Western Mindanao State University (WMSU)-College of Law held its annual Testimonial Dinner on December 8 in honor of its new lawyers at the Astoria Regency Convention, Pasonanca, this city.
The annual event has been a prided tradition of the said law school as they commend newly-minted lawyers who hurdled the Philippine Bar Examinations. This year’s honorees are Atty. Arbee A. Arquiza, Atty. Jan Christian M. Babiera, Atty. Jonelyn H. Bidad, Atty. Stephen Roy M. Cañete, Atty. Jovian P. Diesto, Atty. Faigdar A. Jaafar and Atty. Lerdo I. Matildo, Jr.
Headed by the College of Law Dean, Atty. Eduardo F. Sanson and organized by the Law Students Association, the event sought to recognize the role of the legal education in the peace process with the theme, “Legal Education: Framework for Peace in the Southern Philippines.”
Dr. Ederlinda M. Fernandez, WMSU OIC President and Vice-President for Planning, Administration and Finance was the guest speaker for the said dinner. Further, the year-end affair also served as a socialization and get-together for the law students, faculty members and alumni alike.
The highlight of the dinner was the honorees’ speeches, in which they recounted the challenges and trials in taking the bar examinations. Their success stories serve as a motivation for aspiring lawyers. Another highlight is the fund-raising initiative intended for the Typhoon Yolanda victims. The said initiative is spearheaded by the College of Law-Law Students Association (LSA) — the same organization that extended manpower help and donations in cash and goods during the Zamboanga Siege incident, in partnership with the University Student Council, Fraternitas Scintilla Legis, Alpha Rho Lambda Law Fraternity and Scintilla Juris Professional Fraternity.
Headed by its current President, Ekeena O. Lim, LSA also conducted WMSU Bar Operations 2013 at the University of Sto. Tomas, Manila, in support of the WMSU examinees of the Philippine Bar Examinations 2013 and just recently, a fund-raising event for the Typhoon Yolanda victims. (WMSU Press Release)