21 FLP Law Scholars Awarded
by Acting Chief Justice Carpio
at the FLP Awards Ceremony

 

Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio graced the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity Awards Ceremony on March 23, 2018 at the Ateneo Professional Schools Auditorium in Rockwell Center, Makati City. As guest of honor, he awarded the 21 law scholars of the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP) in partnership with the Tan Yan Kee Foundation (TYKF) for the FLP Legal Scholarship Program (School Year 2017-2018). As invited speaker, he delivered his message titled “A Culture of Respect for, and Understanding of, International Law (download a PDF copy of his full speech here).

Of the 21 scholarships, ten (10) were awarded to 3rd year law students as follows: Leo Francis Abot (Ateneo de Manila), John Anthony Almerino (University of San Carlos), Arvin Paolo Cortez (Ateneo de Manila), Mikael Gabrielle Ilao (University of the Cordilleras), Kenneth Glenn Manuel (UST), King Anthony Perez (University of Cebu), Josiah David Quising (FEU), Jun Dexter Rojas (PUP), Julienne Therese Salvacion (San Beda – Manila) and Ma. Vida Malaya Villarico (PUP).

Eleven (11) were awarded to 4th year law students, namely: Karina Mae Badua (UST), Sean James Borja (Ateneo de Manila), Kaycelle Ann Castillo (FEU), Ervin Fredrick Dy (UP), Rexlyn Anne Evora (PUP), Katrina Monica Gaw (Ateneo de Manila), Nigel Carmelo Reago (De La Salle University), Jose Angelo Tiglao (De La Salle University), Summerson Macasarte (St. Thomas More), Althea Vergara (University of San Carlos), and Vanessa Gloria Vergara (Ateneo de Manila).

Jose Angelo Tiglao delivered his acceptance speech on behalf of his fellow FLP scholars (download a PDF copy of his full speech here).

Each of the scholars received P200,000, divided into P100,000 maximum for tuition, P20,000 for books, and P80,000 for monthly stipends. The FLP scholars were selected based on academic merit and their ability to propagate and espouse the FLP’s philosophy of liberty and prosperity under the rule of law.

Retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban closed the program with a message titled “Hail to the New FLP Scholars and Winners.” His speech is also accessible via his personal website.

The Legal Scholarship Program is sponsored by FLP with a financial grant from theTan Yan Kee Foundation (TYKF) and co-sponsored by the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS).

Acting Chief Justice Carpio headed the Board of Judges which selected the scholars. The members were: former Education Secretary Edilberto C. de Jesus, TYKF Executive Elizabeth Alba, PALS President and Ateneo Law Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria, and Atty. Joel J. Gregorio, members. The board of judges handed the scholars their awards.

The FLP Legal Scholarship Program is merit-based and aims to look for the best and the brightest law students in the country — open to all third and fourth year students of law schools that have 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 be (1) incumbent 3rd or 4th year students in one of the eligible law schools, (2) 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) 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. They must also submit an essay on the FLP’s 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.

Its Board of Trustees is composed of CJ Panganiban (chairman), Sec. de Jesus, retired Supreme Court Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, Evelyn T. Dumdum, Asian Development Bank Consultant Joel Emerson J. Gregorio, Atty. Jennifer J. Manalili, Prof. Elenita C. Panganiban and 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. For details, please visit www.tanyankee.org.
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FLP 2017-2018 Dissertation Contest Winners Recognized
at the FLP Awards Ceremony

Supreme Court Senior Justice Presbitero J. Velasco awarded the winners and finalists of the 2017-2018 Dissertation Writing Contest of the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP) and the Ayala Corporation.

Raphael Lorenzo A. Pangalangan, a graduate student of the Oxford University and the University of the Philippines (UP), was awarded first prize. The son of International Criminal Court Judge Raul C. Pangalangan and UP Law Professor Elizabeth A. Pangalangan, he won P300,000 cash and a plaque of recognition for his entry: “Enforcing Liberty and Prosperity through the Courts of Law: A Shift in Legal Thought from Juridification to Judicialization”.

For her entry: “Liberty and Prosperity in the Digital Age: Determining the Proper Treatment of Online Intermediaries in Light of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”, Tess Marie P. Tan was awarded second place. She received P200,000 cash plus a plaque of recognition. She is on her final year of law studies at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City.

The two bested four other finalists: Rexlyn Anne M. Evora (Polytechnic University of the Philippines), Helen May M. Frias (Far Eastern University), Janine Faye A. Napoles (Centro Escolar University), and Joben Mariz T. Odulio (Ateneo de Manila University), who each received P20,000 and a certificate of recognition.

On behalf of his fellow winners, as well as the finalists, Raphael Lorenzo A. Pangalangan delivered his acceptance speech titled “Liberty and Prosperity: In Doctrine, In Practice” (download a PDF copy of his full speech here).

The FLP Awards Ceremony was held on March 23, 2018 at the Ateneo Professional Schools Auditorium in Rockwell Center, Makati City. Retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban closed the program with a message titled “Hail to the New FLP Scholars and Winners“. His speech is also accessible via his personal website.

The Dissertation Contest is sponsored by FLP with a financial grant from the Ayala Corporation, and co-sponsored by the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS).

The winners were selected by the FLP Board of Judges composed of: Supreme Court Senior Justice Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr., chairman, former Education Secretary Edilberto C. de Jesus, Ayala Corporation General Counsel Solomon M. Hermosura, PALS President and Ateneo Law School Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria, and Law Professor Tanya Lat, members.

The FLP Dissertation Contest aims to augment existing literature on the Foundation’s core philosophy of liberty and prosperity under the rule of law. The contest is open to third year and fourth-year law students and those taking Master of Laws.

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.

Its Board of Trustees is composed of CJ Panganiban (chairman), Sec. de Jesus, retired Supreme Court Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, Evelyn T. Dumdum, Asian Development Bank Consultant, Joel Emerson J. Gregorio, Jennifer J. Manalili, Prof. Elenita C. Panganiban and Maria Elena P.S. Yaptangco.

Ayala is the country’s long-standing partner in the pursuit for progress and nation building, developing businesses that transform industries, challenging the status quo, and bringing innovations in the Philippines and abroad that contribute to the nation’s social and economic agenda. For details, please visit www.ayala.com.ph.
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ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

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 include Artemio V. Panganiban, Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez (Retired Supreme Court Justice; Member, Judicial and Bar Council), Edilberto C. De Jesus, Evelyn Toledo-Dumdum (Advisor, Asian Development Bank and Former Adviser, World Bank), Joel Emerson J. Gregorio, Elenita C. Panganiban, Maria Elena Yaptangco, Tanya Karina Lat, and Rebecca G. Felix.

FLP’s incumbent batch of 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).

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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)

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MISSION AND VISION

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.

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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, 2013 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 Thane 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 after Dean Sedfrey Candelaria’s Public Lecture as the holder in the Ateneo de Manila of the “CJ Panganiban Professorial Chair on Liberty and Prosperity”, held on September 19, 2012, at Justitia Room, 4th Floor, Ateneo Law School, Rockwell, 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