Even after his death, Salvador H, Laurel’s commitment continues through the Salvador H. Laurel Scholarship and Development Foundation, Inc., a private organization which teams-up with the U.P. College of Law, the late statesman’s alma mater to support indigent yet brilliant young legal minds. Without failing people’s expectations, Atty. Mark Xavier D. Oyales, the foundation’s first scholar placed second in the 2013 bar examinations. Thus, on November 11, 2014, in view of Atty. Oyales’ feat, the ties of the U.P. College of Law and the Salvador H. Laurel Scholarship and Development Foundation, Inc. were even strengthened by a memorandum of agreement widening the scholarship grant to include other expenditures crucial to finish law studies, i.e., the daily sustenance of the students. The revitalized MOA was signed at the Ricalde Faculty Room, Malcolm Hall in U.P. Diliman. As well pointed out by the U.P. College of Law on its official Facebook page, the two institutions’ unrelenting support to disadvantaged students, “are consistent with the vision of the late Vice President Salvador H. Laurel – Law for the Common Man. When the deserving poor cannot afford the study of law, the law school steps up to prevent financial incapacity from becoming a filter to the bar.”
Salvador H. Laurel joins the roster of esteemed U.P. College of Law alumni like his very own father, President Jose P. Laurel Sr., as well as Presidents Manuel A. Roxas, Elpidio R. Quirino, and Ferdinand E. Marcos, Senators Vicente G. Sinco and Edgardo J. Angara; Supreme Court Justices Ricardo M. Paras, Jose Y. Yulo, Cesar C. Bengzon, Querube C. Makalintal, Fred Ruiz Castro, Enrique M. Fernando, Felix V. Makasiar, Ramon C. Aquino, Pedro L. Yap, Marcelo B. Fernan, Hilario G. Davide, Jr. , Reynato S. Puno and the incumbent, Ma. Lourdes Aranal-Sereno.
Credits: The UP College of Law Official Facebook Page