2019 FLP Awards Ceremony

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Awarding Ceremony

Bar Exam Topnotchers
New Lawyers and Scholars Who Graduated with Honors
FLP Legal Scholarship Program AY 2018-2019
FLP Dissertation Writing Contest 2018-2019

Auditorium, Ateneo Professional Schools
Rockwell Center, Makati City
May 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

Two FLP Scholars top the 2018 Bar Exams!

Two FLP Scholars in the Academic Year 2017-2018 are among the successful examinees who are in the top ten places in the November 2018 bar exams. Sean James B. Borja is in first place with a score of 89.306%, and Katrina Monica C. Gaw is in fifth place with a score of 85.421%. Both are graduates of Ateneo de Manila University School of Law.

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All ten of the fourth year FLP Scholars who graduated and took the bar exams in 2018 passed. The eight (8) other FLP Scholars are:

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The FLP Legal Scholarship Program is funded by the Tan Yan Kee Foundation and undertaken in cooperation with the Philippine Association of Law Schools. It aims to look for the best and the brightest law students in the country.

Parents and Children: When Law and Technology Unbundle Traditional Identities

~ examining the intense aspiration of parents and children to attain both liberty and prosperity and how this affects traditional identities and rights within the family ~

Professor Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan, Holder of the Chief Justice Panganiban Professorial Chair on Liberty and Prosperity delivered her paper – Parents and Children: When Law and Technology Unbundle Traditional Identities – on March 28, 2019 at the 1st Floor Lecture Room, Bocobo Hall, UP Law Center, University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City.

Professor Pangalangan’s paper explores how civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights impact on women and children in two particular legal situations: adoption and surrogacy. The paper discusses domestic and international laws on adoption and problems that still persist surrounding the adequacy of legal safeguards for the rights of the birth mother, the adopting parents and the child, especially in the context of intercountry adoption. In the subject of surrogacy, there is no Philippine law and international convention regulating it, but neither is there any explicit prohibition against it.

The paper argues that domestic laws did not contemplate the advent of technology that will make assisted reproductive technology possible nor the ease by which people can travel that makes cross border adoption and surrogacy accessible. It seeks to answer the following questions, among others: (1) do Philippine laws defining who are the mother and father of a child applicable in cases of adoption and surrogacy; (2) will a law that allows commercial surrogacy or encourage intercountry adoption not violate the political right to physical integrity of the birth or surrogate mother resulting in the commodification of her womb and her baby, or infringe on the right of every child to a name and nationality; (3) will a law that throws a blanket prohibition on intercountry adoption and international surrogacy agreements not disturb economic and social rights, such as the right to family life of the intending parents, the right to an adequate standard of living and the right to work of the surrogate, and freedom from discrimination of all parties especially the adopted child or the child born of a surrogate; and (4) what changes in the Philippine legal order are necessary to implement the best interest of the child standard, which has animated both legislation and jurisprudence?

The public lecture is the 19th of a series of lectures and debates under the Chief Justice Panganiban Professorial Chairs on Liberty and Prosperity Program. FLP is undertaking this program in partnership with the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. and in cooperation with the Philippine Association of Law Schools. The program aims to encourage educational institutions and law schools to research and propagate at the academe the philosophy of safeguarding the liberty and nurturing the prosperity of our people under the rule of law.

Distinguished guests include retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban, Court of Appeals Justice Louis P. Acosta, Sandiganbayan Justice Efren N. De La Cruz, Metrobank Corporate Secretary Antonio V. Viray, Dean Fides C. Cordero-Tan of the UP College of Law, Dean Anna D. Abad of Adamson University, Metrobank Foundation Executive Director Nicanor Torres, and Atty. Jannica Robles-Santos of the Office of the Presiding Justice of the Court of Tax Appeals. Apart from the faculty, students from the UP College of Law and other colleges of UP Diliman, Far Eastern University Institute of Law, Ateneo Law School, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and Manila Tytana Colleges (former Manila Doctors College) attended the lecture.

Professor Pangalangan’s full lecture can be accessed at www.libpros.com, the official website of the FLP.

Professor Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan and retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban

Opening remarks by Dean Fides Cordero-Tan of UP College of Law 

Professor Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan delivering her lecture

Retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban delivering his closing remarks


28 March 2019
Professor Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan
University of the Philippines-Diliman College of Law
“Parents and Children: When Law and Technology Unbundle Traditional Identities”
(downloadable PDF | presentation)


FLP Awarded
Metrobank Foundation’s

Metrobank Foundation conferred on the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity the Partner in Empowerment, Advocacy, and Commitment to Excellence (PEACE) Award during its 40th Anniversary Celebration on February 21, 2019. The PEACE Award is a recognition given to a select group of institutions that mirrors the Metrobank Foundation’s commitment to uplifting the lives of the least in society and recognizing the best in society.

