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Congratulations to the graduates of class 2010. Finally, we have seen the end of our law school life. I am certain that none of it was easy but I do believe that every sacrifice proved to be well worth the time and effort. It is not the end but a beginning of greater challenges for the upcoming bar examinations. I know that we can hurdle that obstacle because we have received the best education any law school can provide. The torch is being passed on to us, let us make our school proud. Let us prove that we are worthy of our diploma.
To my fellow Bedans, I would like to impart a few things that I have learned during my four years in San Beda College of Law, Alabang: Never give up. A failed recitation or a failed examination is not the end all and be all of everything. When things do not seem to go your way, do not wallow in self-pity, get up and fight. All of the hard work would pay off in the end. It is also important to bear in mind that law school is all about teamwork. Do not think that you can survive alone. Somewhere along the way, you would need the help of your classmates. We are a family here, your success is the school’s success. Always stay focused, work towards that goal. If you love what you do, it will love you back and your efforts would bear fruit. Always come to class prepared and as much as possible, do not be absent, you can learn a lot by just listening to your professors. Do not argue with your professors, they have experienced a lot and they only want what’s best for us. Do not short change yourselves by being absent, in the real world, we cannot escape the trials and obstacles of life, face everything with courage. Learn to relax and give yourself a treat for a job well done. Respect everyone around you. Make friends, they would be your stress relievers in law school. Pray!Pray!Pray! Never forget to call on the Father Almighty for help and to thank Him for all the blessings. When things seem unbearable, trust that God is at work in your life, you would be surprised on how things turn out in the end. Most of all, enjoy the journey of your law school life and appreciate both the good and the bad in every situation. The bad things that we experience would help us to become better individuals. Be proud to be a Bedan and live by the saying of Ora et Labora. Law school is full of trials, heartaches and sacrifices but these should not stop us from achieving what we want. Go for your dreams and trust that faith will lead you to where you want to be.
and as project employees our employment lasts only through out the length of the movie making activity. that is until our graduation. the camera will only roll for a few seconds. Atty. a flash of the camera then it’s over. First to our Director. maybe some of us until dawn. . But we have to make the first movie sequel successful to have another blockbuster movie entitled “the Bar. Marciano Delson. Roque OSB. please allow we to thank the people behind this movie we call “Law School Life”. After long hours of preparation. guests. Kodak moment in law school is that point in time where you will just stand. my assistant director. smile or give a not so good answer to the professor and sit. our Prefect of Student Affairs. just like when your favorite actors and actresses shoot theirs movies just to give you you’re much awaited movie like 2012. our stay here in law school is considered as one movie project. our Vice Dean. My answer is simple. But we. God Almighty. You will ask me then. BEDANS never lose hope that next time we are not passers-by anymore but we will be the lead actors and actresses. will be another movie. Congressman Ulpiano Sarmiento III. Taking the bar. practice and memory work the scene comparable to recitation here in law school will only take a minute or two but sometimes more depending on the professor akin to shooting a movie which after long hours of rehearsal. Atty. As if you were there for the picture. we know that we are only project employees. Having said that. my father who joined my director almost 17 years by next month. parents and my co-students. every semester is a sequel until we reach our last semester in the fourth year.Acceptance Speech By: Gerald C. DOM Clement Ma. Bruce Rivera. New Moon or the movie of your favorite president – Ang Tanging Pamilya. why compare studying law to a movie. to our beloved Dean. When bad time comes you will only have a KODAK MOMENT similar to an extra or passers-by in a movie. Sergio 17 December 2009 To our Rector-President.” We study for long period of hours. Allow me to start by equating law school to a movie. the Professors of San Beda College Alabang School of Law. therefore for those who already took labor laws. good afternoon.
