I have a friend who is a frustrated lawyer. Let’s call him James. James has a passion for politics, law, government, and the like. His Facebook account could be a proxy for Facebook news pages because of the abundance of news updates he posts on a daily basis. James breathes and lives politics. His genuine interest in the field has led him to follow prominent figures in the industry and to continuously gain knowledge through and from those people. Ask him anything about any current events happening in the country and he mostly has his own opinions on them. Like most, he also has his own political views and preferences.
But you see, James and I are complete opposites. I feel like when God sprinkled “political inclination” to His people, I was on the last row. Also, the thing is, James is not a lawyer. He is also not currently taking up law. He aspires to, nay, he yearns for it, but time and budget are two of his main constraints. But despite our differences, I wanted to know why he wanted to study law so badly. So when I got invited to attend a Testimonial Party at Manuel L. Quezon University (Victoria Sports Tower Station 2) in Quezon City, I had to say yes!
I went to the event as a blogger whose job was to cover the Testimonial Party, but I also had a different agenda – to know what the fuss is with law school. Before the event proper, I took the spare time as an opportunity to take photos of the venue and of the people. Check out my BTS photos!
Cerah Hernandez of Monster Radio RX 93.1
“Education is the great equalizer.”
The testimonial party started with interviews. Lots of heartwarming and inspiring interviews. For the first batch, three 2016 bar exam passers were interviewed about law school, their experiences as law students, their struggles, and of course their achievements as bar passers. It’s really inspiring to witness their passion towards the field. From struggling to juggle work and law school to doubting themselves to piles of cases to study, these bar passers surpassed them all and passed the examination with flying colors! Cliché as it may be, it wasn’t easy, but it was so worth it!
2016 Bar Exam Passers From MLQU
Being in law school is not an easy feat, but it is a huge help when you’re in a welcoming community that continuously guides and supports you towards your dreams. That’s how these bar passers felt towards MLQU. For them, it was a huge help that their teachers not only focused on the lessons in the books but actually molded them into better individuals through personal, real-life experiences and lessons. The diversity of MLQU’s community also helped the students become more open to different sets of people. Imagine being seatmates with students who came from different provinces and regions in the Philippines!
Staff members are often undercelebrated, but these MLQU bar passers know better than to dismiss them easily. In fact, these staff members actually helped them during their examination by allowing them to extend their book loans, by being helpful with the resources, and the like.
To quote, “It’s a small community with a lot of support.”
Advice for incoming bar examinees:
- Know your priorities. You don’t have any bragging right just because you’re a law student.
- Dream big. Kung mangangarap ka na lang, lakihan mo na. When you really, really want something, the universe will conspire to make it happen.
- Have the right attitude. When professors criticize you and give you many cases, don’t take it against them. The more cases you have, the more opportunity you can learn.
“My career is good. I owe it to the (MLQU) community.”
For the second leg of the event, some more exam passers were interviewed. This time, they were passers of the professional licensing exam for Civil Engineers. Engr. Raphael Pedroso ranked 3rd while Engr. Archimedes Martinez ranked 8th. Their individual stories were quite an eye-opener. It shows that no hurdles can stop a person who dreams big and high.
(L-R) Engr. Martinez, Engr. Pedroso, Cerah Hernandez (Monster Radio RX 93.1)
Engr. Pedroso once took the licensure exam and failed. He wasn’t the best student back then, even only studying between 2 to 3 hours a day. He used his frustration to be a better student. During his second review, he dedicated more time to studying. Lo and behold, despite the struggle of juggling their family business and taking up his classes, he passed the licensure exam and even gained a total average score of 93.25%! Engr. Pedroso proves that our aspirations can bring us far when we put in the right amount of effort.
A Funny Yet Memorable Occurrence
Here’s a funny trivia for you. When Engr. Pedroso graduated from UST with his first degree, he was given the Faculty of Engineering medal by mistake. He didn’t refuse it since “it was a better course than the one he took” so he received the medal anyway. After passing the licensure exam for Civil Engineers, he came across this medal again and found it a “premonition”, so to speak. As fate would have it, he finally belonged to the Engineering Department after his exam retake.
From Disappointments to Big Dreams
On the other hand, Engr. Martinez is the only graduate from MLQU to make it to the top 10. Out of 6,998 examinees, only 2,514 passed the exam conducted simultaneously in 12 cities in the country. He never really aimed to belong in the Top 10. In fact, he even stopped studying for 1.5 years. Martinez got addicted to gambling, but with his mother’s determination, he went back to school.
With this achievement, Martinez has brought honor and pride to his alma mater. And in return, MLQU celebrates this victory through Success the MLQU Way event by rewarding him one (1) million pesos and a job offer from New San Jose Builders, Inc. (NSJBI).
The said event is a celebration of the success and achievements of MLQU graduates who have exhibited exemplary performance during the recent Board and Bar Examinations. Together with Mr. Martinez, Mr. Raphael Pedroso was also awarded fifty thousand pesos for having a total average score of 93.25% in the recent nationwide professional licensing exam for Civil Engineers.
This is MLQU’s way to motivate its aspiring students to be committed and to continue to strive for excellence.
MLQU is continuously beefing up its roster of faculty members and deans who are known practitioners from their respective industry. Adding to the list of MLQU notable deans are former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, Regent & Dean Emeritus College of Law; former Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Perez, Dean School of Law; Professor Eric Soriano, Dean School of Accountancy, Business and Real Estate Management; and DPWH Undersecretary Raul Asis and former UP Dean of Architecture Danilo Silvestre, special lecturers to name a few.
Dr. Isagani G. Germar, President of MLQU Quezon City
Alongside the enhancement of MLQU facilities and faculty, the basic education program for kindergarten to senior high will be offered at MLQU SPACE this June.
Visit MLQU SPACE for more information and inquiries about the latest courses and certification offerings or contact 09566755232 or (02) 994-5133. Visit the website at mlqu.edu.ph or its Facebook page at mlquofficial.