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20 Law Students Receive Scholarship Awards

The Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP) and Tan Yan Kee Foundation (TYKF) are pleased to announce the 20 legal scholarship awardees for the School Year 2018-2019. Each scholar will receive P200,000 divided into P100,000 for tuition, P20,000 for books, and P80,000 for monthly stipends.

Of the 20, 10 are for 3rd year and the other 10 are for 4th year law students as follows: (for third year) Banoar R. Abratique (University of the Cordilleras), Pamela Camille A. Barredo (Far Eastern University-Makati), Angelette C. Bulacan (FEU-Makati), Stephanie Mae B. Domingo (University of the Cordilleras), Maria Carissa C. Guinto (San Beda University-Manila), Patrick Angelo M. Gutierrez (FEU-Makati), Mayumi G. Matsumura (Ateneo de Manila), Juralyn Lilian A. Obra (University of the Cordilleras), Carmella Gaye D. Perez (University of San Carlos), and Edrea Jean V. Ramirez (University of Santo Tomas).

For fourth year: Leo Francis F. Abot (Ateneo de Manila), John Anthony F. Almerino (University of San Carlos), Micah Celine S. Carpio (De La Salle University), Arvin Paolo D. Cortez (Ateneo de Manila), Mikael Gabrielle E. Ilao (University of the Cordilleras), Alimar Mohammad Malabad (San Beda University-Manila), Kenneth Glenn L. Manuel (UST), King Anthony Y. Perez (University of Cebu), Jun Dexter H. Rojas (PUP), and Ma. Vida Malaya M. Villarico (PUP).

The FLP scholars were selected based on their academic merit and their ability to uphold and espouse the FLP’s philosophy of liberty and prosperity under the rule of law. Extra cash prizes are given those who graduate with Latin honors.

Fifteen FLP scholars took the last bar examinations: Karina Mae Badua (UST), Sean James Borja (Ateneo de Manila), Erwin Frederick Dy (UP), Rexlyn Anne Evora (PUP), Kevin Ken Ganchero (FEU), Katrina Monica Gaw (Ateneo de Manila), Jose Noel Hilario (UST), Summerson Macasarte (St. Thomas More), Violeta Najarro (San Beda-Alabang), Ma. Janine Pedernal (UST), Nigel Carmelo Reago (De La Salle U), Tess Marie Tan (U of San Carlos), Jose Angelo Tiglao (De La Salle U), Althea Vergara (U of San Carlos) and Vanessa Gloria Vergara (Ateneo de Manila).

The bar topnotchers among them will get P200,000 for the first place and P100,000 each for the second to the tenth placers.

With a financial grant from the TYKF, the FLP sponsors the program with the assistance of the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS).

Supreme Court Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio headed the Board of Judges which selected the scholars, with the following members: former Education Secretary Edilberto C. de Jesus, TYKF Executive Elizabeth Alba, PALS President and University of San Carlos Law Dean Joan Sarausos-Largo, and Ateneo Law Professor Tanya Karina A. Lat.

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The FLP Legal Scholarship Program is open to all third and fourth year students of law schools that obtained a percentage of passing above the overall average percentage of passing in bar exams based on the statistical data from the Office of the Bar Confidant of the Supreme Court.

To qualify, the grantees must (1) be incumbent 3rd or 4th year students in one of the eligible law schools, (2) be among the top 20 of the batch in their respective schools, (3) have a cumulative average not lower than 85% or 2.25 for the immediately preceding school year, (4) have no dropped subject and no grade lower than 75% or 3.0, and (5) have enrolled and completed the full load for each school year; and submit an essay on the philosophy of liberty and prosperity under the rule of law and how he/she will apply the philosophy in his/her legal career.

The FLP was founded in 2011 to perpetuate the core judicial philosophy of retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban — that jurists and lawyers should safeguard liberty and nurture prosperity under the rule of law. For more information, please visit www.libpros.com.

Its Board of Trustees is composed of retired CJ Panganiban (chairman), Sec. de Jesus, retired Supreme Court Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, Ms. Evelyn T. Dumdum, Asian Development Bank Consultant Joel Emerson J. Gregorio, Prof. Elenita C. Panganiban, Atty. Tanya Karina A. Lat, Rebecca G. Felix, and Ms. Maria Elena P.S. Yaptangco (members).

