Category Archives: Luminaries

Edru Abraham ’63 Retires from UP

 Our great Edru Abraham retired from the University of Philippines after half a century of teaching the value of indigenous culture and creating awareness through the arts. Pedro Abraham’63, or “Edru” to his brods and colleagues, is the founder of the music group Kontra-Gapi and a faculty member of the Department of Art Studies in the University of the Philippines. He founded the Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino (Kontra-Gapi), an ethnic music and dance ensemble in 1989, a group which has been in the forefront of promoting ethnic music all over the Philippines. An actor, director, activist, dancer, choreographer, musician, composer, voice talent, conceptualizer, writer and producer[1], he is a son of a Lebanese immigrant and a Filipina, and grew up in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. He joined the Sigma Rho at the tender age of 16 and credits the friendships he had in the fraternity as one of his influences in his works. In 2000, he was awarded the Outstanding Performance Artist in Performance Art 2000 in the International Award for the Arts. An article about Edru and his roots was recently written by Randy David in the Inquirer. We are truly proud of you Edru!

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Antonio Carpio, A Stoic Jurist

piocarps89Antonio T. Carpio of Batch ’70, Grand Archon ’73, is one of the youngest appointees in the Supreme Court, where he is now serving for more than 10 years as Associate Justice. He is also currently the Chair of the Senate Electoral Tribunal. In the heat of the impeachment of the Chief Justice and in the interest of public accountability and government transparency, Carpio was the first justice to voluntarily file his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). He was a nominee for the position of Chief Justice in 2010, and said that he would only accept an appointment if it is issued by the next President. Carpio exhibits the true spirit of a legal scholar. Many notable decisions by the high court which he penned are assigned readings in law school and are considered substantial contribution to the growing body of jurisprudential knowledge in Philippine constitutional law. Among these decisions are Lambino v. COMELEC, which concerns the people’s initiative as a mode of constitutional amendment; Estrada vs. Escritor, which involves the free exercise of religion in bigamous relations; and Central Bank Employees vs. BSP, where he challenges the majority opinion upholding the relative constitutionality doctrine to justify the applicability of salary standardization without enabling legislation; He graduated valedictorian from the College of Law of the University of the Philippines. He served as the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Philippine Law Journal. He was sixth in the 1975 Bar Examinations. He went into private practice after graduation and also served as a Professorial Lecturer in the U.P. College of Law for nearly a decade. He was then appointed as Chief Presidential Legal Counsel in the administration of President Ramos in 1992. He was then appointed as Justice in the Philippine Supreme Court in 2001.