Each of us has our own story of our answered prayer and here is mine.
Way back December of 2021, I really felt that the 2022 November Bar Examination was for me. Why? Because after almost 26 years, it is for the first time that I had known that I had two existing birth registrations, one in Dulag and one in Tolosa. I sighed and said to myself “really now? After I have already graduated Law School? and is about to take the Bar Exams next year? ” And to top that, the erroneous birth registration had to prevail because it was the prior one. So I had to file my first ever petition, a petition for correction of entries. Mind you, filing such petition was exhausting physically, financially and mentally. The petition took almost 6 months, just in time before the deadline for submitting the application to take the 2022 Bar Exams. Just imagine, starting with your review without knowing if your petition will be granted or not by the CRG.
I also was not physically fit during my bar review, because in May of 2022 i had large blood discharge which i really thought was a symptom of PCOS or any underlying illness. So I decided to go to the OB and undergo some lab exam, fortunately, the lab results indicated that I have no PCOS, the OB said that it might probably just have been brought by stress.
The discharge continued for more than 2 months, and just imagine the discomfort of studying your notes and listening to lectures while large blood clots come out and you have to change your sanitary pads more frequently also while you experience severe abdominal cramps and while feeling dizzy because of the blood discharge.
However, I still persevered, because I always thought that those discomforts were only minimal compared to what other bar reviewees might have to overcome.
Nevertheless, the statement of one of our Professor in Law School that “the field of law is not for the weak hearted” still stands, for law school and the bar will really test you on how much you really wanted to be a lawyer and on how much you are willing to sacrifice for it
Everyday, you would always have to go back to the reason “why” you pursued law, because if you know your “why’s” you always know why you do the things you do.
Personally, my “why” was my family. Going back to my freshman year in law school, you have to introduce yourself to the class and when asked why you want to be a lawyer, my constant response was ” I want to be the first lawyer in the family” and fast forward to today April 14, 2023, such dream became a reality, a reality which would never have happened if it werent for the people who have supported and prayed for me.
Therefor, now, I would like to take this opportunity para magpasalamat han ngatanan nga tao nga nagbulig ngan nagampo para han akon kaupayan;
To my homegirls, for praying for me to St. Jude and St. Claire and for the flowers and self care package during the salubong;
To my College buddies for praying for me and for the Biggest Tarp during the “salubong”;
To my Law School barkadahan, who if not for them, I would not have survived lawschool;
To ate Ina Ng for supporting me during lawschool despite of its high cost;
To Mano Isyong Mel, for supporting me during my bar review season;
To Mano Tex, for supporting me during my bar review and for driving me to the exam site at 5:00 AM;
To Ate Choy Marichu, for always being there when I needed something;
To Ate Vic2 Love Jade and Kuya JM Jedd Michael, for always sharing their blessings w/ me and giving me Food whenever you’re in the city;
To Kuya Juan Miguel, Ate Samantha and Heart for being my kavideocall whenever I feel so homesick;
To Nanay Thelma for always being there for me and for constantly praying for my success;
To Jed, for supporting me all through out my journey, for always checking up on me, and who while I was gruelling with the questions during the four day examination had been fervently praying for me in churches;
And to everyone who have included me in their prayers and who have rooted for me;
Damo, Damo nga salamat ha iyo nga tanan!
To my Family, Para ini ha iyo!
And most importantly, To the one Almighty God, who have always guided me and kept my heart at peace during the most overwhelming days, I will forever be grateful for this blessing and will always be for your greater glory, Lord!
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
Atty. Marivic R. Espia
(Soon to be full fledge lawyer)
Bar Passer No. 1452