The Tan Yan Kee Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of the Lucio Tan Group of Companies. It approaches corporate social responsibility from a holistic commitment framework targeting education; culture and sports; health and social welfare including environmental concerns; research; and manpower development.

Its Board of Trustees is composed of Dr. Lucio C. Tan (chairman), Harry C. Tan (vice chairman), Joaquin Bernas, Frank Chan, Shirley Chua, Lawrence Chew, Emil Q. Javier, Artemio V. Panganiban, Marixi R. Prieto, Carmen Tan, Tan Eng Chan, Tan Hui Bin, Mariano Tanenglian, Amando M. Tetangco Jr. and Cesar E. A. Virata (members). For details, please visit www.tanyankee.org.


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Five years after the successful Global Forum on Liberty and Prosperity (18-20 October 2006)—which advanced the philosophy and justification of “Safeguarding the Liberty and Nurturing the Prosperity for the Peoples of the World”—the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP) was formally organized. Thus, it is now committed to perpetuate the principle that jurists and lawyers should not only safeguard the liberty of people but must also nurture their prosperity under the rule of law.

The Foundation was formally and publicly launched on the 75th Birthday Celebrations of retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban, during which an original musical concert titled “Ageless Passion” was staged at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City on December 20, 2011. Joining Chief Justice Panganiban in FLP’s founding Board of Trustees are retired Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Jr., Elenita C. Panganiban (Former Associate Dean and Professor, Asian Institute of Management), Washington Z. Sycip (Founder, Sycip, Gorres, Velayo & Co.), Edilberto C. De Jesus (Former Secretary of Education), Jennifer J. Manalili (Assistant Ombudsman), Maria Elena P. Yaptangco (CEO, Baron Travel Corporation), Maria Theresa P. Mañalac (Professor, Asian Institute of Management), and Joel Emerson J. Gregorio (Consultant, Asian Development Bank).

Currently, FLP’s Board of Trustees is composed of retired CJ Panganiban (chairman), former Secretary de Jesus, retired Supreme Court Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, Evelyn T. Dumdum, Joel Emerson J. Gregorio, Prof. Elenita C. Panganiban, Maria Elena P.S. Yaptangco, Tanya Karina A. Lat, and Rebecca G. Felix.

FLP’s incumbent officers include Artemio V. Panganiban (Chairman, Executive Committee), Evelyn Toledo-Dumdum (President), Rebecca G. Felix (Treasurer), Joel Emerson J. Gregorio (Corporate Secretary), and Susana N. Gavino (Executive Director).


Ageless Passion (Musical)

Good News, Bad News: God Always Knows. This familiar adage sums up the message of the bio-musical Ageless Passion (presented by the Foundation for Liberty & Prosperity), a musical tribute to retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban  His is a life story replete with successes and defeats, from his humble beginnings as a young newsboy in the streets of post-war Manila to his prevailing eleven-year stint in the Supreme Court of the Philippines. After being acclaimed as the “Renaissance Jurist of the 21st Century” by the Supreme Court in a unanimous Resolution dated December 6, 2006, Chief Justice Panganiban is now much respected and sought after as a director or adviser by many publicly listed companies, top corporations and philanthropic foundations in the country. Thus, Ageless Passion is premised upon his indefatigable acuity and spirit – not to mention his charisma.

First staged with seven original songs as part of a concert on December 20, 2011 at the Meralco Theater during Chief Justice Panganiban’s 75th birthday, Ageless Passion now features a full-length 18-song libretto penned by Kristian Jeff Cortez Agustin, a promising lyricist and poet (also FLP’s first Executive Secretary), with original music masterfully composed by no less than the internationally acclaimed Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. Truly, Ageless Passion is both a memoir and a masterpiece. (View or download the 2016 Souvenir Program here)



The Foundation’s VISION is a society that fully appreciates the necessity of “Liberty & Prosperity” and their essential interdependence and mutual inclusiveness.  The Foundation’s MISSION is to educate the people, especially the members of the judicial and legal profession, on this fundamental and essential inter-relation between liberty and prosperity by supporting projects aimed at promoting, developing, assisting and protecting liberty and prosperity under the rule of law.

