Friday, March 29, 2013

Holy Week Sickness

Today is Good Friday. I have been sick since yesterday, Holy Thursday. I have been studying on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Then on Thursday I had sore throat and colds so I did not study at all. Today I still have colds and cough so I did not study too. I know that my sickness is caused by a virus, but this is a reminder that my life is not in my hands but in God's. So my body told me to take a break. Ate Marlyn went home this morning. We read the gospel yesterday. I will later read the gospel for today. Blessed Holy Week to everyone!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Be grateful and improve your mind

Today we had our last class for corporation law and special proceedings. We gave our professors a standing ovation at the end of class. We also gave them cakes and flowers. We just paid our beadles after class. I'm happy to be part of a very gracious block.

My exams will be on April 1 for special proceedings, April 4 for taxation 2, and April 13 for corporation law. We will also have whole-day seminars for Office of Legal Aid (OLA) summer internships on April 8, 10, and 11. I already made a study schedule for the next few weeks. Study a subject for two hours. Study another subject for two hours. Take a meal break. Rinse and repeat.

I found an article in Cracked on five ways to have mind-blowing powers. First, make a "memory palace" to remember long lists. Second, repeat reminders to retain information. Third, write it down to remember something. Fourth, use your less dominant hand to control your anger. Fifth, look at pictures of sick people to be healthy. I will start using these tips so I can do well in the bar exam.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Schedule a movie

Last Saturday night, I scheduled my activities for Sunday. I was able to do everything in my schedule except read two cases. So I will just do that later today. We watched Django Unchained. It was a good and bloody movie. I hope I can be as good a lawyer as Django and Dr. Schultz are as bounty hunters.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Yesterday, a classmate was sick in class and went to the infirmary. Today, we had our credit transactions exam. I did not finish and had one page to go. I hope I can finish and pass the bar exam. On Sunday, we will offer mass for a grandaunt and watch a movie.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Life of Pi

Yesterday night, I watched Life of Pi. It was a beautiful movie of a boy in India who found faith in Hindu, Christianity, and Islam. His family had a zoo, but they had to move to Canada with the animals. He was shipwrecked, lost his family, and had a tiger in his life boat. Then he experienced God in the Pacific Ocean. It is a beautiful story.

While I was watching, I did not push the fast forward button unlike what I did in Citizen Kane, Lincoln, and Ides of March. This is a great movie. Ang Lee is an inspiring director. He once said, "I don't find my films, my films find me." Truly, this is a film worth finding.

Bar exam results

Last Wednesday, the bar exam results came out. There were four UP Law students in the top 10. However the passing rate decreased. About 76% of examinees from UP passed. About 84% of examinees from UP Law Class 2012 passed. The passing rate was 17%, the lowest rate in a decade. That was a very difficult exam. Congratulations to our new lawyers!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Know the law

My classmate wants to have a government website where all laws and rules in the Philippines would be located and updated. I like that idea. In fact, I also want a website where a person can access the contact information of every government agency and every local government unit, from the barangay up to the region. Maybe the Official Gazette can serve as this government resource.

Many government agencies do not display all their rules online, especially the Bureau of Internal Revenue, which collects taxes. As a result, people do not know their taxes and do not pay them. Ignorance of the law excuses no one. That's why publication is a requirement. Maybe publication should now include online publication as well.

We could also start by teaching basic laws and civic duties in elementary and high school. Why? Only a minority of people enter college. Many people learn law and politics from the news in television, radio, and internet. Now that we have the internet, we can get and give information fast and free. So we teach people about the law early and post all laws online.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Habang may buhay, may pag-asa

Noong Biyernes, may isang estudyante ng UP Manila ang nagpakamatay. Isa raw sa mga posibleng dahilan ng kanyang kamatayan ay ang kakulangan ng pera para sa pag-aaral. Nalungkot at nainis ako sa balita sapagkat sayang ang buhay niya. Ano ba naman ang P10,000 para sa pangmatrikula ng bata? Hindi naman siguro malulugi ang UP. Sana mabago na natin ang sistema ng edukasyon sa Pilipinas para mabigyan ng mabuting edukasyon ang bawat kabataan na siyang pag-asa ng bayan.

Nakakalungkot rin at hindi naagapan ang matinding kalungkutan ng bata. Sana may nakatulong o nakapagbigay ng gabay sa kanya. Nasa UP Manila pa man din ang Philippine General Hospital. Sayang talaga at hindi niya nagamit ang bagong suicide hotline. Ipinagdarasal ko siya. Sana maging payapa ang kanyang kaluluwa. Sana matapos na ang ganitong paghihirap para sa ating mga kababayan. Sana malaman natin na habang may buhay, may pag-asa.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Read poetry

I seldom read or write poems. I used to read and write poetry in elementary and high school. In high school, I had to memorize some poems for cadet training. But I just consider poetry as prose in stanza form. Just imagine a story or any subject. Write about it in stanza form. Match the number of syllables to the required form. Make the ends of the lines rhyme. Voila, you have instant poetry.

