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Batch ’61 Celebrates 50 Years

By Taking Marella’10

Truly, 50 years is an achievement. What other affiliation could offer such enduring fraternal bonds that, even after half a century, a batch of gentlemen still find the time to sponsor a Christmas Party/Anniversary Celebration and can still recall fond memories of Law School, stirran and matu? But the pride and glory is not Batch 61’s alone. As mentioned by Council President Oca Gozos’70 GA’75, in his opening remarks, “Angibadito, puti na ang buhok. Ang iba wala nang buhok! But after 50 years of camaraderie and brotherhood, the Sigma Rho, and not only Batch 61, remains stronger than ever.” Led by Alfonso “Boy” Reyno’61 GA’67, the Golden Batch sponsored a generous gathering at the Manila Golf and Country Club last December 11, 2011. The program’s master of ceremonies was George Briones’70 GA’77 and the event boasted the attendance of eminent brods who are established in various fields, mainly in the practice of law. In attendance, also, was a roster of handpicked resident brods. The brods, however, appeared to be more attentive to the “intermission” number rather than to the program proper In such an event, political color fades, the biases of work interests are suspended and Sigma Rhoans just enjoy each others’ company. It is rare that, in a single room, you find sharing jokes and laughter the representatives of co-equal, yet sometimes conflicting, branches of government as well as attorneys who work against each other in a case. To name a few, representing the Judiciary were Justice Hakim Abdul Wahid’66 of the Court of Appeals and Justice Presbiterio Velasco’66 of the Supreme Court. Senator Franklin Drilon’66, amidst the hectic demands of the legislative department, graced the event with his presence. Atty. Sal Panelo caught the brods’ attention with his fashionable get up, sporting a coat and tie with maong jeans. Even with differences, personal or professional, among brods, Boy Reyno’61 GA’67 proudly said that, “Sa mga kaso sa TV networks, may brods sa magkabilang panig pero ngayong gabi, we are only one Sigma Rho!” As Batch ’61 genuinely exhibited, The test of a true Sigma Rhoan Is not his individual greatness, But the virtue of not leaving any Sigma Rhoan in disgrace, For until the day breaks And the shadows flee, Time will always be the essence of Our oneness, And we shall always remember, That we are called Sigma Rhoans, Because we stand as true Brothers above the rest. The Batch of 1961 Amable “Tetu” Aguiluz IV Alfredo “Al” Bacolod Arnulfo “Nulf” Balagot Eduardo “Ed” Baluyot Antonio “Tony” Bautista IV Regulus “Reg” Cabote Jose “Joe” Cordoba Carol “Carol” Dimadante Mario “Mar” Guariña III Arthur “Art” Ignacio Antonio “Tony” Lutero Laberlo “Bert” Marin Angel “Angie” Palomares Arturo “Art” Parcero Antonio “Bing” Picazo Robert “Bobby” Pison Ricardo “Ric” Provido, Jr. Alfonso “Boy” Reyno, Jr. Allan “Allan” Rivera Gregorio “Greg” Sadiasa Agusto “Boy” Salud Reynaldo “Bo” Samaco Jose “Bong” Valenton

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.

Recollections on the Fraternity

By Eduardo C. Abaya, Batch ’40 Grand Archon ’46
1989, Sigma Rho 50th Anniversary


The Sigma Rho Fraternity was organized by some twelve idealistic junior law students of the UP College of Law at Padre Faura St., Manila. Attracted by its laudable objectives, especially in the field of scholarship, the cream of the UP Law studentry joined up and were initiated into the Fraternity. Among them were law freshmen students like Jovito R. Salonga, Pedro L. Yap and Manuel Montecillo who later topped the 1944, 1946, and 1949 bar examinations, respectively.

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