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Patricia Anne Alarios
Ateneo de Manila University
(Third Year)

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

These words are the anchor of every decision Pat makes. She believes that serving the people is the very foundation of the legal profession.

A consistent Dean’s Lister, Pat also volunteers for different activities in school, including the Ateneo Central Bar Operations. She serves as the co-head of Labor Law 2 for the Academics Committee. In her pursuit of learning and legal scholarship, she joined the Board of Editors of the Ateneo Law Journal for its 64th Volume. In 2019, she served as a legal intern at the Office of the Solicitor General where she was exposed to litigation work. The internship program strengthened her passion for service and excellence and has sparked an interest in public service in the future.

She graduated cum laude with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Statistics from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

 

William Christian P. Dela Cruz
Father Saturnino Urios University
(Third Year)

William is a campus journalist, debater, orator, and researcher. He is currently the President of the FSUU College of Law student government, the Secretary-General of the Association of Law Students of the Philippines Inc., and the Chief of Staff of City Councilor Glenn C. Carampatana at the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Butuan.

Believing that liberty and prosperity can be achieved through inclusive and liberating education, William led a team composed of volunteers from the Urian Legal Assistance Program, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Department of Education, Department of Trade and Industry, and Department of Information and Communications Technology in the implementation of “Project LiPAD” (Literacy: Paglaum sa Asensadong Dakbayan), which brought legal, financial, digital, and health literacy to the underserved sectors of Butuan City in 2019.

In 2016, he graduated summa cum laude from Father Saturnino Urios University with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was recognized as one of the ten outstanding students of Caraga.

 

Ricka Abigael Dumelod
University of Santo Tomas
(Third Year)

Ricka has been winning debate awards for UST since 2008 making Thomasian history twice. The first in 2018, when her team brought UST its first moot championship by winning the International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, a competition hosted by the University of Cebu in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. The second in 2020, when her team became the first Thomasian team in history to advance to the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world’s largest moot court competition.

After passing the CPA licensure exam and working at a prestigious audit firm, and within a year from graduation, she was back at UST as a law student.

At 22, Ricka was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Despite the toll it took on her personal, academic, and professional life, she managed to thrive with the help of an insane amount of good luck and the people who believed in her.

 

Florida K. Fomaneg
University of the Philippines
(Third Year)

Flor believes that empowering the underprivileged to stand up for themselves is a way to exemplify the philosophy of protecting liberty and nurturing prosperity.

She is an officer of the UP Paralegal Volunteers’ Organization (PVO), an organization of law students which aims to equip communities and students with the necessary skillset to give assistance to those needing legal help. Through PVO, she participated in and organized paralegal trainings/forums on the environment and the anti-drug policy of the Philippines. She participated in several internships, including one with the Free Legal Assistance Group where she and her co-interns immersed themselves in a farming community and conducted a paralegal training for the farmers. She is also a member of the Order of the Purple Feather, the official honor society of the UP College of Law.

Flor graduated cum laude with a degree in Accountancy at Saint Louis University. She is a certified public account and worked as a tax consultant for one of the Big Four auditing firms in the country.

 

Rowell Nico S. Macalino
Ateneo de Manila University
(Third Year)

Rowell, or “Mac” to his friends, believes that the rule of law is above any person and that the law is the primary mechanism that facilitates the society’s sustained growth and harmony.

Mac was a consistent Dean’s Lister on his way to earning his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degree from the De La Salle University Manila in 2016. He passed the Board examinations for Certified Public Accountants in the same year.

Mac seeks to obtain a law degree to help attain his belief that the law is the ultimate mechanism to harness a thriving society, giving primary importance to the vulnerable sectors of society. He is a consistent Dean’s Lister and among the top students of his batch in law school. He is also a part of the Ateneo Central Bar Operations Committee, serving as the Academics Subject Head for Evidence in the 2020 Bar Operations.

 

Joy Francine B. Mappang
University of the Cordilleras
(Third Year)

Joy is a full-blooded Igorot belonging to the ethnic tribe of the Aplais and hailing from the mountains of the Cordilleras. Growing up in a middle-class family, she knew at a young age that the values of hard work, honesty and perseverance go a long way.

