My name is Jocelle Dela Cruz, a law student in Polytechnic University of the Philippines and the author of the blog "The Legally Blunt". I was born on a hazy day of August 23, 1991. I have small yet tantalizing eyes, aquiline nose, fair complexion and an average built of height and weight. My family and other relatives are fond of calling me Jocelle, but I prefer Jhay-cee. I grew up in a populous yet lively neighborhood in Tatalon, Quezon City.
I best describe myself in 3 C's -- Courageous, Capable and Crazy! I know that perfection doesn't exist in this world but I always make sure that everything I do is out of my 100% effort because in all means, my name is at stake. I enjoy reading mystery novels from authors like Sidney Sheldon, John Grisham and James Patterson. I am also very fond of romantic-comedy movies. Becoming a lawyer was at first my Mom's dream for but as I go along the journey, I learned to love and claim it! I decided to put up this blog to share how it's like to be a one hot crazy law student chic.
When I’m asked how many siblings I have, I normally respond like this: “I have two—my sister and my brother. We’re all firstborns.”
That last part catches people off-guard, and I brace for follow-up questions such as, awkwardly: You all have different fathers? I understand that this comes from the impression that women like my mother are either unfortunate or “hostesses,” thanks (but no thanks) to films like “Tanging Ina.”
There are many times when I want to tell my friends the truth about my bizarre family story. But something holds me back, being in a country that hangs on to strong family ties and values.
I believe I have the most courageous and dignified mother of all. She is 51 and a single parent. I am her only child with my father; my sister and brother are her only children with their fathers.
I consider her the greatest actress of all time because she can play different roles at the same time.
She is our father who works hard day and night to support us financially. Like a protective dad, she fights like a lion and defends us whenever she feels we are being belittled or oppressed. She is our ate (elder sister) with whom we can chat and exchange silly jokes. Sometimes we can’t tell her everything under the sun, but she tries to be a good listener when we need one.
She is our kuya (elder brother) who guards us from danger. She taught me to be street-smart—a great help when I have to go home late. She is our yaya (nanny) who always does things for us, including doing our laundry and folding our clothes neatly in the cabinet.
Finally, she is our mother who gave birth to us and continues to provide us shelter and love.
I've been receiving messages from different people asking who the faculty members are in the PUP College of Law. Some of them are going to be part of the PUP-COL Family this coming school year. So to guide each and everyone of you, I copied the list of the faculty members listed in the PUP website. The following are the current members of the faculty of the PUP College of Law headed by Dean Gemy Lito L. Festin.
Justice Efren De La Cruz
Master of Laws, University of Santo Tomas, Manila Bachelor of Laws, University of the East, Manila Admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1981 Chairperson, First Division, Sandiganbayan Associate Justice, Sandiganbayan
Judy Lardizabal, LL.B. Bachelor of Laws, San Sebastian College Recoletos (Valedictorian) First Placer, 2008 Bar Examinations