FLP Scholars’ Profiles

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Banoar R. Abratique
University of the Cordilleras
(Third Year)

Banoar, which literally means “Hero” in the Ilocano dialect, dreams to live up to his name – a hero both as humble or grand as an educator-lawyer and community-mover. He graduated magna cum laude from Saint Louis University with a degree in Accountancy in 2014. He passed the CPA Board Exams the same year and went to work in Sycip, Gorres, Velayo & Co. He left the grand buildings of Makati and went back to his home in Baguio, where he is currently working as a government accountant while studying law.

During his undergraduate years, he was part of Batch 2013 of the Ayala Young Leader’s Congress and Batch 2013 of the American Chamber of Commerce Business Orientation Program for Aspiring Leaders. In the same year, he was among those recognized as Mga Bagong Rizal: Pag-asa ng Bayan 2013. He was also an exchange student to Jinan University, Guangzhou, China in 2012. He served as Editor-in-Chief of White & Blue, the official student publication of SLU in 2014 and currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the 2018 UC Green Notes Committee, at the same time heading the commercial and tax law review notes. Outside of work and school, Banoar enjoys nature walks and writing.

 

Pamela Camille A. Barredo
Far Eastern University Institute of Law
(Third Year)

Motivated by her 17 years of Jesuit education, Camille goes by the motto: “ite, inflammate omnia” as she hopes to one day set the world on fire as a lawyer and educator.

She graduated with a degree in European Studies and a minor in French Studies from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2011. She also has a Certificate in Professional Education from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University. She is currently the Jurisprudence Editor II of the Far Eastern Law Review, and a member of the FEU Central Bar Operations and FEU PEERS-Makati. Together with her high school classmates, she founded the Berchmans Initiative, a group conducting outreach activities focusing on maternal and children’s health in chosen communities in Zamboanga City since 2013. An avid mountaineer and advocate for the environment, she has also recently joined the I Am Climate Justice Movement, a group of change makers aiming to amplify the effects of a climate of change among the youth.

 

Angelette C. Bulacan
Far Eastern University Institute of Law
(Third Year)

“You get in life what you have courage to ask for and with concomitant hard work” has been Angelette’s mantra—a Bicolana who braved Manila to pursue a sense of fulfillment and attain her goals. Once an idealist who got swamped by reality, she is now ready to rise above the challenge and rekindle her passion for society.

She graduated magna cum laude from Universidad de Sta. Isabel with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. In college, she led the debate society as its president and won the first debate championship for the university. She also took part in regional caravans that taught the art of debate in various high schools.

A consistent dean’s lister since her first year in law school, she writes poems to de-stress, watches anime to recharge, and at times, draws to pass time.

 

Stephanie Mae B. Domingo
University of the Cordilleras
(Third Year)

Stephanie endeavors to pursue the goal of being able to contribute in the proper administration of justice. She believes that the study of law will give her a better opportunity to help in building a better society.

Graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Cordilleras with bachelor’s degree in Criminology, she placed 7th in the 2015 Criminology Licensure Examination. She works as review lecturer in different review centers in the country to share her knowledge and help enlighten future criminologists.

 

Maria Carissa C. Guinto
San Beda University
(Third Year)

As a Filipino and a Catholic, Carissa hopes to live a life of service for God and for the Filipino people.

She is a consistent member of the honors class and at the same time a working student. She believes that excellence in the classroom is not the end all and be all of learning the law; it is to use our knowledge to promote justice, liberty, and prosperity for everyone in our democratic society. Thus, during her college years in UP Diliman where she graduated cum laude with a degree in BA Political Science, she was a member of the UP Political Society and the UP Community for Reading Education Advocates – organizations which reach out to the community to promote these values. Currently in her law school, she is a member of the San Beda Law Human Rights Advocates, the San Beda International Law Society, and as Subject-Chair for Taxation Law at the San Beda Centralized Bar Operations. Once she fulfills her dream of becoming a lawyer, she aims to promote FLP’s values of liberty and prosperity by advocating for the poor, marginalized, and oppressed.

