 2017 wherein a total of three thousand seven hundred forty seven (3,747) lawyers passed the 2016 Bar exams out of six thousand three hundred forty four (6,344) examinees, or an overall passing rate of 59.06%, the highest in 16 years.
“When I saw my name on the top 10 list of Bar passers, I laughed and cried at the same time! I thanked the universe for the fulfillment of a dream that I worked hard for. I immediately called home and talked to my family”.
A diligent student, Allana has been a constant academic whiz since her undergraduate years. While she was in WVSU, she is a recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)’ Parangal Silver Award from freshman to senior year. She went on to secure a place on the Dean’s List for 4 years when she transferred to the University of San Agustin College of Law (USA-COL), and eventually clinched the top spot in the USA-COL Comprehensive Examinations with the highest scores in Civil Law, Taxation Law, Criminal Law, and Remedial Law. She eventually graduated as Class Valedictorian on March 2016.
This native of Banate Iloilo likewise proved that she’s not all about books and academics. Allana was a member of the CAS Debating Team, a councilor of the WVSU University Student Council, a competitor in the WVSU Taekwondo Varsity Team, and a champion public speaker having won several awards in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking contests. “I am thankful of my WVSU PolSci education because it was able to prepare me when I entered law school. Specifically, my Argumentation and Debate classes built my confidence in public speaking which came in handy during recitations in law school”.
Looking back, Allana fondly recalls her years with WVSU “I love all my PolSci professors, most especially those who kept in touch after graduation. With the advent of social media, staying connected is easier and I am happy that I evolved from being my professors’ student to becoming their friend”.
Being an influential example to students who aspire to be like her, Allana has this to say: “If it can happen to me, it can happen to you. If you want something so bad, then do something about it because dreams come with a price. Try to find inspiration in everything, listen to the stories shared by those who came before you - upperclassmen, lawyers, judges, those passed the Bar, those who failed the Bar, everyone. Learn from their mistakes and believe in your capabilities”.
Congratulations Atty. Allana Mae A. Babayen-on! Your WVSU family is very proud of you!