News Flash

September 04, 2015, Friday
  • Maynilad announces water supply interruptions in some of its service areas on Thursday & Friday next week. 6 hours ago |
  • 1 of 2 men who fell off Magallanes flyover while on board a motorcycle declared dead on arrival at Pasay City Gen. Hospital. 6 hours ago |
  • PNP HPG asks LGUs in areas along EDSA to deploy 1 cop & 1 investigator at ‘choke points’ in case accidents happen. 6 hours ago |
  • Bike lanes along EDSA being installed. 6 hours ago |
  • White Plains shooting suspect Jose Maria Abaya identified by new complainants in a 3rd shooting spree in Caloocan City. 6 hours ago |
  • PNP HPG increases the number of its members to man traffic at EDSA on Monday from 90 to 150. 6 hours ago |
  • Sen. Drilon to ask LP to immediately convene and approve its vice presidential candidate for 2016. 6 hours ago |
  • Sen. Franklin Drilon believes Sen. Grace Poe will run for president in 2016. 6 hours ago |
  • Mother of death convict Maryjane Veloso claims Consul General Roberto Manalo is causing a rift between her & her daughter. 6 hours ago |
  • Celia Veloso says her daughter Maryjane who is in Indonesia’s death row is angry with her for criticizing PH gov’t. 7 hours ago |
  • Suspect in fatal shooting of a man in Quiapo, Manila nabbed. 7 hours ago |
  • Suspect in the slay of DepEd official’s wife & maid in Sta. Ana, Manila denies involvement in the crime. 7 hours ago |
  • Suspect in a double murder case in Sta. Ana, Manila to undergo inquest proceeding. 7 hours ago |
  • 3 vendors killed in a shooting incident in Marawi City. 7 hours ago |
  • 50 more lawmakers to face charges in connection to PDAF scam. 7 hours ago |
  • Firearms of retired and suspended policemen to be subjected to inventory. 7 hours ago |
  • QCPD Station Commanders ordered to go on weekend duty. 7 hours ago |
  • PNP Chief Ricardo Marquez asks mall owners to give PNP prior notice on mall sale. 7 hours ago |
  • 2 victims rushed to hospital after the motorcycle they were riding fell off Magallanes flyover in Makati City. 7 hours ago |
  • Bayan says gov’t to pay P7.5B in penalty charge to consortium operating LRT 1 due to unfulfilled contract obligations. 7 hours ago |
  • Passengers observe MRT 3 trains’ aircon & engine are frequently turned off at some stations which cause more travel delays. 7 hours ago |
  • LRT 2 commuters stand in long lines at train stations to pay for single-journey tickets each time they take rides. 7 hours ago |
  • Lack of beep cards with stored value still plagues LRT 2 operations weeks after magnetic cards were phased out. 7 hours ago |
  • Coloma says President Aquino still trusts Customs Commissioner Bert Lina. 12 hours ago |
  • 2 rebels arrested following an encounter between soldiers & NPAs in Camarines Sur. 12 hours ago |
  • DOTC says drivers in Metro Manila should refrain from committing traffic violations such as swerving & counter-flowing. 12 hours ago |
  • DOTC attributes heavy traffic congestion in Metro Manila to motorists' lack of discipline. 12 hours ago |
  • Complainant Gerry Dionisio says Jose Maria Abaya had fired upon his Kia pick-up along TPLEX in June this year. 12 hours ago |
  • Another previous victim of White Plains shooting suspect Jose Maria Abaya surfaces. 12 hours ago |
  • DPWH to reclaim 1.5 meter of sidewalk along Edsa currently being occupied by illegal vendors. 12 hours ago |
  • DPWH to set up yellow delineators from Edsa-Munoz to Edsa-Roxas Blvd. to separate lanes for public & private vehicles. 12 hours ago |
  • Death toll in accident on Wednesday involving a 10-wheeler truck in Barangka, Marikina rises to 3. 12 hours ago |
  • Customs Chief Bert Lina says sorry for the inspection of balikbayan boxes. 21 hours ago |
Advertisement

Teaching in a grand manner

By MST News | Feb. 05, 2013 at 12:01am
At the entrance lobby of the College of Law of the University of the Philippines there is a wonderful quotation from United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: “The business of a law school is not sufficiently described when you merely say that it is to teach law, or to make lawyers. It is to teach law in the grand manner, and to make great lawyers.” As I wrote in this column in January 2011, during the centennial celebration of UP Law, every student and alumnus knows these words by heart.

