After the special mass officiated by Fr. Lito Mangulabnan, S.J. at the St. Thomas More Chapel in honor of ALS Batch 2006, ALAAI President, Atty. Lila Quirino, Vice-President Cecille Burayag, Director Teddy Cruz, Director Nena Rosales, President of ALS Class 1987 Danny Cortina, and I formally welcomed the attending members of the batch at the atrium located on the ground floor of the APS Building, namely: Cyril Patrick Acasio, Maria Charizza Carlos, Zebedee Chua, Vanessa Mar Del Rosario, Carlos Dante Gargarita, Joseph Anthony Lopez, Tony Roberto Moreno, Jay-pee Orlando Pedro, Raya Zelen Peneyra, Jasmin Quimsing, Marco Antonio Luisito Sardillo, Brynda Tan and Mark Tiaoqui.
“Welcome to the members of ALS Class 2006.
“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 is in this small gathering of your batch, leading up to the culmination of the 75th Diamond Jubilee on 06 June 2011.
“We will be doing a profile of each of the sixty (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 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 176. Your first two (2) years were during the second deanship of Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas. S.J. and the last two (2) years were within my deanship. You will recall that at your batch’s graduation day, the following honors and awards:
Valedictorian – Ricardo M. Pilares III
Salutatorian – Nancy R. Prodon
Special awards were given as follows:
- St. Thomas More Award – Rosalyn C. Rayco
- Evelio B. Javier Gold Medal for Leadership – Kristine C. D
Christine S. Herrera
- Roberto A. Gana Service Award – Ms. Julie P. Mercurio.
- Dean’s Award of Best Theses:
Þ Best Thesis – Ricardo M. Pilares III
(“Benevolent Neutrality Theory: Retesting and Redefining the Boundaries of the Free Exercise Clause”)
Þ Second Best Thesis – Joseph Anthony P. Lopez
(“Is the Head of State Above International Law? The Applicability of Head of State Immunity to the Commission of International Core Crimes”)
Þ Third Best Thesis – Nancy R. Prodon
(“My Daddy’s Name is Donor:’ Determining the Parental Status and Child Support Obligations of a Sperm Donor”)
“The Law School records indicates that when your batch took the Bar Examinations, you achieved a passing percentage of 90.16%. You will recall that your batch took three (3) places in the Top Ten Places:
# 2 – Ricardo M. Pilares, III
# 3 – Erika Ana Andrea C. Jimenez
# 4 – Maria Charizza B. Carlos
“In was only since the 1991 Bar Examinations that the Supreme Court began to officially issue the Statistical Data on Bar Examinations Results, and which have been 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 20-years 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 that the average passing percentage of the Ateneo Law School is 87.78%, compared to San Beda’s 82.04% and UP College of Law’s 77.48% (and with the national passing percentage of 24.76% over the same period).
“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.
“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, we wish every one of you to 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.
“Other Highlights for ALS Class 2006:
- Members of the ALS Law Faculty: Atty. Ricardo “Jun” M. Pilares III, and Atty. Theoben Jerdan C. Orosa, who is on leave leave finishing his doctorate degree in Japan.
- Atty. Adam Relson L. Jala – Bohol’s Representative in the 14th Congress.”
Highlights of the Sharing/Testimonials that Evening:
Atty. Vanessa Ma. “Isoy” V. del Rosario, who was the President of the ALS Student Council during her senior years, first spoke for the batch. She shared that currently she is with Globe Telecoms handling legal matter for the company. She said that she has many fond memories of the Law School, and remembered her days starting first going to the St. Thomas More Chapel, and praying about the prospects of being called for recitation: “Dear Lord, any day but not today, and I promise to read all the lessons . . .” She remembered the classes with Justice Jose Sabio, and the massacre questions he would ask, and learned so much in Constitutional Law from the great professor. She shared that the great thing about the Ateneo Law School was the fostering of friendships among batch mates, sharing of things, digests, etc. Her fondest moments was the holding of the “Mr. Law School” contest which first started in 2002 and has become a yearly tradition in the Law School. She recalled the support given to the batch and the year book by Mayor Rico Echeverri.
Atty. Zebedee U. Chua shared that his worse memory in Law School was receiving the first academic failure in his life in the Constitutional Class of Fr. Bernas; but that the experience allowed him to experience humility and develop strength of character, of learning how to survive. The best time he could recall of the Law School were night outs spent with friends. He shared that it took four years in practice for him to realize that he was not cut-out for law practice and had branched out into business like BPO legal outsourcing.