At present, she works as a Consultant for the Committee on Youth and Sports Development of the House of Representatives. During the in-betweens of law school and work, she loves to spend time with her family and watch Asian dramas and sports, particularly volleyball.

 

Patrick Angelo Gutierrez
Far Eastern University Institute of Law
(Third Year)

Gelo may seem to be a happy-go-lucky guy but his persistence makes him stand out in a crowd. He can–and will—take charge whenever necessary. He espouses an unshakeable optimism and kindles an inner certainty of success even when the odds are against him.

At an early age, he was introduced to reading encyclopedias, history books and atlases which sparked his interest in general knowledge, world history, politics and geography. He seeks answers for every question and has an innate desire to please his inner curiosity and dig deeper until his thirst for answers are quenched. An avid reader of Dan Brown, he imbibes the novelist’s Professor Langdon when he is faced with challenges.

He is an Eagle Scout – the highest rank awarded to a Senior Scout in the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. He graduated cum laude with the degree in Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2015 at Far Eastern University – Manila. He also served as Vice President and External Affairs Head of FEU – Political Science Society from 2014 to 2015. In law school, he juggles work and school hand in hand yet still emerges as one of the top students in his class. In his spare time, he loves to play and watch basketball. He represents the school in Conflicts of Law as a member of the basketball team.

 

Mayumi G. Matsumura
Ateneo de Manila University
(Third Year)

Mayumi believes in the importance of seeking personal growth while at the same time being of service to others. She continuously aspires to improve herself so that she may be of service to her community. She graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. During her time in UP, she joined numerous organizations and also took on leadership positions.

As a law student, she seeks to learn the law not only within the confines of the classroom but also beyond it by practicing her mooting skills as a member of the Ateneo Society of International Law (ASIL). She volunteers for the Ateneo Central Bar Operations since her freshman year in law school and is the Academics Committee Subject Head for Civil Procedure for the 2019 Bar Operations.

After taking the Bar examinations, she plans to pursue her Psychometrician license in the hopes of using her two loves, Psychology and Law, to serve the community.

 

Juralyn Lilian A. Obra
University of the Cordilleras
(Third Year)

Jura is passionate about learning and enjoys meaningful discourse. Strong-willed and uncompromising, she is willing to go through hard and challenging processes if it means growth and learning. For her, the journey—with the values and wisdom acquired—is far more important than the achievement.

She graduated cum laude in BS Accountancy from the University of the Cordilleras and obtained her CPA license on 2014. She worked as auditor before entering law school in the same university. Despite being law student, she was engaged in various jobs. The most meaningful role for her is teaching. She believes that the rule of law is best achieved when everyone knows the laws and how to enforce them. As such, she advocates for basic legal education for everyone.

Jura is one of the organizing members of University of the Cordilleras – Barrister’s Moot Wing. She placed 6th in MARLAW’s 2018 National Essay Writing Competition with her piece ‘The Art of Settling Disputes’ which suggested strategies for dispute resolution in the South China Sea. She was also admitted as an intern for the 2019 OSG Legal Internship Program. At present, she is continuing her journey to be the best lawyer that she could be.

 

Carmella Gaye Perez
University of San Carlos
(Third Year)

Ela is currently a third-year law student in the University of San Carlos (USC), and holds a degree in Psychology from the same University where she was a Dean’s Lister in both programs. Being a Psychology major, she is determined in upholding a culture of widespread mental health awareness in the society using her growing knowledge of the law and the convenience of technology. She envisions herself as a lawyer who is passionate in espousing the twin philosophies of the Foundation, especially towards women and marginalized children, and hopefully also as an educator and a public servant. She aspires to use the legal profession in advocating for gender equality, rights of marginalized children, education in mental health, and the rehabilitation of the environment.

Apart from the usual law school responsibilities, she maintains a heart for service for others, being a Head in the Membership Committee of the USC Bar Operations Organization, the Over-all Head in the USC LEX Circle Labor and Employment Assistance Clinic, a contributor for the USC Labor Law Warrior Notes 2018, and regularly helps in the family business during semestral breaks.

