In a remarkable display of determination and perseverance, two Filipino senior citizens have defied conventional notions by excelling in the recently concluded 2023 Bar exams. The Supreme Court revealed the results on Tuesday, December 5, showcasing stories of resilience and commitment to lifelong learning.
Among the esteemed passers is 62-year-old Rosula Calacala, an embodiment of resilience and grit. Despite commencing her legal education in her late 50s, Calacala has emerged victorious, proudly marking her success as a certified lawyer. Hailing from Jones, Isabela, and supported by her CPA children, she aspires to serve her community as a beacon of change in the public sector.
In an interview with “Teleradyo Serbisyo” on Radyo 630, Calacala shared her motivation, stating her decision to pursue law stemmed from her children’s completion of their studies, providing her with an opportunity to focus on her aspirations.
Acknowledging the hurdles posed by her age, Calacala remains elated to have not only overcome the challenges of law school but also secured a passing grade in the Bar exams.
Valentin Laurena Bonite, a 64-year-old from Guigaquit, Surigao del Norte, showcased a similar spirit of perseverance. Undeterred by a previous setback, Bonite took the Bar exams again, succeeding this time and vowing to dedicate himself to the service of his community.
Expressing gratitude and a pledge to serve, both newly minted attorneys have demonstrated that age is not a barrier to achieving dreams. Their determination and triumph stand as a testament to the limitless possibilities of human endeavor, inspiring countless Filipinos across generations.
Congratulations pour in for Atty. Calacala and Atty. Bonite, epitomizing the adage that indeed, age is just a number.