ALS Class 1984

After the special mass held at the St. Thomas More Chapel in honor of ALS Batch 1984, ALAAI President, Atty. Aleli Quirino (also a member of ALS Class 1984), ALAAI Vice President, Atty. Cecille Burayag,  and I formally welcomed the attending members of the batch at the atrium located on the ground floor of the APS Building, namely: Cecile Abella, Ma. Theresa Acosta-Pinto, Gerardo Alzate, Vicente Edgar Balisado, Cecilio Bautista, Pancho Belen, Benjamin Moraleda, Jr., Joey Morales, Aleli Quirino, Edgar Dennis Padernal, Oscar Paras, Jr., Roy Joseph Rafols, Sandra Respall, Rolando Rivera, Aristodes Ruaro, Ma. Edna Dijamco, Zaldy Docena, Leo Dolino, Virgilio Garcia, Irene Ishiwata, Tomas Falgui II, Eva Gainza-Valenton, Alexander Gesmundo, Elfren Hipolito, Jr., Alfredo Lazaro, Jr., Pamela Lazatin-Escobar, Alberto Escalona, Francis Tolentino, Romelia Ulangkaya, Alan Ventura, Redemberto Villanueva, and Fernando Zuniga.

“Welcome to the members of ALS Class 1984.

“On behalf of the Administration and Staff of the Law School, our warm thanks to everyone here tonight for having taken time out to join us in this small gathering, leading up to the culmination of the 75th Diamond Jubilee  of the Ateneo Law School on 06 June 2011.

“May I invite all of you for a moment of silence to pray most specially for the  speedy recovery of our beloved colleague, Atty. Chochoy Medina.

“We will be doing a profile of each of the sixty nine (69) batches of the Ateneo Law School, since the first batch that graduated in 1939.

“We hope that you will share with us tonight official and personal highlights of your batch in order to come up with a more unique and personal and warm profile that would be part of the documented history of the Law School.

“The records of the Law School indicate that your batch graduated with a total number of 101. You will recall that the class –

Valedictorian – Mr. Fernando B. Zuniga

Salutatorian – Ms. Ma. Chona M. Dimayuga

Atty. Zuniga was the first in your batch to join the Law Faculty, but after teaching for several years, his busy schedule has allowed him only to participate in the Ateneo Law Bar Review Program which he has been doing since 1994.

“The Law School has no record of the passing percentage of your batch in the 1984 Bar Examinations, but your batch garnered seven (7) of the Top Ten Places:

#1    –   Mr. Richard M. Chiu

#2    –   Mr. Roy Joseph M. Rafols;

#5    –   Mr. Vivencio F. Abaño;

#6    –   Mr. Manuel M. Macasaet;

#7    –   Mr. Victor L. Chan;

#8    –   Mr. Renato C. Pineda;

#10  –  Mr. Antonio P. Bonilla.

“Attys. Roy Rafols, Bebot Abano and Butch Bonilla eventually joined the Ateneo Law Faculty (although Atty. Butch has moved on to another law school, after he came back from a long stay abroad).

“Aside from the fact that your batch includes our Associate Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria, our Executive Director of the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC), Atty. Carlos Medina, Jr., and the most successful President of the Ateneo Law Alumni Association, Inc. (ALAAI), Atty. Lila Quirino, the following are the highlights of your batch:

  • Court of Appeals Justice – Hon. Ricardo R. Rosario
  • Sandiganbayan Justice – Hon. Alex Gesmundo, who is also a senior faculty member of the Law School, Bar Examiner in 2009, and was for many years a solicitor in the Office of the Solicitor General.
  • RTC Judges – Hon. Zaldy B. Docena – Malabon/Navotas

Hon. Arnel A. Dating – Daet, Camarines Sur

Hon. Corpus B. Alzate – Bangued, Abra

Hon. Soliver C. Peras – Cebu City

  • MTC Judge Marianito Santos – San Juan
    • DOJ Senior State Prosecutors – Hon. Pamela Lazatin and Veni Fule
    • MMDA Chairman and Former

