Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Albayana, boyfriend bar passers want to help poor litigants

LEGAZPI CITY, Mar. 19 (PNA) — Helping poor litigants who need legal assistance has been the dream of bar passers Georgeanna Rainbow S. Rayco and boyfriend Jay M. Andes, hoping the realization of this dream is their first order of the day, now that they have both passed the 2013 bar examinations.

Georgeanna told the PNA in an interview Tuesday, after the results of the bar exams were announced by the Supreme Court shortly after 12 noon, that their respective families were full of joy when they learned that their four-year struggle to finish law at the Aquinas University of Legazpi College of Law here, from where they graduated in 2013, had yielded fruits.

Georgeanna, the third among the Rayco siblings, had been a consistent awardee during her high school years and finished BS Accountancy, cum laude, from the Aquinas University of Legazpi and magna cum laude, from the College of Law of the same university in 2013.

Even though she is already a certified public accountant, Georgeanna pursued law with the strong backing of her lawyer-father, Bart.

While studying, she attended to their canteen and made her family as her inspiration in her studies.

“Preparing for the bar exams was not easy as I needed to study hard; and when you are already very prepared, you will be confident. My father had no other advice during the exams but to be calm and he had always encouraged me so I was not pressured,” Georgeanna said.

At 27, she wants to work with the government as a lawyer.

On the other hand, Jay said his beautiful five-year relationship with Georgeanna had been his inspiration in his law studies and during the bar exams.

“Last night, I could not sleep – afraid I would not make it,” Jay said.

This writer failed to ask him whether the song “My Love Will See You Through” had something to do with their passing the bar exams.

It had been their agreement that if one of them would make it (passing the bar), one would help the other in another review for the next exams.

Jay had also been a consistent honor student and graduated high school valedictorian from the St. Gregory the Great Seminary.

He finished AB Philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila in 2004 and was a cum laude at the Aquinas University of Legazpi College of Law.

He was not full time in his studies, Jay said, and after a few hours of reading, he would also find time for other aspects of life.

The new lawyer plans to join the Prosecutor’s Office or the Public Attorney’s Office.“

It has always been my plan to join the government because I want to help people; to find an office where I can use my profession on legal affairs,” the 30-year-old lawyer stressed.

He said both he and Georgeanna were supported by their respective parents through their law studies, making them full-time students.

As of now, although both of them are already lawyers, they do not have plans yet to get married.

Aside from Jay and Georgeanna, other bar exams passers from the AUL College of Law are Manilyn R. Bautista, Emmanuel B. Gutierrez, Hadji Hrothgar O. Hidlao, Michael John T. Lavadia, Ryan Paul N. Olfindo, Mary B. Oreste, Glenda G. Oxales, Tina Marie C. Saribong, Markgregor Edward C. Sayson and Marianne T. Vergara.

Meanwhile, the Bicol College School of Law in nearby Daraga town also has successful bar examinees in the persons of Cyra M. Mabini and Ma. Carmen A. Cadag.

The 14 new lawyers are part of the 1,174 successful bar examinees from all over the country. (PNA) CTB/FGS/AMM/CBD/