In the past few days, with the passage into eternal life of Professors Araceli Baviera and Domingo Disini who taught many generations of UP Law students the rudiments of civil law (in the case of Baviera) and labor law (on the part of Disini), the meaning of Holmes’ words have hit home. Indeed, in this new world where feelings can be shared instantly and collectively, their deaths were received with profound grief as well as a deep sense of gratitude for what they shared to us as teachers. Indeed, the lives of these great professors embody best what teaching law in a grand manner truly means and how to make great lawyers.

Professor Araceli Baviera, born in 1920, taught at UP Law for 58 years. As law student Dana Batnag wrote in a 2009 blog entry entitled “The Little Old Lady at the UP College of Law”, Prof. Baviera did not begin her legal career as a teacher. Instead, she first practiced law after becoming a lawyer, but told Ms. Batnag that the “influence-peddling” that she saw disgusted her. Ms. Batnag quotes Prof. Baviera as recounting: “I said to myself, mahirap mag-aral ng law, tapos magsusuhol ka lang”. She was 35 years old then and she never left the college.

The first time I actually encountered Prof. Baviera’s work was not as a teacher but as an author of the classic textbook on Sales which was assigned to us during second year law by our Special Contracts professor, Prof. Bing Jacinto. I remember being impressed by that red book but the real thing—the experience of being her student in Civil Procedure—was even more intellectually satisfying. She was soft-spoken, but every word (as I shared also with Ms. Batnag in 2009) contained a grain of wisdom. Prof. Baviera’s brilliance also manifested itself in her wit. I sat in front of the class and her comments to our answers were always funny (though never insulting or humiliating). It was also a lot of fun to sit beside her during meetings of the UP Law faculty (which I joined in the 1990s) because of her many side comments.

Brilliance was not the only defining characteristic of Prof. Baviera. Integrity, simplicity and dedication also marked her life as a teacher and law professional. Even after she retired from the university, she continued to teach, coming to UP Law riding the jeep, hardly missing a class, sharp and brilliant to the end.

Brilliance, integrity, simplicity and dedication. These are also the best words to summarize the life of Prof. Domingo Disini. Prof. Domeng, as we fondly called him, was a master of labor law. He knew the intricacies of the Labor Code and taught his students in UP Law (as well as the Ateneo School of Law) with passion for the rule of law and social justice. As his family wonderfully summarized his life, “He aspired to be simple but ended up doing great things for others.”

Prof. Disini did great things for me. As his first students in UP Law, he inspired us to be good students by being rigorous and demanding—and being fair in giving grades. He challenged me always to be true to my ideals; knowing I came from the Ateneo de Manila, he would always remind me that as a lawyer I was supposed to be a man for others. He taught me that one can be a good lawyer and teacher while also being a good person—by being kind and gentle to one’s students. As a colleague in the UP Law and Ateneo Law Faculty, he inspired me to believe that the most important work I do was this business of teaching.

In the same speech from which the Malcolm lobby quotation comes from, Justice Holmes says that, “Education, other than self -education, lies mainly in the shaping of men’s interests and aims. If you convince a man that another way of looking at things is more profound, another form of pleasure more subtle than that to which he has been accustomed, if you make him really see it the very nature of man is such that he will desire the profounder thought and the subtler joy.” This is exactly what Professors Baviera and Disini did to us. They inspired us to be better than we are. They taught law in a grand manner not only with their brilliance but also more importantly with the example of the decency of their lives. Surely if we become great lawyers, it is, among others, because once we were taught by a Baviera and a Disini and a few others like them. And I thank them for this.

Facebook: tlavina@yahoo.com Twitter: tonylavs
COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by MST.ph. Comments are views by manilastandardtoday.com readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of manilastandardtoday.com. While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with MST.ph editorial standards, MST.ph may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section
comments powered by Disqus