Tagaytay City Mayor  –  Hon. Francis Tolentino

  • Bureau of Legal Affairs, IPOPHL, Asst. Director Edwin A. Dating
  • Bureau of Immigration & Deportation – Chief of the Board of Special Inquiry – Rolando Ledesma
    • Registrars of Deeds –  Atty. Eva Gainza-Valenton – Batangas City

Atty. Abraham N. Vermudez – Tanauan, Batangas

  • COMELEC Regional Supervisor- Iloilo – Tomas Valera
  • Councilor of Toledo City – Hon. Leo L. Dolino
    • Former Provincial Board Member (Batangas) and former     Chairman, Toll Regulatory Board   – Atty. Chona Dimayuga
      • Provincial Legal Officer and OIC Provincial Assessor’s Office of Rizal – Atty. Rolando Rivera
      • Former President of the Food Terminal, Inc. (FTI) –  Atty. Teresa Acosta-Pinto
      • With the University of San Carlos – Atty. Roderic R. Poca

“The first graduates of the J.D. Program were the 1991 Batches (whom we honored yesterday). Coincidentally, it was only since the 1991 Bar Examinations that the Supreme Court began to officially issue the Statistical Data on Bar Examinations results, and which has served as the guidelines in determining how the introduction of the J.D. Program has affected the Law School’s performance in the Bar Examinations. In the twenty-year period since 1991 that the Supreme Court has been issuing the Statistical Data (up to the 2009 Bar Examinations), there were only three years (1997, 1998 and 2009), that Ateneo Law School did not achieve the highest passing percentage. In all those 20 years, you may want to know, the average passing percentage of the Ateneo Law School is 87.80%, compared to San Beda’s 82.21% and UP College of Law’s 77.43%.

“The Ateneo Law’s J.D. Program has truly become the gold standard in legal education in this country, and no law school worth its salt would dare call itself within the quality circle of legal education unless it offered the Ateneo version’s J.D. Program.

“That we continue to take pride in each of you has never been in doubt. And we hope that you will share with us tonight highlights of your days in the Law School as well as in the pursuit of your careers. We hope to document all sharings tonight both in video format that will be edited and compiled by the end of the year as well as in the cintra board project of the Ateneo Law Alumni Association.

“More importantly, it is our fervent wish that each one of you will actively participate in the program of activities that we have set for the year, especially in the celebration of the Blue Mass and the Program to Honor Law Alumni on 06 June 2011, which would be held right here in the Rockwell campus.

Highlights of the Sharing that Evening:

Justice Alex Gesmundo was the first to give his recollection of the Batch’s days in the Ateneo H.V. dela Costa Campus.  He remembers how great the members of the batch were and have become representing “the best from all walks of life.”

Atty. Dem Villanueva reminisced that ALS Batch 1984 had gotten seven (7) out of the Top Ten (10)  Places, and averred in jest that there were members of his class, like himself, who actually waived being in the Top 10. In any event, it was the year when the Ateneo Batch shut out UP College of Law from the Top Ten (10) places.

Atty. Tom Falgui reminded the batch of the need to pray hard for the quick recovery of Atty. Chochoy Medina, a theme that was repeated the whole evening by the members of the batch.

Atty. Ferdie Zuñiga, the class valedictorian, expressed the batch’s appreciation for ALS hosting of this reunion in celebration of the Law School’s 75th Diamond Anniversary. He reminisced how difficult it was to get through the many courses in Law School, the cramming that had to be done  often because of the complexity and comprehensiveness of the examinations given by the law professors,  and the hard work needed to be invested in earning one’s diploma from the Law School.

Atty. Dong Lazaro, one of the most famous litigation lawyers of the batch, gave his kudos to their batchmate MMDA Chairman (and former Tagaytay City Mayor) Francis Tolentino.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino announced tin jest hat their batch should have garnered eight places in the Top Ten, had Atty. Dem Villanueva not opted out. But on a more serious note, he announced that the batch should dedicate the occasion towards the speedy recovery of Atty. Chochoy Medina.

