Viray: Most outstanding chapter in the entire country (Part 2)

In and Out of Court

RUBEN Feliciano of Angeles bested Ricardo Bermudo in 1999. He convinced the IBP members to vote for him and jokingly said: "Vote for me now and I can die later." He did not finish his term so he died. Federico Tolentino of Guagua succeeded him in 2001. He was a young lawyer but he also died young.

Orlando Pangilinan is from Minalin but has his law practice in Angeles City. He was our president in 2003. Joseph Miranda of San Fernando was elected in 2005.

In 2007, the Chapter elected its lady President, Ma. Imelda Q. Tuazon of Angeles City.

In 2009, its back to San Fernando with the Presidency of Aramis Benoza. Casiano Sabile of Angeles City ascended in 2011 but he died in office. Then the golden years of young leaders began.

Peter Maglalang of San Fernando gave IBP its fourth Most Outstanding Award in 2013. Darwin Reyes of Angeles City was not to be outdone in 2015. The Chapter got its fifth Most Outstanding Award. Gener Endona of San Fernando gained respect as President in 2017 and retained the Most Outstanding Award. No chapter can match this feat -- six Most Outstanding Chapter Awards.

Then as agreed upon, Ponciano V. Dela Cruz of Angeles City is inducted as President in 2019.

The success of the IBP Pampanga Chapter can be attributed to the unity of the Pampanga lawyers coming from the two cities. It also unleashed the leadership of young Turks and that brought energy to the Chapter.

The late Cesar Paras and Avelino Liangco, must be smiling in their graves for what the Chapter has achieved.

Credit must be given to Augurio Pamintuan, Ely Mallari and this writer for fostering the unity since 1989.


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