In partnership with the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP) and undertaken in cooperation with Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS), the Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. (TYKFI) supports deserving law students based on their academic merit and ability to promulgate and perpetuate the judicial philosophy of safeguarding the liberty and nurturing prosperity under the rule of law.
Launched in 2016, the FLP has picked 10 third year law scholars from various law schools this year: Leo Francis Abot (Ateneo de Manila University), John Anthony Almerino (University of San Carlos), Arvin Paolo Cortez (Ateneo de Manila University), Mikael Gabrielle Ilao (University of Cordilleras), Kenneth Glenn Manuel (University of Santo Tomas), King Anthony Perez (University of Cebu), Josiah David Quising (Far Eastern University), Jun Dexter Rojas (Polytechnic University of the Philippines), Julienne Therese Salvacion (San Beda University – Manila), and Ma. Vida Malaya Villarico (Polytechnic University of the Philippines).
Eleven fourth year law students were also named as follows: Karina Mae Badua (University of Santo Tomas), Sean James Borja (Ateneo de Manila University), Kaycelle Ann Castillo (Far Eastern University), Ervin Fredrick Dy (University of the Philippines), Rexlyn Anne Evora (Polytechnic University of the Philippines), Katrina Monica Gaw (Ateneo de Manila University), Summerson Macasarte (St. Thomas More School of Law and Business), Nigel Carmelo Reago (De La Salle University), Jose Angelo Tiglao (De La Salle University), Althea Vergara (University of San Carlos), and Vanessa Gloria Vergara (Ateneo de Manila University).
Of all the applicants interviewed one-by-one last February 2, 2018 at the 2nd Division Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building in Padre Faura, Manila by the prestigious panel of judges, these 21 scholars proved to be worthy of the scholarship. They were carefully evaluated and ranked by the panel of judges headed by the Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio. Other panelists were FLP Board of Trustee and former Secretary of Education Dr. Edilberto C. de Jesus, PALS President and Ateneo de Manila University School of Law Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria, FLP Corporate Secretary Atty. Joel Emerson J. Gregorio, and TYKFI officer Ms. Elizabeth T. Alba.
Each scholar received a P200,000 scholarship award of which a maximum of P100,000 shall be allotted for the tuition fees, P20,000 for books, and P80,000 monthly stipend.
Third year Jose Angelo Tiglao delivered his acceptance speech on behalf of all his fellow scholars. Acting Chief Justice Carpio, the guest of honor, also delivered an informative message on A Culture of Respect for, and Understanding of, International Law. Finally, Retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban, FLP Chairman of the Board and TYKFI Board of Trustee, thanked and congratulated the scholars and most especially the parents and guardians who raised their scholars with good ideals worthy of embodying FLP’s core philosophy of liberty and prosperity under the rule of law.