She is an avid bookworm who has a thirst for adventure in the outdoors. As a lover of nature and a self-proclaimed travel bug, she believes in everyday habits to serve as an example to others in living an eco-friendly lifestyle and promoting responsible tourism.

 

Edrea Jean V. Ramirez
University of Santo Tomas
(Third Year)

Edrea is a steadfast lover of the law and coffee. She is also fond of Greek Mythology and classical music. She is passionate, adamant, consistent, and incessant when it comes to her goals.

She graduated magna cum laude with a degree of AB Legal Management from University of Santo Tomas and ranked Third in the batch (UST AB Batch 2016). Edrea is a consistent Dean’s lister. As the Secretary-General of the UST Bar Operations Academics Committee for two consecutive terms, she is mainly tasked in overseeing and editing the contents of the UST Golden Notes, the official “reviewer” of UST for bar examinees. She believes that her efforts in helping the bar exam takers in this simple act would create a great impact in a law student’s life, for she also endeavors to help anyone in reaching their dreams even in the littlest of ways. She does everything with heart and faith.

She believes her achievements are mainly due to prayers and God’s Grace, thus, she offers all the praise, glory and honor to Him.

 

Leo Francis F. Abot
Ateneo de Manila University
(Fourth 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
(Fourth 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.

 

Micah Celine S. Carpio
De La Salle University
(Fourth Year)

Celine strives to achieve academic excellence in law school to prepare her to be the best corporate lawyer that she can be. She firmly believes that learning does not only take place within the four walls of the classroom, but also happens in one’s daily experiences. Further, she believes that a learner should not only learn academically, but also holistically—including other aspects of life such as physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially. With this, Celine makes sure that she gets a life—to travel, socialize, and do her hobbies—outside law school.

She actively participates in Lasallian Commission on Bar Operations in her law school. She graduated magna cum laude from De La Salle University with a degree Bachelor of Arts, major in Communication Arts. She was also a recipient of the Student Leadership Award for having rendered exemplary service to the University and student body and balancing the academic activities with extracurricular activities.

 

Arvin Paolo D. Cortez
Ateneo de Manila University
(Fourth 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
(Fourth 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.

 

Alimar Mohammad Malabad
San Beda University
(Fourth Year)

Often called “Justice” by his classmates and friends in law school, Ali walks and speaks with a stern academic demeanor. He is a staunch advocate of social justice, equalization of economic forces, and the humanization of the study of law. To him, lawyers are meant to be gladiators of their clients and the law is their weapon in the pursuit for justice.

In 2014, Ali graduated with a degree in Social Sciences from the Area Studies Program of the University of the Philippines Manila with cum laude honors. His research methodology paper was awarded “Best Seminar Paper Award.” He served as President of the Organization of Area Studies Majors in UP Manila and also as editor-in-chief of AGUHON, their organization’s official newsletter. In recognition of his superior scholarship and accomplishments in transdisciplinary social sciences, he was elected to The International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences. He was the youngest recipient of the Ibanag Heritage Foundation’s “Dayaw na Ibanag” (Pride of the Ibanag) Award as a champion in advocating for Cagayan Valley’s local history and culture.

Ali is currently the Associate Editor of the San Beda Law Journal and has published several papers as Senior Writer in the fields of Comparative Constitutional Law, Human Rights, and ASEAN Studies. He served as Chairperson of the Legal and Judicial Ethics Committee of San Beda University’s Centralized Bar Operations for A.Y. 2018-2019. Under the law student practice rule, he has counselled several indigent clients of the San Beda Legal Aid Bureau. He made it to the Dean’s List in his junior year and was tapped to deliver several lectures in seminars which aim to disseminate legal knowledge to the public.

 

Kenneth Glenn L. Manuel
University of Santo Tomas
(Fourth 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
(Fourth 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.

 

Jun Dexter H. Rojas
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
(Fourth 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.

 

Ma. Vida Malaya M. Villarico
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
(Fourth 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.