THE ATENEO Law School (ALS) ended up bagging the bronze in the recently concluded 2014 Conflicts of Law, held on all Sundays of February and the first two Sundays of March, mainly at the Far Eastern University (FEU) campus in Manila. San Beda College Manila (SBCM) and University of the Philippines College of Law (UP), won gold and silver, respectively.
Conflicts of Law is the annual sports competition among the different law schools around the region. It is often described as the “UAAP of law schools” because the participants, representing their respective schools, compete in various events, such as basketball, volleyball and football.
The ALS Conflicts teams were able to keep up with the other participating law schools in the different areas of sports. The ALS men’s basketball team, led by team captains Christian Drilon (4B) and Leon Caguioa (3A), tied for third place with San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSCR) School of Law, while the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Law and SBCM teams won runner-Up and champion, respectively. Likewise, the ALS women’s team, led by team captains Kristel Tiu (4D) and Kamae Ponce (4A), tied for third with San Beda College Alabang (SBCA), while the UP Law and SBCM collected the silver and gold, respectively.
In a five-set championship match, the ALS women’s volleyball team fell short against the ladies of SBCM, thereby taking runner up. Third in that category is another tie between SBCA and SSCR.
However, ALS talents shined in football when the mixed men’s and women’s team bagged the championship against UP Law. The bronze went to both UST Law and SBCM. Also boasting the title of champion, Alyssa Lamorena (4B) together with Paula Vasquez (3D) both crushed the other teams in the table tennis women’s doubles category.
The most notable talent of Ateneo students would be in swimming, where the team not only took the championship, but also garnered individual awards. The ALS team was first in the 4×50 and 4×25 relays. Regine Abuel (2D) placed third in the 100m fly meet; Laurence Millan (1E) finished second in the 100m breaststroke meet; Stephanie Dysangco (2D) attained the bronze in the 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle, and silver in 100m backstroke and breaststroke; and David Santos (1A) got the gold in all categories, save for his second place finish in the 100m backstroke division.
Team A of the ALS debate squad did the school proud by placing runner up, allowing Quito Nitura (3B), Vitto Molina (4D), Ken Lukban (3A) and Leo Camacho (2D) to represent NCR in the ALSP-National Debate Competition in April. On the other hand, ALS Team B, composed of Dyan Garcia (2B), Rozen Cayetano (2B) and Leiron Martija (1D), placed 8th among the participants.
One unconventional addition during this year’s competition is the beer pong game. The duo of Nelson Kevin Baldonado (4A) and Nico Bryan Tan (4A) bagged the championship in the one-day event.
The 24th Conflicts of Law was organized by the Association of Law Students of the Philippines – National Capital Region, together with the FEU Institute of Law as hosts.