SBCA-SOL bestows the Orbaz Budi Award to Topnotchers

By Maria Josefin R. Alfonso

(From left) CD Asia’s Atty. Maria Theresa G. Libunao and Atty. Ma. Lourdes D. Sitaca, Atty. Rodolfo Q. Aquino, Mrs. Helen Aquino, and Dean Ulan Sarmiento

The San Beda College of Law honors every graduate who makes it to the top ten of the Bar Examinations. This accolade is called the Kalantiaw Award, which has been received by numerous topnotchers from the San Beda Manila campus.

This year, however, is another first of sorts for the San Beda College Alabang School of Law. For the first time since the birth of the School of Law in Alabang, a graduate has come out triumphant, not only for passing the 2011 Bar Examinations, but also for garnering the 10th spot in the previously held bar exams. For his astounding achievement, the members of the San Beda College Alabang Board of Trustees, through the initiative of Dean Ulpiano Sarmiento III, unanimously agreed that an award should be bestowed upon Atty. Rodolfo Q. Aquino, the very first bar topnotcher of SBCA-SOL. This award shall be known as the ORBAZ BUDI AWARD, which shall be conferred upon every graduate who assumes one of the top ten slots in the Bar Examinations.

ORBAZ BUDI is an old Hebrew-Russian saying which means, “Be thou an example (or symbol).” Taken from 1 Timothy 4:12, the verse declares the call of St. Paul to Timothy to, “Be an example to all the believers in the way you speak and behave, and in your love, your faith and your purity.” ORBAZ BUDI, VYERNUIM, SLOVOM, ZHITIEM, LIUBOUIU, VXEROIN, CHISTOTOIU.

Aside from the honor of being given the coveted Orbaz Budi medal, Atty. Aquino and future bar topnotchers from SBCA-SOL shall receive CD Titles from CD Technologies Asia, Inc., a pioneer in electronic legal research in the Philippines. By partnering with CD Asia, bar topnotchers from San Beda Alabang shall receive an electronic library set of Philippine Laws and Jurisprudence, which shall provide future awardees with access to the most comprehensive databases of law related materials.

The bar topnotcher shall also receive a generous cash prize from San Beda College Alabang, as kindly approved by Dom Clement Ma. Roque, OSB.

The achievements of Atty. Aquino and of other future bar topnotchers from Alabang should be acknowledged and looked up to by all law students, specially those who are yet to take the bar examinations. As how Dean Sarmiento put it, the barristers should “be firm, determined, stubborn, tenacious, blessedly obstinate in fulfilling that goal of becoming a true Bedan lawyer.” In addition, future Bedan bar topnotchers are expected to be exemplary models of proper behavior and must present themselves in a manner that is befitting of a Bedan lawyer.

This article appeared in the Graduation issue of The Red Chronicles, the official publication of the San Beda College-Alabang School of Law. San Beda College Alabang campus is located at 8 Don Manolo Blvd., Alabang Hills Village, Alabang, 1770 Muntinlupa City.

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