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Succession with Dean Danny Concepcion
a.k.a. The one professor who taught us the importance of showbiz in the study of law

Would you look at that. Genuinely happy and giddy faces of people who now knew what it meant to be taught in the grand manner. And, what do you know  the one class I expected to dislike the most ended up being the class I loved and enjoyed this semester.

Perhaps I'll save the list of reasons for later, that is, after the finals, when I have the right to say I've actually survived it. (Crossing my fingers!) Just putting this up to here to remind myself that there is so much joy in the learning of law; sometimes it just takes one brilliant person to make you realize that.


Also: here's an excerpt from a case I just finished digesting for this class. Perfection, as always, from Justice Isagani Cruz. He's easily one of my favorite justices ever.

This may as well be the best introduction to a case I've ever read.

"We are back to the early 1900's in the cool regions of the Mountain Province, setting of many legends of adventure and romance among the highlanders of the North. Our story is not as fanciful, involving as it does not a rivalry for the hand of a beautiful Igorot maiden but a prosaic dispute over a piece of land. Even so, as in those tales of old, the issue shall be decided in favor of the just and deserving albeit according to the dictates not of the heart but of the law.

The hero of this story we shall call Old Man Tumpao although at the time it all began he was still a young and vigorous man. He had a first wife by whom he begot three children, who are the private respondents in this case. Upon her death, he took to himself a second wife, by whom he had no issue but who had two children she had "adopted" according to the practice of the Igorots then. It is their children who, with some others, are the petitioners in this case.

The facts are as simple as the ancient hills."

Mang-oy v. CA, G.R. No. L-27421 (September 12, 1986)

Who says there's no prose/poetry in ponencias?