Krizza Fe Alcantara-Bagni, an accountancy teacher at the Aldersgate College, enrolled at the St. Mary’s University law school in her native Nueva Vizcaya just two months after giving birth. With a newborn baby and her job Bagni had to endure a grueling schedule to reach her dream of becoming a lawyer.
She would leave the house at 7 a.m. when her baby was still asleep, teach in the morning, and then attend law classes in the afternoon. By the time she would come home at 10 in the evening, her baby would already be fast asleep.
According to Bagni: “Paminsan, may klase at may break time, uuwi ako para makasama ang baby ko. Kakaunti ang time ko para sa anak ko.”
“Kahit minsan gusto ko nang tumigil, pinu-push ko na lang sarili ko,” she added, thanking her family and friends for the support.
For her, preparing for the bar exams proved even harde as she took formal review lessons in Manila, which meant time away from her family in Nueva Vizcaya.
Bagni said: “Sobrang sacrifice po, nakakaiyak.”
But Bagni’s sacrifices did not go to waste. She did not only pass the 2017 bar exams, she was among the top 10 passers, landing on the 8th spot. Bagni said she cried the moment she heard the news from friends.
“‘Di pa rin nagsisink-in. I’m overwhelmed.”
She said she never expected to top the Bar exams. She was just praying that she would pass.
Now that Bagni has conquered teaching, law school, and the bar exams while being a doting mom to a now 5-year-old daughter, she is looking forward to practicing the profession.
“Kung mayroon pong opportunity to practice the profession,” she said.