By Ressie Drew

The University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) School Of Law successfully concluded its 2023 Bar Operations Activity under the deanship of Dean Dodie Opinion Turla.

The activity was spearheaded by the Pioneer Law Student Council through its officers – Amy Grace G. Gargar (President); Glenn Militar (Vice-President); Ressie Pedrano (Secretary); Jared Kaiser G. Hilado (Treasurer); John Carlo D. Rebadomia (Auditor); along with Council Representatives Noli A. Mendoza, Turk V. Modesto, Miguel R. Lim, Ella Mae A. Abay, Stephanie T. Sagal, Ritzel R. Sombito, and Mona Lydia P. Delina.

Council Representatives Turk V. Modesto and Ritzel R. Sombito were appointed as Bar-Ops Committee Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, respectively.

With approximately 85 UNO-Rian Bar Takers, 25 of whom are identified as first takers, this year’s battle-cry for our aspiring lawyers was: “RAM THE TOP!

This wordplay was utilized to showcase the RAM, the Official University Symbol, as a representation of one’s immense strength, fierce grace, and pure bravery for their final fight – the Bar Examinations scheduled on September 17, 20, and 24, 2023.

The Bar-Ops Committee primarily provided its services to the majority of UNO-Rian Barristers located at the two separate Local Testing Centers (LTCs) in Cebu (USC-Main Campus and USJR-Basak Campus).

Through council fundraising activities and generous contributions from UNO-R Law School Alumni, Faculty Members and Students alike, the Committee was able to meet the expenses of the bar operations in Cebu City.

Student-Volunteers were also dispatched in the city throughout the bar exam week, namely: Oryza April M. Rendon, Rj Rose Cel A. Torres, Abraham V. Sampalocia, Sherwin R. Iligan, Michelle T. Visera, Darlene Mae A. Deguit, Guia Johanna C. Dapat, Fleur Christie O. Gallenero, Bernice Angela Aspan, Faith Joy B. Abuana, Oliver Philip E. Balangue, April Mae R. Castañeda, Caryle Joyce G. Gosiaoco, along with UNO-R Law 2023 Alumni, Irene Julia P. Monteposo and Raphy A. Trinidad.

The Pioneer Law Student Council hopes that this spirit of volunteerism and compassion continues and is instilled among the UNO-R School of Law Alumni, Faculty Members and Students for years to come, united in the service and for the support of all the UNO-Rian Barristers.

The only agenda is to see to it that the best interest of every bar taker with blue and gold in their veins is given a generous amount of support, encouragement, and assistance in their pursuit to earn the dot, to reach the zenith. After all, the only way for a RAM is to the TOP.