A project in partnership with Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP) and in cooperation with Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS), the TYKFI-FLP Legal Scholarship Program marks its third year of supporting bright young law scholars from various institutions in the country. In ceremonies on May 18, 2019 at the Ateneo Professional Schools Auditorium in Makati City, the TYKFI and FLP trustees awarded scholarship grants to 10 third year and 10 fourth year law scholars for AY 2018-2019. The Foundations proudly announced and awarded special citations to Bar topnotchers Atty. Sean James B. Borja and Atty. Katrina Monica C. Gaw. Both graduates of the Ateneo de Manila University, Atty. Borja and Atty. Gaw received P200,000 and P100,000, respectively, as cash rewards for their outstanding achievements.
Retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban, the FLP Chairman of the Board and a trustee of TYKFI, together with TYKFI trustees Marixi R. Prieto and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr., presented to the 20 scholars their full scholarship grants and certificates of recognition. Each scholar received P200,000 with allocation of P100,000 for tuition, P20,000 for books, and P80,000 for monthly stipends.
For decades now, TYKFI as a Foundation has been committed to the cause of education in the country by bringing up scholars worthy of its mission and vision. FLP, on the other hand, was founded to perpetuate the core judicial philosophy of Ret. CJ Panganiban, liberty and prosperity under the rule of law. Together, they launched the program in 2016 to support aspiring lawyers in the country who are academically competent and who will uphold the mission and values of both Foundations.
The final interview for the scholars was held at the First Division Conference Room of the Supreme Court located in Padre Faura, Malate, Manila. The Board of Judges included Supreme Court Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio as chairman, while panel members were former Education Secretary Edilberto C. De Jesus, PALS President Dean Joan Sarausos-Largo, TYKFI Officer Elizabeth T. Alba, and Ateneo de Manila University Professor Atty. Tanya Karina A. Lat.
The third year scholars are: Banoar R. Abratique (University of the Cordilleras), Pamela Camille A. Barredo (Far Eastern University – Makati), Angelette C. Bulacan (Far Eastern University – Makati), Stephanie Mae B. Domingo (University of the Cordilleras), Maria Carissa C. Guinto (San Beda University – Makati), Patrick Angelo M. Gutierrez (Far Eastern University – Makati), Mayumi G. Matsumura (Ateneo de Manila University), 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).
Fourth year law scholars are: 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 (University of Santo Tomas), King Anthony Y. Perez (University of Cebu), Jun Dexter H. Rojas (Polytechnic University of the Philippines), and Ma. Vida Malaya M. Villarico (Polytechnic University of the Philippines).
Meanwhile, the scholars who graduated with honors were also recognized: Atty. Jose Noel B. Hilario – Cum Laude, Atty. Sean James B. Borja – Valedictorian, Atty. Nigel Carmelo Q. Reago – Valedictorian, Atty. Rexlyn Anne M. Evora – No. 1 in her class, Atty. Summerson A. Macasarte – No. 1 in his class. They were given extra cash incentives for excelling in their respective classes.
Fourteen scholars passed the 2018 Bar Examination: Atty. Karina Mae A. Badua (University Santo Tomas), Atty. Sean James B. Borja (ADMU), Atty. Ervin Frederick H. Dy (University of the Philippines), Atty. Rexlyn Anne M. Evora (Polytechnic University of the Philippines), Atty. Katrina Monica C. Gaw (ADMU), Atty. Summerson A. Macasarte (St. Thomas More), Atty. Nigel Carmelo Q. Reago (DSLU), Atty. Jose Angelo C. Tiglao (DLSU), Atty. Althea A. Vergara (USC), Atty. Vanessa Gloria S. Vergara (ADMU), Atty. Kevin Ken S. Ganchero (FEU), Atty. Jose Noel B. HIlario (UST), Atty. Violeta M. Najarro, Jr. (SBC-Alabang), Atty. Ma. Janine V. Padernal (UST).
Indeed, it seems not too far-fetched a dream that these scholars, who through their persistence, are to one day become a new generation of men and women, passionate for the law, reliable champions of liberty and prosperity, and beacons of hope for our country.