Contradictions as a law student

March 16, 2013. There are times like this when I’m hating law school, not merely because it’s finals season but because it’s compelling me to be ‘selfish’ with my studies and restrain myself. At times when I’m enraged, I want to leave my books.

Gusto kong kumilos, magsulat, mag-organisa, sumama sa mga protesta ng tao.Punyetang gobyerno at sistema to. Pinabayaang magutom mga biktima ng Pablo, pinabayaan ang mga Pilipino sa Sabah, pinagkakaitan ng edukasyon ang kabataan, pinagpa-privatize mga public hospitals, pinapabayang dambungin ng mga dayuhan ang mga natural resources ng bayan, at napakarami pa.

Tinutulak ang mamamayang kumapit sa patalim, pumatay at magpakamatay. Paulit-ulit nage-eleksyon, deka-dekadang pare-parehas na trapo ang nagpapatakbo, walang pagbabago. I refuse to allow my future children and their children to inherit this system!

It’s Law, Hence Victory! (Part 1)

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!

Block dinner and photo shoots

September 27, 2012. As a requirement for one of our Evidence class in law school, some of us has to present a visual case report. One of our classmates asked some of us to pose in tableaus as policemen and criminal suspects, complete with costumes. SO after one of our evening classes, we went to some street perpendicular to España and shot some photos. It was a hilarity! And an embarrassment for those who posed, so I won’t upload them here.

Since we were all in this together, the block decided to have dinner together beforehand at everyone’s default go-to place for gatherings–Shakey’s España.

End-of-exam celebration with the class

September 1, 2012. The end of our midterm exams always calls for a collective celebration with the class! Our modest venue for this particular party is one of the billiards room in Savory Restaurant along Earnshaw in Sampaloc, Manila, just a few blocks and a few minutes drive from the UST campus.

It was a night of drunken karaoke fun. We didn’t really play billiards. Haha. We instead converted the pool table it into our food table and bar, much to the horror of the restaurant owner perhaps.