April 23-28, 2014
. The past days have been a blur. At the heels of a week-long trip to Australia, I had not fully recovered from disorientation. I had not taken a lot of pictures the past days because my phone’s screen was already a mosaic of shattered pieces of glass precariously held together by some inherent Samsung adhesive, and one crack had covered the front camera. And aside from that, I have been un-inspired, suffering from a specie of ennui the past weeks. I’m not sure why, and I don’t really want to answer the question.
Together with my incoming and outgoing co-officers in the student council, we went to San Juan, Batangas for a beach outing, right before some of us flew to Zamboanga to attend the national convention of the Association of Law Students of the Philippines (ALSP). The trip to Batangas was a comfortable one. I ended up with a big bruise on my buttocks after falling off from the staircase, but it was all fine. The trip to Zamboanga on the other hand was punctuated by such an uncomfortable bus ride from Dipolog to Zamboanga City as we traversed Zamboanga peninsula in an effort to board our flight back to Manila.
December 12, 2012. One of the activities sponsored by the student council during the annual college week is a debate tournament among interested groups in school. Perhaps out of whim, Lawrence decided to form a group, which included me and Henesty. We were an odd bunch, none of us debaters, but certainly not incapable of delivering good arguments. We made up a team name, awkwardly combining our first names into a silly phrase–“It’s Law, Hence–Victory!” Haha!
With not much expectations in our minds, we gave it a shot.
We spent the past few days researching and rehearsing our speeches, and today we went through the elimination rounds. We were matched against younger law students, but were all experienced debaters. All worthwhile opponents, I might say.
Behold, despite the novelty of our attempt, we won! Onto the semifinals!
October 6, 2012. Scenes from the UST BarOps headquarters in Manila Hotel.
June 15, 2012, University of Santo Tomas, Manila.
May 4-5, 2012. I joined the traditional leadership training seminar (LTS) organized by the incoming UST Law student council, as a member of the outgoing council. It was held in a resort in Olongapo, Zambales.
February 5, 2012. “Conflicts of Law” is an annual inter-law school sports-fest staged by the Association of Law Schools of the Philippines-NCR. This year’s games are hosted by DLSU College of Law Student Government. I was only able to cover the table tennis games and swimming heats.
January 29, 2012. “Conflicts of Law” is an annual inter-law school sports-fest staged by the Association of Law Schools of the Philippines-NCR. This year’s games are hosted by DLSU College of Law Student Government. Students from UST Faculty of Civil Law are to participate in all the games from basketball to–believe it or not–DoTA. The second weekend saw Thomasian law students play basketball and volleyball against teams from FEU, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, San Beda College-Alabang and DLSU. The day’s games were held at the Enrique Razon Sports Center of DLSU-Manila.
Women’s Basketball (versus Far Eastern University)
Men’s Basketball (versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos)
Women’s Volleyball (versus San Beda College-Alabang)
Men’s Volleyball (versus DLSU)
Every year, on the week before Christmas break in the university begins, the law school student body holds its annual college week. Part of the week-long series of activities is a variety show and performance competition among students dubbed “Civil Law Got Talent.” It is a fairly new ‘tradition’, started just three years ago. Things kicked off with a “salu-salo” of assorted food brought in by the different batches in law school.
There were seven group performances this year. Three from the freshmen, two from the second-years, and one each from the third and fourth-years.
My classmates won third place. The seniors eventually emerged the winners, overcoming the third year ‘defending champions’.
My classmates won third place. The seniors eventually emerged as the winner of the competition.
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed in my almost-two year stay in the University of Santo Tomas, it is that its students seem to have a major fascination with beauty pageants. All colleges seem to hold one, the winners of which send their contestants to the university-wide pageant. Well, all colleges except for Civil Law–until this year. It’s amusingly crazy. Some college departments even have their own. Last December 13, the first “Mr. and Ms. Civil Law” pageant was held, with a handful of contestants from the different blocks in law school.