I would imagine writing poetry is like making a pleading. You have so many requirements on the form that sometimes you forget that you have to make the substance stand out. I prefer prose to poetry because you can be direct, which I like. You can also use figures of speech in prose, so your prose could be beautiful and imaginative too.

But I'm writing about poetry because of what our tax professor said: "Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do and die." That sounds familiar to me, but I did not know where it came from. Then I saw a post from my classmate that the line came from Alfred Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade. So I started reading the poem. Then I started crying.

Soldiers sacrifice their lives, but for what purpose? We use words like honor, nationalism, and patriotism. But I say the purpose is greed. You want to conquer land beyond what you need. You want to control the seas beyond your boundaries. You want to kill people not because they are a danger to you, but because they harm your interests. You are greedy, and you're only using beautiful words to hide it. It was amazing that I could think this way just from reading a single poem.

Then I remembered that M, the spy chief in Skyfall, recited poetry while she was in parliament. The poem she recited was from Tennyson's Ulysses. Now I know Ulysses ever since I was in elementary and high school because I read Greek mythology. He was a king of Ithaca who took part in the Trojan War for ten years. But the gods became mad at him and it took him ten years to return home. The last lines give me hope that while I may not be physically strong like a soldier, I have a strong will. Though I may sometimes fail in what I do, I can always strive, do better, and not surrender to evil.

More support for moot court

Yesterday, I read all the Campos annotations and all cases and opinions in the original. Why? Because I had no more digests. Necessity is really the mother of industry. This morning, I took notes before and during class. I recited a case on liquidation. Thank goodness, I was not called on Majority stockholders of Ruby Industrial Corporation v. Lim, which was a long case but it was successfully recited by our classmate. Then we had a break.

During the break, our classmate who represents our university in the Jessup international moot court competition asked our professor if we could move our corporation law final exam to another day. Our final exam in corporation law was supposed to be on April 12. She was going to leave the Philippines on March 29, compete in Jessup the following week, and return home on April 11 at 11 pm.

Our tax exam will be on April 4. Our classmate will still be abroad at that time. She asked if she can take the exam under the supervision of the professor accompanying the moot court team. Our tax professor refused and insisted that she must take her final exam at his office in Makati on April 12 at 9 am. I really felt sorry for her because she was doing such a great job representing our school, but our own school is giving her a hard time in her final exams.

The good news is that our professor in corporation law allowed us to take the final exam on April 13. Good job to our classmate who was able to persuade her! However, it's still sad that they are penalized for representing our school. I understand that it is a professor's prerogative to set standards and make the final exam for our class. But I'm sure we can do something. Calling on the Office of the College Secretary (OCS) and the Law Student Government (LSG) for help.

Last classes

Yesterday we had our last class for taxation 2 and local government. I was called by my professor on real property tax. I answered the venue of where to appeal but did not know the period to appeal. He asked us why haven't we prepared. Then he told us to sit down, but we still clapped for him at the end.

We had an Oscars theme for our local government. Our professor was one hour late, but she made it. She walked on the red carpet and told us what happened on her appointment. Then we presented our seminars and had our class picture at the Malcolm lobby. She said she will take her oath tomorrow. Much success to all of us!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Pope

God bless Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis!

COA Commissioner

Congratulations to our local government professor, Atty. Rowena Guanzon, for being appointed as a commissioner in the Commission on Audit!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Finish your work

Yesterday I recited my case for local government by just saying one sentence. I finished reading the assignment for special proceedings today. Later I will review for procedure before class. Then I will read the provisions for tax and the assignment for corporation law after class. Then review corporation law and credit transactions over the weekend. I hope I finish everything this week, pass all my classes, and get a summer legal internship. Working for success!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Walk more

I usually walk two kilometers in a day because my dorm is one kilometer away from school. But today, I walked more than twice that distance. I walked a kilometer to ride in a jeep because the passing jeeps were full. I walked half a kilometer to the mailing station because I stopped in the middle of two overpasses. I walked another kilometer to find an ATM so that I can give money to a mother with a sick child. Then I returned to the school to sign up for a legal internship. That would be five kilometers of walking. Good job! How far do you walk in a day?

Rest during the weekend

On Saturday, I had a headache that started while I was commuting home in the afternoon. I stood for the entire time in the train while wearing my back pack. I walked half kilometer from the gate to our house. I still felt dizzy when we went grocery shopping in the evening. So I went to bed at midnight but got to sleep after 1 am.

On Sunday, I woke up after 8 am and had breakfast. Then I just read newspapers and played games after I tried to study corporation law but failed to do so. After lunch, I still felt tired so I slept until 3 pm. I was able to study the first few provisions and a case. Later that night, I was able to study everything. I was in bed after midnight but cannot sleep. I hope I could sleep better now.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Make a good presentation

Today I reported on the Pawnshop Regulation Act. After the report, the professor gave comments on how to improve our presentation.

