FLP Scholars’ Profiles

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Leo Francis F. Abot
Ateneo de Manila University
(Third Year)

Leo aspires to embody the ideals of a truly Catholic lawyer—inspired by Ateneo Law School’s patron saint St. Thomas More. Seeking to become “the king’s good servant, but God’s First,” he hopes that, unlike More, he will not lose his head in the process.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree, major in History and minor in Global Politics and Literature (English) from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2015, graduating summa cum laude and as Departmental Awardee for History. A consistent Dean’s Lister, Leo also serves as Managing Editor of the Ateneo International Law Review (AILR), the official publication and student-run academic journal of the Ateneo Society of International Law (ASIL). He is also a one-time Palanca awardee, having won 3rd Prize in the Kabataan Essay category of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 2011. When not studying law, he spends his time learning French and playing with his Siberian Husky, Raffles.


John Anthony F.  Almerino
University of San Carlos, Cebu
(Third Year)

Anthony, or “Alme” as he is fondly known by his friends, is an aspiring lawyer and amateur rock musician; he believes that the electric guitar is as mighty as the pen. In this era of socio-political flux, he now dreams of promoting the ideals of FLP through courtroom advocacy and politically progressive rock songs.

Alme finished his AB Political Science degree with magna cum laude honors in 2014 at the University of San Carlos (USC). As a working student, he tries to balance work, law school, and his hobbies all at the same time. With an insatiable hunger for constant self-improvement, Anthony works hard to keep his Dean’s Lister status and prove himself worthy of being part of the prestigious USC debate and mooting team as a rookie recruit. When not scribbling notes for his exams, he enjoys writing poetry and contributes articles on international politics to The Podium (USC Law’s official student publication). Also an avid chess player, Anthony had the honor of captaining the College’s formidable chess team to a two-time university championship win. However, despite his scholarly profile, Anthony sometimes assumes a wannabe rockstar persona when he plays with his electric guitar and jams out to metal music with his bandmates and friends.


Arvin Paolo D. Cortez
Ateneo de Manila University
(Third Year)

A scholar of Ateneo Law School’s Dean Sedfrey Candelaria, Arvin is a consistent second honors standing student and a Dean’s Lister. During his free time, Arvin writes for the Palladium, the official broadsheet publication of the law school. He also sings at the Law School Choir for the Anticipated Sunday Masses. He is committed to the principle of FLP that law should be used in uplifting our people’s lives, while safeguarding their freedoms.

In 2016, he served as a former consultant to Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo Brion in the Senate Electoral Tribunal. He was also the Constitutional Law co-subject head in the 2017 Ateneo Central Bar Operations. As someone who likes politics, history, religion, and philosophy, Arvin believes that the study and application of the Law is only a means towards the self-realization of every Filipino. It is a means of social liberation, especially from the ills of poverty and misery. He hopes to serve the Filipino People by organizing his fellow classmates and being active in social and political discourses in the country.

He graduated cum laude with the degree in Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of the Philippines-Diliman and was elected and inducted as a member of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences and Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society in 2015.


Mikael Gabrielle E. Ilao
University of the Cordilleras
(Third Year)

Gabe believes that those who have less in life should be given even more opportunities to realize their dreams and ambitions. She is determined to become an outstanding educator in the legal field to help spread the light of the law to even the darkest corners of the country.

She is proud to be part of the University of the Cordilleras’ pioneer batch of Juris Doctor students under the deanship of Atty. Reynaldo U. Agranzamendez (one of the holders of the professorial chairs of the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity). Despite facing a mountain of problems, this “lady from the mountains” constantly aims for academic excellence. The ups and downs of life have taught her that success comes not only to those who are considered “the best” but also to those who give their best no matter what.


Kenneth Glenn L. Manuel
University of Santo Tomas
(Third Year)

Kenneth finds fulfillment by way of inspiring others; he has done this by way of his social media platform “Your Lawyer Says”, by writing feature articles for Gavel and Robe, a legal lifestyle magazine, and by working as a professor.

He graduated magna cum laude with a degree of BS Accountancy and placed 14th in the CPA Board Exams. He used to work as a tax associate in Sycip, Gorres, Velayo and Co. (SGV & Co.) and is currently a full-time accounting and taxation instructor at Colegio de San Juan de Letran.


King Anthony Y. Perez
University of Cebu
(Third Year)

King strives to keep a good balance between his passion to learn the law and his dedication to public service as a journalist. While he pursues his law studies, he also works as a full-time online editor of Cebu Daily News, one of the publications of Inquirer Publications Inc.