An experienced debater, Joy trains with her peers at the University of the Cordilleras (UC) Order of International Law – the official mooting and debating arm of her college. In 2019, she and her teammates emerged as Quarterfinalists and the 3rd Best Memorial in an international mooting competition. She was also the Taxation Law subject head in the 2019 UC Bar Operations Green Notes Committee.

She graduated from UC with a degree in Accountancy in 2014. She passed the CPA Board Exams the same year and went to work in Sycip, Gorres, Velayo & Co. for a short stint. She was also a college professor for two years and is currently a full-time government employee at the Commission on Audit.

 

Geremae M. Mata
University of San Carlos
(Third Year)

Geremae, or “Gem” believes that like gems, due pressure, polishing and time reveals the best version of one’s self. This is why she braved through law school immediately after graduating magna cum laude in BS Accountancy, where she was a consistent Dean’s lister, and passed the board exams in 2016.

She aspires to be an excellent corporate lawyer in apprising client-businesses of their corporate social responsibility to their employees and to their community. She aims to advocate good corporate governance and to promote financial literacy to the community.

She spends her free time serving her fellow law students as the current Head in the Operations Committee of the USC Bar Operations Organization and regularly handles the administrative work in their family business. During semestral breaks, she enjoys a good book, a high-rated Kdrama or the company of her brothers and cousins.

 

Carlo Angelo T. Negado
University of San Carlos
(Third Year)

Carlo intends to strengthen his commitment to and passion for education with a law degree, believing that education is the society’s greatest equalizer. For him, an educated populace is an empowered populace, and those who properly know their rights would be in a better position to ensure that those rights are preserved and protected.

He is a part-time faculty member of accounting and finance at the University of the Philippines Cebu School of Management. He was a full-time faculty member of accounting and finance at UP Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC). After passing the Certified Public Accountant licensure examination in 2011, he joined Sycip, Gorres, Velayo as an Associate in the Information Technology Risk and Assurance and the Financial Assurance Services practice areas of the firm.

Carlo has a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from UPVTC where he graduated cum laude and studied under full scholarship from the SGV and Co. Foundation. He has a master’s degree in Business Management from the same university.

 

Laurence M. Obaob
University of San Carlos
(Third Year)

Laurence believes that studying law is the most effective means of contributing to the society, especially to the marginalized sector. He aims to pursue a career in litigation in his hometown in Mindanao, where the scarcity of law practitioners is prevalent.

He is an active member of the USC LAW Debate and Mooting Team and has represented USC Law in 2 competitions. In 2019, he and 2 other team members won as champions in the 17th Season of the ANC Square Off: The V&A Law Debates. He was also awarded as 8th Overall Best Oralist during the National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition in February 2020.

Laurence obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree at the University of the Philippines-Visayas, Miagao Campus in Iloilo in 2016.

 

George Mariano A. Soriano
University of the Philippines
(Third Year)

Gino believes that investment in public infrastructure is the key to national development, and that a legal education coupled with an engineering background would enable him to enact polices that would make the Philippines a country friendly to both domestic and foreign investments.

A Civil Engineer, he currently serves at the MWSS Regulatory Office as a Supervising Water Utilities Regulation Officer. He worked as a Senior Design Engineer at the Department of Public Works and Highways. Prior to entering law school, Gino was also a part-time faculty at the graduate programs of Mapua University and Adamson University.

Gino graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at UP Diliman in 2012. In 2014, he received a Korean Government Scholarship for his Master in Civil Engineering degree at Pusan National University. He passed the Foreign Service Examination in January 2020. He is a member of the Order of the Purple Feather, the honor society of the UP College of Law.

 

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

Banoar, the Ilocano term for “Hero”, dreams to live up to his name through humble service. He graduated magna cum laude from Saint Louis University with a degree in Accountancy in 2014, passed the CPA Board Exams on the same year, and worked at Sycip, Gorres, Velayo & Co. He left the grand buildings of Makati and went back to his home in Baguio, where he worked as a government accountant while studying law.

