PASIG CITY – Mark Dave Camarao, a high school teacher at Currimao National High School in Ilocos Norte not only passed the 2016 Bar examination — he was among the examinees who obtained the highest ratings.
The unexpected event in Mark’s life will certainly open new doors of opportunities for him but he still professes his and his family’s love for teaching.
“I wanted to take up Political Science and eventually passed UPCAT but did not pursue because I was elected as SK Chairman. Teaching. We are a family of teachers. My Lolo’s sister was a school principal, my mom’s brother and sister-in-law are teachers and I have four cousins who are teachers. All in the Department of Education (DepEd). So teaching runs in our blood, it’s part of who we are.”
In the result released by the Supreme Court on May 3, Camarao placed 6th with a rating of 88.10%.
Camarao, who has been teaching English to Grades 7 and 9 students for three years, plans to think long and hard on his future endeavors.
“I do not have concrete plans right now. If given the chance, I would love to stay with DepEd because my heart belongs to the teaching profession. In my legal career, I want to take a break before I begin my journey as a new lawyer. I know it won’t be easy, but with constant prayers, there is nothing I cannot overcome.”
Out of 6,344 examinees, Camarao was among the 3,747 passers of the 2016 Bar exam.
DepEd-Region 1 Director Alma Ruby Torio has invited Camarao for a courtesy call in her office.
“The Lord is merciful. The Lord is awesome. He is a living God. Naniniwala ako na binigay niya ang karangalang ito,” Camarao ended.