Atty. Roy Rafols expressed his happiness that the batch could get together.

Atty. Pam Lazatin reminisced that during those student days, it was so easy to give a signal to Leo  Dolino, and after classes they would be drinking the night away at Tia Maria to relieve them of the pressures of law study.

Atty. Bebot Balisado remembered being the butt of jokes by reason of  his distinct Visayan accent. He referred to ALS Batch 1984 to be “the best batch,” not only because of its impressive performance in the Bar Examinations, but also because of the continuing support that the members give to one another.

Hon. Leo Dolino came to Rockwell all the way from Cebu. He was the batch’s “chick-boy” but self-deprecatingly regards  himself as the batch’s standard bearer: if Leo could hurdle the challenge, then everybody else could make it. He remembers most Justice Relova. He also confirmed that it was his batch that began the first “Conflicts of Law” with the UP College of Law. He considers it a personal privilege to be part of ALS Batch 1984.

Atty. Eva N. Gainza characterizes Batch 1984 as being “closely-knit” and how easy it is for the batch to get together at the mere text notice of Atty. Lila Quirino. She appreciated and valued the friendships forged during Law School days, which have endured the test of time.

Atty. Butch Bautista expressed the wish of the batch for Atty. Chochoy to get well soon.

Atty. Rolando Rivera, although officially graduated with ALS Batch 1982, belong to three other previous batches (1978-83). He remembers most his removal examination in Taxation 1.

Atty. Junie Paras expressed his pride to be a member of ALS Batch ’84, and remembers the closeness of the group, and the picnics that were held.

Atty. Alan Ventura shared that Batch ’84 was the first batch that broke the century mark, registering graduates in excess of 100. He also confirmed that it was their batch that began the first “Conflicts of Law” with the UP College of Law.

Atty. Edna Dijamco was quite emotional in recalling the students days at H.V. dela Costa, and how everyone was supportive of one another. She distinctly remembers falling in love in Law School (“RC”). She also talked about her special closeness with Atty. Chochoy, whom she considered in Law School to be a “harmless” gentleman.

Judge Zaldy Docena shared how the Law School had trained him for his role as arbiter of the law.

Atty. Tessa Acosta-Pinto described how she began in the private sector, and then joined public service (NFA), and today is 90% showbiz being the mother of actress/model Sam Pinto. She lamented not having been able to socialize with the batch because she was a working student. lLw studies were like  “night school” for her but she eventually graduated despite the hardships and challenges.

Atty. Alberto “Beto” S. Escala, who said that he actually straddled between ALS Batches ‘84 and ’85, called on the others present who had the same experience, being in a 5-year curriculum, but who consider themselves to  be truly part of ALS Batch 1984: Cecille Burayag, Cecille S. Abella, Irene  Ishiwata, Ben Moralde, Virgilio Garcia, but who have close ties with ALS Batch 1984. They each spoke of their memories of Law School days.

Atty. Cecille Abella said that she has never felt at home with Class 1984, and that during the Bar Examinations, it was Balikatan that gave her a Bar-Ops, with Eva and Edna staying in the same area for the Bar Review.

Atty. Bebot Abaño shared that he spent the first two years of law studies at the University of the East (UE), and UP would not accept him as a transferee. He thanked divine providence that Ateneo Law School accepted him, and it turned out to be the last time that Ateneo would accept transferees from other law schools. He also shared that he and Atty. Roy Rafols, who both were in the top ten places, decided to teach in Law School with the same motivation: “Para maka-bawe!”

Atty. Sandra Respall, who was the last to speak for the batch, was a bit tipsy by the time she came around speaking, because she confessed that she intended to “escape” from the gathering because she did not relish making speeches. She also prayed for the quick recovery of Atty. Chochoy Medina, and shared how in Law School se was not close to him, but eventually became close to Chochoy’s father-in- law, who taught her how to drink.