Atty. Jay-Pee Orlando C. Pedro shared that he is with the listed company of IPVG that is engaged in internet business, including on-line gambling. His fondest memory in the Law School was realizing that “We were a pretty good batch academically, but we were also deeply involved in student activities.” He remembers the batch re-launching the Campus Ministry, and remembers great times being spent in CMO activities. He recalls the batch re-launching The Palladium; and the batch starting the salsa group—Sayaw Ateneo School. He shared that he worked with the Supreme Court, considered it a fun time for a while and learned how to deal with various lawyers, and had a change to see how Ateneans are truly set apart—well rounded and very knowledgeable.
Atty. Mark M. Tiaqui shared that he first joined the Picazzo law office four year ago, and has transferred to the Romulo Mabanta firm. He felt that the four years in the Ateneo Law School were the faster four years in his life. He considered it a privilege to have been part of the Law School, and he could see things happen with the members of the Law Faculty, with everyone in the batch very engaged into matters happening in the Law School. He remembered when Zebedee attended classes in barong tagalog not realizing that one needed to have an undershirt on.
Atty. Joseph Anthony P. Lopez confessed that very few would recognize him “40 pounds lighter before”, and shared that he was with the CVC Law Firm (at least for the next two weeks). His most memorable time in the Law School was in the class of Asso. Dean Sedfre M. Candelaria, where it was usual to prepare for 30 cases for recitation. In a particular class, he had read all 41 cases assigned, except the last one and it turned out he was called on that lonesome case he had not read—but fortunately the bell had rang.
He said that the Ateneo Law School helps develop in his case a deep sense of confidence—he was with the Jessup team—and experienced good support from the Law Faculty. He remembers studying in the Law School until 1:00 o’clock in the morning, and even when the Library was closed, the Law School would open some rooms where they could continue studying. He shared that many graduates of the Law School perform very well with the companies they join.
Atty. Cyril Patrick P. Acasio shared that he was with the Monteverde Resort company, joining the company after a stint in a litigation firm. His most unforgetable experience was being in the class of Fr. Luis David (school year 2003-2004), who does not tolerate people going to the comfort room during class hours—“You had to do your thing before the start of class.” One time, in the middle of class, the door just opened and closed(apparently a student literally crawled out of the room) and Fr. David said “Who the hell went out of the room? Whoever went out, somebody call . . . .” The whole incident reminded him how the rigour and struggles in the Law School demanded people to do desperate things—and then still have time to laugh at things. The best thing he said he learned in the Law School was, that being before a cynical person with a bad impression of lawyers, but that going through four years of studies of the Law, he had done so for himself to become better person—“I am proud to be an Atenean lawyer—in spite of the fact that my family is as green as the pickle!”
Atty. Brynda T. Tan shared that she is a tax specialist with SGV. She remembered in Law School that Tax was one of the subjects that students wanted to forget as soons as after the final examinations—but that was actually her forte. She said that she was proud and consider herself privileged to have been a student of Fr. Bernas, Asso. Dean Sedfrey Candelaria and Dean CLV. She said that students in the Ateneo Law School not only received instructions on how to become lawyers, but received spiritual instructions and one of the highpoints of such experience was being an intern in the Ateneo Human Rights Center. Her time with AHRC taught her how to deal with people and social issues.
Atty. Tony Roberto G. Moreno shared that he was currently a solo practitioner. His memorable time in the Law School was when he met his future wife. He recalled his life in Law School meant studying every day for recitation. He joined the campus ministry at first year and had fond memories working with Fr. Lito Mangulabnan. His most memorable time was in the class of Atty. Gaudencio Mendoza who did not like to shuffle the class cards, and Isoy as class beadle took notes of the sequencing of the members of the class who were on deck for recitation and right them on the right side of the blackboard. There was a time when a massacre question just decimated the listing of those on deck for recitation and Atty. Mendoza saw everybody looking at the right side of the blackboard and realized the gig—he then proceeded to shuffle the class cards.
He said that he was proud to say that “We are privileged to have studied in the Ateneo Law School; regardless of ranking in the batch, you would be having this Ateneo badge which gave people a high regard for you and always gave you preference with respect to graduates of other law schools.”
Atty. Jasmin D. Quimsing shared that she was with the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), and was proud to be an Atenean since Ateneans in the OSG have raised in the bar of excellence in public service. She spent two years before that with the Senate, and spent two years taking care of his son. She said that the Ateneo Law School not only gave its student legal knowledge but the experience created life-long friendships among batch mates. Her most memorable time was her thesis defense on a constitutional topic and Fr. Bernas only asked a few question indicating that the thesis was well done and eventually got a good grade on it. She expressed her happiness at seeing so many people that night.