And good day. Words have become inadequate to fully describe the depths of despair I have experienced in the past. But the irony of it all is that as I am writing this. The movie is not complete without you guys. . And lastly to the cast and crew. my dear classmate and friends. my ever loving and supportive mother.We likewise knew that a movie will not work unless there be persons who will fund the same and that’s what our producers does. Thank you. I pictured myself writing a very witty and funny piece about finally (finally!) graduating from San Beda College Alabang School of Law. to photocopy those voluminous materials which serves as our script in this movie that we are making. with joy in our hearts. To my leading ladies. Thank you. Thank you all. my mom Fe and my girlfriend Anna who had me at my best and loved me at my worst. in the same manner that words cannot capture the pure ecstasy of the present. For that reason I want to thank my producer. Pam David As the former Editor-in-Chief and one of the co-founders of The Red Chronicles. To the cinematographers and editors headed by our Dean Sarmiento and the rest of the Professors of the School of Law. Who were at my side in good times and bad times. and utmost trust and confidence with God Almighty I am pleased to receive this award. That in all things God may be glorified. In behalf of all the awardees. To the cinematographers and editors who make sure that our movie is a blockbuster hit by taking in the movie those good scenes as opposed to those which are not so good. they give us funds to buy those expensive books. I had planned to share funny anecdotes and sob-inducing tales collected from my own colorful experiences and those collected from people who were shameless in sharing the same. I would like to think that I was given this opportunity to write a message because I was one of those who truly persevered in finishing the degree. Thus. I discovered that I have no words at all.
To The Red Chronicles staff. To Kuya Jun and Francis. To the sisters and friends I have collected along the way. May you continue to be with us as we move on to face another challenge: the Bar Examinations. I hope I can live a few more lifetimes just so I can show you how grateful I am. I believe the whole graduating class of San Beda College Alabang School of Law 2010 is with me in saying that ‘Thank you!’ seems too short a sentence to convey the multitude of emotions which we are currently going through. but please indulge us in saying a heartfelt thank you to all of you who stood by us every step of the way. Ma and Pa. To my theBarrister cookies and mentors. To the SBCA-SOL 2010. To SBCA-SOL 2009. I have always considered myself rich because I have all of you. Your quiet presence in my life is constantly reassuring. To my sister. and God Bless! Delson Message . I am graduating today with a happy and hopeful heart because I know I have your support with me when I undertake greater challenges ahead. Thank you for allowing me to share a part of myself with you. I have found true friends in all of you when you have shown compassion during the most challenging time of my life. You have taught me the greatest lesson of all: I can achieve anything if I just lay down my trust and faith in the Lord. you are the shining examples of dedication. Here is the hope that the future will only shine brighter from this moment on. I hope your love for writing will be the bond that will make this paper flourish for many years. Congratulations to us.As being witty and funny has escaped me. I realize that I am left with no choice than to be straightforward: To my family. thank you. thank you for your strength and faith in me. I am truly grateful to all of you. who unfailingly supported me when I thought that all hope was lost. Finally. the fun and crazy laughter we share are priceless. to all my professors and the administrators. thank you for nurturing my love for the written word. thank you for being my best friend.
To Class 2010 that I love so dear. I am overcome with pride and hope. almost mischievous. Atty. wherever. Congratulations for having earned the ultimate brand in Law education. From the seed to the tree. wherever. Jimeno Message MESSAGE TO THE 2010 GRADUATES As you – the 2010 Graduates of the San Beda School of Law in Alabang – march on to face the real world. It was written that a mango tree bears mango fruits. whenever. whenever. May you always remember the Benedictine values you have learned in our revered institution and make “ora et labora” a way of life. comes the guarantee that you shall breeze through those four crucial Sundays of September. onwards to a practice of law that will make your alma mater proud. a mango it shall forever be. Pride because I saw you grow from being the young. students who initially thought law school would be a walk in the park. With the Bedan seal of excellence the Faculty of Law has given you. . always a Bedan. I then reiterate to you…once a Bedan. to being adults ready to join the challenging and daunting world of lawyers.