He believes that his role as a journalist and his knowledge of the laws is essential in safeguarding liberty and achieving prosperity in society, especially in the advent of social media and the Internet. When he graduated Cum Laude in his Mass Communication degree in the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu, King received the GMA Media Excellence Awards and was recognized as Outstanding Mass Communication Student in the university in 2013. He was once a student activist, being elected in the university student council twice, as a Councilor in 2011 and Vice-Chairperson in 2012, among other positions held. During his stint as a broadcast journalist in TV5 Cebu, he was awarded second place for the Features Category during the Justice Awards held by the International Justice Mission in 2013. His work also earned a Special Citation for TV Special Event during the Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Awards (CAMMA) in 2015. Perez also ranked second during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) accreditation examinations in Cebu in 2015. Aside from learning the law, his interest includes dealing with issues concerning policy and governance, politics, gender, education, youth and the media.


Josiah David F. Quising
Far Eastern University Institute of Law
(Third Year)

Josiah is the incumbent Editor-in-Chief of the Far Eastern Law Review and an active member of the FEU Moot Court Council. A long-time pianist and choir member, he now considers the language of the law as his new song.

He graduated cum laude from Grace Christian College earning a bachelor’s Degree for Business Administration, Major in Operations Management. He represented FEU in several moot court competitions as an oralist and memorial writer as early as his first year in law school. He also heads the Legal Ethics Division of FEU’s Central Bar Operations. Simultaneously, he’s also a pianist and a choir member in his church and believes that he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him.


Jun Dexter H. Rojas
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
(Third Year)

Dexter worked for years in various companies to help send his siblings to college as soon as he obtained his bachelor’s degree from the UP. Pursuing Law school is his way of filling the empty space he had always felt in his heart.

Dexter is currently the Vice-President of the PUP College of Law Student Council. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines, Manila where he was a college scholar. While in UP, he was the Chairperson of the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council and the Prime Chancellor of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, Iota Eta Chapter. After college, he worked in different companies where his natural leadership skills often led to quick promotions. Yet, his dream of becoming a lawyer could not be silenced. He believes that to live a life with a purpose, every person must have a dream, must follow that dream with passion, must live in and enjoy the process involved in it, no matter how difficult, and live a life with no regrets. Dexter is married and a father to a wonderful son.


Julienne Therese V. Salvacion
San Beda University, Manila
(Third Year)

Julienne has learned to mature as a wise person by living her life based on two great virtues: humility and diligence. Despite being known for her natural modesty, she lives to give more, to do more, and to be more.

Jette is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Management, major in Legal Management and minor in Development Management. She is a consistent honor student at the San Beda University College of Law. Hailing from a family of legal professionals, it is no question that she has a passion for the law that transcends generations. This notwithstanding, her success and accolades are her own; borne out of sheer determination, hard work, resilience, and ultimately, a vision for the constant betterment of the Philippine legal system. An advocate of women’s and laborer’s rights, Jette takes the frontline in pushing for a society rooted on equality and equity, one in which the law applies to everyone in its full brunt, favoring no gender. She fervently believes in and at all times upholds what the constitution ordains; that we must secure to ourselves the blessings of democracy under the rule of law and a regime of justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace. Jette is currently an Editor in the San Beda Law Journal, a Subject Head in the San Beda Centralized Bar Operations, and the Vice President for Internal Affairs of the San Beda Lex Scholaris Honors and Scholars Society. She is also a Chief Girl Scout Medalist of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. In between her pursuit for the coveted title of attorney and the realization of her vision, Jette enjoys cozying up with a book in hand, traveling, playing and listening to music, and watching movies.


Ma. Vida Malaya M. Villarico
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
(Third Year)

As her name implies, Vida Malaya envisions and hopes for a way of life where people who have less in life can be uplifted by the freedoms they are able to enjoy. No wonder she is a philosophical writer and an advocate.

Ma. Vida Malaya M. Villarico—true to her name—Vida Malaya, translated as free life—she advocates for human rights, liberty and empowerment. An alumna of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, she graduated cum laude in 2010 obtaining a degree in B.S. Community Development. Her development background is a deep influence on her advocacies for the poor and marginalized. She further took a master’s degree in Philosophy in 2013, to strengthen her theoretical foundations in advocating for the causes she believes in. She is the current Vice Chairperson for Internals of the PUP Legal Aid Office, Outgoing Vice President of the PUP Research Corps and Incoming batch representative of the Law Student Council. She envisions herself working passionately in the field of developmental policy making and public interest law practice.


The list of past FLP Scholars can be found here.