Atty. Marco Zantonio Luisitio V. Sardillo III shared that three sisters have also gone through the Law School, and that in the beginning he had considered going to the UP College of Law, but because of Fr. Bernas he had eventually enrolled in the Ateneo Law School. After graduation and passing the bar, he spent six months in the Platon law office, and then spent a year doing pro-bono work before going to Singapore (Lee Kwan Yu School) to complete a master’s degree in public administration. He has been active in the thesis panel of the Law School and eventually joined the PCGG on the invitation of Dean Andy Bautista.
He shared that at a certain point in Law School he there was a calling for him that he thought he did not need to proceed with his legal studies and on his birthday he left Law School to see his “calling”. Funny thing was that he was still being sought out for legal advice that prompted him to return to the Law School. He related experience in Tax class when he was absent, and the mid-term exams in Sales with Dean Villanueva for which he was utterly not prepared—good thing that the coming of the storm prompted the cancellation of classes. He affirmed the story in Fr. David’s class where the person who had crawled out was addressed at one time by Fr. Louie “What is that? Why are you fidgetting in your seat? Unless you have a bladder condition—and you need a medical certificate for that—you have to wait till the end of the class!” He said that he has spend time affirming what he learned in Law School—“I hope to live up to our promise.”
ALS Class of 2006:
|BLESSILDA B. ABAD||TECSON JOHN S. LIM|
|FRANK JOHN S. ABDON||NESTLE C. LIZARDO|
|BERNADINE M. ABELLA||JOSEPH ANTHONY P. LOPEZ|
|CYRIL PATRICK P. ACASIO||JONAH GRACE L. LUI|
|JOEL DAVID G. AGUIRRE||KATHLYN G. MADRID|
|HERXILIA G. ALVAREZ||CLARISSE AEAEA B. MALLARI|
|EMILIO D. AMARANTO||MARY DIANA C. MAMARIL|
|JOSEPH S. ANGELES||LAILANI M. MANALASTAS|
|HEATHER EZRA C. ANNANG||KRISTIAN REN DOROTHY B. MANZANO|
|HANNAH S. ANONUEVO||MALOU P. MARARANG|
|MARY JEAN C. BALBOA||ALPHA LAWDRIANN D. MARASIGAN|
|JEROME ARISTOTLE G. BALDONADO||FERNANDO S. MARONILLA|
|FRITZ-ERICH J. BALDORIA||LESLIE CHARLOTTE R. MARTIN|
|GRACIELLA MARIE D. BALDOS||ARNOLD R. MARTINEZ|
|MARILYN S. BAMBALAN||MENCHIE M. MATIGA|
|CHRISTINE F. BIO||JOSEPHINE MARIE B. MENDOZA|
|ANNA MARIE JOSETTE A. BOLIVAR-AMONCIO||JULI P. MERCURIO|
|JOSEPH ANTHONY F. BOMA||DAVID CRAIG R. MEREGILLANO|
|NICHOLAS F. BONDOC||RASOL Y. JR. MITMUG|
|CHRISTINE MARIE V. BUENCAMINO||MARIA SHEILA U. MONEDERO|
|CELIA CRISTINA ROSARIO L. CABRERA||RONALD P. MONERA|
|SHERRY ANNE C. CALULO||NADINE ROSARIO M. MORALES|
|AMEERA MARTHA K. CAPAY||TONY ROBERTS G. MORENO|
|PAOLA MIKAELLA P. CARDENAS||RHYS ALEXEI Y. MURILLO|
|MARIA CELESTE Q. CARLOS||JOHN PAUL P. NABUA|
|MARIA CHARIZZA B. CARLOS||GIAN ENRICO C. NAVARRO|
|GERRICO A. CHICO||RONALD D. NAVARRO|