the chinks in our armour. - Rita Linda V. The first thing that any efficient warrior should do before engaging in a battle is to assess his strengths and weaknesses. We have finally received our diplomas. Much as we. I am filled with hope that the values you learned from your teachers and school will always see you through. Jimeno The Next Logical Step Sarah Abraham A new chapter begins for the graduating class of 2010. this is exactly the game plan which would bring us victory. would . it is necessary that we see to it that our arsenals are enough to slay the deadly dragon. And to remedy this. we deem it best to enrol in review schools. each of us have an idea on which subjects we must focus on. the graduating class. For the graduating class. Choosing the appropriate law school entails the weighing of several factors. May you not forget that you were called to make a difference and to help deliver justice to those who have less in life. After two semesters in the 4th year of law school. And based on his assessment he must take the necessary steps to overcome his limitations and reinforce his strong points. Congratulations and may the Almighty God be always with you.Yet. But before we go on slaying the dragon that is standing between us and the title “attorney”. Among these factors to consider and the most important is the capacity of the school to cater to the varying needs of the students. The realities outside the portals of the school which was your home for some four to five years are harsh and full of vicious temptations.
To the professors. Diliman all for the sake of fulfilling a life-long dream. not everyone in the graduating class has decided on which review school to enrol to. We will always be grateful for the things we learn from you and the things we learn on our own because of you. School of Law Government March 22.P. This is the time that we must put a high premium on getting our needs in order to achieve our goal. While a few are willing to go all the way to U. Noelle Gavino President. we will always look up to you. Deciding on which review school to attend could make or break us. Hopefully. Remember that you . A good number of them have chosen to enroll in San Sebastian. with this first step we would be able to figure out how to get to our ultimate goal of becoming Bedan lawyers. To the graduates. 2010: A memorable date which formed part of San Beda College Alabang School of Law history. they still have time to think this through. They faced it armed with nothing but prayers and open minds. congratulations! This marks the beginning of the rest of your lives. The seniors faced the day full of hope rather than fear. Convert from being true blooded Bedans to being TRUE RED-BLOODED BEDAN LAWYERS. we cannot. It was the day when the institution’s most honorable professors gathered to hold the deliberations and determined who among the candidates for graduation made it to the final list. Where you are is where we aspire to be. Fulfill your destiny. it was the day when the seniors made the entire Bedan Community proud. But this is just the first step in our new journey. Some have decided to enrol in San Beda. May you continue to equip us with the necessary skill and knowledge in order to be part of the legal profession.like to stay together even during our review. The whole School of Law Family is with you from this moment on and even after you pass the Bar. Drive towards achieving the dream. Indeed. though a good majority of the class remain to be undecided. The training wheels are off and you are now in charge. Mendiola while others have chosen to go beyond the walls of San Beda. after all. Surely. these things cannot be rushed. There are still a lot of things that we must take on as we get ready for one of the biggest challenges of our life. Currently.
let the seniors be our inspiration. as well. In God’s time. John R. to all Bedans. Do not forget the people who contributed to where you are today. We may hate and we may regret the things that we cannot control. To the rest of the seniors. it is all up to you. Let us not mourn but celebrate for this is not failure. peace and honest government through an informed and credible elections. Continue to have open minds and acknowledge that where you are today is still better than where everybody else is. A CHALLENGE TO THE GRADUATES OF BATCH 2010 by Prof. May your hearts be filled with pride but never forget to enshroud it with humility for genuine success needs no declaration as it is recognized even in silence. We may not reach the destination all at the same time but believe that we will all get there. . congratulations. own up to it. Jacome I wonder how it feels to review for the upcoming bar examinations while the entire country is busy preparing and holding the most anticipated presidential elections in May 2010. But let us again appreciate that at least we can always control how we react and how we bounce back. This is an opportunity to begin again. Congratulations to everyone! Keep the faith and let us roar together towards becoming Bedan Lawyers. I am supposed to be out there fighting for justice. Do not let the silent roar inside each one of you to die down. Finally. Instead—and I’m 100% sure of this—my suceeding days will be spent in racking whatever is left in my hollow skull to prepare for the arduous bar exams whose passing percentage rate continue to dwindle yearly. Being a Filipino citizen of legal age. You are true blooded Bedans. We admire you for surviving the fight. we will all be fulfilling our common destiny. Be thankful.are among the chosen few to represent all of us in the 2010 Bar Examinations.
