In the history of the Philippine Bar Examinations since 1903, there have been only two topnotchers (1st place) coming from Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental.
Emmanuel Neri Pelaez placed 1st in the 1938 bar examinations with a grade of 91.3 percent. It took five decades before Aquilino Martin de la Llana Pimentel III topped the bar exam in 1990 with a score of 89.95%.
Born in Medina, Misamis Oriental, Pelaez served as Vice President of the Philippines from 1961-1963 functioning also as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, twice a senator (1953-1959, 1967-1972), a congressman (1965-1969), and an assemblyman (1978-1984). He died on July 27, 2003.
He is shown below meeting with US President John F. Kennedy in 1962 (LINK).
Meanwhile, Koko Pimentel as he is more commonly known, was born in Cagayan de Oro City in 1964. He became a senator in 2011 after a long electoral protest. In 2013, he was re-elected and in 2016 became Senate President making Philippine history as the first ever father and son to hold such position. His father former senator Aqulino Pimentel, Jr served as Senate President in 2000-2001.
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