|CHARISSE JEN S. CHOA||FREEDOM IANFE M. NAVIDAD|
|ANGELINE L. CHONG||BRYAN MATTHEW C. NEPOMUCENO|
|ZEBEDEE U. CHUA||ANNA MARIA KARLA B. NG|
|PERCIVAL I. CLAUDIO||RESTER JOHN L. NONATO|
|PHILSON S. CO||CARISSA AGNES L. OLMEDO|
|MA. ESPERANZA CHRISTINA G. CODILLA||DEAN CHRISTIAN L. ORINAS|
|BENZON JUDD C. CONG||THEOBEN JERDAN C. OROSA|
|KATHRINA B. CRUZ||ANA ROSARIO N. PADUA|
|PELAGIO LAWRENCE N. CUISON||DEBORAH F. PARAISO|
|KATRINA G. DE CASTRO||JAY-PEE ORLANDO C. PEDRO|
|SHERWIN C. DE JOYA||RAYA ZELENE M. PENEYRA|
|AMYLEX MARIE R. DE PANO||RICARDO M. III PILARES|
|MA. GEMMA D. DEE||NANCY R. PRODON|
|VANESSA MA. V. DEL ROSARIO||KATRINA ANTONIA P. PUZON|
|VICENTE EUGENIO B. DEL ROSARIO||LEAH GLENDA J. QUESADA|
|DIVINA GRACIA P. DELA CERNA||JASMIN D. QUIMSING|
|CHRISTIENE SALVE A. DEMAISIP||ROSALIE R. RAMIREZ|
|KATRINA PIA C. DIAZ||CHRISTINE ANTONIETTE O. RAMOS|
|MAE SIMONETTE M. DIZON||RICHIE AVIGALE A. RAMOS|
|LEMUEL D. DOLOT||ROSALYN C. RAYCO|
|MARIA LUWALHATI C. DOROTAN||PAOLO GABRIEL C. RECIO|
|KHRISTINE C. DY||AMANDA REGINA G. REYES|
|WARREN Y. DY CHUA||JOAN PAULINE C. REYES|
|MICHELLE ANN G. ERUM||CULBERT G. REYNES|
|MA. CRISTINA A. ESPINOSA||RODOLFO V. III REYNO|
|RUDILICIA P. ESPIRITU||MICHAEL F. RICAZA|
|LAURICE P. ESTEBAN||MARIA LOURDES E. RIVERA|
|MARK ROLAND S. ESTEPA||LEAH ANGELA V. ROBIS|
|MILDRED A. FABIAN||IVY ANGELLI M. ROSALES|
|WENCESLAO CHRISTIAN B. FERNANDEZ||ROSCOE J. ROSELL|
|JEAN ARLENE G. FERRY||RYAN JAY I. ROSET|
|KRISTINE C. FRANCISCO||JEFRIE R. SAHAGUN|
|LUDIVINA G. FRANCISCO||MARIE GRACE A. SANTOS|
|MARK HADRIAN P. GAMO||MARCO ANTONIO LUISITO V. SARDILLO III|
|CARLOS DANTE U. GARGARITA||RUBY JANE L.J. SIA|
|JOSE EDUARDO T. GENILO||ROWENA L. SORIANO|
|GONZALO V. III GO||ABIGAIL D. SUAREZ|
|SHEILA MARIE C. GRANADOS||KRISTINE KAYE T. SY|
|MA. GINA B. GUINTO||MARK EUSEBIO P. TAGUINOD|
|RISA BEATRICE R. HALAGUENA||BRYNDA T. TAN|
|CYRIL EUGENE B. HERMOSO||JOAN MELCAR T. TAN|
|ANGEL C. HERNANDEZ||JOSE MARIO ELINO T. TAN|
|MAY CLAIRE M. HERNANDEZ||MARIA KATRINA S. TAN|
|CHRISTINE S. HERRERA||LYDIA A. TAN-PAREDES|
|MARIA CHRISTINA L. HIPOLITO||MARK M. TIAOQUI|
|VERONICA P. INOTURAN||MARY GRACE N. TIPONES|
|CHRIS LAWRENCE S. ISIDRO||REGINALD A. TONGOL|
|VANESSA L. IWAY||RODA ROMINA TORRES|
|ADAM RELSON L. JALA||GIAN CARLO B. TRINIDAD|
|ERIKA ANA ANDREA C. JIMENEZ||SANDRA SHEILA R. TUBORO|
|CHRISTINE ROSE L. JOLO||SHERWIN N. TUGNA|
|SHYANNE T. JUAN||RUTH NICHOLE R. URETA|
|LINO-CHRIS P. KAPUNAN||PAUL JOHN M. UY|
|KIMBERLY C. KOKSENG||PORTIA SHIRLEY V. VALENCIA|
|RYBIGAIL L. LAO||ANNE YSIDRA C. VALERA|
|JOVITA D S. LARRAZABAL||MA. CRISTINA E. VILLAROYA|
|FRANCO PAOLO G. LASAM||JOSE MANUEL TEOFILO JUAN PAOLO T. VILLONCO|
|MONICA JOY C. LEY||MYRA ANN L. WEE-TOE HIO|
|ANNE GRACE M. LIM||REENA YUMINA M. YASON|
|ANTONIO PAOLO S. LIM||SHEREEN GAIL C. YU|
|JOHANNAH JEHAN Y. LIM||REGAN G. YULIONG|