there is always hope. the Panel of Arbitrators was able to dispose and decide four (4) civil cases (in the Philippines. Is it also true with our current political and justice systems? Are we beyond reform? I don’t think so. we finish four cases in four months!). and civil claims where damages do not exceed $8. An elected Magisterial District Judge presides over each of the individual district courts. municipal code violations.” or “step. USA for almost two months. for long years. The result? After four hours. Arbitarion Center in Philadelphia. . must first proceed to a compulsory arbitration hearing before a panel of three attorneys who have been court certified to serve as arbitrators. Well. Last summer. traffic offenses. I observed actual arbitration proceedings inside the Court of Common Pleas. Knapp of District Court 15-1-04.000 cases a year concluded at the arbitration level. the Compulsory Arbitration Program in Philadelphia County is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the United States? Can we not do the same in the Philippines? Have you ever heard of a judge elected by the constituents of his or her locality? I was fortunate to have met one in the person of Magisterial District Judge Gwenn S. landlord/tenant suits. talents.So it is a case where you want to contribute but you simply cannot. I was part of the Group Study Exchange program for Filipino professionals who went to Pennsylvania. I had the opportunity to visit and observe several US courts and legal systems. The District Courts serve as the initial tier of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System and maintain jurisdiction over criminal preliminary arraignments and preliminary hearings. Let us remember that the word “graduation” came from the Greek word “grados. pretty similar to our own summary proceedings and it’s quiet effective. The jurisdictional requirement is simple: All civil actions filed in the Court of Common Pleas with an amount in controversy of $50.000 or less. and creativity ready to be applied in the ultimate and practical fields of human learning—then. excluding equitable actions and claims to real estate. As a law student. summary criminal offenses.” it’s not an end but a step towards achieving greatness. skills.000. With more than 20. Pennsylvania (East side). Let us begin with our legal and judicial systems. have honed their knowledge. In that exchange program. West Chester. excellence and limitless potentials. I believe that as long as there are new graduates—students who.
Whatever was not covered by my perseverance and diligence. I knew that I didn’t have the luxury of time. Roque. I am referring to Courtroom technologies when I visited some of them in Pennsylvania. fiscal management. to Atty. OSB. Mr. Some parting words. Vice Dean Jose Vasquez. I would like to extend my most profound appreciation to Dom Clement Ma. expediting the litigation process. Fr. OSB. I did it the Bedan way: ORA ET LABORA. Special mention to Ms. installation of the electronic capabilities during the courtroom retrofit resulted in substantial cost savings. and my beloved CAS students. Dean Thelma Geraldine Baricaua. Jr. Joey Balasico of the Office of Student Affairs for their untiring assistance. Magdalena Regullano for their renewed support. the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has long pioneered the emergence of electronic capabilities in case processing. Mot Quioyo and Mr. Assisted Listening System. Jojo Padolina and Mrs. judicial administration and in courtroom proceedings. Only one thing I am sure of: I did not make excuses. very hard while the rest of the world was sleeping. Courtroom technologies expedite the litigation process. I compensated with sincere PRAYER and full trust in Our Lord. Bruce Rivera and to . I owe a special debt of gratitude to Dean Ulpiano Sarmiento III and Vice Dean Rocky Delson for their fatherly encouragement and support. How did I withstand these laborious. at the same time. Video Conferencing System. so I did WORK/STUDY very. I also express my deep acknowledgement to the Benedictine monks. Cabling Infrastructure for Real-Time Reporting. Due to the fast emergence of modern technology. I think we should take advantage of these developments. the responsibilities of being both a teacher/administrator and law student of San Beda College Alabang. Now that I’m about to savor the fruit of my labor. Austin Cadiz. Integrated Interpreting System. For instance. Am I describing a state-of-the-art auditorim? No. Arlyn Gatmaitan. the CAS administrators and faculty members. In short. I would like to share and offer this accolade to some persons who had been instrumental to the success of my legal training and formation. In addition.. Mrs. I’m not. perplexing and tasks is still a mystery to me. Document Camera. providing increased security and reducing costs associated with court appearances or presentations. With gratitude and humility I assumed.A room which has visual and audio presentation systems which include Digital Reporting.