First, consider the background. I used a white background with black text. In general, he said that it is better to use a dark background and light text. Second, introduce yourself to the audience.

Third, know the purpose behind the policies and rules. For example, the law has a citizenship requirement. This was made not to prevent capital from leaving the country but to protect the business of pawnshop owners from foreigners who have more capital.

Fourth, do not put the provisions of the law in the presentation. That would be a sure way to make the audience fall asleep. Instead, write bullet points or show a picture about the provision while you read the text itself.

Fifth, learn about technology while you are still in school. In practice, we would have less free time to learn new applications so we have to learn them now. At a minimum, know how to use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Learn the keyboard shortcuts and become an expert.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Lucky Thursday

Today was a lucky day. I was not called in tax and local government. For tax, we had cheesecake. For local government, our class set up our exhibit for the seminar. Then we had no corporation law on Friday and Saturday. So I went home. Good job!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Mid week insomnia

I woke up at 10 am and ate pancakes for breakfast. Then I prepared myself, read my notes in special proceedings, and went to class. After class, I did my credit report. Then I had champorado or chocolate rice for a snack and later ate lamb, rice, and noodles for supper. I studied tax last week so I just played games and surfed the internet. Only now do I realize that I should have studied corporation law. It's almost 2 am but I cannot sleep. At least my class tomorrow is in the afternoon. Good night!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Lazy Tuesday

I planned to study local government in the morning and special proceedings in the afternoon and at night. What actually happened is that I surfed the internet and played games in the morning and early afternoon, studied local government in the late afternoon, and did my credit outline and special proceedings notes at night. We also had no class in local government today. I can't sleep because I drank a liter of lemon tea while studying. I become more of an insomniac when I drink anything with caffeine after dark.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Productive Monday

I had a productive day today even though I was not able to do everything I planned. I wasn't called in corporation law so I made a schedule for today and tomorrow. I was able to make a list of local government news items by noon. Then I heard mass because I passed by the chapel. I ate lunch and took a nap.

When I woke up, I tried to make my report on my iPad but the CloudOn app was slow. So I went to a computer lab after 3 pm to create my credit presentation. I took so much time that I only got out before 8 pm. But I was only charged Php 13. I ate supper outside the dorm.

I got a message from a niece who was asking for money for allowance. So I talked to my cousin at home and told her about the message. We wondered why they had to ask for more money when we just sent money from Canada last month. Thank goodness that I am not in that position and am still able to help. My cousin said that I can tell my niece to ask her father (my cousin) for money first, then her grandmother (my aunt) and her uncle (another cousin). I think they just ask first because calling their relatives in Canada will take more effort while I'm just a text away.

After the money episode, I listened to Jomar Hilario's webinar. I learned some lessons on how to be a virtual assistant, like using Google Authorship and SEO images. I am now writing this blog post then I will listen to the online lecture on Learning Creative Learning. Tomorrow I will focus on local government in the morning and special proceedings in the afternoon. We can do this.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Ides of March

My brother transferred the movie Ides of March to my tablet so I'll listen to this film later while I read cases from the Campos book. Weekend at home has become a rest period for me. I just watch movies, read the newspaper, surf the internet, and sleep on my bed. The only productive things I did was outline my credit transactions report and upload my local government digest. Now I am reading corporation law cases in the original. I only have four more cases to go so good luck to me. Hope I enjoy the movie.

Credit report

Today we finished the cases for credit transactions. Then the professor let us prepare a report, which will be equivalent to two recitations. I volunteered to report for the Pawnshop Regulation Act. Then I asked my cousin if she has pawned something. She said yes, and I pictured her pawnshop ticket. She pawned a necklace and was loaned Php 3,550 or $88. She must pay it or renew the loan by March 15. Having a pawnshop sounds like a good business because you only need Php 100,00 or $2,500 paid in capital. So we plan to pay the loan and she will pay us instead. Now that's good credit.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Editing my blog

Yesterday, I recited in tax class. The professor had a new game. Half of the class will stand. Then he will ask us questions one by one. If we answer correctly, we can sit down. I was able to sit after I recited a case. Then I went to the talk of Justice Leonen. He told us to do the hard work of reading cases in the original and living a full life. Then I voted. Most of the candidates in the law student government (LSG) won, but the ones that I voted for in the university student council (USC) lost. Then I went home and studied corporation law.

Today, I recited in corporation law class. Three of my classmates helped me. I hope I pass this. At least I'm done for that round. Then I studied for credit transactions. Then I went to the computer shop and ate sizzling tuna. When my roommate came home, she had KFC chicken so I broke my abstinence for today. My eyes and nose are tired so I must take my medicine. I must eat three meals per day or I'll get a headache. The weekend is not yet here because I still have class tomorrow.

I'll also be editing my blog so that private information remain secret and only the helpful posts remain. I just realized that nothing is really private on the web even if you use a pseudonym and never promote your blog. Hoping that I have more blog posts this month.

PS. I edited this blog to include the part about yesterday.