Sapatos (JPE Part 2)

May 4, 2013

Juan Ponce Enrile was born in a remote village in Cagayan. He is christened Juanito Furagganan, taking his mother's name. Looking for better opportunities, the young Juanito leaves Gonzaga, Cagayan for the poblacion and enrols in school by working as a servant to his mother's relative. He later transfers to Aparri and enrols at the Cagayan Valley Institute. World War II breaks out and Juanito, now a young man joins the guerillas. He is caught, imprisoned and tortured. He escapes, and at the end of the war, is serving in the U.S. Quartermaster depot in Aparri, Cagayan. While the war is raging, his half-sisters evacuate to Aparri and learn about Juanito. After the war, Juanito meets his father, Alfonso, in the latter's Law Office in Binondo, Manila. Don Alfonso brings Juanito home to Malabon. He is given a new name, Juan Ponce Enrile. He resumes his High School education at the St. James Academy in Malabon. In 1947, he enters Ateneo de Manila graduating cum laude with an Associate in Arts Degree. In the UP, he graduates cum laude and salutatorian of UP Law Class 1953. He later passes the Bar Examinations placing 11th with a 91.72% rating and getting a perfect score in commercial law. He is offered a scholarship by the Harvard University where he earns a Master of Laws degree specializing in taxation and corporate reorganization. Returning to the Philippines, he joins the Ponce Enrile, Siguion Reyna, Montecillo, Bello Law Office where he emerges as a top corporate and litigation lawyer. He never lose a case.

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