He was part of Batch 2013 of the Ayala Young Leader’s Congress and of the American Chamber of Commerce Business Orientation Program for Aspiring Leaders. He was recognized as one of the Mga Bagong Rizal: Pag-asa ng Bayan in 2013 and was 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 the Editor-in-Chief of the 2018 UC Green Notes Committee. He devotes his passion for the youth through the OSCAR, a youth development organization in the Cordillera Region.

Outside of work and school, Banoar enjoys nature walks and writing.

 

Pamela Camille A. Barredo
Far Eastern University Institute of Law
(Fourth 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 (International Relations Track) 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. Camille is currently the Associate Editor of the Far Eastern Law Review and was one of the Academic Heads for the FEU 2019 Central Bar Operations. 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 is the Zamboanga City Coordinator for 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
(Fourth Year)

They say, “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” Angelette says, “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for, WITH concomitant hard work”. Angelette is 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 and colleges.

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.

 

Patricia Isabel Cornelio
Far Eastern University Institute of Law
(Fourth Year)

Aside from pursuing her law degree, Tricia continues to enjoy her artistic and creative pursuits, all of which influenced her to not just strive for success alone but also to appreciate the beauty and terror of life.

Tricia graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in Political Science from Far Eastern University where she was a consistent Dean’s Lister. She graduated magna cum laude and was a best qualitative thesis awardee. In her younger years, she also served as a member of the music ministry for Youth For Christ driven by her passion for music and serving God. Focused, driven, and goal-oriented, she endeavors her legal career to not just be a tale of reaping what she sowed, but also a story of giving back to the community that inspired her to persevere in becoming a lawyer.

 

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

Stephanie endeavors to pursue the goal of being able to contribute in the proper administration of justice. She entered law school with the vision of contributing to a better justice system for the country. She believes that the study of law will give her a better opportunity to help in building a better society.

She is a consistent College Scholar and Dean’s Lister at the University of the Cordilleras College of Law. She graduated magna cum laude from the same university with a 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.

 

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

At an early age, Gelo was introduced to reading encyclopedias, history books and atlases which sparked his interest in general knowledge, world history, politics and geography. 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 yet still emerges as one of the top students in his class. In his spare time, he loves to play and watch basketball. He once represented the school in Conflicts of Law as a member of the basketball team.

 

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

Jura dreams of becoming a lawyer who could empower others by helping them know their rights. She believes that while the Philippines has great social welfare legislation, most citizens are unaware of their rights and how to enforce them.

Jura is one of the organizing members of University of the Cordilleras – Barrister’s Moot Wing. As a mooter, she and her team were quarterfinalists and won 3rd Best Memorial in the 2019 Konrad Adenauer Stiftung International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. In 2017, she won 6th place in the National Marlaw Essay Writing Contest for an essay regarding the South China Sea Dispute. She was among the Batch 13 Interns of the Office of the Solicitor General.

Jura graduated Cum Laude from University of the Cordilleras – College of Accountancy (UC-COA) and obtained her CPA license in 2014. She worked as an auditor in Reyes Tacandong & Co. She also worked as an instructor at UC-COA.

 

Carmella Gaye Perez
University of San Carlos
(Fourth Year)

Equipped with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the same University, Ela is determined in upholding a culture of widespread mental health awareness in the society and promoting empathy in interactions among each other, 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, hopefully as an educator and a public servant. She aspires to use the legal profession in advocating for gender equality, rights of marginalized children, normalization of mental health awareness, and the rehabilitation of the environment.

Ela has a heart for service for others, being Head of 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 2019, and regularly helps in the family business during breaks.

She is an avid bookworm who has a thirst for adventure in the outdoors, a lover of nature and a travel bug.

 

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

Edrea’s faith in God and love for the law are the main reasons why she never lose heart and passion in everything she does. She is passionate, adamant, consistent, and incessant when it comes to her goals. She is also fond of Greek Mythology, classical music and coffee.

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. She served as the Secretary-General of the UST Bar Operations Academics Committee for two consecutive terms.

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

 

The list of past FLP Scholars can be found here.