A UST Faculty of Civil Law alumna was named one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) last June 19 at the Malacañang Palace.

Arlene Maneja, a magna cum laude graduate last March, bested students from other renowned Philippine law schools such as Ateneo de Manila and UP-Diliman.

Last March, Maneja received the Rector’s Academic Award for having the highest general weighted average in the Faculty, and the Quezon Leadership Award for exemplary leadership as president of the Central Student Council. She also received the Aquinas Award, which is given to graduating students who have received all three individual awards, namely the Rector’s Academic Award, the Quezon Leadership Award, and the Benavides Award, which she had received the previous school year.

The TOSP award is given to college graduates who have exhibited academic excellence, exemplary leadership, determination, and willingness to be of service to their fellowmen.

Valarie Ku, a summa cum laude graduate from the Faculty of Engineering, received the award last year.

Meanwhile, two law professors were among the eight recipients of the 2002 Judicial Excellence Award last June 14 at the Malacañang Palace.

For their outstanding performance as Quezon City regional trial court (RTC) judges. Diosdado Peralta (branch 95) and Lucas Bersamin (branch 96) received the Chief Justice Ramon Avanceña Award and the Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos Award, respectively.

The award is given to RTC and municipal trial court judges, public prosecutors, and public attorneys who have accorded their services for justice to prevail.

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