The Foundation aims to perpetuate the core judicial philosophy of retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban that jurists and lawyers should not only safeguard the liberty of our people but must also nurture their prosperity under the rule of law. To him, justice and jobs; freedom and food; ethics and economics; democracy and development; nay, liberty and prosperity must always go together; one is useless without the other. The attainment of this dual goal involves an understanding of the intertwining relationship of law and business; and of regulation and entrepreneurship

Accordingly, to achieve its goals, the foundation shall organize, undertake, and/or support the following projects and activities: (1) legal assistance, legal research, and legal aid; (2) seminars, workshops, trainings, classes, debates, moot courts, oratorical jousts, and other forms of instruction; (3) professorial chairs, educational scholarships and fellowships; (4) curricula on liberty and prosperity under the rule of law; and (5) a Center for Liberty and Prosperity.


Chief Justice Panganiban’s Speeches
on Liberty and Prosperity

Way to a Happy, Free and Prosperous Society

Remarks delivered by Retired Chief Justice ARTEMIO V. PANGANIBAN in response to the lecture delivered by Joan S. Largo, Dean of the University of San Carlos School of Law and Governance and President of the Philippine Association of Law Schools on October 17, 2018 at the Buttenbruch Hall of the University of San Carlos, Cebu City. Continue reading


Wanted Writ of Prosperity

Transcript of the extemporaneous Closing Remarks delivered by retired Chief Justice ARTEMIO V. PANGANIBAN after the Public Lecture of Polytechnic University of the Philippines Law Dean Gemy Lito L. Festin held on May 12, 2018 at the Bulwagang Bonifacio, A. Mabini Campus, PUP, Anonas Street, Sta. Mesa, Manila. Continue reading


Icons of Entrepreneurship and Nation Building

Keynote Address delivered at the General Membership Meeting of the Junior Chamber International Manila (JCI-Manila) on April 19, 2016 at the Tower Club, Philamlife Center, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City. Continue reading


Unleashing Entrepreneurial Ingenuity

Address delivered during the Opening Luncheon on February 26, 2015 of the 12th General Assembly of the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) held at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Makati City, Philippines. The three-day ALA General Assembly was held on February 26-28, 2015, and followed by the Summit of ASEAN Chief Justices on March 1-3, 2015 in Boracay Island, Philippines. Continue reading


Safeguard Liberty, Conquer Poverty, Share Prosperity
(Part Three — for the Business Community)

Address delivered during the 4th INTEGRITY SUMMIT held on September 19, 2014 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City, sponsored by the Makati Business Club and the European Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Continue reading


Safeguard Liberty, Conquer Poverty, Share Prosperity
(Part Two – For the Legal Profession)

Address delivered during the monthly Luncheon Fellowship of the Philippine Bar Association held at the Tower Club, Makati City on March 26, 2014. Continue reading


Safeguard Liberty, Conquer Poverty, Share Prosperity
(Part One – For the Alumni of Mapa High)

Address delivered during the Grand Alumni Homecoming of the Mapa High School held on February 23, 2014 at the Metro Tent, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Continue reading


To a Higher Level

Transcript of the extemporaneous Closing Remarks of retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban at the Public Lecture of Ateneo de Manila Law School Dean Sedfrey Candelaria, Holder of the “CJ Panganiban Professorial Chair on Liberty and Prosperity”, held on September 19, 2012, at Justitia Room, 4th Floor, Ateneo Professional Schools, Rockwell Center, Makati City. Continue reading


A Matter of Legal Philosophy

Address delivered during a Forum sponsored by the Institute of Government and Law Reform of the University of the Philippines College of Law on August 5, 2011 at the UP Malcolm Hall, Diliman, Quezon City. Continue reading


Towards a Just World Society

Address delivered before the Asia Field Representatives Meeting (FRM) of the Canadian International Development Agency on May 8, 2008 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel Ballroom, Mandaluyong City. Continue reading


Visionary Leadership By Example

Keynote address delivered on the opening day of the 9th National Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC 2007) on February 7-9, 2007, at the San Miguel Corporation Management Training Center, Alfonso, Cavite. Continue reading


Safeguarding the Liberty and Nurturing the Prosperity
of the Peoples of the World

Keynote address delivered during the opening ceremonies on October 18, 2006, of the three-day Global Forum on Liberty and Prosperity, at the Shangri-La Makati Hotel, Metro Manila, Philippines. Continue reading


Spreading the Gospel of Liberty and Prosperity

Keynote address delivered by Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban during the National Forum on “Liberty and Prosperity”, held on August 24-25, 2006, at the Manila Hotel. Continue reading