Nonetheless. Second year was manageable. Fourth year should not have been difficult because it is just a review of what we have learned from first year to third year. We all wish BATCH 2010 a bright future! Amelia Calangi Salutatorian Ain’t Easy but We’ve Made It and We’ll Make It By: Amelia A. Third year was also difficult because of Civil Procedure and Wills and Succession.the Faculty members of the SBCA School of Law for their dedication in ensuring that we receive excellent Bedan pedagogy and training. That is what our competent and dedicated professors told us. we burned our eyebrows while burning . First year was the most difficult because of the adjusting process. Calangi The years that had passed seem just like yesterday. coupled with the fact that we had Criminal Law. We had somehow coped. Lastly. We made lots of friends. AT LEAST 6 to 8 hours a day. I thank God for giving me very supportive and extremely lovable classmates: our Batch 2010. so that we can make it to the fourth year. We studied really hard.
Whether it is easy or not. However. life in law school has become somewhat bearable through the help of a Supreme Being. I knew that life in law school is not easy because I have to study hard. who guide us and with whom we learned a lot. We will make it with the help of God and of each other. of course. But. basta masipag mag-aral. However. this is not it… This is just the beginning of a much bigger challenge.the midnight candle. I told them it is easy so that they will not be discouraged. Thank you all! * * * I often encounter questions like this: “Mahirap ba mag-law?” I answered them: “Madali lang. our professors. And as Bedan graduates equipped with Bedan education. . it is harder than I imagined. it is for them to find out. we devoted most of our time studying. and our friends and classmates. To my surprise.” Well. And these efforts have not gone to waste. In law school. This is not the life that we were used to. there is a caveat – one must study diligently. who laugh with us and made our stay enjoyable. No words can describe the efforts that each of us had exerted. who support us. We have made it to graduation day. * * * Before I entered law school. we are ready to face the challenge. I believe my classmates shared the same sentiment. who enlightens us. our parents and family members.
we put an end to yet another chapter in your lives. inspiration. impressed with the Bedan values that would make you stand above others. So let us celebrate this day. but will also be the solid foundation upon which your legal career would stand on. especially to the incoming fourth year. I only wish that you not look onto this occasion as an end. Instead. But studying law is not easy. Whether your memories of this chapter be upbeat or otherwise. Just keep in mind that they years you have spent here will not only serve as a preparation for the Bar. concentration. We will make you proud so make us also proud when your time comes. not as end. but as a beginning. . I would like to leave this short message to my schoolmates. ambition and a lot of -ions. It takes a lot of motivation. * * * Finally.Taking up law is easy as long as you have the time and the money.I hope the Graduates of 2010 will inspire you to do your best in the same way that we are inspired by the last year’s graduates. Dean Jara Message Today. I guarantee that you will walk out of the halls of this institution ready to face the next task ahead of you – the Bar exams. appreciate its significance as a new beginning as you take on the challenge to be the new breed of legal advocates.
Congratulations! Dean Vigilio Jara San Beda College of Law Mendiola. As a product of the Benedictine tradition of work and prayer. Your graduation signals the epiphany of your destined brilliance. the School of Law is beaming with pride and showcases to the whole world the twenty-four graduates comprising the Batch of 2010. Manila 03/24/2010 Dean Ulpiano Sarmiento III Message MESSAGE In its second year. this institution has trained you well. The world awaits and your ultimate duty is simply put…. MAKE US PROUD!!!! . Years of academic gulag have transformed all of you from unsophisticated carbons to a well-cut diamond.