Members of ALS Batch 1984 Who Have Passed Away:

1.     Maria Luisa Aldecoa

2.     Lilia Diaz

3.     Karlo Butiong

4.     Hernando Masangkay

5.     Napoleon Dulay

ALS Class of 1984:

VIVENCIO F. ABAÑO MARIANO J. GARCIA
CECILE S. ABELLA ALEXANDER G. GESMUNDO
MA. THERESA L. ACOSTA-PINTO HECTOR ROMULO V. HERNANDEZ
ROSE U. ALBERTO ELFREN P. HIPOLITO, JR.
MA. ROSARIO M. ALCALDE ERNESTO M. HIZON
MARIA LUISA R. ALDECOA CESAR G. ILAGAN
CORPUS B. ALZATE ALFREDO V. LAZARO, JR.
GERARDO V. ALZATE PAMELA P. LAZATIN-ESCOBAR
ARISTIDES Q. ARRE JOSE MARI RONALDO P. LEDESMA
RICHELIEU S. BACLAY VERO B. LIBROJO
VICENTE EDGAR A. BALISADO CLIFFORD HUI CHIN N. LIM
ESPERANZA D. BARTOLOME RAMON T. LUY
CECILIO G. BAUTISTA MARINO C. MACANDOG
PANCHO A. BELEN MANUEL M. MACASAET
ELOY E. BELLO IV ALAN E. MALONZO
DANTE G. BELTRAN HERNANDO A. MASANGKAY
EDNA T. BENEDICTO-MACASAET CARLOS P. MEDINA, JR.
CESAR B. BIGORNIA ADONIS G. MELLA
ANTONIO P. BONILLA JOEY D. MORALES
FERDINAND M. BUENAVENTURA CONSTANTINO O. ORAA
KARLO Q. BUTIONG EDGAR DENNIS A. PADERNAL
SEDFREY M. CANDELARIA OSCAR L. PARAS, JR.
ZOSIMO N. CASIHAN, JR. LEO DELANO C.PASCUA
GILBERT S. CASTILLO ALFONSO C. PENACO, IV.
RICHARD M. CHIU SOLIVER C. PERAS
PERFECTO S. CORPUS, JR. RENATO C. PINEDA
RODOLFO G. CORVITE, JR. RODERIC R. POCA
ANGELITO CUSTODIO ALELI ANGELA G. QUIRINO
STEPHEN ANTHONY T. CUUNJENG ROY JOSEPH M. RAFOLS
ARNIEL A. DATING SANDRA C. RESPALL
EDWIN A. DATING ANGELITA J. REYES
EDUARDO R. DE GUIA ROLANDO P. RIVERA
WILLIAM P. DEMAISIP JUANITA R. RODRIGUEZ-GUECO
TELESFORO Y. DIAO, JR. RICARDO R. ROSARIO
LILIA D. DIAZ MICHAEL JOSEPH B. SALVA
LORENCITO B. DIAZ GUILLERMO J. SANTIAGO II
MA. EDNA D. DIJAMCO-VARON AURA MARIA L. SAZON
DENNIS G. DIMAGIBA MAXIMO H. SIMBULAN II
MARIA CHONA M. DIMAYUGA FERDINAND G. SUBA
ZALDY B. DOCENA FRANCIS N. TOLENTINO
LEO L. DOLINO FELINO C. TORRENTE, JR.
MARIAN J. DOMINGO ROMELIA L. ULANGKAYA
NAPOLEON V. DULAY RAMON S. UNTALAN
EDGAR D. DUMLAO FERDINAND U. VALBUENA
JOLLY Y. ESTRADA-SIMBULAN ROMANA P. VALENCIA
TOMAS C. FALGUI II ARNEDO S. VALERA
STELLAMAR C. FLORES ALAN A. VENTURA
CECIL M. FOJAS ABRAHAM N. VERMUDEZ
MILALI S. FRIAS REDEMBERTO R. VILLANUEVA
VENICIUS G. FULE FERNANDO B. ZUNIGA
EVA N. GAINZA-VALENTON JOE FRANK E. ZUNIGA